Wilson expects a tough test in the Premiership Rugby Cup

Championship clubs will compete in the cup this season, with Quins set to face Hartpury, Coventry and Nottingham as well as Gallagher Premiership Rugby sides Saracens and Gloucester. 

Quins will get their season underway against Hartpury at Twickenham Stoop on Saturday.

And Wilson, who arrived in West London as coaching coordinator over the summer, expects the Championship sides to perform in the competition. 

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“I know from my experiences coaching in the Championship, it is a tough league. 

“It is a physical league, a league with a lot of really good players in there who play week in and week out. 

“So for the younger Premiership players, who don’t get to play week in and week out, it will be a test. 

“They will be playing against battle-hardened, experienced players, who have either been Premiership players or maybe if they’re young, they might end up as Premiership players. 

“There is a lot for those guys to be playing for. 

“Those groups are quite tight groups who would have been playing together a lot, and they may go at it with their best squad, as a test for their squad.” 

Harlequins finished third in Pool 3 of last season’s Premiership Rugby Cup, while Hartpury finished seventh in the Championship table last term.

And Wilson believes it is the perfect opportunity for Quins’ next generation of stars to take centre stage. 

“We recognise that there are some really exciting young players in our squad,” he added. 

“They will get an opportunity and it will be great for the fans to see those younger boys generally, the future of Harlequins. 

“We will see how they deal with some of those guys. 

“There will be some experienced boys in there as well who will obviously play their part in that. 

“We do need to develop our squad, look at our squad in tough games and playing some of these Championship teams, I imagine there will be different approaches. 

“It will be great exposure for those guys. 

“We’ll look forward to The Stoop on the weekend, and from looking at Hartpury previously, they play a very exciting brand of rugby. 

“You’ll have two teams that I will imagine will go out there to really try and play and express themselves. 

“It will make for a really exciting fixture.” 


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