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Connacht legend George Naoupu signs for Harlequins

The 32-year-old was released by the Pro12 champions this summer.

Naoupu played 117 times for Connacht, including this epic trip to face Enisei STM in Siberia last season.
Naoupu played 117 times for Connacht, including this epic trip to face Enisei STM in Siberia last season.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

HARLEQUINS HAVE TODAY announced the signing of former Connacht back row George Naoupu.

The powerful number eight was released by the Pro12 champions at the end of last season and has been working with his Irish international wife, Sene, to get in shape while finding a new club.

“I have already been impressed by the hunger he has shown,” said new ‘Quins director of rugby John Kingston.

Last week, Sene Naoupu took to Facebook to post images of the ’120 kg rig’ in his 14th season as a professional, saying “the man is the most motivated I’ve ever seen.”

The 32-year-old number eight spent six seasons at the Sportsground and played 117 times for the western province, including some memorable battles with his new club.

“I am very excited to be joining Harlequins in its 150th anniversary year,” he said in a club statement.

George Naoupu makes his way with the team up College Road Naoupu celebrates as Connacht parade the Pro12 trophy in Galway. Source: James Crombie/INPHO


“It is a club I know well having played against them in Europe a number of times and I like the fact that they play a really attractive style of rugby. I am also looking forward to playing in the Aviva Premiership which is an extremely strong competition.”

‘Quins are in Challenge Cup pool 5 this season, where they will face Edinburgh, Stade Francais and Timisoara Saracens.

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