Harlequins and London Scottish have jointly announced strategic partnership that will see both clubs’ benefit from an engaging and collaborative relationship.
According to the agreement, Harlequins will share players specific rugby players and access to coaching resource with London Scottish which will provide valuable exposure to the selected members and in turn helping the Championship side improving their position in the second tier competition.
Also the clubs will regularly play pre-season friendly matches at each other’s grounds, commencing this summer with London Scottish hosting Harlequins at the Richmond Athletic Ground
“We are delighted to announce this strategic partnership with our close London neighbours as we see huge value in the opportunity to work closely together," said Harlequins Chief Executive Laurie Dalrymple.
"For our players, be they first XV stars returning to fitness, or developing players gaining minutes on the pitch, this competitive league offers a chance to test themselves against high quality opposition in competition“.
The news follows less than six months time the club’s Executive Committee and Board sent a letter to the club's membership about a proposal to join an expanded Super 6 competition following an informal offer from the Scottish Rugby.
London Scottish Chairman Roddy Caxton-Spencer said; “I am thrilled to announce this milestone agreement between two established and thriving rugby clubs.
"For Scottish, partnering with Quins is an important step in our longer-term strategy of continuing to play top level rugby in the Championship while maintaining our strong Scottish ethos.
"This agreement is about more than just shared players and resources – it is a real win-win for both clubs that will allow all involved to grow and develop."