Hill stakes claim for Harlequins job

Assistant coach Richard Hill has confirmed he would love the chance to take over the Harlequins' coaching hot-seat.

Assistant coach Richard Hill has confirmed he would love the chance to take over the Harlequins' coaching hot-seat.

Former Springbok boss Nick Mallett and ex-All Black coach John Hart have both been linked with the job vacated by Zinzan Brooke at The Stoop.

But Hill, who together with the club's chief executive Mark Evans inspired Quins to a stunning 22-18 victory over Tetley's Bitter Cup favourites Leicester Tigers on Saturday, admitted he would have to 'seriously consider' taking the coaching job if it was offered to him.

Hill said: "I know there has been a number of applications, as there always are for this type of post.

"There are a lot of good coaches around, and very few coaching opportunities.

"As soon as a job becomes vacant you find that there are a lot of very high-class candidates who are desperate for a job.

"There will be a lot of stiff competition, but I would dearly love to be involved in some capacity whether it be as coach, assistant coach or otherwise here at Harlequins."

Quins are currently languishing in 11th place in the Premiership table, but the former Bath and England skipper believes his side are good enough to steer clear of trouble.

And Hill, who has had successful coaching spells with Gloucester and Ebbw Vale, is predicting great things for the London club in the next few years.

Hill added: "I think it is a club that over the next two of three years are really going to perform well.

"The whole structure is different here, there are new training facilities and a new phillosophy for the for the whole club.

"I think the club is under good management and I think it is going to go places in the next few years and be in the position to win trophies on a very consistent basis.

"I just hope I am involved in some capacity, I just don't know yet."

Meanwhile, Quins have confirmed that they have extended the loan period for former Scotland fly-half Craig Chalmers until the end of the season.

Chalmers is currently under contract at Glasgow Caledonians, but is set to return south after the European quarter-finals enabling him to play in the Tetley's Bitter Cup final against Newcastle Falcons on February 24.

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