Robshaw calls for Harlequins to make fast start

England and Harlequins captain Chris Robshaw has urged his Premiership team to make a fast start when the new Aviva Premiership Rugby season kicks off.

Robshaw has insisted that there is no better way to do it than with a London Double Header at Twickenham on 6 September.

In last season’s curtain raiser at rugby HQ, Harlequins managed to get off to a winning start as they edged past Wasps 16-15, and only after Andy Goode’s last-gasp penalty had come back off the post.

And this was a sign of things to come as Harlequins, the 2012 champions, went on to suffer three defeats in their first five games.

Harlequins still made it to the play-offs but they were made to work hard for it and captain Robshaw is eyeing up a much better start to their campaign this time around.

With London Irish awaiting Quins at Twickenham this time around on September 6, Robshaw admits his side need no extra motivation to get off to a flying start then playing in front of a packed-out crowd at the home of English rugby.

“We dug ourselves out of a hole last season” he said at the launch of Harlequins new Adidas, DHL sponsored kit for the new season. “We had a tough year with injuries and started a bit slow, so we left ourselves with a bit to do.

“Every season you want to be in the top four and have a shot of getting silverware at the end of the season. On the last day we just about escaped.

“The last six matches were must-win games, which were tough and quite exhausting, but the effort of the guys was outstanding to get ourselves [to the play-offs].

“Hopefully we can start the season a bit better this year, hit the ground running and get ourselves in a good position for the rest of the year.

“And what better place to start than at Twickenham in front of a big crowd. The players love it, hopefully the fans do to and hopefully we can come away with another opening day win.”

London Irish against Harlequins is the second match that fans cramming into Twickenham on September 6 can look forward to in a double bill of top-class rugby, as Saracens and Wasps kick things off.

Saracens await Harlequins in round two and Robshaw is readying himself for a battle, no matter who his side come up against this season.

“Everyone has recruited extremely well this summer and every season gets tougher and tougher” Robshaw added. “You can’t relax more for one game than you can for another.

“Every game must have your complete and utter focus, and you can’t really rest guys for any matches. You have to rely on good squads and that’s what we’ve developed here as a club.

“As we found last year, it was tougher than the last three years and I’m sure this season will be even tougher.”

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