Aviva Premiership: Franck Montanella signs two-year deal at Newcastle Falcons
Prop Franck Montanella will remain in the Aviva Premiership this season after agreeing a two-year deal with Newcastle.
Last Updated: 08/08/13 10:02am
Montanella, 31, impressed for London Welsh last season but his efforts were not enough to stop them from being relegated.
The loose-head, who weighs in at 19 stone, earned a place in the Premiership team of the season for 2012-13 after scoring two tries in 17 appearances.
"Newcastle Falcons has a great reputation in the game, and I can't wait to join up with my new teammates," Montanella said.
"There is a superb coaching set-up at Newcastle with Dean Richards in charge, and after a good experience with London Welsh I'm delighted to be back playing in the Aviva Premiership this season."
Richards added: "Franck is the type of player I've been looking for to really strengthen our front-row.
"He's a solid scrummager and he brings a lot of experience to the club having played in the French leagues where it can be a hostile environment for props to play their rugby.
"I'm delighted to have him on board and I'm looking forward to working with him this season."