The Bloodgate sage reaches a crucial stage today, with the hearing of Tom Williams’ appeal against his 12-month ban for faking an injury in the Heineken Cup semi-final.
It is expected that Williams is planning to tell the truth, and although that might seem an obvious thing to do, the attempted cover up work that his management team are thought to have done might make you think differently.
It has emerged that Steph Brennan, the Quins medic, took a scalpel to Williams’ lip once he had reached the changing room with a mouth full of fake blood – the aim was apparently to convince the Leinster staff that the injury was real.
When the full story emerges, Harlequins are likely to face expulsion from the Heineken Cup, and there could be consequences for Brennan and Dr Wendy Chapman, another club medic. An article in The Sunday Times yesterday hinted that if Club Chairman Mark Evans was involved in the cover up, he may be forced out as well.
Whatever happens, it will be fascinating to know the full story, rather than just rumour and hear say, but it’s disappointing that a club with such a distinguished history as Harlequins should find itself in a desperate position even before the season has started.