Tait praises new arrival Tu'ifua
November 16, 2011
Tu'ifua was a key part of the Samoan side during the World Cup © Getty Images
Newcastle boss Alan Tait is delighted with his new signing Samoan World Cup star Taiasina Tu'ifua.
Flanker Tu'ifua has started training with the Falcons, and Tait is enthused by his arrival at Kingston Park. "We haven't had a player of his stature for quite a while," Tait told the club's website www.newcastle-falcons.co.uk. "I am absolutely ecstatic that he decided to sign for us, as we had been holding out for this sort of player and we have finally got our man.
"He's a big man, a good ball-carrier and will give us so many dimensions to our set-up." Tu'ifua, 27, played in every game of Samoa's World Cup campaign, while he also starred during their victory over Australia earlier this year. "I had offers from around Europe, including clubs in France, but I heard a lot about Newcastle and its ambition," he said. "I've chosen Newcastle, and I am looking forward to bringing my family across here."
Newcastle, currently bottom of the Premiership, recently added South African lock Adriaan Fondse to their squad, while Tongan World Cup wing Suka Hufanga will link up with them shortly.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
The Scotland coach enters his first Six Nations with at least one familiar face to look to for inspiration - Joe Schmidt. He chats to Tom Hamilton
Italy coach Jacques Brunel spoke to ESPN ahead of his final season as Italy coach and tells of his desire to experiment and evolve
"There's no bull with me, I just tell it straight." Tom Hamilton talks to Warren Gatland in an exclusive interview
With the retirement of Adam Jones, Welsh rugby says goodbye to a great player and one of its biggest personalities too, writes Tom Hamilton