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Leinster Complete Signing Of Gopperth

Leinster Complete Signing Of Gopperth

Leinster have announced the signing of out-half Jimmy Gopperth. The New Zealander will join the province from Newcastle Falcons this summer on a two-year deal.

Out-half Jimmy Gopperth boasts vast Super 14 experience with 363 points in 53 outings for the Blues and Hurricanes, as well as starring for New Zealand’s second-string national side, the Junior All Blacks, in winning the Pacific Nations Cup.

Having steered New Zealand to victory in the Under-21 World Championship final back in 2004, Gopperth played in the Air New Zealand Cup for Wellington and North Harbour, adding value with his accurate goal=kicking and dynamic playmaking.

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Gopperth, 29, joined the Newcastle Falcons three seasons ago and to date has scored 719 points in 70 appearances.

Commenting on the move, Leinster head coach Joe Schmidt said: “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.

“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.”