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Former England number eight Nick Easter has ended his playing career in order to concentrate on his new post as Harlequins defence coach.Easter had planned to be available for selection by the Aviva Premiership club next season, but has since decided his transition to a tracksuit role will be better served if it is full-time.The 37-year-old played his first professional match at Orrell in 2001 and he went on to make 281 appearances across 20,627 minutes of rugby after joining Quins three years later.Having accepted the opportunity to become a coach-player by [director of rugby] John Kingston, I took some time to think about my career, Easter said.I realised that whether Im playing or coaching, there was no possible way that I would be able to give 100 percent to both of my roles at the same time.I thought, why not grab the opportunity of becoming a coach with both hands, give it my best shot and feel privileged to be in a position to go out on my own terms after 12 great years as a player for Harlequins?Im a few weeks into my role now and Im thoroughly enjoying it. Having had five weeks in the off-season to finalise it and four weeks now as a coach, I dont regret my decision. I cant wait for the new season to begin.In an interview with The Times on Thursday, Easter admitted he struggled for motivation to play towards the end of last season and highlighted the individual agendas and lack of hunger that have held Quins back since they won the Premiership title in 2012.Easter, whose game was based on skill and intelligence rather than all-out power, has been a key member of Harlequins back row and was similarly prominent for England between 2007 and 2011, making 54 appearances for his country.He captained the Red Rose during that time and appeared at two World Cups, but was jettisoned by head coach Stuart Lancaster when Martin Johnsons successor took over five years ago.Lancaster cited Easters age as the reason for his international exile, but his irresistible form for Quins in the 2014-15 campaign led to his recall for last years RBS 6 Nations and he was an injury call-up for England 2015 -- his third World Cup.While stating he would never willingly retire from international rugby, he has not been on Eddie Jones radar and his playing days at Twickenham Stoop are now also over.Nick has been an unbelievable servant to the Harlequins team for over a decade, Kingston said.He has been at the very heartbeat of all the successes the side has achieved over this period.Nick has a fantastic rugby brain and it is for this reason I offered him the opportunity to join the new look coaching team at the Club.Both Nick and I have agreed it is in the best interests of Quins that he focuses on his coaching exclusively from now.While a Quins team without him may seem strange at first, his influence on the group will, if anything, be even greater in his new role as first XV defence coach. 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Stephen Anderson Jersey . -- On the field, it was business as usual for Jameis Winston and No. The Brumbies have consolidated their place on top of Super Rugbys Australian conference with an all-important 43-24 bonus-point win over Queensland at GIO Stadium.The ACT franchise extended their winning streak to four on a freezing Friday night thanks to a try double to Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore.The hosts had a shaky start and trailed 10-0 before their attack was sparked by Argentinian halfback Tomas Cubelli, who replaced Joe Powell in the 58th minute, that led to three tries in the final 20 minutes.The six-tries-to-three victory puts them five points ahead of fierce rivals the NSW Waratahs, who play Japans unfancied Sunwolves in Tokyo on Saturday.Even if the Tahs land a win with bonus point, the Brumbies will retain the lead with an extra victory up their sleeve with two regular-season games remaining.It was a rather uninspiring affair in Canberra after the month-long international hiatus.Near-zero temperatures and a greasy field meant plenty of errors and injuries - including to Brumbies debutant and No.8 Ben Hyne, whose first Super Rugby game lasted less than five minutes after he rolled his ankle.The Reds drew first blood with a penalty goal and converted try to hooker Andrew Ready for a 10-0 lead after 18 minutes.It took a while for the Brumbies to warm up, but they finally did just before the break via co-captain Moore off a rolling maul.A Ben Alexander five-pointer after the half-time siren gave them a 15-10 lead.Queensland were denied the chance to level the scores in the 42nd minute after the TMO spotted a foot in touch en route to an enterttaining Samu Kerevi try.ddddddddddddInstead, the hosts skipped ahead with another Moore effort - his seventh of the season, the most ever by a hooker in Super Rugby.Duncan Paiaaua briefly took the wind out of the Brumbies sails, before Lealiifano scored off a Cubelli break.Cubelli dived over for one of his own 10 minutes later. Lausii Taliauli sealed the bonus point with five minutes remaining.The Brumbies travel to Auckland next week to face the Blues, while the Reds host the Chiefs.Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham was disappointed with the first half, but encouraged by a superb second term.He said it had been a pretty emotional week for many of his players, left disappointed by their recent Wallabies 3-0 Test series loss to England.We had one training run this week and we didnt do any breakdown or defensive work, he said.I think that first-half was really a bit of a training run to find their feet, and in the second half they got it all together.It was a bonus to get the three-try advantage - we havent had many this year.Reds skipper James Slipper said Alexanders try hurt them after an impressive start.The first 20 minutes we played the game that we came here to play and put the Brumbies under a lot of pressure, he said.We knew they were going to be a tough team to beat, especially down here at home - theyre a finals contender so we knew had to be on our game.But I thought, overall, our players really put their hands up tonight. 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