Harlequins have confirmed the signing of impressive Ealing Trailfinders tighthead prop Craig Trenier.
Initially signing ahead of the Club’s 2020/21 campaign, the former Ulster academy man joins the squad with immediate effect, bolstering the Club’s propping stocks for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.
A destructive scrummager and former Ireland U20 international, the Irishman is regarded as one of the most formidable props in the Championship, having caught the eyes of many over the last three seasons in England since arriving from Belfast.
Following an impressive 2018/19 campaign with Richmond, the 26-year-old Irishman made the short move to London and Championship rivals Ealing last summer.
Ahead of his move to The Stoop, Trenier said: “I’ve had some great experiences with Richmond and Ealing in the Championship since leaving Ireland, and signing for a club as prestigious and ambitious as Harlequins offers me the opportunity to prove myself at the next level.
“I’m excited to be back working with Jonesy (scrum coach Adam Jones) having worked with him during my time with Richmond, the scrum is the area of my game that I pride myself on the most.
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“The pack and coaching team that Harlequins have assembled have the potential to be one of the strongest scrums in the league and I can’t wait to be a part of it.”
Harlequins’ Head of Rugby Paul Gustard said: “Craig has displayed significant talent as a tighthead prop with Richmond and Ealing at senior level and earned much-deserved international recognition with the Ireland U20 side during his time in the Ulster academy.
“Looking ahead, we needed a specialist tighthead prop, and Craig is the man to fill that role for us. I know Bomb (Adam Jones) is particularly impressed with his destructive scrummaging ability, having coached him previously during his spell with Richmond.
“I look forward to welcoming Craig to The Stoop and seeing him contribute to our evolving playing squad. Welcome, Craig!”