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    23 June 2023

    Harlequins Add Former London Irish Players Lovejoy Chawatama, Chandler Cunningham-South & Will Joseph to Their Roster

    Harlequins Signs Three Players from London Irish Following Suspension

    In a surprising move, Harlequins has signed three players from London Irish following the Exiles’ suspension from the Premiership. Will Joseph, Lovejoy Chawatama, and Chandler Cunningham-South will now join Quins for the upcoming season.

    The New Signings

    Will Joseph is an England centre who has been capped twice by his country. He came through the academy at London Irish and made his senior debut in 2020. The 20-year-old is part of Steve Borthwick’s World Cup training squad.

    Lovejoy Chawatama joined London Irish back in 2017 as a prop and made 18 Premiership appearances for them last season. Born in Zimbabwe, he also played for other rugby clubs such as London Scottish and Welsh earlier in his career.

    The third new signing is Chandler Cunningham-South, who can play at flanker or number eight. The forward made his senior debut with the Exiles last May and went on to make 19 Premiership appearances last season scoring three tries. He has represented England in Under-20 Six Nations competition over the past two years and named to their team for this year’s U20 World Championships.

    New Beginnings At Harlequins

    Billy Millard was recently appointed as Director of Rugby at Harlequins said that he was “pleased” to welcome these fantastic signings into their club while providing these talented young athletes with an opportunity to remain competing within the Premiership despite having left their former club under difficult circumstances due to suspension.

    Gratitude and New Opportunities

    In light of the news, Lovejoy Chawatama released a statement to express his gratitude saying that “London Irish will always have a special place in my heart. I am so grateful for the six years I spent at the club, and will forever cherish the memories made with players, staff, and fans.”

    Chandler Cunningham-South also expressed his excitement about joining his new team while thanking everyone from London Irish for their support. He was quoted on Quins’ website as saying: “I’m excited to be starting a new opportunity at Harlequins and extremely grateful for the chance to join the club.”

    The Future Looks Bright For Harlequins

    With these three talented young athletes joining an already strong squad this season looks set to be an exciting one for Harlequins fans.

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