Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Premiership action

A clean-up job awaits John Kingston’s heir, Gary Graham shines again and Kitchener’s tumble leaves Gopperth the fall-guy

Harlequins have been linked with so many coaches since the announcement last week that John Kingston will leave at the end of the season that they could they could set up a sideline transporting supporters. After their recent tie-up with New Zealand, names such as Tana Umaga and Scott Robertson have been mentioned and if Quins take that route it would mean that only three clubs would be headed by an Englishman next season – Exeter, Newcastle and Sale – compared with six at the start of this one. Whoever takes over has a salvage operation: Quins slumped to another defeat, three Gloucester tries in the final 10 minutes gilding their 37-9 victory, and with Worcester next up 11th place is in view. Paul Rees

• Robert Kitson: No surprise as fallen giants Harlequins call time on Kingston
• Worcester lifted by Te’o’s pledge to see out contract next season

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Publish date : 16 April 2018 | 9:00 am

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