Newcastle have announced the signing of Tonga international prop Taione Vea from London Welsh.
The Auckland-born 26-year-old, who has won six caps for Tonga, will join the Falcons on a two-year deal in time for the 2015/16 season.
Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards said of the former Wasps and North Harbour front-rower: "We're pleased to be able to add Taione to the squad for the next season. He's a quality prop who is a great scrummager and equally strong on the loose work too.
"As a Tongan international he brings a powerful and skilled head to our front row, although he's also a very humble guy who I know will fit in well with our squad."
The 6ft 2in 20-stone Vea, who joined London Welsh from Wasps last summer, said: "I've spoken with Dean about his plans for Newcastle Falcons and his vision on where the club is going and it sounds like something I want to be involved with.
"I'm still learning a lot and want to get more Premiership experience so I'm looking forward to doing that at Newcastle Falcons."