Transfer News: Harlequins confirm two more signings

Leicester Tigers Will Evans and Newcastle Falcons Glen Young will join Harlequins for the 2019/20 season.

Openside flanker Evans enjoyed a stellar rise through the ranks at Leicester in the closing stages of the 2015/16 season, making his senior debut for Leicester Tigers and then going to the World Under-20s Championships with England who reached the final and was then deservedly named in the competition dream team.

Evans, 22, earned international recognition at four age-group levels as he progressed through the Tigers academy. He made his Premiership debut against Gloucester at Welford Road in April 2016 and made three more appearances that season, including in the semi-final at Saracens. He was a member of England’s senior EPS squad of 45 back in 2016 at the tender age of 19.

Head of Rugby Paul Gustard said: “Will is a player I have been fortunate to work with before. He is a young man with a very clear goal of where he wants to get to and we are delighted he has chosen to join us as he takes the next step forward in his burgeoning career. 

“He is a tough-on-the-ball 7, he tackles hard and runs with real intent. He is a super talent and I am confident in our ability to help him develop his game, fulfil his potential and realise his ambitions, which in turn will help us achieve ours.”

Meanwhile, second row Young, who has represented Scotland U20s, has been with Newcastle since he played for their U18s in 2012/13.

Two years later he broke into the First Team and represented his country’s U20 side seven times. 

Gustard added: “Glen is an incredibly promising talent and we are looking forward to having him as part of our squad as we look to build on the early momentum we have earned to date. 

“He has impressed us with his playing performances and we were delighted that he is the kind of self-effacing character we are looking for. He is hungry, energetic and is desperate to improve. He loves lineouts and will add real awareness and acumen to our calling systems and structures.”

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