Harlequins sign young SA fly half Tim Swiel

English Premiership Rugby club Harlequins have announced that they have signed English born fly-half Tim Swiel from South Africa’s Sharks in Durban.

Twenty-one-year-old Swiel who was born in Taunton but grew up and is based in Durban South Africa, has agreed a four month loan deal with Harlequins.

Somerset born Swiel moved to South Africa and attended Bishop’s College in Cape Town before signing for Western Province, a club he represented at under 16, 18, 21 and senior levels.

In 2013 the former South African Schools representative moved to Durban, having signed for The Sharks who he will return to at the end of February 2015.

The English qualified fly-half represented The Sharks against Saracens in January and has played on three occasions in this year’s Currie Cup.

Confirming the signing, Harlequins Director of Rugby Conor O’Shea said, “While we are very disappointed to lose Ben Botica to injury, I am delighted to be able to bring in someone of Tim’s ability from The Sharks at such short notice.

“Tim is a player with real X factor who we are sure will fit within how we play and we look forward to welcoming him to the Twickenham Stoop.”

Tim Swiel added: “I am looking forward to joining Harlequins during The Sharks off-season.

“Due to injury, I did not get a lot of game-time during this year’s Currie Cup and my coaches at The Sharks and I agree that regular game-time during this off season will enhance my preparation and will provide the necessary momentum needed for Super Rugby 2015.”

Swiel concluded by saying, “I believe that it can only be beneficial for other young players to get similar opportunities to experience another rugby culture during their off season, which will contribute positively to their growth and experience in the game. I thank The Sharks and Harlequins for granting me this exciting opportunity.”

Sharks CEO, John Smit said ,”This is a fantastic opportunity for Tim and I am certain that this experience at a top club will provide him with great memories and will bode well for him in the future”.

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