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Harlequins take care of scrum-half injury crisis with short-term loan signing

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An injury suffered last weekend by Danny Care, in action here against Worcester last month, has left Harlequins raiding the Warriors for scrum-half cover (Photo by Alex Broadway/Getty Images for Harlequins)

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High-flying Harlequins have quickly moved to shore up their scrum-half injury crisis by raiding Premiership rivals Worcester. 

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Unbeaten in 2019 in the English league, Quins have had their half-back stocks depleted by recent injuries to Danny Care and Charlie Mulchrone.

That left boss Paul Gustard on the look-out for cover and he has managed to secure the services of Worcester’s Luke Baldwin, the former Saracens and Bristol player, on a short-term loan.

“I’m delighted Like has joined us,” said Gustard, who side next play fellow play-off rivals Gloucester at home in the Premiership title race. 

“He will strengthen an area where we currently have a few injuries and lack of availability. To secure Luke in this period is a real positive step for us.

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“I am very thankful for Alan Solomons and Worcester Warriors for allowing Luke to join us and I appreciate the work Ed Spokes, the head of recruitment, has done over the last two days to get this sorted after our victory in Bath.

“Luke is a quick, running nine who has a strong core skill-set which I’m sure our supporters will look forward to seeing. Having coached him for many years previously I know he is a very likeable lad who will add great value off the field.”

Baldwin, whose last match was a Premiership Cup game in November for Worcester against Saracens, said: ‘’I’m delighted to be joining Harlequins and look forward to helping them during this excellent season they are having.

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“I have an enormous amount of respect for Paul and the work he is doing at the club and I can’t wait to get started.”

Baldwin’s best season at the Warriors was in 2016/17 when he was their starting scrum-half in nine Premiership fixtures, but he hasn’t featured in the league at all for them this term. 

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