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Munster confirm new signing Francis Saili to arrive this week

The centre will meet his new teammates on Friday.

Saili joins on a two-year deal from the Blues.
Saili joins on a two-year deal from the Blues.
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MUNSTER HEAD COACH Anthony Foley has confirmed that All Black Francis Saili will be arriving in the province this week.

The 24-year-old signed a two-year deal with the province in April, and after some time off following the conclusion of the Super Rugby season, the former Auckland Blues centre will meet his new teammates this week.

Saili is flying into the country this Thuirsday, and will be introduced to the squad the following day at training in Cork, as they continue their pre-season preparations ahead of the first friendly against Grenoble in just over two weeks time.

“We look forward to working with Francis and giving him the time to settle in. I’m sure everyone will be excited to see him run out in the red jersey in the near future,” Foley said.

The centre scored seven tries in his 42 Super Rugby appearances for the Blues, and has two caps for the All Blacks.

Munster have also confirmed that 28-year-old flanker Barry O’Mahony has retired from rugby with immediate effect after departing the province at the end of the season.

The brother of winger Ronan, Barry broke his leg in November 2014, and complications with his return means that he will not be seeking another professional rugby deal.

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