Horwill signs long-term deal

Date published: December 20 2016

James Horwill has extended his stay at Harlequins to 2020 by signing a contract extension with the club.

The former Australian captain joined Quins 18 months ago and his impact has prompted the club to secure his long-term future.

“From the moment James joined Harlequins 18 months ago, he has shown himself to be both a world class player and an outstanding leader,” Director of Rugby John Kingston said about the new deal.

“His infectious enthusiasm and drive illustrates exactly why he captained Australia on 16 occasions and he has proved a shining example to the rest of the squad. In extending his contract to the summer of 2020, he has crucially committed himself long term to the Harlequins family.

“This signing is a statement of our intent for the coming years.”

Horwill joined Harlequins in September 2015 from the Queensland Reds, a side he played for over 100 times and captained to the 2011 Super Rugby title.

The 31 year-old captained his country on 16 occasions and won his 62nd, and most recent Test cap, against England in June 2016.

Commenting on the news, Horwill added: “I’m excited to be able to extend my time at Harlequins, I’ve fallen in love with the place. I’ve been fortunate to be part of such a great group of guys and a great supporter base. I’ve been very lucky that they have opened their arms to me and my family from the get go; it’s fantastic to be able to stay a bit longer and help the group achieve some special things.”