From the Sofa to The Stoop

Rugby podcasters Will and Michael Wood give us a round-up of Harlequins news…

The most important shift in the landscape of professional sport is the return of its beating heart. In recent weeks, the slow return of fans into stadiums has given us a glimpse of the past we remember, and an idea of a different future we do not yet fully recognize.

Harlequins Women romped into the final of the Allianz Premier 15s in front of a crowd back at The Stoop with a stunning display against a well-supported Wasps outfit. We had the privilege of talking to Quins and England duo Shaunagh Brown and Sarah Beckett in the aftermath of the semi-final. We learned more about the incredible journey they’ve both been on to reach the elite level of their sport, and shared some alternative musical interests. 

The week after, it was third time lucky after getting over the line in an international caliber final at Kingsholm Stadium against Saracens. Shaunagh went on the win Player of the Match and deliver one of the most influential post-match interviews that women’s sport has seen. 

And for the men, confirmation of their place in the play-offs for the first time in seven seasons as well as two entertaining encounters against Bath and Newcastle back at The Stoop has been cause for celebration. Not only have the club celebrated the success of reaching the pointy end of the year but have also hosted their second-ever PRIDE fixture in the last round of the regular season against Newcastle. Harlequins can claim to be one of the more forward thinking and progressive clubs on the circuit at present. The Stoop’s administration of 50,000 vaccine doses as well as being the only club in the Premiership having its own dedicated PRIDE fixture, makes us as fans extremely proud. 

As a podcast, and at time of writing, we are looking forward to watching the boys take on league- leading Bristol Bears in the play-offs, and we also have fan favourite Tevita Cavubati lined up to celebrate the culmination of our campaign, whatever the result.

Michael Wood | @HarlequinsPod

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