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Harlequins confirm Nathan Earle is among 11 players who are set to leave

By Liam Heagney
(Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

One-time England prospect Nathan Earle has been confirmed as one of the eleven players who will leave title-chasing Harlequins at the end of this season. The winger finally got a Premiership appearance in May after a five-month wait during which there was speculation he might move to France for next season, potentially to newly-promoted Perpignan. 

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Earle scored two tries on his comeback at Leicester last month and assistant Nick Evans was chuffed with that effort. “It was great to see him back,” he said at the time. “For someone like that after the injury he had

“He has just had a new baby as well so we joke about the lack of sleep that he is going to have, but he is such an influence on the group. He is one of those guys that is given the role of just getting the guys up. He is boisterous, he is loud so it is great to have him back on the field and in and around training.”

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However, he won’t be in an around training for much longer after being listed as one of the eleven who will move on from The Stoop at the end of this month. A Harlequins statement read: “As with the end of every season, Harlequins will say goodbye to a number of departing players this summer.

“As well as the already announced departures of Scott Baldwin (signed for Worcester Warriors), Mike Brown (Newcastle Falcons), James Lang (Edinburgh), Glen Young (Edinburgh) and Michele Campagnaro (Colomiers), Harlequins will see Tevita Cavubati, Martin Landajo, Ben Tapuai, Nathan Earle, Elia Elia and Brett Herron also leave the club.”

General manager Billy Millard said: “I want to thank all of our departing players for everything they have given to the Famous Quarters during their time at Quins. On behalf of all our staff, it has been a pleasure to work alongside these eleven guys on the pitch or outside of rugby and we say goodbye to some good friends and great players and we wish them nothing but the best. The Stoop will always be their home – once a Quin, always a Quin!”

CONFIRMED LIST OF DEPARTING PLAYERS:
Scott Baldwin (Worcester Warriors)
Tevita Cavubati
Mike Brown (Newcastle Falcons)
James Lang (Edinburgh)
Martin Landajo
Glen Young (Edinburgh)
Ben Tapuai
Nathan Earle
Elia Elia
Michele Campagnaro (Colomiers)
Brett Herron

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Jon 1 days ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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