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Tu'ipulotu returns to Falcons

Powerhouse centre rejoins after season-long spell in Japan

Last Updated: 22/05/12 7:31am

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Tane Tu'ipulotu: Scored the winning try in the LV= Cup against Harlequins

Tane Tu'ipulotu: Scored the winning try in the LV= Cup against Harlequins

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Newcastle Falcons will welcome Tongan centre Tane Tu'ipulotu back to Kingston Park next season.

The 31-year-old made 52 Premiership appearances for the Falcons between 2008 and 2011 before he opted to move to Japanese outfit Yamaha Jubilo.

Tu'ipulotu, though, has now agreed a two-year deal - and he can't wait to play for the club once again.

Tu'ipulotu, who scored the winning try in the 2011 LV= Cup semi-final against Harlequins, told the club's official site: "I am truly grateful for the opportunity to join the Falcons again.

"When I initially left the Falcons for Japan it was a very hard decision for me and my family to make.

"During my time away Semore Kurdi has taken over the club, and it is great to see the progress that has been made under his leadership, especially with the appointment of Dean Richards as director of rugby.

"My family and I cannot wait to be back in Newcastle and I am looking forward to being part of a team that strives to perform to the expectations of its loyal supporters."

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