Robshaw ready for Europe: Harlequins skipper Chris Robshaw is looking forward to leading his side in the Heineken Cup

Last Updated: 10/10/12 3:53pm

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Robshaw: looking forward to the best of Europe

Robshaw: looking forward to the best of Europe

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There may be no easy games in the Heineken Cup but much is expected from Harlequins in Pool 3 - a Pool that includes Biarritz, Connacht and new Italian side Zebre.

A showdown between Quins and Biarritz is expected to decide the group but Quins will remember how last season they missed a great opportunity to seal a quarter-final spot with a surprise defeat to Connacht in Galway.

And club captain Chris Robshaw says his team-mates have learned from that experience and will not take the Irish side lightly when they meet in the second game of the competition.

"We seem to play Connacht every year in every competition, and pre-season," he said.

"We go back a long way with Connacht, it always seems to be pretty wet over there in Galway.

"It was a very disappointing result last year to get knocked out like that. The atmosphere over there was incredible, and credit to them for grinding out the win. Hopefully we can get them back!"

Best way to start

Harlequins kick of their campaign against Biarritz and it is crucial that they do not slip up at home.

It is a tough opener, but Robshaw says that it is the best way to start - especially after their Premiership defeat to Exeter.

"The Heineken Cup is an opportunity to play against the best players in Europe. You want to challenge yourself against the best"
Chris Robshaw

"The Heineken Cup is an opportunity to play against the best players in Europe. You want to challenge yourself against the best and these are the tests you look forward to as a player.

"I'm sure Biarritz will be an extremely tough game but it's great for the fans to kick-start with a game like that. There are internationals throughout their team so we have got to come out of the blocks fast and not let them get on top of us.

"It's a step up - the hits get bigger, the game gets quicker and you get fewer opportunities. We will have to make sure we are more clinical. In the Premiership you may get three or four opportunities, whereas in the Heineken you get just one, and you have to take it.

"We want to push through to that quarter-final stage. I've only experienced it once at the club. It's all about winning your first couple of games. As soon as you let those slip away you're playing catch-up. It gets a lot harder."

Performing at your best but could mean a place on the plane for the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia in 2013, however Robshaw is not looking that far ahead.

"I think every time you go onto the pitch, as a team and as an individual, you want to play your best.

"No matter what's at the end of the year or what's coming up, every time you put on the shirt you want to go out there and represent yourself and your club as best you can.

"Anything else - what's happening in the summer or in a couple of months - is irrelevant."

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