New deal for Quins hooker

Date published: January 12 2016

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Harlequins have announced that hooker Rob Buchanan has committed his future to the Premiership club by signing a contract extension.

The 24-year-old, a graduate of the Harlequins Academy, made his club debut against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road in 2010 and made his senior starting debut during the 2012 victory over Saracens at Wembley Stadium. Buchanan has since gone on to make 82 appearances, scoring six tries.

The hooker has represented his country at all age grade levels and was among one of the stand out individuals in the 2011 Junior World Cup final against the Junior All Blacks.

Following his excellent form during the 2012/13 season, in which he helped the club win the LV= Cup, he was called into Stuart Lancaster’s England team to tour Argentina. He was also named in England’s 2014 squad to play the Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium.

“Rob is the youngest of our three senior hookers but his potential is huge,” said Harlequins director of rugby, Conor O’Shea.

“He is tough and abrasive, has improved his set piece massively and his play in the loose is uncompromising.

“Rob has suffered some injuries over the past few years which have stalled his progress but long term, this could have been the best thing that happened him.

“There are real signs that he is back to his best and is ready to kick on. The three senior hookers we have give depth, quality and competition that can only be good for them and the club.”

Buchanan said: “I’m really pleased to have re-signed and I’m grateful to Conor and the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to continue at Harlequins.

“I joined the Academy set up when I was 16 and I’m incredibly proud to represent this club as a senior squad member.

“I love being part of this hugely exciting squad, the support we receive each week is amazing. I’m looking forward to competing alongside Joe Gray and Dave Ward for the starting hooker position in the next few years as I continue to develop my career.”

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