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Fly-half Jimmy Gopperth leaving Newcastle to join Leinster in the summer

Last Updated: 04/03/13 10:47pm

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Jimmy Gopperth: Vast experience in Super Rugby and ANZ Cup

Jimmy Gopperth: Vast experience in Super Rugby and ANZ Cup

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Leinster have confirmed that they have signed Jimmy Gopperth from Newcastle on a two-year contract.

The fly-half will leave the Falcons in the summer after three seasons with the club, where he has scored 719 points in 70 appearances.

The 29-year-old Kiwi has also played in Super Rugby for the Blues and Hurricanes as well as featuring in the Air New Zealand Cup for Wellington and North Harbour.

"We are delighted that Jimmy has put pen to paper on a deal and we believe that he will be an excellent foil for Ian Madigan, bringing added depth and experience to the out-half position when he joins this summer," said Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt.

"Even though Newcastle have struggled in recent years, he has been a hugely consistent performer during his time in England where he won back-to-back Premiership Golden Boot awards."

Newcastle rugby director Dean Richards added: "Jimmy has been a fantastic servant for the club, and I would like to wish him all the very best for the future.

"In the meantime, Jimmy is fully focused on helping Newcastle achieve its goal of gaining promotion back to the Premiership.

"By moving to Leinster, Jimmy will get to play Heineken Cup rugby next season. Leinster is a club with rich history and tradition, and I am pleased for Jimmy that he will get the chance to test himself at the very highest level."

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