From the section
Kyle Eastmond made an impact on return from injury for Harlequins at Wasps
Lawrence Dallaglio – Ospreys captain
Flanker and lock James King of Ospreys was a magnificent player, and someone who died in hospital of cancer [“just a lovely fella, someone I loved and respected”]
Richard Hill – Wasps lock
England prop Charlie Jones, who had been released by Gloucester and was on loan to Wasps, was such a good front-row forward and always gave his all but he needed more time on the pitch.
Tim Payne – Harlequins lock
Wasps hooker Matt Mullan stood out. His scrummaging was as good as anyone and his skill-levels were incredibly high.
Kyle Eastmond – Harlequins centre
Cross-code specialist Kyle Eastmond comes into the back three and comes through his comeback. The electric running is so exciting to watch.
What they said
Lawrence Dallaglio: “Great time for Blignaut in Tokyo. [Wasps legend Louis Blignaut was 71 in April]. He was a great communicator, got his side playing with real style, timing and tempo, passing and tackling well, in a team which was a delight to watch.
“He was truly an iconic figure in the game. Just another in a huge line of very great Islington-born, London-based, Wasps-based players of the game.
“Highly admired by many, particularly those who had the privilege of working for him.
“Louis had a magnificent work ethic and was always seeking to give extra not just to those around him but to the game in general.”
When asked who their player of the week is, Slade said: “Glenn and Chris Ashton and Byron. I love that young young Cambridge-born pair up front who do so much for us.”