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Falcons swoop for Sinoti

24th December 2013 08:32

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Powerful: Sinoti Sinoti

Newcastle Falcons have completed the signing of Samoan international winger Sinoti Sinoti, it was announced on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old flyer will jet into Newcastle next week and will be in contention for the Falcons clash with Sale Sharks on Friday 3 January.

Making the switch to Tyneside until the end of the current season, Sinoti's former clubs include Toulon, Castres, Hawke's Bay, Aironi, Zebre and Wellington.

Sinoti joined French Top 14 powerhouses Toulon in 2008 where he became a regular at the Stade Felix Mayol alongside the likes of Sonny Bill Williams, before Castres came calling for his services for the 2009-10 campaign.

A spell in New Zealand with Hawke's Bay soon followed under now Falcons head coach Peter Russell, and his impressive form for the Magpies earned him a move to Heineken Cup outfit Aironi.

Crossing the whitewash on a series of occasions for the Italian club, Sinoti pulled on the Zebre jersey the following season prior to his return to New Zealand in 2013, with Wellington capturing the potent runner.

Sinoti brings power, aggression and go-forward to the table for the Falcons.

"I'm really excited to start my new rugby journey with Newcastle Falcons and I'm eager to meet the boys and get stuck in," said Sinoti.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of competing in the Premiership, and I hope that I can bring something valuable to the team," he added.

Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards was also delighted to get his man.

"Sinoti is a great signing for the club, and will bring some attacking edge to the backline as we go into a crucial run of games," said Richards.

"We've been tracking his progress for some time now, and we are looking forward to welcoming him to Kingston Park within the next week.

"He comes to Newcastle with a lot of experience under his belt having played in the French Top 14, RaboDirect Pro 12 and Heineken Cup, and ultimately he is a great acquisition for the club."

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