Springboks duo and Afrikaans at Quins
WATCH as Springboks duo Andre Esterhuizen and Wilco Louw talk about their first training session at the Harlequins.
The South African duo missed the restart of the Premiership season, due to their visa process being held up by the lockdown in South Africa.
The former Sharks captain Esterhuizen joined the Premiership side in January, while Louw signed a deal back in February from the Stormers.
Both players have had their first training session with their English club on Monday.
Esterhuizen, who has played eight Test matches for the Springboks, said he feels very comfortable at Harlequins, given that a lot of his teammates speak Afrikaans.
“I’m settling in well,” Esternhuizen said.
“It is nice to hear a few familiar voices, especially Afrikaans – we are quite a few okes now,”
Apart from Esterhuizen and Louw, other South Africans at the club include Tyrone Green, Jordan Els, Simon Kerrod, Maks van Dyk and Stephan Lewies.
When asked about his new team’s performance, Esterhuizen stated: “I’ve watched a couple of game and after joining the Harlequins I’ve watched every match,”
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Louw, meanwhile, had huge praise for Wales legend and current Harlequins scrum coach Adam Jones.
“Everything and everyone has been really nice,” the 26-year-old said.
“Everybody has been more than happy to help and I’m just getting back into the scrums with Adam [Jones].
He added: “Working with Adam has been nice, he is a rugby legend as everyone knows, he is an awesome guy and really knows a lot,”
The Harlequins take on the London Irish at the Twickenham Stoop on Wednesday.