Vereniki Goneva extends Newcastle Falcons stay

Vereniki Goneva has extended his stay at Newcastle Falcons, although the details of his new contract are undisclosed.

The Fiji international arrived at Kingston Park from Leicester Tigers in 2016 and has impressed, scoring 17 tries in his 28 Aviva Premiership games so far.

Goneva, a former Premiership title winner with the Tigers, has scored in each of his last three matches to help propel the Falcons, on a seven-match unbeaten league run, into sixth place in the domestic table.

“I have loved my two years with the Falcons and it is great to be able to extend that time,” Goneva, who is the second-top try-scorer in this season’s Premiership, said.

“It’s a very positive environment here at Kingston Park, we are making good progress and I have been made to feel at home in Newcastle.

“I’m excited about what this club can achieve in the future and I’m glad that I will be part of it.

“I didn’t start playing professionally until my mid-20s so I have a lot of rugby ahead of me, I feel like I’m in great shape and it was an easy decision in terms of staying with Newcastle.

“I love the city, there’s lots to enjoy up here outside of the game and I see a really bright future for the Falcons.”

The 33-year-old won last season’s Falcons Player of the Year and Players’ Player awards and Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards has described Goneva as a “model professional”.

“Niki is a model professional who keeps himself in amazing shape and delivers time and time again on the field,” Richards said.

“He is an extremely humble guy who very quietly goes about his business, his ability to score tries is truly in the world-class bracket and it is fantastic news for Newcastle Falcons that he will be staying with us.”