'Under Gussy we know exactly what we have to do to win'
Harlequins has announced that Number 8 James Chisholm has re-signed with the club.
Chisholm, who has stepped up to the captaincy in the absence of Chris Robshaw and James Horwill this season, has continued to impress with his excellence across the field and dedication as Quins have risen to third in the Gallagher Premiership this season and qualified for the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup.
Chisholm joined the full-time Harlequins Academy from Brighton College in July 2013 and made his senior debut that same year. He has captained England U18s and represented England U20s, winning the Junior World Championship in 2014 and Six Nations in 2015 when he was named World Rugby U20 Championship Player of the Year.
He won the Players’ Player of the Season award in 2016/17 and the DHL Player of the Season last year. He has made 70 appearances for the Club, scoring 12 tries.
Head of Rugby Paul Gustard said: “Baby Chis has been a key part of creating a winning environment at the Club this season and thoroughly deserves his new contract.
“He has been almost an ever present for us this season and has led the team from the front with his destructive ball carrying, hard hitting defence and his constant work ethic. He has a real appetite to get better and improve.
“He is very proactive in seeking feedback and looking for areas of his game to improve, which is a really positive sign for someone who is young and very clear in what he wants to achieve. He epitomises the kind of player we need at this Club – he is talented, he is ambitious, he is a stand-up character and he knows how to have fun.
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“It is these qualities that we looked for when Chris and James were both sidelined and as a coaching group we knew he would respond positively when handed the captaincy for a number of important matches earlier this season.
“He is keen to develop his leadership capacity and as a group we are always looking to increase our density in this area and, irrespective of who has the armband, rugby has always required men that are willing to lead. I know he will play a major part in our exciting future as we continue to build on our momentum and constantly challenge in any competition we participate.”
Chisholm said: “Everyone always talks about winning but under Gussy we know exactly what we have to do to win and I am loving being a part of that.
“There is a vibrant atmosphere around The Stoop and the training ground right now and we are learning something new every day.
“Harlequins has been my only club; I am so pleased to be re-signing for them and can’t wait to start winning trophies to reward our endeavour.”
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