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Wasps sign Harlequins secondrow Matthews

Wasps have announced the signing of Charlie Matthews for the coming season.

The 26-year-old second row makes the move from Harlequins to the Ricoh Arena. He has appeared 163 times for his current club since making his debut against Newcastle in 2009 aged just 18.

The 6ft 7 lock has won England Saxons honours after also representing his country at age-group level.

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Charlie Matthews said:

“After 11 years and over 150 appearances at Quins, I am looking forward to having a new challenge at Wasps.

“It’s an exciting time to be heading to the Ricoh Arena as they contend for titles and trophies in the upcoming seasons.

“I would like to thank everyone at Quins for their support; I will always have fantastic memories and be very proud of my time at the club.”

Director of rugby Dai Young said:

“Despite still being relatively young, Charlie has plenty of Premiership and European experience under his belt.

“He is a proven operator who has performed well against us on a number of occasions, so when we heard Matt Symons was leaving he was an obvious target.

“With Joe Launchbury, James Gaskell, Kearnan Myall and Will Rowlands already in the squad we are well-blessed with second rows and adding Charlie to that group further increases competition for places.

“We believe Charlie has untapped potential which we hope our coaches will help him to achieve. We look forward to his arrival and to working with him over the coming months.”

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Wasps sign Harlequins secondrow Matthews