|Full name||Piers Francis|
20 June 1990 |
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (14 st 2 lb)|
|Current club||Auckland Blues|
* Senior club appearances and points correct as of 15 July 2016.
Francis was born in Gravesend, Kent and was a member of the Saracens Academy for three years during his teens. He moved to New Zealand at the age of 18 and played ITM Cup rugby for both Auckland and Waikato before returning to the UK in 2012 to sign with Edinburgh.
He spent two years with the Edinburgh outfit, but suffered an injury in the pre-season ahead of the 2013-14 campaign which effectively kept him out of action for the whole season.
For the remainder of 2015 Francis returned to New Zealand, where he linked with the ITM Cup team Counties Manukau on a two-year deal. After a strong showing in a Tana Umaga coached side, he followed his coach and signed a deal with the Super Rugby team the Blues for the 2016 Super Rugby season.