7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
"I like the way Quins play and am looking forward to working with Conor O'Shea," said Hopper
"I have heard good things about the way Mark Mapletoft coaches and I am excited about developing my skills with him and the other coaches.
"There are not only a number of experienced players within the squad, which I am excited about learning from, but also a huge number of young and exciting players.
"I would also like to thank the Pirates for giving me an opportunity to play good rugby this season, and helping me develop into a Premiership player "
Harlequins director of rugby, Conor O'Shea, says:
"We are delighted to announce Matt's signing. He is a player that has come down a different route to most into professional rugby and has demonstrated an energy and ability in his game that will fit our style perfectly. "