Samoa centre Stanley joining Quins

Date published: April 23 2015

Harlequins have announced that Samoa international centre Winston Stanley will link up with the club next season.

Commenting on the announcement Conor O’Shea, Harlequins Director of Rugby, said: “Winston is a classic case of a player who does the simple things well. He is equally adept at 12 or 13 and, with the amount we play with ball in hand, having players in our squad that have Winston’s ability ensures we will be better placed to compete on all fronts. We are looking forward to having him on board.”

26-year-old Australian-born Stanley, began his career at Auckland and in 2009 joined Super Rugby side The Blues. Returning to his native country in 2012, he joined Western Force before moving back to New Zealand to play for the Highlanders in 2014.

Youngest Brother of All-Black Benson Stanley and cousin to Samoan international Michael, Winston won the U20 Junior World Cup with New Zealand in 2009 and was shortlisted for young player of the year. 

In 2014, the aggressive centre and dangerous ball carrier declared his international career with Manu Samoa. Scoring the match winning try on his debut against Canada, he made his second international appearance against Italy, before missing the Test match against England at Twickenham through injury.

Stanley added: “I’m thrilled to be joining a quality club with such a proud and long Rugby history as Harlequins. Having played in the Super Rugby competition previously, the chance to now join Quins was something I am very keen to do. The Club is very well respected and I am elated to have the chance to contribute, and play alongside world class players."