Harlequins director of rugby John Kingston has added to speculation about flying winger Marland Yarde’s future at the club by saying that he doesn’t know if the England back will still be at the club for much longer.
Speculation over the former London Irish star’s future at the club began last weekend after Saint Lucia-born Yarde was dropped from his team’s crucial European Champions Cup clash away to Wasps due to disciplinary reasons.
The 25-year-old’s omission from Kingston’s matchday squad led to BT Sport pundit and former Harlequins stalwart Ugo Monye to say that Yarde was heading to Sale Sharks.
And after being left out of Quins’ matchday 23 for their exciting 41-35 home win over Worcester on Saturday, it looked like the former England winger could well be right.
And Kingston’s comments in his post-match press conference would not have done anything to put the rumours of Yarde’s exit to bed. Asked if Yarde who joined the club in 2014 and who has scored three tries in seven appearances this season, would still be a Harlequin come this weekend’s Anglo-Welsh cup game against Saracens, he was unsure.
Via The Telegraph:
“I don’t know. We will have to see how things map out for us over the course of the next few days. If I think it’s the best thing for Harlequins to play him next Sunday against Saracens in the Anglo Welsh then he will be selected to play”.
It has been a turbulent week for the elusive runner who was also left out of England coach Eddie Jones’ squad for next month’s Autumn Internationals Series.
If Yarde were to leave the London club it would undoubtedly be a blow for Kingston and co. An explosive runner with an eye for the try-line, Yarde has scored more than 30 tries in 81 appearances for the club while he has touched down eight times in only thirteen appearances for England.
Hefin Jones, Pundit Arena