Marland Yarde fires back at Chris Robshaw over his criticism of wing's messy Harlequins exit

Marland Yarde fires back at Chris Robshaw over his criticism of wing’s messy Harlequins exit

Marland Yarde has insisted that there is no “bad blood” after his mid-season move from Harlequins to Sale Sharks.

The England winger nevertheless admited that he “expected different” from ex-Captain Chris Robshaw, who openly critisised Yarde in the press last week.

Robshaw said that the 25-year-old had “run out of lives” and that his departure means Quins “will be in a better place for it”.

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“I’d have expected different from him,” Yarde told The Times. “No player enjoys that, especially from a team-mate I’ve shared a field with for the last four or five years.

“It’s happened. I’m not going to moan about it, it’s his views and he’s entitled to his opinions. But I don’t want to get into an argument about what’s right and what’s wrong,”

Yarde, who has joined Sale on a three-year deal, admitted he is simply looking forward to the new challenge.

“I thought there was a chance to have a new challenge, a clean slate and a fresh start,

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“I’ve got no bad blood towards Harlequins. John Kingston and I never left on any wrongful terms, it was just a decision that had to be made at the time,

“It was a culmination of a few things. Not everything has been said but it’s a stance that John had to make at the time.

“I’m a little disappointed with how it concluded because I think no player would like to leave on those terms, especially having played there for the last three or four years and being a part of that team through many highs and lows,” he added.

“I want to get on board as soon as possible – usually you’d have a whole pre-season to do it but it’s a challenge to myself.

“I am experienced enough and I have played enough games to know how to deal with stuff like that.”

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