John Kingston happy with Harlequins squad rebuild after adding All Black Francis Saili

Director of rugby John Kingston believes Harlequins continue to get stronger after adding former New Zealand international Francis Saili to their growing list of summer recruits.

The 26-year-old joins from Pro12 side Munster, and the centre can play at 12 or 13, and also on the wing.

Saili won his two All Black Test caps back in 2013 in victories against Argentina and Japan.

Kingston said: “We’re very happy that he will be available for us 24/7, he will help to balance the squad a little more, and make us more durable throughout the season and the international periods.

“We’ve got some quality midfield players already, but he’s a fine player and will supplement the guys we have already.”

Saili is one of a number of new signings for the Quins this summer that include Demetri Catrakilis, Renaldo Bothma, Dave Lewis and Phil Swainston, as the club looks to strengthen ahead of their first Champions Cup campaign for three years following their sixth place finish.

“I think the squad is in a better place than it was last season,” added Kingston.

“There were a lot of things I wanted to change after taking over this role last summer, not least to the style of play, and although those things take time, I think we are in a stronger position now to kick on.”

Quins also have Joe Marler and Kyle Sinckler involved in the Lions tour, with Sinckler on the bench for Saturday’s First Test against the All Blacks.

“It’s going to be tough, everybody understand New Zealand are the best side in the world and beating them in their backyard will be incredibly difficult,” Kingston said.

“I’m delighted the two lads are out there on tour, and hope they’re involved in the series.

“Combining styles over a short period of time makes it tough, but if they were to beat them it would be a wonderful achievement.”

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