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Harlequins sign Vereniki Goneva from Newcastle Falcons

Harlequins sign Vereniki Goneva from Newcastle Falcons

Harlequins have announced the signing of Vereniki Goneva who will join the Londoners for the 2019/20 season from Newcastle Falcons.

The Fijian winger, who can also play centre, is a prolific tryscorer, and will add pace and power to the Harlequins backline.

He brings a wealth of experience to the club having achieved 55 caps for his country, scoring 20 international tries in the process, whilst in the Gallagher Premiership he has played for both Leicester Tigers and Newcastle Falcons averaging a try every other match.

Head of rugby Paul Gustard said: “It’s a real coup for us to secure the signing of Niki to bolster our squad from next season.

“With Tim’s [Visser] retirement at the end of last season we have been looking to bring in quality to supplement our very exciting young wingers in Gabs [Gabriel Ibotoye] and Cadan [Murley], and there is no doubt Niki is real quality.

“Pundits and media alike have commented on his age consistently over the last few years but it is of no concern to me for I have seen one of his passports and it said he was only 28 so we are happy!

“His mixture of strength and speed, coupled with his experience and his continued determination and desire to succeed will complement the strengths of our current players.

“He has been a success wherever he has been because he is talented and competitive but primarily because he is positive and a good human being.

“We welcome him and his partner Raijeli to the club.”

Goneva added: “After playing in the Gallagher Premiership for the last six years I am really excited to be joining Quins, whom I have always admired as one of the big English clubs.

“They were the first Club that I had a jersey for as my Dad bought me one when I was very little because it is his favourite team, and so I have always had an affinity for them.

“I cannot wait to join up with my new teammates and look forward to pulling on that famous quartered jersey and running out at The Stoop next season.”

The 35-year-old spent three seasons with the Falcons after joining from Leicester Tigers and produced perhaps one of his defining career moments when he scored twice against his former team on his 100th Gallagher Premiership appearance.

“Niki leaves with the thanks and best wishes of everyone at the club,” said Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards.

“He has made a great contribution during his time here, and we wish him all the very best for his move down to Harlequins.”


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