Former England captain Chris Robshaw to leave Harlequins for San Diego Legion

The 34-year-old will head to the United States once the Premiership season finishes.

By Press Association Published: 18 June 2020 - 1.32pm

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Former England captain Chris Robshaw has signed a two-year deal with Major League Rugby side San Diego Legion.

The 34-year-old will leave his current club Harlequins and move to the United States once the suspended Gallagher Premiership season finishes.

Robshaw, who earned 66 caps for England, said: “I have been looking at my options to play in the MLR over the last 12 months and there have been plenty of rumours about where I might play.

“In the end, it really was an obvious and easy choice for me. In a short period of time, SD Legion has built a reputation as being a world-class organisation.”

SD Legion were formed in 2017 and finished runners-up in the 2019 season behind the Seattle Seawolves.

SD Legion chairman Darren Gardner said: “Not only will Chris add a new and very significant dimension to our team.. (he) has the skill set and capability to transform how rugby is played across Major League Rugby as a whole.”

Former Hull FC head coach Lee Radford will switch codes after being named defence coach for MLR rivals Dallas Jackals.

Radford enjoyed a successful spell as Hull FC head coach, which included winning successive Challenge Cups
Radford enjoyed a successful spell as Hull FC head coach, which included winning successive Challenge Cups (John Walton/PA)

Radford, who spent his whole career in rugby league, was sacked by the Super League outfit just before the coronavirus pandemic in March following a largely successful seven-year spell in charge of his hometown club.

He joins Dallas ahead of their inaugural Major League Rugby campaign in 2021.

Radford told Sky Sports: “I’m really excited to take such an opportunity. It’s the path I wanted my career to take and to do it in the States, I’m extremely grateful for.

“Working alongside Allen Clarke, Phil Camm and Elaine Vassie, I can’t wait to develop as a coach and putting a really solid foundation in place for the club moving forward.”