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Thursday, September 2, 1999 Published at 09:46 GMT 10:46 UK

Sport: Rugby Union

Carling to captain Quins

Will Carling: Returned to Quins last season

Will Carling is expected to be appointed captain of Harlequins on Friday, after accepting the invitation of club coach Zinzan Brooke.

The Daily Telegraph said that the former England captain was "at the top of a very short list" of candidates being considered, but Quins are remaining tight-lipped about the suggestion.

"An announcement regarding the captaincy will be made tomorrow [Friday]," a statement from the club said.

Premiership All Stars

Will Carling talks to the BBC's Fergal Keane about his stormy life on and off the rugby pitch
Carling resumed playing rugby last season, having retired from the sport in January 1998 following a bitter disagreement with members of Harlequins' management.

His return to the club where he spent most of his playing career played a key role in keeping the London side afloat in the Allied Dunbar Premiership.

Carling's private life has been the subject of heavy tabloid coverage in recent years, but it is for his achievements as a rugby player that he is best known.

He led England 59 times, winning three Five Nations Grand Slams and four Triple Crowns in addition to contesting a World Cup final.

His recent resurgence will continue as he captains a Premiership All Stars side for England's final World Cup warm-up match at Twickenham.

Quins Premiership campaign starts against Bath in 10 days' time.

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