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“il rugby degli altri”: Saili lascia i Quins e firma per Biarritz

Creato il 18 maggio 2020 da Soloteo1980 @soloteo1980

Non capita tutti i giorni che un ex All Black decida di scendere di categoria, lasciare uno dei campionati più importanti d'Europa (la Gallagher Premiership) e volare in Francia per giocare in seconda divisione.

È quello che ha deciso di fare Francis Saili, che ha oggi annunciato di aver lasciato gli Harlequins per firmare con il Biarritz Olympique, club dal glorioso passato ma dal presente in ProD2.

Saili, 29 anni, lascia quindi The Stoop dopo tre stagioni in cui, per colpa dei troppi infortuni, non ha potuto lasciare il segno e prova a darsi una seconda chance nei Paesi Baschi, dove tra gli altri troverà l'ex terza linea dell'Inghilterra, Steffon Armitage e il nazionale canadese Evan Olmstead.

L'ex All Black (vanta due caps con la Nuova Zelanda dopo aver vinto il mondiale U20 coi Baby Blacks) era arrivato a Londra da Munster nell'estate 2017. A causa degli infortuni ha potuto raccogliere solo 34 presenze (con due mete a referto).

"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," ha detto Saili.

"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."

L'Head of Rugby dei Quins, Paul Gustard, ha augurato a Francis " and his young family all the very best in the next chapter of their rugby journey. Francis has had a frustrating time with injury in his three seasons at the Club, limiting his opportunity and appearances in the famous Quarters. On a personal level I am pleased Francis has managed to find an opportunity to show everyone how good a player he can be. He is a very personable and energetic person who is well liked amongst the players and support staff. I only wish good things for him and his family in the future."


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