Now we take a look at the young talent breaking through the ranks at Harlequins FC. With another set of winning performances to begin the season in the JP Morgan 7s, Quins are well on their way to many more titles with both the England U18s and U20s captain’s amongst their ranks. With a superb array of English players, many of whom came through the Harlequins EPDG, AASE and Academy systems, they are still one of the best for producing English talent.
We take a look at 5 young and hugely skilled youngsters that look likely to play a part in Quins bid for silverware this year.
Jordan Burns, Wing-
The 19yr old Winger was praised as being the ‘fastest’ player at Harlequins after Ugo Monye mentioned the on-going competition with Charlie Walker and Ollie Lindsay-Hague whilst commentating for BT Sport on Saturday evening. Appearing in a handful of Premiership and LV=Cup games last year, Burns is growing in experience and should hope to challenge for first team places. After an attacking performance to be jealous of on Saturday in the 7s, he certainly has a big career ahead of him.
James Chisholm, Number 8-
England U18 Captain and brother of Quins back Ross Chisholm, James is a growing superstar for College, Club and Country. The Hayward Heath born Back Row who was December 2012’s ‘Player of the Month’ in the Rugby World Magazine will once again look to push on for youth International status and even possibly feature in a few LV=Cup games this year. I’m sure James will be a regular A League starter at least!
Jack Clifford, Back Row-
Most avid England supporters will have heard of this young man’s name. Mentioned over and over again after the recent JWC victory, the England U20 Captain has already been given a spot in England’s RWC Squad in 2015. Still at a ripe young age, Clifford has regularly outlined his prowess with ball in hand. A strong, intelligent performer with obvious leadership qualities, he seems on path for plenty of England Caps and even Lions tests. Cannot wait to see how his career unfolds. Let’s hope he can challenge the likes of Mo Fa’asavalu, Robshaw and Luke Wallace.
Joe Trayfoot, Back Row-
It seems like Conor O’Shea has the biggest and best choice when it comes to picking Back Row players. The 6’5, 22yr old who has racked up 18 senior appearances already the Quins club looked one of the stand out performers of the winning Anglo-Welsh campaign. Nominated for the Breakthrough Player of the Year Award last year, Trayfoot also managed to earn Heineken Cup experience, coming on off the bench against Zebre in December. Now that he has managed to compete with some of the league’s best Flankers, Joe will now be set to jostle with them this year.
Charlie Walker, Centre-
The star of the show at Saturday’s Allianz Park leg in the 7s, Walker equalled the 6 try record for the tournament and helped seal a group stage win and final spot for the club. Set to stun again on Friday, Walker looks massively suited to the Sevens circuit with his outstanding footwork and agility. Having already represented England at U16, U18 and U19 level, Charlie will hopefully get more time on the pitch in the Premiership and other competitions to prove his worth.
I’m especially excited to see this group of players develop.
Best of luck to O’Shea’s men this year.