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Harlequins welcome nine players into senior Academy

Friday, 16th July 2021 @ 12:00



Harlequins is thrilled to announce nine players will graduate into the senior Harlequins Academy ahead of the 2021/22 season, training with the senior Men’s side

Nine players will join the senior Harlequins Academy side as the Club look to build upon a hugely successful double-winning 2020/21 season that saw both the Men’s and Women’s senior sides lift their domestic trophies.

Two forwards and seven backs make up the latest intake, with an exciting group set to train week-in-week-out with the senior men’s side at Surrey Sports Park.

Delighted to welcome the next batch of talented players into the senior set-up, Harlequins Academy Manager Chim Gale said: “We’re thrilled to welcome a talented and promising group of nine players into our senior academy ahead of the 2021/22 season. This is an exciting group of young men that are driven and keen to take on the opportunity to learn and develop their game alongside our senior players and coaches.

Academy intake
“Despite a hugely disrupted year for age grade rugby, what impressed the academy staff most about this group is the attitude effort these guys have shown to develop on and off the field. It has put them in a good position for the hard work that starts now.

“I want to give recognition to the people at the clubs and schools that have played huge roles in supporting these players to getting where they are today. Also to the devoted family members who have ferried these boys up and down the country to sessions and games, and to the staff – whether full-time or volunteer - across the Sussex and Surrey regions. This has been a tough 16 months for everybody and the people that have played key roles in getting these players to this point has been exceptional and shouldn’t go without note.

Harlequins Director of Rugby Performance Billy Millard said: “We are excited to welcome our new Academy intake into the senior group. Their fresh energy and talent will be important this season and our senior players will work hard to develop them both on and off field around the Harlequins way.”

Harlequins Senior Academy Intake

Will Hobson 
Age: 18
Position: Prop
School: Wellington School
Club: Rosslyn Park

Nathan Jibulu   
Age: 18
Position: Hooker
School: Seaford College
Club: Wimbledon Warriors RFC

Jake Murray 
Age: 18
Position: Scrum-half
School: Whitgift School
Club: Rosslyn Park

Jamie Benson
Age: 18
Position: Fly-half
School: Hampton School
Club: Richmond RFC

Bryn Bradley
Age: 18
Position: Centre
School: Epsom College
Club: Cobham RFC

Cassius Cleaves
Age: 18
Position: Wing
School: Wellington College
Club: Wimbledon RFC

Kitan Ojo
Age: 18
Position: Wing
School: Epsom College 

Conor Oresanya
Age: 18
Position: Wing
School: John Fisher School
Club: Streatham - Croydon RFC

Connor Slevin
Age: 18
Position: Fullback
School: Whitgift School
Club: Rosslyn Park 

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