Adam Jones keen for Harlequins to mount swashbuckling title defence
Surprise champions enter new season with a philosophy that could secure another Premiership, believes the scrum coach
In a sporting summer that crammed in the Olympics, Euro 2020 and a British & Irish Lions tour, perhaps the exhilarating climax to last season’s Premiership was a little overlooked. Harlequins recovered from 28-0 down against Bristol to win their semi-final, rolling on to dethrone Exeter in the final with a decisive late try and another stunning exhibition of hot-stepping and offloading.
Champions for the first time since 2012, Quins were crowned the comeback kings and not just in the play-offs: the head of rugby, Paul Gustard, had left in January with the team desperately short of form and confidence, with widespread rumblings of player dissatisfaction at his structured approach.