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Kennedy set for Quins move

Nick Kennedy is expected to sign for Harlequins after it was confirmed that he was leaving European champions Toulon.

Kennedy requested to leave the French club for 'personal reasons' and Toulon have replaced the former international by signing New Zealand's World Cup-winning lock Ali Williams.

Harlequins are in the market for a replacement for Olly Kohn, who was forced to retire after surgeons discovered a long-standing shoulder injury was worse than initially feared.

Kennedy, who spent 11 years at London Irish before moving to Toulon, is understood to have been lined up as Kohn's replacement at The Stoop.

The 31-year-old struggled to settle on the Cote d'Azur and at times last season admitted to doubting the wisdom of the move.

But he forced his way into Toulon's star-studded team and he achieved a career-long ambition in winning the Heineken Cup with a 16-15 victory over Clermont Auvergne in Dublin.

Kennedy was grateful that Toulon president Mourad Boujellal accepted his request for an early release.

"Winning the Heineken Cup was a career highlight for me and I'm still gutted we lost the Top 14 final," Kennedy tweeted.

"I'm very lucky to have played with some of the worlds (sic) best players and more importantly top guys, I'll be watching and supporting from here.

"Thank you to the president for releasing me for personal reasons."

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