REPORTS | Harlequins move in on Jack Clifford replacement | Ruck

REPORTS | Harlequins move in on Jack Clifford replacement

Harlequins are hoping to sign a a replacement back-rower after England international Jack Clifford confirmed his shock retirement last week,

The Australian forward won the last of his 10 senior caps against Italy in 2017 — he made his debut during England’s Six Nations Grand Slam campaign in 2016.

However, a dislocated shoulder he suffered in what was his 100th appearance for Harlequins last September has failed to heal entirely even after two operations.

Harlequins have now made a move for South African powerhouse Jacques du Plessis from Montpellier.

The Rugby Paper reported on Sunday that Quins and Wasps were talking to the 27-year-old who can also play back row – with a view to him joining as early as this week.

According to RUC: sources, another player that Quins were looking at England flanker Mark Wilson, who they were keen to take on a short-term loan.

However, following a succession of injuries, Newcastle Falcons want him to take it easy ahead of the men in blacks Gallagher Premiership return next season.

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LIST | 5 pairs of stars you didn’t know played together as kids

1. Steff Evans & Josh Adams

When the pair lined up as fresh-faced 11-year-olds in the same schoolboys team at the Millennium Stadium, only in their wildest of dreams could they have imagined they would be back there playing for their country in a Six Nations match in front of 74,500 fans.

Yet that childhood fantasy became reality in 2018 when the former classmates reunited in Warren Gatland’s new-look side that thumped Scotland 34-7 in Cardiff. Evans currently turns out for Scarlets while Adams joined Cardiff Blues from Worcester in 2019.

Steff Evans and Josh Adams (front row) during their school days

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