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.
🚨 Player signing: International superstar and former England national rugby team captain, Chris Robshaw, will join us for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Welcome Chris to the San Diego Legion!— San Diego Legion (@SDLegion) June 17, 2020
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“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, 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.”