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Francis Saili (born 16 February 1991) is a New Zealand rugby union player. He plays primarily as a centre, though he can also play wing. He is the younger brother of Blues loose forward Peter Saili.

Francis Saili
Birth nameFrancis Saili
Date of birth (1991-02-16) 16 February 1991 (age 28)
Place of birthAuckland, New Zealand
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight99 kg (15.6 st; 218 lb)
SchoolSt Peter's College
Notable relative(s)Peter Saili (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre, Wing
Current team Harlequins
All Black No. 1126
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011–2014
2012–2015
2012–2013
2015–2017
2017–
Auckland
Blues
North Harbour
Munster
Harlequins
14
42
15
39
24
(5)
(35)
(15)
(45)
(10)
Correct as of 27 April 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011
2013
2014
New Zealand U20
New Zealand
Barbarians
5
2
2
(20)
(0)
(12)
Correct as of 3 November 2013

Early lifeEdit

Saili was born in Auckland and educated at St Peter's College where he played rugby in the school First XV. He was the captain in 2009.[1] He represented New Zealand in schoolboy and global under-age tournaments. After leaving school he played for Auckland Marist.

CareerEdit

Saili was part of the New Zealand Under 20 team that won the Junior World Championship in Italy in 2011.[2]

Saili started his professional rugby career in 2011, with a start in the ITM Cup for Auckland.[3] In 2012, he commenced playing for the Blues in a match against the Stormers.[4] In 2013, Saili made his debut for the All Blacks against Argentina in Hamilton.[5] On 1 November 2014, he played for the Barbarians against Australia, scoring a try at Twickenham.

On 6 April 2015, it was announced that Saili would be joining Irish provincial side Munster on a two-year contract.[6] He made his debut on 21 August 2015 in Munster's uncapped pre-season friendly loss to Irish rivals Connacht.[7] Saili made his full Munster debut on 13 September 2015, starting against Ospreys in the 2015–16 Pro12.[8] He made his European Rugby Champions Cup debut on 14 November 2015, starting the opening 2015–16 pool game against Treviso.[9][10] On 16 August 2016, it was announced that Saili would be out for 3–4 months following a surgical procedure on his shoulder.[11] On 26 December 2016, Saili made his return from the injury, coming on as a replacement for Jaco Taute in Munster's game against Leinster. On 14 January 2017, Saili scored the winning try in Munster's 12-14 away win against Glasgow Warriors, a win that secured Munster's place in the quarter-finals of the 2016–17 European Rugby Champions Cup.[12] On 19 May 2017, it was announced that Saili would leave Munster at the end of the 2016–17 season.[13] The following day, in what was his final appearance for Munster in Thomond Park, Saili scored a try and won the Man-of-the-Match award in the sides 23–3 2016–17 Pro12 semi-final victory against Ospreys.[14] On 27 May 2017, Saili made his final appearance for Munster when he started against Scarlets in the 2017 Pro12 Grand Final in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.[15][16] On 21 June 2017, it was announced that Saili had signed for English Premiership side Harlequins. Saili played in his first senior game after recovering from an injury on 14 October in a European Champions Cup game against French side La Rochelle. He came on as a substitute in a 34-27 loss.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ St Peter's College Magazine 2009, p. 102.
  2. ^ "All Blacks squad named for Steinlager Series - 6 new caps", Allblacks.com, 2 June 2013. (Retrieved 2 June 2013)
  3. ^ Leggat, David (12 July 2012). "New boys bolster Auckland". NZ Herald. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  4. ^ Gray, Wynne (19 March 2012). "Wobbly Blues left little wriggle room". NZ Herald. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  5. ^ Gray, Wynne (7 September 2013). "All Blacks grind out win". NZ Herald. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Munster Sign Francis Saili". munsterrugby.ie. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Munster Vs Connacht 21 Aug 2015". the42.ie. 21 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Munster Just Shade It In Swansea". munsterrugby.ie. 13 September 2015. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Side Named For European Opener". munsterrugby.ie. 13 November 2015. Archived from the original on 16 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Job Done In Thomond". munsterrugby.ie. 14 November 2015. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Squad Update". munsterrugby.ie. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Munster Secure Their Place In Champions Cup Quarter-Final". munsterrugby.ie. 14 January 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Player Contract Update". munsterrugby.ie. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Munster Secure Guinness PRO12 Final Place". munsterrugby.ie. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Munster Unchanged For Guinness PRO12 Final". munsterrugby.ie. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Aviva Anguish In PRO12 Final". munsterrugby.ie. 27 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2017.
  17. ^ "Saili signs for Harlequins". planetrugby.com. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017.

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