Harlequins confirm a cooperation agreement has been reached with the All Blacks.
The London side has now become strategically linked with the New Zealand national side both on field and behind the scenes.
The agreement will mean that Harlequins will cooperate on projects including access to players, coaches, team training and commercial leverage opportunities.
We can expect to see plenty of New Zealand players and coaches arrive at the Stoop in the ensuing years. All Blacks centre Francis Saili and former fly-half turned coach Nick Evans are both already part of the Harlequins set-up.
Harlequins Chief Executive commented: I’m delighted to be able to announce Harlequins’ strategic partnership with New Zealand Rugby. The All Blacks are the benchmark of excellence for all teams, so to be able to align with them both on and off the pitch will be of significant benefit to the Club.”
New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew said: “This is new territory for New Zealand Rugby and this unique relationship will open some useful connections in that part of the world. With its strong ex-pat community, London is of key strategic importance to New Zealand Rugby, and when you factor in our shared relationship with adidas, this cooperation agreement is a very natural fit.
“This alignment will create significant opportunities for both sides, with players, coaches and staff able to learn from different environments with different people, challenges and cultures.”
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