England stars ‘would kill’ O’Shea

Date published: December 3 2014

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Harlequins boss Conor O’Shea has said that Chris Robshaw, Joe Marler and Mike Brown ‘would kill him’ if he rested them for Leinster.

Harlequins boss Conor O’Shea has said that Chris Robshaw, Joe Marler and Mike Brown ‘would kill him’ if he rested them for Leinster.

The England trio are back in camp with their club ahead of the Champions Cup clash this weekend.

O’Shea recognises the importance of resting his top players but also knows how they would react if they were left out for such a big European fixture.

“I take player welfare very seriously and we do monitor things carefully but there was no way in the world that these boys were not going to play against Leinster,” O’Shea told reporters on Tuesday.

“They would have killed me if I’d even as much as suggested it.

“Nothing will keep them off the pitch this weekend. And, yes, England beating Australia did help. It has certainly given them all a spring in their step.”

O’Shea added that work was being done behind the scenes to make sure the likes of Robshaw are in top condition for next year’s Rugby World Cup.

“The game is unrecognisable from the game I played [for Ireland from 1993‑2000]. The collisions are massive, the impact is ferocious.

“I am already in discussions with Stuart [Lancaster, the England head coach] about Chris and the boys having time off between now and the Six Nations.

“We all recognise the issue. It is important we look after them.”

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