Frequently competing in the English Premiership, the Harlequins are a Rugby Union team based in Twickenham Stoop. Their ground is named after Adrian Dura Stoop who captained the national team 15 times and was a pioneer for modern back play. The Stoop is positioned adjacent to Twickenham Stadium, in south west London. The team formed in the mid 19th century but became more competitive during the latter half of the 20th century thanks to the implementation of the leagues.
The Harlequins, otherwise known as the ‘Quins, have been successful in a range of tournaments. They have won the John Player Cup, the Pilkington Cup, the European Shield, of which they were the first British team to do so, and many others. Their home game fixtures played at the stoop facilitate just under 15,000, showcasing their prominence in English rugby.
The team is composed of many world-class players, where it actually holds the record for the highest number of players from one club to play in a Rugby World Cup final. Many of its notable players hail from England, however, some are from Argentina, Wales, France and other countries. The Harlequins also took part in the East Africa tour in the early 60's, which saw them compete against their two sister clubs. The tour was also the longest of a British rugby club at that time.