Munster sign exciting All Black centre Francis Saili on a two-year deal
Published 06/04/2015 | 12:08
Anthony Foley has pulled off a major coup after landing the signature of Kiwi Francis Saili on a two-year deal.
Munster made the Blues centre their primary target as they looked to bolster their backline.
Having missed out on Australian Rob Horne, the highly rated Saili - who has been capped twice by the All Blacks - is a welcome addition to the Munster ranks.
The 23-year-old made his New Zealand debut against Argentina in 2013 but was hampered by injury last year which saw him slip down the pecking order.
Last November, the Auckland native also featured for the Barbarians, scoring a try against Australia in Twickenham.
Commenting on the move Francis Saili said, "I believe this is a fantastic opportunity for me and I am fortunate to move to a club held in such high regard, with values and traditions I can relate to from my time here in the Blues. This experience will stand to me as a player and I believe I can continue to improve and grow within the Munster set-up. As difficult as it is to leave the Blues I look forward to the exciting challenge ahead.”
On confirming the signing Head Coach Anthony Foley said, "We are really pleased that Francis has committed his future to the province. He is a talented centre with an impressive skill-set and he possesses the physical attributes to excel in the Northern Hemisphere . I believe he will be a great addition to our backline and we look forward to welcoming him to Munster.”