What makes a great rugby team? For Aaron Morris, Harlequins full-back, it’s all about getting to know your team mates, both on and off the training pitch. “When it comes down to the difficult parts of rugby, you need your teammates by your side. If you know him and his family, you’re definitely going to give a bit extra!”. That’s why many teams like the Harlequins invest time in socialising together off the rugby field.
This particular social activity was a wine tasting with proud team sponsors Corney & Barrow at the famous Queens Tennis Club. Rugby meets wine meets tennis in glorious collaboration, with some historical grounding. Founded in 1886, Queens was not always a tennis club, but rather was home to 27 different sports, including rugby! Today, the club is home to racquet sports only, including lawn tennis, and the more traditional ‘real tennis’ which the team was more than eager to try. It turns out that their competitive streak extends to other sports too.
“We have been building a close relationship with both Harlequins and Queens for years”, explains Callum Robertson (on-trade sales). “The idea for the collaboration was simple – getting two great sporting institutes together for a top night!”
27 wines were tasted and scored by Harlequins staff, players and some lucky fans to choose the winning ‘Wine Team’ that will be presented at our next tasting at The Stoop in November. Wine tasting may seem like an unconventional activity for a sports team, but a link can certainly be shown between rugby and wine. “Countries who produce great wine also have great rugby teams”, Will Hargrove of Corney & Barrow claims, pointing to South Africa, New Zealand, Italy and France to name a few! “Also, red wine is good for the heart, which means the more you drink the better rugby you can play…” It’s an interesting theory anyway.
Quins and Queens represent an established piece of London history, just like us. We hope that it will be our privilege to support these institutions for many more wonderful years to come.