Harlequins star Will Collier eyes Premiership glory while helping feed NHS

England and Harlequins star Will Collier is by no means content to rest up during the coronavirus enforced lockdown.

The Gallagher Premiership season has been postponed with no return date yet set as the country battles Covid-19.

NHS workers have led the fight and Collier has done his bit to help out those on the frontline thanks to the company he is part owner of – the Jolly Hog.

Started up by three Bristolian brothers – Ollie, Max and Josh – the family business headed to Southmead hospital where they sought to show their gratitude.

Collier said: “Its been pretty amazing, unfortunately I haven’t been able to be there and help out (due to living in Putney).

“But we thought ‘what shall we do’ so we went down to Southmead hospital and handed out bacon and sausage baps to those starting morning shifts.

“It was amazing, I was keeping tabs on it from Putney, but there was a massive queue of about 200 metres and we served round 500 or 600 people. Just simple sausage or bacon sandwiches, but its amazing how far a gesture like that goes.

“It was inspiring and made me really proud to be part of the company. I wish I could’ve been there to help out. We’ve done it a couple of times and we want to make it a weekly thing.

“We are all about being local and supporting the community, I’m sort of an honorary Bristolian by being involved in the Jolly Hog.”

At the turn of the year the 28-year-old penned a new two-year deal at the Twickenham Stoop, just a stones throw away from where England play their home games.

Capped twice by Eddie Jones during the Red Rose's tour of Argentina in 2017, Collier’s ambition for international honours still burns bright and with time on his side he’s hoping to receive a call from England’s head coach.

He added: “That’s my biggest thing, I want to get more caps. As a tighthead prop you come into your peak around now – late 20s, early 30s – which is what I’m coming into.

“It is incredibly tough to break into that – you’ve got to be playing consistently. You’ve also got to know what he (Eddie) wants – he wants mobility, intensity, a rock solid set piece – and they are all things that Gussy (Paul Gustard) wants.”

Gustard, formerly Jones’ defence coach at international level, stepped out on his own almost two years ago to take over as head coach at Harlequins.

Collier is one of the few remaining stars to have tasted success when they won their only Premiership title back in 2012.

He would’ve been bursting onto the scene at that point, but having been in and around a group that knows success he has high hopes for the current crop.

"One of the good things is we’ve got so many great leaders in the team,” he continued. “The similarity I recognise between the two squads is a particularly young, talented group of players.

“You look at all the successful teams, they have a solid group of players who have played together for a number of years. I think we’ve got the recipe there to do something special.”

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