Venditti signs for Newcastle

Date published: May 1 2015

Newcastle have added a further international to their 2015/16 squad with Italian winger Giovanbattista Venditti joining on a two-year contract.

The 25-year-old makes the switch to Kingston Park from PRO12 outfit Zebre with a reputation as a powerful wing, who is equally adept at centre.

Venditti brings with him a wealth of experience having amassed 27 caps for the Azzurri along with 49 appearances in the PRO12 league.

He made his international debut against France in the 2012 Six Nations and scored his first international try in his second cap against England.

The move will see him reunite with former Aironi team-mate Sinoti Sinoti and current international teammate Josh Furno, when he reports for duty following Italy's Rugby World Cup campaign.

"I'm really excited about the move and the team, it is a big experience for me and my family and I can't wait," said Venditti.

"I really like this pitch and the stadium is beautiful. I'm excited to play and train somewhere like this."

"Josh [Furno] has told me about the club and what it is like and I am really looking forward to playing here."

Falcons Director of Rugby Dean Richards said: "Giamba is a strong player with quick feet and good hands who likes to attack the space. He is also strong in contact and is going to give us plenty of options next season, with his ability to play both centre and wing.

"He'll arrive with us after Italy conclude the World Cup campaign and we're all looking forward to working with him once he arrives."