Harlequins will descend on the fashion capital of the world, Paris, this Saturday (6th November) and Ugo Monye, Quins' very own fashion icon, gives his thoughts leading up to the Heineken Cup match against Stade Francais at the Stade Jean-Bouin, kick off 14.35pm (local time).
Monye has been a key figure in Quins' side since 2002, sticking with them through the lows of relegation and the highs. The 24 year-old wing has been very unlucky with injury but is back to full fitness and looking forward to his first chance to star in the Heineken Cup.
'I'm fit and well after last week's game, which is very good, as it seems to be quite a crucial thing for me nowadays - to come through the game injury free.'
Ugo has made six appearances this season and already scored four tries, two of these coming last weekend against Worcester:
'Getting across the line for any back, well any player, is a massive thing so I was very pleased to get my name on the score sheet and to take the opportunities given to me."
'However, everyone is very disappointed after the loss against Worcester. We take a huge pride in our home performances and the fact that we hadn't lost a competitive match there for 6 months, so losing really hurt. Not just losing, but the manner in which we lost made it worse. We seemed to play into Worcester hands on Saturday. Quite a few players had the chance to break the line and, in my opinion, we didn't take advantage of the opportunities we were given, including myself. Towards the end of the match I had a break, but couldn't finish it."
'We now have to draw a line under that game and try to take more positives out of the game than negatives, pick ours ourselves up and get ready for the next match."
'We haven't been involved in the Heineken Cup for nearly three years now and it is frustrating to see it evolve around you and not be able to participate in it. There are 24 top clubs involved in the cup this season and we hope to make our mark, and not be a club which is there just to make up the numbers."
'I think if you want to develop as a player at this level, you have to be playing in this competition along with world class players. To have our first match against a team of stature of Stade Francais, one of the best teams in Europe, will be a challenge not only for players as individuals but for our team performance. We are looking forward to the match and we know it will be a huge occasion for all. We are going across as the underdogs and so we won't be under as much pressure, but we want to go out there and prove people wrong.'
Ugo's eye for fashion thinks the new Stade Francais' shirt will certainly turn heads:
'Their shirt is definitely different, but I do think it is fantastic because it is different and stands out, just like the Quins shirt does. It is unique, like their playing style, but I'm not sure I could pull it off - I am quite happy in the Quins strip.'
Harlequins' next Heineken Cup match will be Welsh side Cardiff Blues at the Twickenham Stoop, tickets are now available please call the ticket office on 0208 410 6000.
Harlequins fan Ed Atkin won the Etihad Airways 'Up and Under' competition at the Northampton Saints game. As a result, he and a friend have won a holiday to Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.