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Horwill signs new deal with Harlequins

Former Australia captain James Horwill has signed a new contract keeping him at Harlequins until 2020.

Horwill, 31, joined Quins in September 2015 from the Queensland Reds, a side he played for more than 100 times and captained to the 2011 Super Rugby title.

The 6ft 6in second row has made 33 appearances for Harlequins, scoring three tries.

Horwill told Quins’ official site: “I’ve fallen in love with the place.

“I’ve been fortunate to be part of such a great group of guys and a great supporter base.

“I’ve been very lucky that they have opened their arms to me and my family from the get go – it’s fantastic to be able to stay a bit longer and help the group achieve some special things.”

Quins’ director of rugby John Kingston added: “From the moment James joined Harlequins 18 months ago, he has shown himself to be both a world-class player and an outstanding leader.

“His infectious enthusiasm and drive illustrates exactly why he captained Australia on 16 occasions and he has proved a shining example to the rest of the squad.

“In extending his contract to the summer of 2020, he has crucially committed himself long term to the Harlequins family.

“This signing is a statement of our intent for the coming years.”