Mulipola reportedly leaving Newcastle

Manu Samoa prop, Logovi’i Mulipola, may have played his last game for Newcastle Falcons despite helping them win promotion to the English Premiership for next season.

The Rugby Paper’s Neil Fissler reported that Mulipola is unlikely to remain with Newcastle, and is currently considering his options for a move elsewhere.

He played in 10 of 15 games, starting nine, for the Falcons in season 2019/20 before the rest of the campaign was abandoned due to the COVID-19 epidemic, with runaway leaders Newcastle being awarding the Championship title.

It was Mulipola’s second season with the club, who were relegated from the Premiership after his maiden 2018/19 campaign.

The move to Newcastle came after seven seasons and over 100 appearances for Leicester Tigers, where he made his name among the world’s elite ball-carrying front rowers.

Playing and living with the Tuilagi brothers at Leicester made Mulipola feel at home, even on the other side of the world.

“That’s why I didn’t miss [Samoa] much, because I felt like one of the family there,” he told the Samoa Observer during the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Mulipola was getting used to living in Newcastle though, which he described as a student city with a good lifestyle.

The 33-year old has played 33 times for Manu Samoa including at the 2011 and 2019 World Cups, having been ruled out of the 2015 tournament through injury.

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