Swiel signs for Harlequins

Date published: October 29 2014

Harlequins have announced that Sharks fly-half Tim Swiel will join the club on a loan deal until February 2015, as cover for Ben Botica.

Harlequins have announced that fly-half Tim Swiel will join them on loan from the Sharks until February 2015, as cover for the injured Ben Botica.

Botica injured his shoulder during an Aviva ‘A’ League match earlier this month and has had surgery which rules him out until the New Year.

Somerset born Swiel moved to South Africa and attended Bishop’s College in Cape Town before signing for Western Province, a team that he represented at U16, U18, U21 and senior levels.

In 2013 the former South African Schools back moved to Durban, having signed for the Sharks.

The English qualified fly-half represented the Sharks against Saracens in January and has played on three times in this season’s Currie Cup.

“While we are very disappointed to lose Ben Botica to injury, I am delighted to be able to bring in someone of Tim’s ability from The Sharks at such short notice,” said Quins boss Conor O’Shea.

“Tim is a player with real X factor who we are sure will fit within how we play and we look forward to welcoming him to the Twickenham Stoop.”

Swiel added: “I am looking forward to joining Harlequins during The Sharks off-season.

“Due to injury, I did not get a lot of game-time during the Absa Currie Cup and my coaches at The Sharks and I agree that regular game-time during this off season will enhance my preparation and will provide the necessary momentum needed for Super Rugby 2015.

“I believe that it can only be beneficial for other young players to get similar opportunities to experience another rugby culture during their off season, which will contribute positively to their growth and experience in the game. I thank The Sharks and Harlequins for granting me this exciting opportunity.”