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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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|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester|
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|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle|
|Friday 19th December|
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