Harlequins sign trophy-laden ‘experienced’ forward to fill club legend’s void

Jared Wright
Harlequins prop Will Collier and incoming signing Titi Lamositele.

Harlequins prop Will Collier and incoming signing Titi Lamositele.

Harlequins have announced their first signing ahead of the 2024/25 season with Samoan international prop Titi Lamositele joining from Montpellier.

Lamositele won three Premiership titles with Saracens and joins London rivals Harlequins.

The 29-year-old, capped for both Samoa and USA, joins Billy Millard’s side after four years with Montpellier, where he helped the side win the Top 14 title in 2022.

Titi Lamositele signs for Harlequins

The announcement of his signing comes shortly after Harlequins confirmed that club stalwart Will Collier will be heading the opposite way after agreeing a deal to join Castres.

Lamositele made his Test debut for in 2013 against Canada, becoming the youngest-ever USA Eagle at the age of 18.

He went on to play 32 internationals for the USA, featuring at two Rugby World Cups, 2015 and 2019, before switching his international alliance to Samoa in 2023.

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The powerful front-rower enjoyed a successful stint with Saracens after joining the club in 2015 and went on to win three Premiership and three Champions Cup titles. He also won a Challenge Cup title with Montpellier in 2021 and clinched the Top 14 title a year later.

“I’m excited to be joining Quins. I’ve been impressed with the rugby they have played this season, and I can’t wait to return to the Premiership and link up with my new teammates,” Lamositele said.

“I’ve enjoyed my time in France but I’m excited for this new chapter and I can’t wait to pull on the Quarters and play in front of a packed Quins crowd.”

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“Experienced and dynamic tighthead”

Director of rugby Millard spoke glowingly of his new signing having worked with Lamositele previously in the USA.

“I’ve known Titi since my time coaching with USA Rugby and I’ve followed his progress closely throughout his career,” The Quins boss added.

“He’s a very experienced and dynamic tighthead, who has achieved great success at club and international level and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our front-row.

“He’s a hard-working, tough ball carrier, who adds plenty of power to our scrum and will be ready to make a good impact next season.”

Lamositele is Harlequins’ first signing ahead of next season with the Londoners set to bid farewell to Louis Lynagh, André Esterhuizen, Lovejoy Chawatama, Santiago Garcia Botta, and Collier.

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