Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Easter's at the Double with His Brother Mark; England No8 Is Closing in on the Title with Quins as His Sibling Is Chasing Euro Glory at Northampton. by Chris Jones

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Easter's at the Double with His Brother Mark; England No8 Is Closing in on the Title with Quins as His Sibling Is Chasing Euro Glory at Northampton. by Chris Jones

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Byline: Chris Jones

ENGLAND No8 Nick Easter is desperate to play his part in a unique family double this season by helping Harlequins become the Guinness Premiership champions.

Quins take on London Irish in the semifinals at the Twickenham Stoop on Saturday, with the winner going to Twickenham a week later to battle it out against either Bath or Leicester for the Premiership champions' trophy.

Six days later, his brother Mark, 26, (below) will wear the Northampton No8 jersey in the European Challenge Cup Final against Bourgoin at Gloucester.

The Quins forward said: "Hopefully, we are both going to end up with silverware but we both have major challenges to overcome. He is up against Bourgoin while we have to take on a very dangerous London Irish side just to earn the right to be in the final.

"It is a long way to go and the Irish, like Quins, love to play at a high tempo and score tries and we have both registered a win over each other in the League this season.

"It is a testament to the way Irish play and their strength of character that they haven't lost heavily all year and have picked up more bonus points than any other Premiership team.

"We know we have to be on our mettle and it will come down to team work and intelligence because we know each other really well." Quins have already celebrated a "double" success of their own, courtesy of flanker Chris Robshaw, 22, and centre Jordan Turner-Hall, 21, at last night's Premiership awards.

Robshaw, tipped to win England honours against Argentina this summer, was the Player of the Season while Turner-Hall, the outstanding midfield talent in

England, was the Discovery of the Year.

Glen Jackson, of Saracens, won the Gilbert Golden Boot for the second time in three seasons as top points scorer.

The Quins' awards highlight the giant strides Robshaw and Turner-Hall have made under Dean Richards, the director of rugby, who believes both "would not look out of place" in the England team. …

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