Sebastian de Chaves to make Newcastle Falcons return for next season

Sebastian de Chaves also played for Leicester Tigers between 2013 and 2016
Sebastian de Chaves also played for Leicester Tigers between 2013 and 2016

Former South Africa under 20 international Sebastian de Chaves will make a return back to Newcastle Falcons ahead of the 2022/23 season after signing a two-year contract.

De Chaves becomes the fourth signing of the club made for the next season following the likes of Ospreys fly-half Josh Thomas, Doncaster lock Josh Peters and Bath fly-half Tian Schoeman.

The 31-year-old was already part of the Newcastle Falcons that clinched the Championship title in the 2019/20 season during which he played 15 times but his stint was cut short by the pandemic coronavirus.

Having started his career with second tier French club Mont de Marsan in 2012 and made a switch to Leicester Tigers in 2013. He also had two separate stints with London Irish before joining Wasps on a short a term contract in 2021.

He is currently in the USA playing for Austin Gilgronis with his club currently at the top of the Major League Rugby table with 10 wins from 13 matches.

“My time in America has been very enjoyable with a very different culture and sporting country. I have loved my time here and met some amazing people," he told Newcastle's official website.

“My small stint at Wasps this season was very enjoyable - a great club with great players and staff – and it was an awesome feeling to be back in the Premiership.

"I’m very much looking forward to being back there with Newcastle as it’s one of the best and most competitive leagues in the world, so I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”

Newcastle are positioned 11th in the Gallagher Premiership table with six wins from 22 games.