Thu 19 Jan 2023 | 01:05

SA born 'Quins captain commits for new season

SA born 'Quins captain commits for new season
Thu 19 Jan 2023 | 01:05
SA born 'Quins captain commits for new season
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NEWS: Stephan Lewies, captain of Harlequins, has re-committed to the club for the 2023/24 season.

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The South African joined Harlequins in 2019 from South African side the Sharks, where he racked up 80 appearances after making his debut in 2013 aged 21.

In just his second season with Quins, the Springbok lock was named club captain and went on to lead the side to their first Premiership title since 2012, lifting the trophy alongside Alex Dombrandt following their 40-38 victory over Exeter Chiefs in the final.

Recently returning to action after a spell on the sidelines with an impressive showing against Racing 92, Lewies has amassed over 50 appearances for the club to date, playing a key role both on and off the pitch for the London club.

Lewies returned to action last weekend against Racing 92 and is set to face former employers Sharks at The Stoop this weekend.

Commenting on his re-signing, Lewies said: “I am delighted to extend my time at Harlequins. This is a great team and I consider myself fortunate to be able to be captain of such a historic club.

“We have done some special things together as a group and it continues to be a hugely enjoyable place to be.

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“It is great to be back playing with such a talented group of players and I’m looking forward to helping the team push for further honours.

“This is a group with a clear focus of what matters to us and what our values are. I’m delighted to re-sign with this group and can’t wait to see how far we can go together.”

Harlequins Head Coach Tabai Matson said: “As one of the leading voices in this playing group and a great leader we’re delighted to have Steph extend his time at Quins.

“He’s a top-class operator on the field and drives standards off the pitch too. His leadership is second to none and his passion for the club and its supporters is at the heart of everything he does.

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“Winning the Premiership in his first season as captain speaks volumes of his influence on this group and we’re excited to see where his leadership can take us next.”

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