Skinner - We can win it

Harlequins skipper confident of European glory

By Joe Drabble.   Last Updated: 09/10/08 11:23am

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Skinner: Aiming high

Skinner: Aiming high

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Will Skinner has told there is no limit to what Harlequins can achieve in the upcoming Heineken Cup campaign.

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"We are a great team and we are playing good rugby at the moment."
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The buoyant Quins captain will lead the London-based club in the competition for the first time when they travel to Wales to face Llanelli Scarlets on Saturday.

And Skinner, 24, insists the current crop of players at The Twickenham Stoop have enough quality to spring a surprise or two and become only the fifth English side to win Europe's elite domestic competition.

"I think we can definitely get through our group and then it's a cup competition," Skinner told

"After that it just comes down to the weekend and how the teams turn up on the day.

"We are a great team and we are playing good rugby at the moment and everybody has been positive and upbeat about the sort of rugby we have been playing.


"Everybody wants to be in the starting XV and involved. Harlequins is a great club to be at and they are a good bunch of boys to lead so I am excited about what we can achieve."

Skinner and his Harlequins colleagues face a Scarlets side still nursing the bruises of last season's competition where they failed to register a single point.

Last season Harlequins themselves only picked up two points in the Pool stage and Skinner insists his team-mates will not be underestimating the Welsh outfit.

"Traditionally Scarlets have done well in the Heineken Cup and they are a good team and a tough team," he said.

"We want to play the type of rugby we are good at and do well there.

"Being away from home we want to get as many points as possible and that will set us up for the rest of the competition.

Great challenge

"We have done our homework on them and we hope to go down to their place and do well."

Harlequins and Scarlets are joined by Ulster and Stade Francais in a highly-competitive Pool Four.

Speaking on his pool, Skinner said: "It's a tough group. It's on a big stage and everyone has to up their game a little bit.

"You have to win your home games especially - we are playing against some of the greatest players and it is a great challenge and great to be involved in.

"We played Stade Francais last year, they are great to play because they are good opposition and it just depends how they turn up on the day.

"And obviously Ulster is a tough place to play, we will have to play the conditions over there.

"But the way we are playing at the moment we will take the game to them and hopefully we will do well in our group."

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