07 Mar 14
Mike Brown speaks to Simon Ward of the RFU.com podcast ahead of this weekend's clash against Wales and discusses his personal message from Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel.
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Quins v L Irish
Harlequins v London Irish
London Irish (H)
29/03/2014, KO 15:00
Sat 29th Mar 14
AVIVA Premiership Rugby
L Irish 18-13 Quins
L W W L W
L Irish Form
W W W L L
London Wasps are just one year younger than Harlequins. They were founded in 1867 following the split of Hampstead FC. Interestingly, at the meeting, a number of Hampstead players attended with some believed to be wearing the black and gold shirts. Some of those players joined Wasps and it is thought that the Hampstead colours were adopted and, given the colour of the shirts, the name Wasps was chosen.
Over the last 147 years the two sides have met 91 times. Twelve of those matches were played between 1872 -1885/86 before points scoring came in. Harlequins won seven of those games. Since the introduction of points scoring in the 1886/87 season the two teams have faced each other 79 times and it has been a rather even affair. The Stoop side have been victors 41 times and lost 36 times, with two matches drawn. This sets this weekend up very nicely with all to play for!
In February 1973, (so this fixture 41 years ago!) Harlequins recorded their biggest winning margin over their rivals when they beat them 46-9 at Twickenham. Twenty-four years later, in December 1997, Harlequins scored 53 points - the most they have ever scored against Wasps and won the game 53-17 on home turf.
It's not all plain sailing though and in December 1999, London Wasps reversed that scoreline and put 52 points past a Harlequins team at The Stoop. In reply the home side could only manage 16 points. The most points Harlequins have conceded in this fixture is a huge 57 when they lost 26-57 in September 1994, again at The Stoop.
This sets Sunday up for a meaty clash and with a number of players ready to return from injury, it's all to play for. Harlequins currently sit in 4th place in the league and want to consolidate that position during this Six Nations window, so when our England players return we're in the best position to push on and secure that semi-final spot.
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