Aviva Premiership news: Fiji international Vereniki Goneva to join Newcastle from Leicester

Vereniki Goneva in action for Leicester Tigers

Newcastle have secured the services of Fiji international Vereniki Goneva for next season.

The 31-year-old wing or centre has agreed to swap Leicester, with whom he won the Aviva Premiership title in 2012-13, for Kingston Park, the Falcons have announced.

Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards said: “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.

“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.”

Goneva has scored 26 league tries for Leicester, adding a further six touchdowns in his 20 European Champions Cup outings, and played for Fiji at last year’s Rugby World Cup.

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