London - Italy centre Michele Campagnaro and Wales hooker Scott Baldwin will
play for Harlequins next season, the English Premiership club announced
Campagnaro, who will join after the 2019 World Cup in
Japan, is a regular in the Azzurri midfield, where he has accumulated 42
caps and was a member of the team condemned to a wooden-spoon finish in
the recent Six Nations.
The 26-year-old currently plays for Wasps
and also spent three seasons at Exeter, helping the Chiefs win the
2016-17 Premiership title.
"Michele is a seasoned international
and a Premiership winner who will add top-level experience to our
playing group," Quins head of rugby Paul Gustard said.
signing Baldwin, who will play in the 2019/20 season, is currently with
Welsh regional side the Ospreys, with whom he won the 2012 Pro 14 title.
30-year-old almost had his career ended in bizarre fashion in 2017 when
a lion he tried to pet at a Bloemfontein safari park bit him on the
hand, but luckily missed all the tendons and ligaments.
something special going on at Harlequins at the moment and I am looking
forward to starting my Gallagher Premiership career there next season,"
said Baldwin, who won the last of his 34 Wales caps two years ago.
are currently third in the 12-team Premiership, with the top four at
the end of the regular season qualifying for the title-deciding
The two arrivals follow Monday's announcement from
Quins that they have signed Argentina internationals Martin Landajo and
Santiago Garcia Botta for the 2019/20 campaign.