Harlequin F.C.

The Harlequins ( officially Harlequin Football Club ) is a rugby union team playing in the Aviva Premiership, the top English league. The home games are played at The Stoop stadium in the south London borough of Twickenham. In connection with the main sponsor of the team is also known as NEC Harlequins.

Harlequins Rugby League (formerly London Broncos ) is a rugby league team, which since September 2005 shares the same name, playing in the same stadium, wearing a similar multi-colored jersey.


The club was founded in 1866 as Harlequin Rugby Football Club ( the first game was not until 1867, however, instead ), and received its present name in 1870. He arose from the division of the Hampstead Football Club; from the other half of Wasps FC formed. In the first 40 years of existence, the Harlequins play on no less than 15 different places.

1906 invited the Rugby Football Union, the Harlequins to use the newly built Twickenham Stadium. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was only two to three times per year used for the games of the national team. Soon after, the stadium was not only the seat of the British Association, but also the Harlequins. In 1963 they purchased a 57,000 -square-foot athletics site a few hundred meters from Twickenham Stadium, to use it for training. As a result, it was the new stadium The Stoop; It is named after Adrian Stoop, a Dutch immigrant, who played for the English national team and 29 years was president of the Harlequins.

After the introduction of organized league operation in 1987, the Harlequins were represented in the highest league. Twice they won the FA Cup; in 1988 they beat in the finals Bristol Rugby, 1991, the Northampton Saints. The cup final they lost in 1992, 1993 and 2001 Also in 2001, the Harlequins were the first British team (then called the European Shield ) the European Challenge Cup won. ; in the final of RC Narbonne was defeated. They repeated this success in 2004 (now under the name Parker Pen Challenge Cup ); Final opponent was the ASM Clermont Auvergne.

End of the season 2004/ 05, the Harlequins had to dismount after the last place in the championship. In July this year, they announced the formation of a partnership with the Rugby League Club London Broncos. Since then, both teams share the name and the stadium; Also they wear similar-looking jerseys. However, they are still separated organizationally and belong to different owners. In the season 2005/ 06, the Harlequins, the National Division One dominated almost at will, won 25 of 26 games and climbed back into the Premiership.

In the season 2011/ 12, the Harlequins won the English league title for the first time.


  • Aviva Premiership champions: 2012
  • Winner John Player Cup / Pilkington Cup: 1988, 1991, 2013
  • European Challenge Cup winners: 2001, 2004, 2011
  • Champion National Division One: 2006
  • Finalist Pilkington Cup / Powergen Cup: 1992, 1993, 2001


Current squad

The squad for the 2013/2014 season:

Front team ( forwards)


  • England Will Collier
  • England Paul Doran -Jones
  • England Mark Lambert
  • England Darryl Marfo
  • England Joe Marler
  • New Zealand Nic Mayhew


  • England Rob Buchanan
  • England Joe Gray
  • England David Ward

Second - row players

  • England Peter Browne
  • England Nick Kennedy
  • England Charlie Matthews
  • England George Robson


  • Samoa Maurie Fa'asavalu
  • England Chris Robshaw (C )
  • England Joe Trayfoot
  • England Luke Wallace

Number Eight

Behind team ( backs)

Scrum half

  • England Danny Care
  • England Charles Dickson

Compound Semiconductors

  • England Ben Botica
  • New Zealand Nick Evans

Indoor Three Quarter

  • England Tom Casson
  • England Matt Hopper
  • England Jordan Turner - Hall

Outer three-quarters

  • Ugo Monye England
  • England Sam Smith
  • England Tom Williams


  • England Mike Brown
  • England Ross Chisholm
  • England Ollie Lindsay -Hague

Well-known former players

  • De Wet Barry (South Africa)
  • Tom Billups (USA)
  • Zinzan Brooke (New Zealand)
  • Gonzalo Camacho (Argentina )
  • Will Carling
  • Craig Chalmers (Scotland )
  • Massimo Cuttitta (Italy )
  • Ben Gollings
  • Andy Gomarsall
  • Will Greenwood
  • Dafydd James (Wales )
  • Thierry Lacroix (France)
  • Jason Leonard
  • Gareth Llewellyn (Wales )
  • Dan Luger
  • Chris Malone (Australia)
  • Andrew Mehrtens (New Zealand)
  • Brian Moore
  • Eric Peters ( Scotland)
  • Ronald Poulton- Palmer
  • Gareth Rees (Canada)
  • Mike Ross
  • Pat Sanderson
  • Steven So'oialo (Samoa)
  • Adrian Stoop
  • Gonzalo Tiesi (Argentina )
  • William Wakefield
  • Johnnie Williams ( Wales)
  • David Wilson ( Australia)
  • Keith Wood (Ireland )
  • Clive Woodward
  • Diego Zarzosa (Spain )