Harlequins sign South Africa’s Louw for next season

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Harlequins have confirmed the signing of South Africa international Wilco Louw for the 2020-21 season.

Louw, 25, will join from Super Rugby side Stormers at the end of the campaign.

The prop is set to replace outgoing England international Kyle Sinckler who has signed for Bristol Bears.

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Louw has made 13 international appearances for the Springboks but did not feature in the World Cup winning squad in Japan.

“I’m really stoked to be heading to England to play for Quins,” he told the club’s website. “If you ask any South African player, they all know Harlequins, its reputation is huge.

“It’s a big opportunity for me; Harlequins play an exciting brand of rugby with awesome coaches.

The forward made his Super Rugby debut in 2015 and also enjoyed a short spell with French Top 14 outfit Toulon.

Harlequins head of rugby Paul Gustard added: “We are delighted with the capture of Wilco for the 2020/21 season.

“To be successful in the Gallagher Premiership, the importance of a consistently dominant set piece is imperative and you require quality in depth in each of the tight five positions, which is crucial in maintaining competitiveness throughout the season.

“Wilco has already earned 13 caps for South Africa and is renowned for being a destructive scrummager, highlighted in an impressive 2018 campaign where he earned a league-leading 36 penalties at the scrum in Super Rugby. Wilco is a quality individual and comes with very good feedback on his character from all our contacts in South Africa.”

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