Newcastle Falcons have announced the signing of Argentina international centre Matias Moroni ahead of the 2022/23 season.
Moroni made his professional rugby debut with Pampas XV in 2014 before making his Super Rugby debut with Jaguares in 2016 and went on to play 47 times for them.
He made a switch to Leicester Tigers in 2020 and started for them in the Gallagher Premiership final against Saracens which they went on to win 15-12.
The 31-year-old made his Argentina debut in June 2014 and has been capped 57 times for his national side including eight appearances in the 2015 and 2019 World Cups. He also represented Argentina in the Olympic Games as part of their sevens side for Rio 2016.
“I like how Newcastle want to play the game, and I feel like I can fit in there,” he said.
“Matias and I have known each other since playing together for Argentina Under-20s, and he is one of my best friends as well as being a top player.
"We know we can play well together because we have done it for many years, and I obviously know Mateo as well from our time together with the Pumas.
“It’s always useful having someone you trust who is already at the club, because they can tell you what it’s really like, and through the chats I have had with Matias I know that Newcastle is a place where I will be happy on and off the field.”