Young players to keep an eye out for during the 2018/19 season
Harlequins prides itself on its ability to bring young players through its ranks, either from its youth structures or its academy set-up. Here are five to watch next season:
Ellie Green, fly-half
Ellie burst onto the scene during Quins’ away fixture against Darlington Mowden Park Sharks earlier this year. With an accurate right boot and polished distribution skills Ellie quickly caught the eye of the coaches and was promptly selected to start the subsequent match against Worcester Valkyries at Surrey Sports Park the following week. Thanks in no small part to a fantastic kicking display from Green, and controlling performance in the backfield, Harlequins cruised to victory, scoring nearly 90 points in the process.
Green started all Harlequins Ladies playoff matches in the post season and earned herself a call-up to the England Women U18 side to face Wales in Cardiff.
Bobbie Haywood, scrum-half
In the absence of Leanne Riley for large parts of the season due to international duty, the young nine has had to step into the breach as the team’s main distributor on numerous occasions. A player with a keen eye for the try line, Haywood has crossed the whitewash several times this year, most notably against Richmond FC at The Stoop, and twice against Gloucester Hartpury, away in the Tyrrells Premier 15s, and in the Women’s Senior Cup Final.
Isobel Mayhew, centre
A product of the ASSE program at Worthing College, Isobel has made a swift transition into the Harlequins Ladies Senior Squad. Learning from the London Club’s centre stars Rachael Burford and Fiona Pocock. Mayhew will be challenging for first team selection on a regular basis in 2018/19.
Ellie Miles, wing
Ellie joined the Harlequins Senior Squad in 2016 and has become more and more of a feature of the matchday squad ever since. With the ability to play both out wide and at scrum-half, Miles possesses a versatility that makes her a valuable asset for the coaches. Despite suffering a nasty knee injury at the end of last season Miles hopes to be back in action in the autumn to stake her claim for a place in the 22 every week.
Georgia Newman, back row
The Cobham-born back rower has been part of Harlequins development set up since the start of last season. Her performances merited her a call-up to the GB U18 Sevens Squad to travel to Vichy in France at the Olympic qualifiers in June. Under the tutelage of Gary Street and Karen Findlay, the Club expects to see her progress through the set-up, hopefully to the first team.
Don’t miss out on seeing any of these young starts in action next season by guaranteeing your seat to all regular season home matches, including a selection of Tyrrells Premier 15s encounters, with a 2018/19 Harlequins membership. To find out more on purchasing a membership please click here
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