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Harlequins snap up Wasps tighthead

Harlequins RFC

Harlequins have signed Wasps tighthead Phil Swainston ahead of the 2017/18 season.

Swainston has made over 80 appearances for Wasps since he joined them from Leeds Carnegie in 2012.

The 27-year-old was called into the England Saxons squad to play Scotland A in 2013 but failed to make an appearance for the second team

After his first season with Wasps he was shortlisted for the club’s Young Player of the Year award with the likes of Elliot Daly and Billy Vunipola.

Swainston said prop said: “The opportunity to join Harlequins was one that I just couldn’t turn down. To be able to work under the expert guidance of Graham Rowntree and Adam Jones is something that I’m really excited about.

“My attention will turn to Harlequins in the summer, but for now I will be doing all that I can to finish the season with Wasps on a high. I am really grateful for the help and support that Dai Young and Wasps have given me during my time.”

Harlequins Director of Rugby John Kingston added: “I am delighted that we have secured the services of Phil.

“He is a proven and experienced tighthead prop who will give us the necessary strength in depth in a key position. In my conversations with him, he has displayed a real hunger to be a regular starter and I have no doubt he will provide strong competition for the other props in our squad.”

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