Aviva Premiership: Yarde will light up Twickenham, says Turner-Hall
Aviva Premiership: Jordan Turner-Hall tips new Harlequins team-mate Marland Yarde to light up Twickenham with a sparkling debut
Jordan Turner-Hall has tipped new Harlequins team-mate Marland Yarde to light up Twickenham with a sparkling debut against former employers London Irish in next month’s London Double Header.
The traditional Aviva Premiership season curtain-raiser returns to HQ again this year and gives Yarde an immediate opportunity to show Quins fans a taste of things to come after last season’s runners-up Saracens launch the day’s action against Wasps.
He’s exciting, he makes things happen and is a natural finisher
Only one of Yarde’s five England caps to date have been won while playing at Twickenham.
But centre Turner-Hall believes the home of English rugby is prime place for Yarde to showcase his considerable talent.
“Marland has obviously come in from London Irish and I think his style of play suits us down to a tee,” said Turner-Hall.
“He’s exciting, he makes things happen and is a natural finisher. He’s extremely powerful and has looked extremely good in training, so I’m excited to see him put the jersey on at Twickenham.
“It’s massive to run out at Twickenham for your club and I get goosebumps just thinking about it.
“Putting the jersey on with your mates and team-mates is what you want to be doing and occasions like the London Double Header are the reason why you play the game.”
Turner-Hall, 26, hopes a run out at Twickenham can be the start of an injury-free season.
Knocks and niggles disrupted his rhythm last term as Quins scraped fourth place in the regular season at the expense of Bath Rugby, but then lost their play-off semi-final to Saracens at Allianz Park.
Disappointing showings in the domestic and European cup competitions ultimately saw Quins finish the season empty-handed, but Turner-Hall is determined to recapture some silverware in 2015.
“We pride ourselves on coming away with silverware, so we were hurting a lot at the end of last season,” he added.
“It was a bridge too far for us, but I think this year will be very exciting. We’ve gone away and regrouped and I think we’re going to come back with a bang.
“I didn’t have the best start last year with the injury but I managed to get back and squeeze a few games in at the business end of the season. It’s a fresh start and I’m looking forward to the new season.
“The injury problems the last couple of years haven’t been ideal, but it’s part and parcel of rugby and sport in that you get your knocks but you get back up and you go again.
“It’s given me a bit more fuel to my fire and I’m looking forward to this season and having a fresh start.”