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Aviva Premiership: Conor O'Shea backs Nick Easter for England
I will be talking to Stuart again about him because I just think he is astonishing. He has so much versatility, so much going forward and he came up here with just one thought and that was not to be second best.
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Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea believes the "astonishing" Nick Easter deserves an England recall.
Easter was in superb form as Quins hammered Newcastle 35-9 at Kingston Park, even after being asked to play out of position in the second row.
And O'Shea plans to talk to England coach Stuart Lancaster about Easter's international credentials.
"He was superb," said O'Shea. "He stole a couple of line-outs and threw a couple of passes out of the back of the hand.
"If it had been me they (the passes) would be in the back of the stand; with Nick they go straight to the player.
"I will be talking to Stuart again about him because I just think he is astonishing. He has so much versatility, so much going forward and he came up here with just one thought and that was not to be second best.
"Wherever you play him his a pretty big force. I'll being seeing Stuart and he knows I will be banging the drum for Nick. He always knows I will, but it is for a reason.
"You lose credibility if you bang it for no reason and I'm looking at a player that week-in and week-out is one of the top performers in the Premiership.
"He's a phenomenal guy to have and we're lucky to have him. The same can be said of Danny Care. England are very fortunate to have him, Danny wins games and he was brilliant today.
"(Dave) Ward got man of the match, but Danny was at the centre of everything and Stuart knows England are very fortunate to have players of that quality. When Danny gets his chance I now he will take it."
Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards saw his side suffer a heavy defeat against his former club.
He paid tribute to his old team, saying: "I'm delighted for the lads I worked with at Quins, but there has been lot more work done there since I left.
"They have been together seven or eight years and there was a lot of quality youngsters there put in front of me and Conor has carried that on.
"As far as we're concerned we were competitive last week, but we missed a of opportunities today and we didn't perform. I don't know why.
"We didn't take our foot of the gas in training, but we couldn't adapt to their skill and a lot of our players are very disappointed.
"We need to just go out there and play and not be too worried about the outcome."
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|Friday 24th April|
|19:45||Bath vs London Irish|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale Sharks vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle Falcons|
|15:00||Leicester Tigers vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Northampton vs Saracens|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Friday 8th May|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Bath|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Irish|
|15:15||Wasps vs Leicester Tigers|
|Sunday 10th May|
|14:00||Saracens vs Exeter|
|Saturday 16th May|
|15:30||Exeter vs Sale|
|15:30||Leicester vs Northampton|
|15:30||Bath vs Gloucester|
|15:30||Newcastle vs Harlequins|
|15:30||London Irish vs Wasps|
|15:30||London Welsh vs Saracens|
|Sunday 12th April|
|London Irish 25 - 23 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 13 - 40 Wasps|
|Exeter 21 - 10 Northampton|
|Saturday 11th April|
|Saracens 22 - 6 Leicester Tigers|
|Harlequins 29 - 26 Gloucester|
|Friday 10th April|
|Newcastle Falcons 19 - 29 Bath|
|Sunday 29th March|
|London Welsh 14 - 29 Bath|
|Sale Sharks 23 - 6 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th March|
|Saracens 42 - 14 Harlequins|
|London Irish 22 - 21 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 25 - 18 Exeter|
|Friday 27th March|
|Northampton 52 - 30 Wasps|
|Sunday 8th March|
|Newcastle Falcons 12 - 16 Leicester Tigers|
|Wasps 17 - 26 Saracens|
|Saturday 7th March|
|Gloucester 33 - 33 Northampton|
|Exeter 74 - 19 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 26 - 20 London Irish|
|Friday 6th March|
|Bath 12 - 3 Sale Sharks|
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