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Marland Yarde responds to Chris Robshaw's criticism after leaving Harlequins

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Marland Yarde has hit back at claims made by old club captain Chris Robshaw that the winger had “ran out of lives” at Harlequins leading to his transfer to Sale Sharks.

Last week saw England flanker Robshaw surprisingly attack his former teammate by claiming Harlequins would be a better place now Yarde had completed his switch.

“I am disappointed in him. Marland has unfortunately run out of lives and for us as a club we are going to be in a better place now," Robshaw said.

"It's a massive shame for the club because he's a talented player, but John has made a great stance.

"I think he's run out of lives and we'll be in a better place for it."

Less surprisingly, Yarde has not taken kindly too Robshaw's outspoken comments and duly hit back.

“I’d have expected different from him,” the winger 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.

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“It’s happened. I’m not going to moan about it, it’s his views and he’s entitled to his opinions.”

Yarde’s controversial departure from the Twickenham Stoop stems from after the Quins director of Rugby John Kingston decided that Yarde was no longer a fit for the culture he was trying to build.

The 25-year-old was absent from three training sessions – including the captain's run before the 41-10 loss to Wasps in European Champions cup.

Something that did not go down well with the Twickenham-based outfit.

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For Yarde, though, all that is in the past and he wants to focus on re-building his career at Sale with a clean slate.

He added: “But I don’t want to get into an argument about what’s right and what’s wrong, I’ve left Harlequins now, I’m at Sale.

“I’ve got an opportunity to start with a clean slate, get in the Sale team and get knocking on the England door again.”

At 25-years-old, the winger could prove to be a steal for the Manchester-based Sharks, especially considering the club have a no nonsense director of rugby in the form of Steve Diamond.

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