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Born in Enfield, North London, to an Irish mother and English father, Paul was educated at Wellington College in Berkshire before going to Ireland to join the Leinster Academy. His rugby education continued at London Welsh and Gloucester before moving to Franklin's Gardens.
He played for England at Under 18 and Ireland at Under 19 and 21 levels before finally declaring for England. He made his international debut against Argentina during the 2009 Autumn Internationals and has since made three further appearances including being part of the team that won the Six Nations Championship in 2011. He was a member of the England squad that toured South Africa in June 2012.
Announcing the signing today (29th January), Harlequins Director of Rugby, Conor O'Shea said, "While we were disappointed to lose James Johnston we recognise the need to have an experienced player to come in to supplement the existing tight head talent we have at the club in Will Collier and Kyle Sinckler. With that in mind we are very fortunate to be able to bring in a player of Paul's ability.
"Not only is Paul talented, at his age he will only get better. He comes from a fabulous club and has been coached by one of the best forwards coaches in the country so I have no doubt he will add greatly to what we have at Harlequins. We look forward to welcoming him to The Stoop at the start of next season."
Commenting on his move to the current Aviva Premiership champions, Paul Doran-Jones said, "I'm delighted to have the opportunity to play at the best club in the Premiership. The team play with smiles on their faces, a sure sign that they enjoy their style of rugby. I'm looking forward to being part of that, to improving my game and to working with the coaches and players to contribute to further success for Harlequins. In the meantime, I'm committed to doing my best for everyone at Northampton Saints and helping the club to a great finish to the season."
Player Profile at a Glance
Name: Paul Doran-Jones (27)
Position: Prop forward
International caps: England (4)
Date of Birth: 2nd May 1985
Former Clubs: London Welsh, Gloucester, Northampton Saints
Height: 1.88m (6' 2")
Weight: 116kg (18st 3lbs)