Harlequins can announce today (March 28) that five of England’s most exciting young talents will join the club’s full time Academy for the 2014/15 season.
Back-row forward Henry Cheeseman, prop/ hooker Seb Adeniran-Olule, hooker Charlie Piper and second row forwards Kieran Treadwell and Stan South will become full time members of the Academy after developing through the club's Elite Player Development Group.
18 year-olds Treadwell (John Fisher School) and Cheeseman (Whitgift School) have represented England at under 18 level and will be known to Harlequins supporters after making their senior debuts against Cardiff Blues in the LV= Cup in January. Cheeseman has also started in the backline for England under 18s and played in the World Club 7s for Harlequins at Twickenham last August. Both Treadwell and Cheeseman played roles in helping Harlequins reach this season's Aviva 'A' League semi-final.
Prop Adeniran-Olule, who was educated at Whitgift and then Wellington College, has also represented his country at under 18 level and has shown his versatility in the front row this season by playing all seven Harlequins under 18 matches at hooker. The 18 year-old also represented Harlequins during the Aviva 'A' League victory over London Wasps last October.
17 year-old former Stanley Park school pupil South, who is now educated at Whitgift School has also represented England at under 18 level this season.
18 year-old Piper is currently returning to fitness after an ankle injury which has kept him out of much of this season. The current Cranleigh School pupil, formerly of Hurstpierpoint College, represented England at under 17 level last season.
Commenting on the signings, Harlequins' Academy Manager Tony Diprose said: "I am delighted that the five boys are joining us full-time next season and with potentially a couple more to join them. We deliberately only brought in James Chisholm to the Academy last season as we knew we had an extremely talented group this year. They have all progressed extremely well through the EPDG system and we are looking forward to continuing their development and help them follow in the footsteps of former Harlequins Academy graduates and now England internationals Chris Robshaw, Mike Brown and Joe Marler.”