Friday Aug 3, 2018

114KG back Paul Lasike unveiled by Harlequins after Utah Warriors switch

114KG back Paul Lasike unveiled by Harlequins after Utah Warriors switch
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Harlequins have today unveilved their latest signing, New Zealand born NFL convert, Paul Lasike. The 28-year-old spoke about his background, playing for the USA and revealed how little he knows about European rugby. 

We first saw Lasike on RD in 2014 when he scored a powerful try for BYU in college rugby. 

He has since earned six caps for the USA Eagles, starring against Scotland this year. He moves to Harlequins from Utah Warriors, where he has been captaining the side. 

He first travelled to the US from Auckland on a rugby scholarship at Brigham Young University in Utah but he was soon approached to play for the American Football side there.

His success with them led to signing contracts with the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL and later Chicago Bears, where he played as fullback. Lasike, who spent three years in the NFL before returning to rugby.

Paul Gustard, Harlequins’ Head of Rugby said: “I am delighted Paul is joining us for the start of a new era at Harlequins. He is a player who has enormous game-changing potential and I am very excited and pleased that Paul and his young family have made the decision to come to be part of our journey.

“He adds something different to a talented group of centres that we have at the club. I am sure the fans will enjoy his approach to the game and give him and his family the warm welcome that they are famous for.

“I am thankful for the cooperation of the MLR and Utah Warriors for allowing Paul the opportunity to develop his game, challenge himself and give Paul and his family new experiences to enjoy.”

Lasike’s strong performance against Scotland:

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  •  drg
    drg

    Got to wonder what or IF that defender was thinking.. he wasn't a big guy either, surely he couldn't have thought he'd have made an impact.

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  •  pickay
    pickay

    Some sooolid impact right there! If there's nothing on, give the ball to Lasike and he'll gain you a few metres every time. Seems to be a very nice bloke too, hope he'll get some game time at the Quins.

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  •  jimmy23
    jimmy23

    Good lord he barely dropped his shoulder in that first clip, basically just slightly leaned towards to the defender.

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  •  drg
    drg

    Looks like a one man HIA inducing machine...

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