ANOTHER three of England’s emerging young players have joined the Harlequins Academy.
Jordan Burns, Harry Sloan and Henry Taylor will become full time members of one of the country’s leading Academies on July 1.
Last week, the RFU and Premiership Rugby confirmed that the Harlequins Academy had been assessed as one of best of the 14 Academies in England.
Burns, an 18-year-old who can play at scrum half or on the wing, joins from Epsom College. He originally joined the club’s Academy programme when he was 13 and has represented England at U16 level, and played at scrum half and on the wing for England U18 Clubs and Schools earlier this season.
Sloan is a 17-year-old centre from Skinners School who first joined the club’s programme when he was 15, and has played for England U18 Clubs and Schools for the past two seasons.
Taylor is an 18-year-old scrum half from Cranleigh School who joined the club’s Academy programme last year and has represented England U18 Clubs and Schools at scrum half for the past two years.
Harlequins Academy Manager Tony Diprose said: “While it is encouraging to receive such a positive review from the RFU and Premiership Rugby, our Academy must continue to identify and bring through the next generation of talented players for Harlequins and England.
“Sixteen of the club’s current professional squad are graduates of our Academy which speaks volumes for their commitment and talent.
“Our three new recruits have the potential to follow in the footsteps of players like Chris Robshaw, Mike Brown and Luke Wallace and we look forward to helping them realise their ambitions.”