Newcastle Falcons have announced the signing of scrum-half Ruki Tipuna, who will join the club on a two-year deal from Bristol from next season.
The 30-year-old, who has made more than 60 appearances for the West Country club since joining from the Scarlets in November 2011, has pace, creativity and an excellent kicking game.
Scoring seven tries in all competitions this term, including a brace during last Sunday's hard-fought 33-27 victory at Leeds Carnegie in the Championship, the Kiwi who becomes English qualified in October, has been a mainstay of a Bristol side that is sitting at the top of the table.
"I'm really excited at the prospect of testing myself against the very best in the Aviva Premiership," Tipuna told the Falcons' official website.
"Newcastle Falcons certainly has a bright future under Dean Richards and I'm looking forward to helping the club move up to the next level.
"My focus at the moment is with my current club Bristol, and I want to help them achieve their ambition of playing in the Aviva Premiership," he added.
Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards said: "Ruki is a quality signing for the club, whose experience and skillset will be invaluable for the club.
"I'm looking forward to welcoming him to Kingston Park in the summer, and he is an exciting talent that will relish playing for Newcastle."