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Quins snap up Stanley

Harlequins have signed Samoa centre Winston Stanley for next season.

The 26-year-old will leave New Zealand Super Rugby franchise the Highlanders to join Quins for the start of next term.

The Australia-born midfielder is the younger brother of All Blacks star Benson Stanley, and the cousin of former Everton footballer Tim Cahill.

"Winston is a classic case of a player who does the simple things well," said Harlequins rugby director Conor O'Shea.

"He is equally adept at 12 or 13 and, with the amount we play with ball in hand, having players in our squad that have Winston's ability ensures we will be better placed to compete on all fronts.

"We are looking forward to having him on board."

Stanley's signing further bolsters the Quins squad for next season, with Australia lock James Horwill arriving at The Stoop after the autumn's World Cup.

Former Auckland Blues and Western Force star Stanley claimed Junior World Cup glory with New Zealand's Under-20s in 2009, shortlisted for young player of the year.

Stanley opted to declare for Samoa in 2014 however, claiming a try on his debut against Canada.

"I'm thrilled to be joining a quality club with such a proud and long rugby history as Harlequins," said Stanley.

"Having played in the Super Rugby competition previously, the chance to now join Quins is something I am very keen to do.

"The club is very well respected and I am elated to have the chance to contribute, and play alongside world-class players."

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