O'Shea hails Turner-Hall

Conor O'Shea is hoping Jordan Turner-Hall's return inspires Harlequins in their local derby with Wasps on Sunday.

Centre star Turner-Hall underwent surgery on his hip last September but returns to action - well ahead of schedule - in Sunday's Aviva Premiership match at The Stoop.

"He has done so well to get back," Quins rugby director O'Shea said.

"We actually didn't register him for the Heineken Cup for the last two rounds (in January) because we were told there was no chance of getting him back.

"But typical of the man, he comes in and says he is fit, so we had to wait for the LV= Cup games because he wasn't registered (for Europe).

"It has been a big injury to come back from, and he is an infectious character to have around. He keeps people positive, and he feels like he is starting off again now.

"His hip is probably in the best shape it's been for two or three years, and he can really have a crack at the end of this season."

O'Shea has been impressed with Wasps this season, in particular their defence. Wasps have been much harder to beat this season and they are just a point and one place behind Quins.

"They are an unbelievable defensive side," he added. "Brad Davis (coach) has done a great job down there.

"It's s a local derby, and we know how close these games usually are."