Harlequins have revealed that Joe Marchant will likely remain in New Zealand for the conclusion of the Super Rugby.
It’s been revealed that he will complete season with the Blues, despite his loan in New Zealand set to expire at the end of June.
Quins general manager Billy Millard said: “We are in pretty heavily dialogue with Joe and the Blues and he went over their to get an experience and got a taste of it and the main reason is that he can bring that confidence and experience back to us.
“He will start some games and he is such a good guy and has a good relationship with both clubs and there is not point in getting him back here if there is a trip wire and he comes back into stage one.
“The two weeks quarantine that is coming in is a big part of it as well and it definitely a case of plus two. He is an integral part of our backline and its flexible. It just depends where we are with our training.”
It’s therefore likely that Quins won’t see the England centre back in a Quins shirt until the 2020/21 season kicks off.
Marchant made his debut for the club in 2014 and has gone on to make more than 85 appearances for the famous London club.
Marchant represented England U20s at both the 2015 and 2016 editions of the tournament. In 2019 Joe made his first test appearance for England off the bench against Wales, before making his starting debut against Italy that same year.
HARLEQUINS TRANSFERS |
Players in: Andre Esterhuizen (Sharks), Wilco Louw (Stormers), Joe Gray (Saracens), Tyrone Green (Lions)
Players out: Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears), Nick Auterac (Northampton Saints), Francis Saili (Biarritz), Pail Swainston (Rouen), Semi Kunatani (Castres), Toby Freeman (London Scottish), Travis Ismaiel (Bulls)
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