Thursday, 13th February 2020 @ 14:01
New signing Wilco Louw is chomping at the bit to get stuck in at Harlequins and be part of an exciting set-up.
Harlequins’ latest signing Wilco Louw cannot wait to get to England and experience what the Gallagher Premiership has to offer.
The 25-year-old tighthead prop will arrive from the Stormers in South Africa and bring plenty of enthusiasm along with his significantly large frame.
“I’m really stoked to be heading to England to play for Quins,” Louw told Quins.co.uk, “I’m really excited it’s Harlequins, if you ask any South African player, they all know Harlequins, its reputation is huge.
“I’m really excited for a new challenge and playing with some awesome, talented rugby players.
“It’s a big opportunity for me; Harlequins play an exciting brand of rugby with awesome coaches.
“I’m really passionate about scrummaging and the forwards game, bringing physicality. The English league is a physical competition and it’s a long one so I can’t wait to get stuck in and play with Marler, Danny Care and all those guys, it’s a new chapter and a new competition.
“It’s such an exciting brand of rugby and after playing Super Rugby for five years I’m really excited for a new challenge. I think the English Premiership is an awesome competition and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it next season with awesome players.”
During the 2019 Rugby World Cup Louw filled in at Toulon in France and got his first taste of European rugby in a short-term deal, an experience he can’t wait to come back to.
“I played a few games for Toulon and I really enjoyed it but the language was quite difficult, however it was a good opportunity for me to go there and to experience life overseas,” he said.
The transition to life in South West London will be made smoother in part to a number of familiar South Africans that Harlequins already boast among their ranks for next season.
“I’ve played with André (Esterhuizen) and I know the likes of Stephan (Lewies), so I’m really excited to already have a few friends over there and I’m really excited to make a lot of new friends at the Club too.
“Gussy has told me to bring my own flavour to Harlequins and I’m really keen to get involved. When I spoke to him in Cape Town, he was really passionate about the future, the guy is full of energy and I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone who talks about rugby and a club with that amount of passion and excitement."
The Cape Town resident has already amassed 13 tests since 2017 and sees Harlequins as a perfect opportunity to develop his rugby intellect and kick on.
He said: “It’s every rugby player’s dream to play for his country and I’ve had a few games for the Springboks but for me it’s about experiencing another county and another style of rugby, but I’m still very keen to play for the Springboks.
“It’s a hard fought, physical, dominant game in England, that’s what really excites me. To play some forwards rugby but with the kind of backs that Harlequins have, there’ll be opportunities to run as well.
“Something I think South Africans can learn from the Premiership is to run the ball in those wet conditions, so it’s just an all-round good game with some quality players.
“I’m really, really excited to join your team and to join Harlequins, I’m really excited for the new challenge and I can’t wait to run out there and play my part in helping the boys. Best of luck for the rest of the season!”