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Newcastle Falcons sign Munster fly-half Jeremy Manning

Jeremy Manning
Manning is qualified to play for Ireland on residential grounds

Newcastle Falcons have signed New Zealand-born fly-half Jeremy Manning from Munster on a one-year deal.

The 24-year-old made 50 appearances for Munster over five years and played six times in the Magners League last term.

"He will provide plenty of competition for Jimmy Gopperth and Tom Catterick," Falcons head coach Alan Tait said.

"Jeremy has been in a fantastic environment over in Munster for the past five seasons, learning from the greats like Ronan O'Gara."

Tait added: "He's featured for them in the Magners League and Heineken Cup, and also played for them against the New Zealand All Blacks when they only lost out by two points to a late try right at the end.

"He played in four of their European games when they won the Heineken Cup back in 2006 and was on the bench for the final, he made six appearances when they won the Magners League title back in 2009 and he knows what it's all about at the top level."

Manning helped Munster A reach the final of the inaugural British and Irish Cup last term and also guided Cork Constitutional to an Irish league and cup double.

He played for New Zealand schools in 2003 and has a cap for Ireland Students.

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