Guest to leave Harlequins and join London Irish

Aviva Premiership Rugby club London Irish have confirmed that back row Tom Guest has agreed to leave Harlequins and join the Exiles at the end of the season.

Guest went through the Harlequins Academy and made his debut in 2005. He recently played his 200th game for the London side against Cardiff Blues when he also captained the team.

He has scored 26 tries over the course of his eight year career at the club. The twenty-nine year old has also represented England Saxons in the Churchill Cup games in 2008 and 2009 as well as being named in the squad to face Italy A in February 2008. He also competed in the 2007 Dubai Sevens for England.

Harlequins Director of Rugby Conor O’Shea commented,”Tom has been one of Harlequins’ great servants having recently celebrated his 200th game.

“I know he is committed to going out on a high this season with the club that will always be his. We would love to have kept Tom for his entire career but the nature of managing a squad within the imposed salary cap regulations involves both accounting for the players you already have and developing personnel within each position.”

Tom Guest added,”I have been at Quins for 12 years and had a great time throughout. I’d like to thank all the coaches and everybody at the club, with a special mention to Collin Osborne who has been there for me since I was 18 and has done so much for me.

“It was a really hard decision to go, but I am looking forward to the next stage of my career and a new challenge at London Irish.”

“Winning the Aviva Premiership in 2012 and the Amlin Cup in 2011 are certainly the standout moments. It is a great Club with great people and I will leave with many fond memories and friends too.”

“Moving to London Irish offers a new challenge and I am relishing being part of the new exciting vision that my new Club expounds. There is still plenty of rugby to be played this season before moving to Sunbury and that will be my immediate focus.”

“I have spent over a decade at Harlequins and have enjoyed every minute of it.

Guest was part of the Harlequins squad that won the 2012 Aviva Premiership title at Twickenham against Leicester Tigers and the 2011 Amlin Cup against Stade Francais in Cardiff.

Born in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, Tom has previously been around the England sevens set up and has also had success with the England Saxons, winning the Churchill Cup in 2008.

London Irish Director of Rugby, Brian Smith, admits Tom is a player he has admired for some time and is delighted he is joining for the next two seasons.

“Tom is a title winning Premiership player with a wealth of experience who has bought into what we want to achieve at this Club. He will be a great addition to our Club for two next seasons and yet another key player in London Irish’s aspirations to challenge for silverware in the future.”

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