As the race for European places heats up in Aviva Premiership Rugby, Harlequins lock George Robson says he is keen to leave a legacy before flying south to France.
Robson is set to end a lifelong association with the London club in the summer as he moves to Oyonnax in the French Top 14, but his current focus still lies at the Stoop.
The 29-year-old will make his 200th appearance when eighth-place Quins run out against Saracens in a mouth-watering clash at Wembley on March 28 – with just five rounds left to go in Aviva Premiership Rugby.
But, with two weeks off due to LV= Cup fixtures, Robson is planning to study up on the French language – with a little help from his mum.
“I’m brushing up on my French here and there, my mum is a French teacher, which I should not be telling anybody because they will suddenly assume I am fully fluent, but my wife and I are both learning,” said Robson.
“It’s important to buy into the culture where you go. I cannot imagine anyone coming here and not being able to speak English, they would not make it very far!
“I am really looking forward to France, we are going over to work out exactly where we are going to live in some of the down weeks we have coming up.
“But the focus is still very much on Quins and making sure we get some good results and I finish my career in the right way, especially with my 200th cap coming against Saracens at Wembley.
“I very much want to go out playing well for Quins.”
Quins have already planned for life without the man who has missed just one league game in the second-row with ever-present Charlie Matthews this year, securing Australian international James Horwill for the 2015/16 campaign.
And Robson, who will leave with a heavy heart having come through the academy, feels he owes it to his boyhood club to fight until the final day.
“It is very tight in the top seven,” he added.
“Conor O’Shea keeps saying we are not out of it and from my point of view I am not around next year so I want to make sure the club are going to be competing in the highest European competition, the Champions Cup, because that is where Quins belong.
“That is very much a focus of the playing group but also that we are playing well and bringing that level of physicality.”
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