Harlequins post pictures of Blues loanee Joe Marchant back on the training ground
On the same day that Marchant celebrated his 24th birthday, Quins shared photos on social media of the three-cap international midfielder at their Surrey Sports Park training ground as they prepare for the resumption of the English league campaign which has nine regular-season rounds of games to play.
Accompanied by the progress Mike Brown and Nathan Earle, who have recovered from long-term injuries, and signings such as Andre Esterhuizen, Wilco Louw and Tyrone Greene, head coach Paul Gustard is set to have some major boosts to his team for the second half of the season.
He did feature in the first seven weeks of Super Rugby before it came to a stop as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, but he got to play for the Blues again before returning to England due to how quickly the interim all-New Zealand tournament was organised.
Marchant had been vying for the No13 shirt with All Black Rieko Ioane, while also being in a backline that included Beauden Barrett and new sensation Caleb Clarke, not to mention squad member Dan Carter. He was also coached by one of the great centres of the game, Tana Umaga, which would have only enriched his experience in New Zealand.
The New Zealand season may not have panned out how Marchant – or anyone – would have imagined, but his experience will still be of great benefit to Harlequins, who are set to resume the Premiership season in seventh place.
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— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) July 16, 2020
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