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The Newcastle Falcons of the Aviva Premiership announced the signing of former Eagle captain Todd Clever Thursday. Clever, who was released from the National Team in July and not selected for the Rugby World Cup, makes it four continents on which he's now played professional rugby, having been contracted by USA Rugby before playing professionally in New Zealand, South Africa and Japan.
“We’re delighted to have added a player of Todd’s calibre to our squad. He is a physical defender and a powerful attacker with proven experience on rugby’s biggest stage and we look forward to seeing him in action for the Falcons," said Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards.
“As a club we have great ambitions for the coming years and believe that Todd has a part to play in achieving those ambitions both on and off the field.”
"It’s going to be a really exciting time for the Falcons and I’m thrilled to join. I hope I can go good on the field and off it too, help the team atmosphere and hopefully help the Falcons family to grow," added Clever.
“In the past I’ve had opportunities to come to Europe but because of where I was in life it didn’t seem to be the right place for me. But now I’m really hungry for it and really excited, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to play here.”
Clever won't be surrounded entirely by strangers in Newcastle, where current Eagle Eric Fry is stationed, amongst others with whom he's familiar.
“I know Eric, played for the Barbarians last week with Ally Hogg and I played with Alesana [Tuilagi] in Japan; there are a few guys I know so I’m excited to catch up with them!”