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The twelve players joining Harlequins next season

Harlequins have confirmed all twelve players that will join the club ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Santiago Garcia Botta (Prop) – Jaguares

The powerful scrummager, who has 33 international caps, will join the Club after the World Cup in Japan, if selected, later this year. The 26-year-old currently plays for Jaguares and was part of the Argentina squad that reached the World Cup semi-finals in 2015.

Scott Baldwin (Hooker) – Ospreys

The Wales international said he was delighted to be joining Harlequins after 10 years with Ospreys, where he has made over 120 appearances.

Michele Campagnaro (Centre) – Wasps

The strong, ball-carrying Centre, who can also cover wing, was a member of the Exeter Chiefs squad who won the Premiership in the 2016/17 season and is currently playing his rugby with Wasps. The 26-year-old represented Italy in the recent Six Nations campaign and to date has amassed 42 caps for Italy and scored nine tries for his country.

Will Evans (Flanker) – Leicester Tigers

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.

Toby Freeman (Lock) – Cornish Pirates

The 31-year-old, who started his career in Cornwall and then went on to play for Rotherham and Nottingham, has been a mainstay of the Pirates team since his return there in 2017. He is an experienced campaigner, having played over 100 games in the Championship and brings a wealth of experience with him to Harlequins.

Brett Herron (Fly-half) – Jersey Reds

The 23-year-old, who can also provide cover at Fullback, is a product of the prestigious rugby school Wellington College, and made his debut for Bath United in 2014 before moving to for Ulster where he made eight appearances.

Herron then joined Jersey Reds last season and, having put in an eye-catching performance against Harlequins in last summer’s pre-season fixture between the clubs, has been a stand-out player for the Channels Islands’ side all season scoring over 100 points in 21 matches as they have risen to third in the Greene King Championship.

Simon Kerrod (Prop) – Worcester Warriors

The Tighthead prop joined Worcester from Jersey Reds at the start of the 2017/18 season having previously represented Sharks and Eastern Province Kings in South Africa. Kerrod, 26, was born in Johannesburg and has previously been selected in a South Africans Barbarian team, but is English-qualified.

Martin Landajo (Scrum-half) – Jaguares

The 30-year-old, who is one of his country’s most capped internationals with 84 appearances and was part of the Argentina squad which reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup, will complement Danny Care’s skill-set and provide another level of leadership across the squad.

Tom Lawday (Number Eight) – Exeter Chiefs

The powerful Number eight, who is currently with Exeter Chiefs, is a former BUCS player of the season and has represented England Students. Lawday, who capped his final year at the University of Exeter with that BUCS award and as top try-scorer in BUCS Super Rugby in 2016/17, joined the Chiefs that summer.

Stephan Lewies (Lock) – Lions

South African international Lewies, 27, is currently on loan with Lions but played the majority of his career in South Africa with Sharks, where he made 80 appearances having made his way up through the ranks, playing in the Currie Cup aged 21 in 2013. His outstanding performances the following year meant that he was immediately recognised as a special talent and was called up to the Springbok squad, earning his first Test cap against Scotland at only 22 when he replaced Victor Matfield in a 55–6 win over Scotland in Port Elizabeth.

Luke Northmore (Centre) – Cardiff Met

Northmore, who can play at either 12 or 13, played his early rugby at Tavistock RFC, and has been a consistent performer for the university side for the past three years. He is a close friend of Harlequins’ breakout player this season Alex Dombrandt, with whom he played at Cardiff Met.

Glen Young (Lock) – Newcastle Falcons

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. He played the 2015/16 season on dual registration with Doncaster Knights and was named in the Championship Dream Team that season, having made the play-off final. Young made his Premiership debut the following season and played a big part in Newcastle’s Challenge Cup campaign.

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The twelve players joining Harlequins next season