Falcons swoop for Manning
Published 04/06/2010 | 05:00
NEWCASTLE coach Alan Tait has revealed how Munster out-half Jeremy Manning turned down a move to Top 14 rugby to join the Falcons, WRITES HUGH FARRELLY.
"We snatched him from under the noses of two French clubs because his was a name that came up pretty late on in our search for a 10," said Tait.
"He was considering two offers from France, but he was keen to come and give it a go in the Premier-ship and he will offer very strong competition for Jimmy (Gopperth)."
New Zealand-born Manning scored 173 points in 50 senior appearances for Munster and has qualified for Ireland under the residency rule. He also helped Cork Constitution capture the All-Ireland League title this season
"He has amassed a great level of experience, playing behind Ronan O'Gara and with a host of world-class stars," added Tait. "We would have had egg on our faces if we had not recruited another quality fly-half and I have to give credit to the club because when Jeremy's name came up, they backed me in bringing him in."