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All Black reveals why Harlequins struggled so much last season

Kiwi centre Francis Saili claims Harlequins were not fit enough to compete last season but is backing ‘workaholic’ rugby director Paul Gustard to whip them into shape.

“We weren’t fit enough last season and that’s been a major focus in pre-season,” Saili told The Rugby Paper.



“There’s two types of fitness – contact fitness and running fitness to play the style of game we want to play that suits the Harlequins brand – but we fell short on both counts

“At one stage last season we had 25 players injured, so we’re trying to make sure everyone’s properly fit going into the new season now because with the vision Paul Gustard has for us, we need to train really hard.

“Everyone knows Harlequins like to throw the ball around and with the effect Paul is having on us already and the game plan we’re working towards, it’s going to be really exciting.”

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