x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Easter says Quins have self-belief

Harlequins will emerge stronger from the scandal that has caused such damage to the club's reputation and dragged rugby's image through the mud, according to Nick Easter.

Harlequins will emerge stronger from the scandal that has caused such damage to the club's reputation and dragged rugby's image through the mud, according to Nick Easter. The club's director of rugby Dean Richards has stepped down after admitting his involvement in five counts of faking blood injuries at the club. Richards was banned for three years, the winger Tom Williams ended up with a four-month suspension and Quins were given a £260,000 (Dh1.5million) fine.

"Harlequins' reputation has taken a lot of damage but as far as the players are concerned our goals have not changed - we are aiming for a top-four finish in and the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup," said Easter. "They were the same last year and we achieved them. One of the main attributes of the squad last year was the belief in each other and the strong feeling that we had for one another. "That trust allowed us to get to where we were and achieve some good wins.

Harlequins are also pushing their off-field ambitions this year, with an expanded 14,000-capacity stadium to fill. * PA Sport