Harlequins confirm Naoupu’s signature

Date published: July 28 2016

Harlequins confirmed the signing of New Zealand born number eight George Naoupu from Connacht for the upcoming season. 

Harlequins Director of Rugby John Kingston lauded the loose forward's skill in contact. 

"George is a highly experienced physical ball-carrying back row forward. He has the ability to break the first tackle and is an excellent off-loader and will provide further power to our pack," Kingston told the Harlequins official website

"I have already been impressed by the hunger he has shown to make a big impact in the Aviva Premiership for Harlequins."

The New Zealand-born back row developed his rugby initially through the Canterbury system. After transferring to Hawkes Bay, he was later selected for the Highlanders, making 11 appearances in two seasons of Super Rugby. 

The former New Zealand 7s and Under 21 is a destructive runner from the base of a scrum and is equally capable of playing in the second row.

Naoupu said he was ecstatic about his joining his former adversaries and playing in a new competition.

"I am very excited to be joining Harlequins in its 150th anniversary year.  It is a club I know well having played against them in Europe a number of times and I like the fact that they play a really attractive style of rugby.

"I am also looking forward to playing in the Aviva Premiership which is an extremely strong competition.