Former England captain Chris Robshaw joins San Diego Legion

Chris Robshaw spent 16 years at Harlequins before his departure was announced in February. David Rogers/Getty Images

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

The 33-year-old announced in February that he would leave Harlequins after 16 years at the club and was strongly linked to a move overseas with MLR a likely destination. And now after finishing the current extended campaign with Harlequins, he will journey to San Diego Legion to continue his rugby career in the U.S.

"Each season the MLR has grown and advanced its reputation in professional rugby circles," Robshaw said in a statement.

"I have been looking at my options to play in the MLR over the last 12 months and there have been plenty of rumors 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 organization. I am very excited to being part of that organization and helping continue to advance its reputation both on and off the field."

Robshaw captained England from 2011 to 2015, and won 66 caps with his last coming in June 2018.

"Signing a player with Chris' profile, talent and experience is another major step for us, both on and off the field," SD Legion chairman Darren Gardner said in a statement.

"Not only will Chris add a new and very significant dimension to our team, Ryan and I believe Chris has the skill set and capability to transform how rugby is played across Major League Rugby as a whole."