Francis Saili moves to Harlequin

Any hope of Francis Saili returning to New Zealand any time soon has ended with his move to Harlequins.

The 26-year-old two-test All Black put pen to paper on a long-term deal with the London club, completing a switch from Irish side Munster.

Harlequins director of rugby John Kingston did not specify the length of contract, but said he was delighted to get the barnstorming midfielder on a "long-term contract".

"He is a high class, quality player who is comfortable at either 12 or 13. 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.

"Francis is an extremely exciting signing who I know our fans will really enjoy watching."

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 played four seasons for the Blues, making his New Zealand debut in 2013, before departing for Ireland in 


Photo by: Darrian Traynor (Former All Black Francis Saili in action for the Blues in 2015).