Newcastle Falcons sign Vereniki Goneva from Leicester
By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 22/03/16 8:13am
Fiji international Vereniki Goneva will leave the Leicester Tigers over the summer and join Aviva Premiership rivals Newcastle.
Goneva, who can play on the wing or as a centre, has scored 26 Aviva Premiership tries since joining the Tigers four years ago, where he won the title in his first season.
Capped 39 times by his country, Goneva was named in the 2013-14 Premiership Dream Team, and signing the 31-year-old is a big coup for the Falcons, according to director of rugby Dean Richards.
"We are getting not only a world-class player with Vereniki, but also somebody who has consistently proven they can thrive in the Aviva Premiership," Richards said.
"He will bring another dimension to our back-line firepower from next season onwards, and it says much for the current standing of the Falcons that we can attract a player of his calibre.
"I am sure our supporters will enjoy the style and cutting edge that he brings to our play, and this is the sort of acquisition which really makes a statement about the ambition of everybody at Kingston Park."