Marcus Smith wants to keep happy as Harlequins prepare for a trip to Twickenham.
Marcus Smith of the Harlequins has promised that the Gallagher Premiership’s great performers will perform “with a smile on our face” if they are to reach the Twickenham final this season.
Quins, inspired by their exceptional fly-half playmaker, travel to regular-season table-toppers Bristol on Saturday in search of their first play-off appearance since 2014, and their first English title in nine years.
Exeter City, champions or resurgent Next week, Sale visit Twickenham, and a win over Bristol could send Smith back there eight days later for his much-anticipated England debut against the USA.
Quins have scored more Premiership points this season than any other club, averaging 32 per game, with only Exeter scoring more tries.
Smith has 270 points to his name, including eight touchdowns, and continues to imply that he is England’s best fly-half prospect since Jonny Wilkinson.
Smith, who was born in the Philippines but grew up in England, polished his rugby abilities at Brighton College before joining Quins and making his first-team debut at the age of 18.
“This fantastic club hasn’t been in the top four in a long time, and we’ve talked about how enormous an opportunity this is,” Smith added.
“We are ecstatic about the opportunity, and we are anxious to reach the Premiership final, which is just down the road from our home.
“It’s incredibly exciting to play against the league’s best team, who have been on top all season.
“We’re going down there to win, and we’re going down there to play the Harlequins way – with a smile on our faces and a sense of fun – because we believe that’s how we perform best.
“The message will be about keeping loyal to ourselves and being ourselves. We’ll put our faith in ourselves to go down there and put on our finest 80-minute show.”
Smith has been in and out of England squads under head coach Eddie Jones, but considering his current form, it would be surprising if he is not moved to starting duty for next month’s tournament. (This is a brief piece.)