Jackson hoping to retain ten jersey

Date published: January 5 2017

Ruaridh Jackson says he is fighting hard to retain the number ten shirt at Harlequins, and hopes to lead the club to a trophy-laden 2017.

The Scotland international joined the Londoners from Wasps last summer but initially found opportunities hard to come by – with Nick Evans and Tim Swiel making strong starts to the season.

But, with Evans injured, Jackson has edged ahead of Swiel in recent weeks, starting four matches in a row – including Big Game 9 as Harlequins beat Gloucester 28-24 at Twickenham Stadium.

And the fly-half is desperate to push on and help challenge for trophies – with the club still involved in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and Anglo-Welsh Cup – despite an inconsistent first half of the season that has left them seventh in the Premiership table.

"It was a slow start to the season for me with limited opportunities, but the last month there has been a lot," Jackson told the Harlequins website.

"I just need to keep pushing on, now that I have had a sniff and played four games on the bounce. I have started matches and really enjoyed it.

"With Tim Swiel performing well and Nick Evans coming back then it is going to be a tough old battle but that is what every club needs in all positions.

"I just want to be here playing, as everyone does. I have signed to play in that ten shirt, that is where I want to be – playing in all the big matches.

"We have got a lot on and we are pushing across all competitions so we have got a lot to fight for and that is all we need to focus on.

"It has not been perfect but we are looking to push on now and make 2017 a lot better for the club."