Queensland Reds captain to leave for English club

QUEENSLAND Reds captain James Horwill will link with powerful English club Harlequins after next year's World Cup.

The 107-game veteran with the Reds, and the team's most-capped captain, has inked a three-year deal with the Harlequins.

Horwill led Queensland to its memorable 2011 Super Rugby title, and is set to embark on his 10th season in the jumper he loves dearly.

"The Reds have been my life for many years. I grew up supporting them, I've had the honour of representing Queensland on over 100 occasions and also the privilege of captaining my state, including winning the Super Rugby title - a night I will never forget," he said.

"As hard as it will be to leave Ballymore, my team-mates, the staff and all my fans and friends in Queensland, I've been offered a fantastic opportunity with Harlequins to experience rugby in another part of the world, and this is right for me at this stage of my career.

"I'm completely committed to helping the Reds and Australia achieve success in this World Cup year, and then I'll turn my attention to the next chapter of my life in rugby with Harlequins."