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Rugby Union Betting: Robshawm insists that there will be intense competition for places
By Andrew Scott Monday, 9 September 2013 12:57
Rugby union betting fans learned that Chris Robshawm, Harlequins captain, insisted that there will be plenty of competition for places this season in their bid to get back their Aviva Premiership title.
Pay per head sportsbooks saw that last season, the 2011-12 champions gave up their crown after a play-off semi-final loss to Grand Final winners Leicester over the summer, and director of rugby Conor O’Shea added strength to his side, which should make good improvements on their overall performance and rugby odds.
In the off-season, rugby union betting fans saw that O’Shea recruited experienced trio Nick Kennedy, Paul Doran Jones, and Paul Sackey. England skipper Robshaw and price per head services believe that the amount of talent at Qiuns means that no player has a first-team place guaranteed.
“You always have to look over your shoulder for new guys but that’s what’s great for the squad, it makes you a better player. If you start to coast you potentially get a bit lazy,” said Robshaw.
“We use the A League and the LV= Cup in particular for a lot of those young guys and they showed exactly what they can do, to win both those tournaments was incredible and great for the club, it really shows the youth coming through.
“In the U20 World Cup, Jack Clifford and Harry Sloan performed extremely well and that’s what you want. My year was that of Mike Brown, George Robson and you look at the years coming through now – there are handfuls of them.”
Pay per head sportsbooks and many rugby union betting fans can’t wait for Saturday to arrive, as Harlequins take on Wasps in their season opener at Twickenham – where the rugby odds will be very closely followed – and Robshaw want to see a more routine victory over their London rivals than their impressive clash last year.
Rugby union betting fans saw Quins battle from 40-13 down, making a remarkable 42-40 win with a last-minute penalty by Nick Evans, and Robshaw said: “Last year against Wasps was a little bit too much for the heart! But hopefully we can start a bit better. We have to make sure we’re on the money.
“We have experienced what it is to be both sides of it now – to be defending the title and hunting it – and what it takes when you don’t play well and you grind out results.
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“That’s something that comes from a bit of maturity and experience. Hopefully the squad is really starting to show that.”