NEC Harlequins are delighted to announce the signing of Samoan lock forward Opeta Palepoi. The 28 year-old has joined Quins on a one-year contract. The signing of Palepoi comes after Jim Evans dislocated his shoulder in training on Friday (27th August), which is set to keep him out of action for approximately six months.
Palepoi has won 38 caps for Samoa after making his debut in September 1998, and represented his country at the 1999 and 2003 World Cups.
Having previously played for Orrell, Exeter, Glasgow and Wellington, Palepoi took part in his first Quins training session yesterday (Monday 30th August) and is available for selection for this Saturday's (4th September) Zurich Premiership opener against London Irish at Twickenham in the London Double Header.
"Opeta is just the kind of player we are looking for to replace the unfortunate Jim Evans," said NEC Harlequins Chief Executive Mark Evans. "He is very athletic and brings a wealth of experience with him into middle of the pack. I am confident he will make a significant contribution to the squad over the next nine months."
"On behalf of everyone at Quins, I wish Jim all the best for a successful and speedy recovery from his shoulder injury," continued Evans. "He is a very talented young player who had his sights sets on cementing his place in the team this season, after playing so well last year."
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