Premiership Rugby Tips: Harlequins 25/1 to win title with Chris Ashton signing

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Harlequins will hope the signing of former England international Chris Ashton will push them on to challenge for the Gallagher Premiership title.

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Harlequins have secured the services of try scoring winger Chris Ashton following his release from fellow Premiership side Sale Sharks.

The 32-year-old, who joins the Quins with immediate effect, scored 20 tries in 44 Test matches for England between 2010-19. His last appearance for the Red Rose was February last year during the 2019 Six Nations tournament.

The former Northampton Saints, Saracens, Toulon and Sale Sharks winger is the third highest try scorer in the history of the Premiership with 86.

After agreeing to join the Quins, Ashton told the club website: “I can’t wait to get started at Quins. It is a Club filled with incredibly experienced and talented players. When I spoke to Gussy (Head of Rugby Paul Gustard) and heard more about the direction the Club is going in, and what it means to be a Harlequin, I knew that this was the right move for me.

“I know lots of the lads at Quins, like Danny (Care), through our England careers and years of friendship. I like the look of what Quins are doing, they are growing a strong squad and the foundations for future success are in place.

“I know that I have still got a lot to give on the pitch and I am confident that being at Quins will enable me to continue scoring tries and help me with my aspirations of reaching 100 Premiership tries, beating the current record.”

Harlequins are currently seventh on the league ladder with a points total of 28 after winning five of their opening 12 matches. They are currently only 12 points behind leaders Exeter Chiefs.

Ashton is a try scoring machine, he did it in rugby league before he switched codes and he can score tries from anywhere on the field. He might be getting on in age, but he will be a valuable asset for Harlequins.

They are priced at 25/1 to win the Premiership title, they are only three points outside the play-off places. If they go on a winning run in the next month or so, those odds will drop dramatically.