Thursday, 21st March 2019 @ 12:00
Number eight joins the Club from Exeter Chiefs for 2019/20 season
Harlequins can confirm that Tom Lawday will join the Club for the 2019/20 season.
The powerful Number eight, who is currently with Exeter Chiefs, is a former BUCS player of the season and has represented England Students.
Lawday, who capped his final year at the University of Exeter with that BUCS award and as top try-scorer in BUCS Super Rugby in 2016/17, joined the Chiefs that summer.
He made his Chiefs debut against Quins at the Stoop in the Anglo-Welsh Cup in the 2017/18 season and scored a try for them a week later against Cardiff Blues.
The 25-year-old said: “I have been really impressed with what has been going on at Harlequins this season and know it is a club with very strong ambitions. I am looking forward to playing at The Stoop for Gussy and this team and know that a lot of success lies ahead there.”
Head of Rugby Paul Gustard said: “Tom is a very impressive Number eight and we are excited that he has committed his future with us.
“He is a strong, ball-carrying, tackle-breaking, all-action back row who I believe will continue to improve individually and help us improve collectively as a team. He is an impressive young man who is the archetypal modern-day back row forward.
“I have watched him play a lot this season and, in every game, there have been signs of real quality and ability to be special and make a difference. We really like what we have seen in terms of his on-field strengths and in meeting him we are very happy that he exhibits the kind of behaviours that we look for.
“I am sure he will be very well received by our wonderful supporters and we are delighted he will be playing in the quarters next season.
Argentina prop chats after his first training session with his new team-mates