French hooker Christophe Laurent has joined Harlequins on a six-week contract as the club struggle to cope without their departed World Cup players.
Laurent, who was part of the Bayonne squad last season, arrives in the country today and is likely to feature in the Quins squad for their game against Connacht at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday.
Quins are short of bodies in the front row position with Tani Fuga having been called into Samoa’s squad earlier this week, while new signing Gary Botha is in South Africa’s squad.
The absence of the pair has been compounded by a shoulder injury to summer signing Chris Brooker which is set to keep him out of action for a number of weeks.
Laurent, 31, represented France A earlier in his career and was a member of the Colomiers team that reached the final of the French Championship in 2000.