Newcastle Falcons have confirmed the signing of Ulster prop and former Irish international Rodney Ah you. The New Zealand-born tighthead, who can play both sides of the scrum, arrives at Kingston Park with immediate effect.
With 126 Pro14 appearances, a further 31 in Europe and three Ireland caps to his name, the 30-year-old provides valuable experience to Newcastle's squad. The Gallagher Premiership's most northern side currently languishing at the bottom of the league table on seven points, three points behind eleventh placed Sale Sharks.
Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards said: "Rodney has been a proven performer at a high level for a number of years now and he will definitely add to what we already have here.
"He fits in with the way we want to play the game, he offers a ball-carrying threat as well as the nuts and bolts of his set-piece game and I'm delighted to be able to bring him over here."
Born in New Zealand, Ah You made his professional breakthrough as a teenager with Canterbury and appeared for New Zealand Under-20s, heading to Irish province Connacht in 2010.
Having completed his move to Newcastle, he said: "I'm pretty stoked that Dean Richards came after me. I've played at Newcastle a couple of times with Connacht, I've been watching them get a couple of really good wins recently in the Heineken Champions Cup and there are a lot of good things going on around the place."
Speaking of the aspects of his game he believes will benefit Newcastle the most, Ah You commented: "Scrummaging for any prop is the number one thing, and then ball-carrying around the field is something I enjoy. I can play on both sides of the front row if needed. Tight-head is where I have been playing mainly but I can jump over if the coaches need me to, and I just can't wait to get started here."