January 22 2020
Quins have been busy retaining players reday for a 2020-21 Premiership season without Sarries so we have Will Collier and Alex Dombrandt joining Joe Marler in committing to the club.
Whilst neither of the two’s deals have been disclosed, it is welcome news indeed for Quins fans who are currently available at 28/1 to win the Gallagher Premiership with bookies across Whichbookie.co.uk and other platforms.
Prop Collier joined Harlequins in 2011 and has since gone on to make 164 appearances for the London club. A product of the Harlequins Academy, Collier has represented England at under-16 and under-18 level as well as helping England under-20s to the 2011 IRB Junior World Cup Final.
Though a consistent and hardy player for the Quins, the prop has made just two appearances for the major England side, both of which came in England’s tour of Argentina in summer 2017, even scoring a try in the last game against the Pumas.
A fan of the Quins since a young child, 28-year-old Collier is certainly fulfilling his dream.
Whilst Collier is at the back end of his 20s, fellow Quin Alex Dombrandt is still only 22. The back-rower has scored 16 tries in 37 appearances following his move from Cardiff Metropolitan University ahead of the 2018-19 season.
That season was incredibly successful for Dombrandt, being named Harlequins’ Supporters’ and Players’ player of the year as well as being named in the BT Team of the Year as his performances drew widespread attention.
A former Welsh under-20s international, Dombrandt is predicted to be given a shot in Eddie Jones’ England Six Nations squad as the tournament nears. The 6 ft 4, 120kg monster is no stranger to the England setup, having scored two tries against the Barbarians in a non-cap international in June last year.
In recognition of just how highly he is thought of in rugby circles, Dombrandt remained a part of Eddie Jones' training squads after that and was involved in training camps before the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Definitely one for the future, Dombrandt was attracting a whole host of clubs before penning a new deal in the capital. And, the back-rower’s powerful running style on the field and popularity and humble personality off it has given the former Welsh international youth player an incredible reputation.pqs: qs: