Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lock in, Winger out for Falcons

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lock in, Winger out for Falcons

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nEWCASTLE Falcons have announced the arrival of London Irish lock Sebastian de Chaves on a one-year deal, while Fijian winger Vereniki Goneva has signed for Harlequins.

English-qualified 28-year-old De Chaves has spent the past three seasons with London Irish, during which time he has helped them to two Greene King IPA Championship titles.

Born in Johannesburg and playing for South Africa Under-20s, the 6ft 7in, 120kg forward began his professional career with the Golden Lions before spending a season with French club Mont de Marsan.

Moving to Leicester Tigers in 2013, De Chaves spent three seasons with the Welford Road outfit before heading to London Irish, winning Players' Player of the Season in his first year at the Madejski Stadium.

Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards said: "Sebastian gives us a big physical presence in the second row and is a welcome addition to our squad.

"He was a Championship title winner last season, he has plenty of experience of English rugby and he joins us in the week that our pre-season preparations got under way." De Chaves said: "I have experience of winning the Championship in the two years that I've played in the competition, and I think Newcastle are in for an exciting season.

"It's obviously disappointing for the club to drop down a division but it's a chance for the team to re-set a little, and it's a different type of pressure.

"Everyone expects you to win every game, it's often hard to analyse the opposition and for every team you play against it's their cup final."

Asked what he hopes to add to the Falcons' squad, De Chaves said: "I'm someone who likes to run the lineout or to have some say in how it works, and the line-out is a big part of my game.

"Other than that it's basically just trying to get through a lot of work, doing whatever the team needs me to do and giving it everything."

Keen to get started in his new surroundings, he added: "I've played up at Newcastle a couple of times during my spells with Leicester and London Irish - it's a great stadium up there and I know first hand how tough it is for opposition teams to go and win at Kingston Park. …

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