Tuesday, 13th August 2019 @ 11:00
Harlequins is delighted to announce that Ireland international Anna Caplice has signed for the Club from the 2019/20 season.
The ball-carrying flanker first picked up a rugby ball at the age of 17 at Mallow Rugby Club, near Cork in south west Ireland. After excelling at club level, she was called up to represent provincial side, Munster Rugby.
Caplice made her debut for Ireland in 2016 during the Autumn Series against Canada, having also represented her country in the 7s game the year before. In 2017, she was named alongside fellow Quin Leah Lyons in Ireland’s Women’s Six Nations squad.
After moving abroad to play in Japan, Caplice returned to England to join Tyrrells Premier 15s Richmond FC Ladies where she played for four seasons.
Harlequins Women Co-Head Coach Karen Findlay said: “Anna has a clear focus - to be the best player that she can be. She is clear in her own mind, as reflected in her choice and decision to come to Harlequins and I know that our environment will fully support her in achieving that goal.
“She will bring great experience to our squad, and further compliment the exciting competition, strength and depth that there will be in the backrow which has a real international flavour to it. She has competed at the highest level both with Ireland and domestically in the Tyrrells Premier 15s with Richmond, and her stand out performances during the last Six Nations campaign spoke for themselves.
“I really am looking forward to coaching Anna again having seen her grow season on season as a talented player who is a real running threat with the ball”.
Caplice added: “I am really excited to be joining Harlequins ahead of the new season, not only because of what they have achieved in terms of driving the standards in the women’s game, but also because it gives me the opportunity to re-connect with Jock [Karen Findlay] who I regard as a truly inspirational coach.
“The opportunity to wear the famous quartered shirt is a real honour. I grew up watching Harlequins on television and the chance to be a part of something so historic in the world of rugby is incredible, especially as a female player.
“The quality that the Club has in terms of players is amazing and I’m really looking forward competing in such a professional environment.”