HARLEQUINS' sevens stars shone brightly in their win over London Irish on Saturday – and former England World Cup winner Danny Grewcock (pictured) for one is a fan.
Since hanging up his boots, Grewcock has been looking to carve out a career as academy director at Bath, and insists there is no man better to follow than Harlequins’ Tony Diprose.
He has some way to go to emulate the work of Diprose, with the likes of Joe Marler, George Lowe, Jordan Turner-Hall and Chris Robshaw all benefiting from his tutelage.
The class of 2011-12 looks to be just as potent, with Sam Smith and Luke Wallace now key members of the side, and backs Ross Chisholm and Charlie Walker also tipped for big things.
And yet another batch of Quins young guns took centre stage against Irish, with England Sevens star Oliver Lindsay Hague scoring the winning try
Grewcock saw them in action first hand back in August when his Bath boys went up against Quins youngsters at the J.P. Morgan Sevens Series finals.
“Quins have made a really good start. I’d already seen bits of them during the Sevens, and they looked pretty good during that,” he said.
“They are doing incredibly well at the moment, not just in the league, but also through their academy, and they have had some great talents come through.
“Part of my role with at Bath is to develop young players, and Quins are doing a great job in that respect. I have to try to get the guys playing as well as they can as quickly as they can, and that is something the guys at Quins seem to have no problem with.
“Tony Diprose is doing a fantastic job, bringing the young guys through, which is paying dividends in the league so far – and that is something I am looking to emulate.”
Quins continue their LV= Cup campaign at Sale Sharks tonight (Friday), before returning to league action sitting top of the Premiership.
But Grewcock has warned against any complacency creeping into the Stoop, adding: “You look through the whole Premiership and it’s getting tougher and tougher every year, every squad is getting stronger and stronger.”
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