Leinster have announced the signing of Kiwi fly-half Jimmy Gopperth from Newcastle Falcons on a two-year deal.
The 29-year-old, who has picked up back-to-back Aviva Premiership Golden Boot awards during his four-year stint on Tyneside, will move to the PRO12 outfit at the end of the current season.
The New Zealander boasts vast Super Rugby experience with 363 points in 53 outings for the Blues and Hurricanes, as well as starring for the Junior All Blacks, in winning the Pacific Nations Cup.
The 29-year-old joined the Newcastle Falcons three seasons ago and to date has scored 719 points in 70 appearances.
"We are delighted that Jimmy has put pen to paper on a deal and we believe that he will be an excellent foil for Ian Madigan, bringing added depth and experience to the out-half position when he joins this summer," said Leinster Head Coach Joe Schmidt.
"Even though Newcastle have struggled in recent years, he has been a hugely consistent performer during his time in England where he won back-to-back Premiership Golden Boot awards."
The Kiwi pivot made his one hundredth appearance for the Falcons in the British and Irish Cup last month.
"Last year I could have left the Falcons after relegation, but in my heart I felt that I had to stay and help the club immediately return back to the Premiership," said Gopperth.
"When the opportunity arose to move to the Heineken Cup champions, I felt it was the right time in my career to embark on a new challenge."
"It has been an exciting season under Dean so far, and there is still a job to be done as we aim to bounce back to the Premiership.
"That is my focus at the moment, and all my energy is going into helping the Falcons achieve this goal."
Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards said: "Jimmy has been a fantastic servant for the club, and I would like to wish him all the very best for the future.
"In the meantime Jimmy is fully focussed on helping Newcastle achieve its goal of gaining promotion back to the Premiership.
"By moving to Leinster Jimmy will get the opportunity to play Heineken Cup rugby next season. Leinster is a club with rich history and tradition, and I am pleased for Jimmy that he will get the chance to test himself at the very highest level."