Friday, 26th June 2020 @ 16:00
Harlequins is delighted to confirm the signing of promising young second row Matas Jurevicius from Greene King IPA Championship side London Scottish
The 20-year-old lock signs for Harlequins following an impressive rise through the age grades. After an impressive Colts campaign during the 2017/18 season that saw the promising young forward tour with the England Counties U18s side, Jurevicius earned a first XV contract as a 17-year-old ahead of the 2018/19 season, going on to earn selection for the England Counties U20s side.
A regular starter during the 2019/20 Championship season, Jurevicius played a prime role in London Scottish’s campaign before seeing the season curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Commenting on his signing with Harlequins, Jurevicius said: “It means a lot, it’s a big dream realised for me and my Dad, it’s a big step forward. He is a Harlequins fan, our first game together was at a Harlequins game.
“I remember when I was younger, we had a little tournament not far from the stadium, and the club that won got to wave the flags to let the teams run out. We didn’t win the tournament, but we got to watch the game and the atmosphere was amazing – that was my first rugby game as well, going to a stadium, and I really enjoyed the atmosphere.
“I’m looking forward to having Paul [Gustard’s] experience in coaching. I can’t wait to improve my rugby as well, and to meet everyone at the Club. I’m excited to meet all the boys.”
Harlequins Head of Rugby Paul Gustard said: “We are excited to announce that Matas will be joining the Club. He is a young man with huge athletic potential and the talent to make a significant impact in the coming years.
“He has been a regular starter for London Scottish at such a tender age in a physically demanding position in a physically demanding league and has acquitted himself really well.
“He is aggressive in contact and has demonstrated the willingness to develop, and he deserves an opportunity to see how far he can go.
“Although he has played this season at lock, he has just turned 20 and, at 6ft4 and 115 kilos, has the foundations for a modern-day blindside, which is potentially where we see him long-term. We look forward to seeing how he develops.”