Stegmann move brought forward
Harlequins have allowed Seb Stegmann to join London Welsh with immediate effect, rather than delay the move until the summer.
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The winger had already signed a two-year contract with the Exiles from next season but Welsh coach Lyn Jones approached Harlequins to request bringing the move forward.
Jones said: "Seb will add a lot of strength to our squad. He's had a very promising career up till now and will benefit from playing more games."
Quins boss Conor O'Shea said: "Given that Seb had already signed a two-year deal with London Welsh for next season, once Lyn Jones approached us looking for his early release, we felt it was in the player's best interests to allow him to do so.
"The selfish and easy thing for us to do would be to keep Seb and I know how much he was looking forward to contributing to both the LV= Cup play-offs and our run in for the remainder of the season.
"However, with competition for places among our back three as keen as it is, we are comfortable we have made the right decision for club and player.
"Seb has shown great fight and application to come back from two years of injury problems and has contributed massively to us over these past two seasons.
"I know he will be missed and everyone at the club wishes him well. Seb is one of the young players that have grown up through our academy process and we will say our formal goodbyes to him as a club at the end of the season.
"The more he plays the better he will be and we all wish him well in this new phase of his career."