Newcastle Falcons sign Samoan tighthead Logovi'i Mulipola from Leicester.
Newcastle has announced the signing of Leicester Tigers and Samoan international prop Logovi'i Mulipola on a two-year deal.
Capped 20 times by Samoa and with the ability to play on both sides of the scrum, the 6 foot 4, 128kg forward has become a firm fans’ favourite at Leicester with his explosive ball-carrying and scrummaging.
Mulipola has made 120 appearances for Leicester in the Premiership and Champions Cup in six and a half seasons and has helped his side to an Anglo-Welsh Cup title in 2012 and the 2013 Aviva Premiership.
The titanic prop made his international debut in 2009, going on to feature in the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Often injured in recent years, Mulipola has featured in 15 of Tigers' 20 league games so far this season and will take part in one final push for Premiership glory at the end of the season.
The Falcons have risen to top four contention this season in impressive fashion despite a lack of big-name signings in the pack. The addition of Mulipola to an otherwise relatively light forward unit will go some way to further solidifying a place at the top end of the table and their ambitions for a first Premiership title since 1998.
The 31-year-old spoke about his new deal earlier today: “I have played against Newcastle Falcons many times, I like what they are doing and it’s an exciting opportunity.
“I have enjoyed my time at Leicester Tigers, I’d like to thank the fans for being so supportive towards me and of course I’ll be giving my all for them until the end of the season.
“After that it’s on to the next challenge and becoming part of something big at Newcastle. I’ll be staying in the Premiership, which is great, and it’s all about the hard work I’ll be putting in.”
Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards said: “Anyone who has watched the Premiership over the last six or seven years will know what a force of nature Logo is, and it’s great that we have been able to attract a player of such proven standing in the game.
“He brings a very direct ball-carrying threat, he is a very strong scrummager and I certainly wouldn’t want to be running down his channel.
“It is a sign of our growing reputation that we are able to make signings like this, adding a small number of quality players to the outstanding foundation we already have at the club, and Logo is a player who can really help us make the next step as a club.”