TRANSFER | All Black to leave Harlequins

Harlequins have confirmed centre Francis Saili will leave the Club at the end of the season to join French ProD2 club Biarritz after three years at The Stoop.

Saili, 29, joined Quins from Irish Pro14 outfit Munster ahead of the 2017/18 season, going on to make 34 appearances and claim two tries during his time in South West London.

Speaking following confirmation of his move, Saili said: “I’d like to confirm my time with Harlequins after three seasons will be coming to an end. It has been an honour playing for such a prestigious club, and alongside some great lads.

“Unfortunately, my time with the Club didn’t plan out as I desired due to a series of injuries. However, the times I was given in the Quarters, I gave it my all.

“Quins will always hold a special place in my heart during my career. I have made some friendships here that I know I will cherish for life.

“My family and I would like to thank all the staff and fans at Harlequins for their support during our time with the Club.”

Harlequins Head of Rugby Paul Gustard said: “We wish Francis and his young family all the very best in the next chapter of their rugby journey.”


LIST | 4 Big-Money Signings Who Flopped at Harlequins

Harlequins have welcomed more false dawns than most clubs – as highlighted by their misfortune in the transfer market when it comes to exciting signings that ultimately proved disappointing.

1. Paul Doran-Jones

They signed the England international prop from Northampton in 2013 with then boss Conor O’Shea saying: “Not only is Paul talented, at his age he will only get better.” However, after two disappointing seasons at the Stoop, making just 19 appearances, he left to rejoin Gloucester.

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