Thursday 21 September 2017

Confirmed: Francis Saili completes move from Munster to Harlequins

Francis Saili has joined Harlequins
Francis Saili has joined Harlequins

Harlequins have signed former New Zealand centre Francis Saili from Munster on a long-term contract, as revealed in the Irish Independent last month.

Saili, who was capped twice by the All Blacks in 2013, joined the Irish province two years ago after beginning his professional career at Super Rugby side the Blues.

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The elusive 26-year-old can play at inside or outside centre and also has experience on the wing.

"Francis is an extremely exciting signing who I know our fans will really enjoy watching," director of rugby John Kingston said.

"Alongside his obvious talent, he will help balance the squad further by being available for us all season, which is just as important, given our ambitions as a club."

Saili added: "It's been a privilege of mine to be part of Munster Rugby for the last two seasons, however, the opportunity that lies ahead to be a part of a prestigious club like Harlequins is a great honour.

"I'm looking forward to a new challenge in the Premiership under the direction of the coaches and alongside my new team. Harlequins has a rich heritage and strong tradition and I look forward to being part of an ongoing legacy which the Club continues to uphold."

Saili joins Demetri Catrakilis, Renaldo Bothma, Dave Lewis, Phil Swainston, Lewis Boyce and Josh McNulty as Harlequins' new recruits for the 2017/18 season.

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