Clifford keeping his head down at Quins

Date published: October 21 2015

Promising flanker Jack Clifford knows he will face a challenge to make the Harlequins starting XV when Chris Robshaw returns to action.

Clifford has been backed by many to play for England in the future having been recognised as the kind of 'fetcher' the national side currently lacks.

The Brisbane-born back-row captained the England U20 side to the 2013 Junior World Championship title and is a real talent.

However at Harlequins he faces a battle to make the starting side when competing against the likes of Robshaw, Nick Easter, Luke Wallace and new signing Mat Luamanu.

"I hope I can but that is down to the coaches. It is up to them to decide if I am ready. It is their decision," Clifford told the Harlequins website.

"I am going to give my best in training and in games so it is up to the coaches to then decide.

"I'm not sure when he (Robshaw) is back but I assume it will be pretty soon and for me, when I get my opportunities I have to play as well as I can.

"I don't want to hang my hat on having other people not being around; I want to make a name for myself in my own right.

"I just want to play well at Quins. I have set my mind on trying to nail down a position and play well week in, week out."