Former Vodacom Bulls and Cheetahs flyhalf Tian Schoeman has joined the Newcastle Falcons on a three-year deal after parting ways with Bath.
The 30-year-old is already on Tyneside preparing for the 2022-23 season, with the SA pivot recovering from a knee injury.
“My contract starts in July, but I’m up here already and we’ve got a house sorted in Newcastle,” Schoeman told the club’s website.
“I’ll be up here rehabbing my knee and making sure everything is right for the start of pre-season, getting properly settled in the area, and I’m looking forward to it.”
Excited by his latest move , he added: “I’ve only heard good things about Newcastle, both as a city and a club.
“I know some of the guys who are already playing up here, like Philip van der Walt and Louis Schreuder, and they’ve spoken really highly about the Falcons. I’m really looking forward to playing here, and having had more than a year at Bath I’m gradually getting used to the British weather!”
Born and raised in Pretoria, Schoeman spent six years with the Bulls before heading to France for a season with Bordeaux, returning to SA where he starred for the Cheetahs in the PRO14 prior to joining Bath.
Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards welcomed news of Schoeman’s arrival, saying: “Tian is a quality player who brings the skill set and attacking ambition that we want from a flyhalf.
“He has performed to a consistently high level over a number of years, and despite suffering an injury setback at Bath he has been working incredibly hard to ensure he starts with us in good condition and with a clean bill of health.”
Bath fly-half Tian Schoeman is joining Newcastle Falcons on a three-year deal.
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