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.
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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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Hate hyping young players, but if there is a year to stand out, its this year with teh RWC, a new coach who doesn't always follow the rules, and his competition not bashing the door down. That said, Noah seems to be playing a much more expansive game this year. Nick, it would be great if you could do a comparison of 2021-22 Noah v's the 2023 one.Go to comments
Excellent read like always Nicholas. Yes the fly half needs to handle the ball quite often, not just make up the numbers in the back line and take the odd kick. I fully agree that Larkham's return to the Brumbies might be perfect timing for Noah.Go to comments