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Saracens nab 131kg tighthead prospect from Premiership rivals Harlequins

Saracens have nabbed themselves a promising tighthead from one of their Premiership rivals.

Harlequins prop Josh Ibuanokpe has made 10 appearances for the Quins this year, scoring a single try.

Coming in at 6’2″ and 131kg the former Number 8 joined Quins’ Academy in July 2014 from Dulwich College, a school he helped win three National Schools Cups in successive years.

He balanced his time with the Twickenham outfit alongside his further education at Bristol University where he studied Chemistry for three years.

Ibuanokpe made his Harlequins senior debut in the 2017/18 Anglo-Welsh Cup against Saracens and went on to sign professional terms ahead of this season.

The England age-grade tighthead’s first Premiership and European outings have both come this year and he is ‘relishing the opportunity’ to progress in north London.

“Saracens have a history of developing young players and I’m excited to see how far my game can develop with them,” the 23-year old said.

“I know a few of the players at the club and they’ve spoken about the tight-knit nature of the squad.”

Director of Rugby Mark McCall said: “We are excited to have signed a player of Josh’s potential and look forward to working with him at Saracens.”

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Saracens nab 131kg tighthead prospect from Premiership rivals Harlequins