Front row coup for Quins

Tue, 29 Jan 2013 12:05
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Harlequins have strengthened their front row resources for next season with the signing of Northampton Saints and England prop Paul Doran-Jones on a two year contract.

Harlequins have strengthened their front row resources for next season with the signing of Northampton Saints and England prop Paul Doran-Jones on a two year contract.

Born in Enfield, North London, to an Irish mother and English father, Paul was educated at Wellington College in Berkshire before going to Ireland to join the Leinster Academy. His rugby education continued at London Welsh and Gloucester before moving to Franklin's Gardens.

He played for England at Under-18 and Ireland at U19 and U21 levels before finally declaring for England. He made his international debut against Argentina in 2009 and has since made three further appearances including being part of the team that won the Six Nations in 2011.

Harlequins Director of Rugby, Conor O’Shea said: "While we were disappointed to lose James Johnston we recognise the need to have an experienced player to come in to supplement the existing tighthead talent we have at the club in Will Collier and Kyle Sinckler. With that in mind we are very fortunate to be able to bring in a player of Paul's ability.

"Not only is Paul talented, at his age he will only get better. He comes from a fabulous club and has been coached by one of the best forwards coaches in the country so I have no doubt he will add greatly to what we have at Harlequins. We look forward to welcoming him to The Stoop at the start of next season," he added.

Commenting on his move to the Premiership champions, Doran-Jones said: "I'm delighted to have the opportunity to play at the best club in the Premiership. The team play with smiles on their faces, a sure sign that they enjoy their style of rugby.

"I'm looking forward to being part of that, to improving my game and to working with the coaches and players to contribute to further success for Harlequins. In the meantime, I'm committed to doing my best for everyone at Northampton Saints and helping the club to a great finish to the season," he said.

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