Harlequins wing Chris Ashton signs for Worcester

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Worcester have signed England international wing Chris Ashton from their Gallagher Premiership rivals Harlequins.

The Warriors announced 33-year-old Ashton’s arrival at Sixways with immediate effect on a contract until the end of next season.

Ashton leaves Quins after less than a year at the Twickenham Stoop and he heads to Worcester with back-three players Melani Nanai and Noah Heward, who are both currently sidelined through injury.

“I would like to thank Harlequins for agreeing to release me early from my contract to be able to join Worcester Warriors,” Ashton said.

“The ability to continue my career in the Gallagher Premiership and play regular rugby means that this move is right for me and my family at this time.”

Ashton scored 20 tries in 44 Tests for England between 2010 and 2019, and he has also amassed 88 touchdowns during his Premiership career.

He moved to Quins from Sale Sharks early last year, while Ashton has also played for Northampton and Saracens.

Worcester Warriors v Exeter Chiefs – Gallagher Premiership – Sixways Stadium
Worcester Warriors v Exeter Chiefs – Gallagher Premiership – Sixways Stadium

Worcester rugby director Alan Solomons said: “We are pleased to welcome Chris to Sixways.

“He is a quality, proven international, who is equally at home at wing or full-back.

“With Melani out for the season and Noah’s return being further delayed, the timing could not have been better.

“Chris is the consummate professional and will be a good role model for our younger players.”

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