Harlequins Poach England Star From Rivals Saracens

Done deal.

Harlequins has today announced that Saracens and England winger Nathan Earle will join the south-west London club at the end of the season.

Earle, who was named in England’s Six Nations squad yesterday, played for the national side in May’s non-capped game against the Barbarians at Twickenham, scoring the game’s first try, and toured Argentina with the squad this summer.

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Director of Rugby John Kingston commented:

“I’m delighted to have Nathan join us at The Stoop next season.

“Nathan has a number of attacking and defensive weapons at his disposal, but the most potent of which is his blistering pace. I have been particularly impressed with his strong desire to reach the very top of the game and have no doubt that he will add immensely to the environment we are building at Harlequins

“His signing shows the journey we are on as a squad and as a club. It’s a very exciting time for us all in Twickenham.”

23-year-old Earle says he’s delighted with the move.

“I’m really happy to announce that I will be joining Harlequins next season,” said Earle.

“The opportunity to develop my game under the guidance of John Kingston, Nick Evans and the rest of the coaching team is extremely exciting. The talent coming through at Harlequins as well as the established internationals makes for exciting times and that I hope I can help the Club to challenge in all competitions.

“The atmosphere at The Stoop has always been one of the best in the Premiership, so to play in front of them on a regular basis will be a huge honour.

“I would like to thank Saracens, specifically the players and coaching staff, for helping create so many great memories throughout my nine years at the club. Further, I would like to thank the fans for their continued support. They have made the decision to move extremely difficult.

“I am now looking forward to finishing the season off strongly and teaming up with Harlequins at the start of next season”.

Earle made his first team debut for Saracens in 2012 and established himself as a key member of the squad, making 32 appearances for the club.

“We would like to thank Nathan for his hard work and performances during his time here” Mark McCall, Saracens Director of Rugby commented

“We wish him well at Harlequins when he joins them next season.”