Orr boosts Harlequins' international contingent for 2007

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Harlequins have signed the Wigan stand-off Danny Orr on a three-year deal. Orr becomes the fourth international to join for the new season, alongside Scott Hill (Australia), Julian Rinaldi (France) and Sione Faumuina (New Zealand). He also becomes the fourth British player to head for London alongside his former Wigan team-mate, Chris Melling, plus the forwards Jonathon Grayshon from Huddersfield and David Tootill from Leeds.

Orr, who joined Wigan from Castleford in 2004, said: "It's an exciting club with good people involved at all levels and it will be a fresh start for me and my family. I've been down to Twickenham and spoken at length with Brian [McDermott] and others at the club, and a lot of thought has gone into making this decision. I have always wanted to play at a club where I know I am a valued team member."

Elsewhere, Bradford have followed up the arrival of the Castleford full-back Michael Platt with the signing of the centre James Evans from Wakefield.

The 27-year-old, an Australian exempt from the overseas quota because of his Welsh ancestry, has signed a two-year contract and will help to offset the loss of Karl Pryce, whose cross-code move to Gloucester was confirmed on Wednesday. Evans spent the past three years with Huddersfield, but went on loan to Wakefield and scored two tries in their final game against Castleford in a win which kept them in Super League.

Hull's goal-kicking three-quarter, Kirk Dixon, is to cut short his spell in union with Northampton to play for the relegated Cas. Dixon, 22, who played 11 Super League games this year for Sunday's Grand Finalists, joined the union side a month ago but has signed a 12-month deal.

The Wakefield utility player Kevin Henderson has agreed a new one-year contract following the club's survival in Super League. The hard-running centre or second-rower made 11 appearances for Wakefield in 2006 and scored a try in their relegation decider against his brother Andrew's side, Castleford.

Catalans Dragons have signed the 25-year-old Australian goalkicking hooker Aaron Gorrell on a three-year contract from St George Illawarra. Gorrell will link up his with former team-mate Clint Greenshields.

Leeds have sent their academy players Michael Brown and Kyle Briggs to play for Bordeaux as part of a link-up with the French second-division side.

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