Mallinder: Pi­camoles is stay­ing with us

The Rugby Paper - - Aviva Premiership -

HAR­LEQUINS boss John Kingston said de­feat felt like a win given that it en­sured Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons rugby next sea­son.

“It’s an odd feel­ing when you have lost the game but got what you want – but I am very proud. We showed huge re­solve and given the way we played over the last few weeks I think we have de­served it.

“We prob­a­bly feel as ex­cited as if we had won a Cup, par­tic­u­larly in our 150th an­niver­sary. Lots of ob­sta­cles have been thrown at this group, it’s been a chal­lenge.”

Northamp­ton coach Jim Mallinder mean­while is­sued a very firm “hands off ” mes­sage after re­ports in France this week sug­gested that No.8 Louis Pi­camoles could be tempted back to France after just one year in Eng­land.

“Louis has been a mag­nif­i­cent player for us, he’s signed a three­year con­tract, he’s in the first year with us and there is no get-out clause. He’s happy here and we don’t see Louis go­ing any­where.”

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