Why Wayne Barnes was correct not to send off Calum Green for Joe Marler tackle

Just when you thought that the pervading narrative surrounding high tackles and head contact could not progress any further, there was another twist at The Stoop shortly before half-time of Harlequins’ narrow victory over Leicester Tigers on Saturday. The hosts... Read more

Wayne Barnes made correct decision not to punish Calum Green for Joe Marler tackle but does that make it right?

Just when you thought that the pervading narrative surrounding high tackles and head contact could not progress any further, there was another twist at The Stoop shortly before half-time of Harlequins’ narrow victory over Leicester Tigers on Saturday. The hosts... Read more

Referees must not tolerate players like Ellis Genge and Dan Cole undermining them

Top games deserve top officials, and it just so happened that the Harlequins v Leicester game last weekend saw Wayne Barnes in charge. As usual, Barnes was calmly efficient and this included several borderline decisions that some people watching, and... Read more

Harlequins boost play-off charge with assured win over table-topping Leicester Tigers

Leicester qualified for the play-offs weeks ago and their selection probably hinted at one eye on Europe where they face Leinster in the Champions Cup quarter-final on 7 May. Stuart Lancaster, the former England head coach, now on the staff... Read more

Chris Robshaw exclusive: ‘I couldn’t say anything with England – now, I can be myself’

It could be a scene from The Golden Girls: a gaggle of elderly ladies, just finishing lunch at a Californian ocean-front café, casting curious eyes at the burly man who has just passed by their table, his infant son in... Read more

Anatomy of a Harlequins wonder try: Acrobatics, hitch-kicks and perfectly-timed passes

If you fancied engineering a scenario with the aim of enticing a newcomer to rugby union and encouraging them to consume more of the sport, you might suggest that they watch Marcus Smith and Alex Dombrandt attempting to spark a... Read more

Harlequins’ extraordinary failed comeback proves home and away rugby should be here to stay

Football, especially European football, has grown up with two-legged ties and nobody thinks it is anything but fair and desirable. Not necessarily the same in rugby, a similar system in the last-16 knockout ties in the Heineken Champions Cup did... Read more

Harlequins comeback foiled as Marcus Smith misses late conversion

Jonah Lomu Rugby, the cult video game that celebrated its 25th birthday this year, had a ‘classic match’ mode that immersed users in tricky situations from the past. Harlequins supporters must feel as though they have been living out similar... Read more

Harlequins recover from 34-0 down against Montpellier to keep tie alive

Now it was Montpellier who were all at sea just bedside the Mediterranean. A Handre Pollard penalty partly steadied the ship but with just a couple of minutes remaining the South African fly-half threw a crucial intercept inside the Quins... Read more

Toby Flood exclusive: Life after rugby, studying at Cambridge – and why the Varsity Match matters

Twickenham became like a second home for the now 36-year-old Flood during his outstanding professional career. He played 32 times there for England during a 60-cap international career and also won the Premiership title twice with Leicester Tigers. Flood is preparing to... Read more

Ruthless Harlequins add to Newcastle Falcons’ woes and spoil Mike Brown’s homecoming

Harlequins 24 Newcastle Falcons 10 A fittingly defiant performance from Newcastle Falcons on Mike Brown’s homecoming could not prevent Harlequins from landing a third consecutive win that sends the reigning Premiership champions above Saracens and into second. The hosts blew... Read more

After horror injury, Jack Willis return provides small consolation for Wasps in loss at Harlequins

Joe Marler readied himself for England’s pivotal Six Nations meeting with Wales by helping Harlequins to end a run of three consecutive Premiership defeats. When he departed in the 68th minute, having dominated the Wasps scrum and produced powerful contributions... Read more

Joe Marler warms up for England duty by powering Harlequins past Wasps

Harlequins 29 Wasps 24  Joe Marler readied himself for England’s pivotal Six Nations meeting with Wales by helping Harlequins to end a run of three consecutive Premiership defeats. When he departed in the 68th minute, having dominated the Wasps scrum... Read more

Struggling Bath squeeze past Harlequins to secure second Premiership win of season

If the recent nervy win over Worcester helped to stop the rot, then this triumph over the defending Gallagher Premiership champions Harlequins was a moment for Bath, after so much pain this season, to truly smile again. With 21 players... Read more

Inside Line: The uncapped English centre thriving at Harlequins among star names

While domestic fixture schedules continue to clash with Test windows, the Holy Grail of Premiership recruitment is landing an international-class player who somehow avoids being picked for international duty. In that respect, André Esterhuizen is something of a unicorn.  ... Read more

Marcus Smith holds his nerve as Harlequins snatch victory from gritty 14-man Exeter

Exeter sacrificed wing Facundo Cordero and controlled the kicking exchanges with six backs, but the scrummaging of Marler and Collier, on his 200th Harlequins appearance, continued to trouble them. As the final quarter began, the totemic Ewers forced a breakdown... Read more

Danny Care to the fore as Harlequins show champion quality to squeeze past Gloucester late on

Gloucester 17 Harlequins 20 A try on his 35th birthday for Danny Care twisted this contest in Harlequins’ favour, with the Premiership champions digging deep to end Gloucester’s three-game winning run. Quins overcame the late withdrawal of Joe Marler and... Read more

Alex Dombrandt stars as Harlequins down Northampton in nine-try thriller

The heavy rain was not helping matters but Harlequins continued to play in the same Harlem Globetrotters’ spirit. Conditions be damned. They had their reward with what may have been the best try of the lot. Quins looked to be... Read more

Human tackle dummies and G-force gumshields: Alex Dombrandt’s mission to become ‘defensive rock’

“We have a little bit of AstroTurf that runs through the gym and between your weights sets, when you are having a rest there is an opportunity for you to get two or three tackles in against him. “It is... Read more

Will Collier: The missing ingredient from England’s own ‘bomb squad’

Throughout many of his 197 Harlequins appearances, Collier sat behind Sinckler and, more recently, Wilco Louw – although there is no shame in being below either of these two world-class operators in the pecking order.  Louw has been absent for... Read more

Marcus Smith interview: I learnt so much from Jonny Wilkinson on preparation, life – and being a good person

Wilkinson’s remarkable dedication to training and preparation has opened Smith’s eyes to what is required to be a success on the international stage. “For me that is the biggest learning I get from him in terms of mental preparation, how... Read more

Leicester underline title credentials with victory over defending champions Harlequins

If the timing of his decision to join Sale Sharks next season may seem baffling with Leicester on the rise again, it does not appear to have had any detrimental impact on his game. But Youngs was also a worthy... Read more

Determined London Irish hold on for ’emotional’ win over champions Harlequins

A full-stretch line-out steal from Adam Coleman protected a 10-7 advantage for Irish but Harlequins hit back immediately after the towering lock limped off the pitch. Jack Walker surged around a breakdown to take a pass from Care, who had... Read more

London Irish secure narrow win over champions and local rivals Quins

Harlequins 19 London Irish 22 Before the Premiership broke for the autumn international window, London Irish were the league’s entertaining underachievers. No longer. This hard-fought derby victory over Harlequins, inspired by the brilliant Curtis Rona, was thoroughly deserved. Marcus Smith,... Read more

Harlequins can win the Premiership again — but they are not the only contenders in south-west London

I’ve said for quite a while that if you live in West London and want entertainment, go and watch Harlequins and London Irish play. They are both great to watch. It’s interesting how the mindset of being an attacking-based side... Read more