Harlequins sign former Connacht and New Zealand 7's player
By Ed Hutson
Last Updated: 28/07/16 8:26pm
Harlequins have signed former Connacht No 8 George Naoupu for the forthcoming season.
The New Zealander made over 100 appearances for the Irish province having previously represented the Highlanders in Super Rugby and New Zealand 7's.
Harlequins Director of Rugby John Kingston said: "George is a highly experienced physical ball-carrying back row forward. He has the ability to break the first tackle and is an excellent offloader and will provide further power to our pack.
"I have already been impressed by the hunger he has shown to make a big impact in the Aviva Premiership for Harlequins."
The 32-year-old is capable of covering across all of the back row as well as filling in at lock.
The number eight arrived at Connacht in 2009 and left at the end of his first season to play for Japanese side Kobelco Steelers before returning to Connacht in 2011.
"I am very excited to be joining Harlequins in its 150th anniversary year," Naoupu said. "It is a club I know well having played against them in Europe a number of times and I like the fact that they play a really attractive style of rugby.
"I am also looking forward to playing in the Aviva Premiership which is an extremely strong competition."