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Lowe: New additions are lifting Harlequins

Conor O’Shea’s new-look Harlequins have maintained their English core while adding a sprinkle of stardust to the Stoop – and centre George Lowe says the new arrivals have been a breath of fresh air.

Adam Jones, James Horwill and Jamie Roberts are just some of the experienced heads that joined Quins over the summer, indeed if you tally up their international caps the number comes to a total of 240.

Roberts is yet to link up with the squad after embarking on the next chapter of his medical studies at Cambridge University, but Jones and Horwill have both added their weight to the pack already.

Former Blues No.8 Mat Luamanu is another new name making his presence felt at Harlequins and Lowe says the additions are boosting the entire squad.

“The new guys have been great, players like James Horwill and Matt Luamanu are a bit older and have been playing their rugby in Australia and New Zealand,” said Lowe. “They have brought a lot of energy and a different perspective on things.

“They’re world class players and it’s great to play alongside big characters like that, and it’s just refreshing for everyone as they bring with them new ideas.

“We won’t be seeing Jamie (Roberts) for a little while because he’s concentrating on his studies for now but he’s another one, particularly in the centres, who will be fantastic for me to link up with. He’s been and done it all.”

It has been a mixed bag for Harlequins thus far however as Nick Evans’ boot guided them to an opening-night victory over Wasps before falling to Leicester Tigers in Round Two.

Lowe played a full 80 minutes in both of the matches and after an injury-hit time over the last two seasons, the centre admits it’s just a relief to be back on the field.

“I’m trying to put aside last year, I was struggling with injuries a little bit and pre-season was a bit longer than I’m used to – but it’s probably done me good to give my body that kind of recharge,” added the 26-year-old. “I’m not young anymore and you’re going to pick up niggles.

“It was frustrating for us against Leicester, we felt we should have come away with a bit more and we didn’t get our game right on the park like we wanted to.

“But we know it’s not the end of the world just two games into the season, having won one and lost one.“

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