Munster sign young New Zealand star Saili

Munster have signed New Zealand international Francis Saili on a two-year deal.

Utility back Saili, who made his All Blacks debut against Argentina in 2013, will move to the province later this year after the completion of his 2015 contractual commitments.

The 24-year-old currently plays for Auckland-based Super Rugby side the Blues and was part of the New Zealand Under-20 side that won the Junior World Championship in Italy in 2011.

Saili's signature is something of a coup for Munster and head coach Anthony Foley believes he will be a great addition to their backline.

"We are really pleased that Francis has committed his future to the province," Foley told Munster's official website.

"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."

Saili, who joins All Black team-mates Dan Carter, Ma'a Nonu, Conrad Smith and Charles Piutau in agreeing to ply his trade in the northern hemisphere, is looking forward to a fresh challenge.

He 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."


 

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