Scotland Under-20s lock Andrew Davidson has won a move to the Aviva Premiership, joining Newcastle Falcons from the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy.
The towering Glasgow Hawks teenager was part of the under-20 side which defeated England 24-6 in February and clearly impressed former England forward Dean Richards, now Newcastle’s director of rugby.
“Andrew has been a stand-out player for Scotland at Under-20s level, he is a major talent and has the ability to play in the second-row or at number six. He has a lot to offer and we are extremely happy he has agreed to join us,” Richards said yesterday.
The 6ft 7in forward came through Kelvinside Academy and has previously represented Scotland Under-16s and 18s. He also played for Scotland in the Junior World Championship.
Delighted to have sealed his move to Kingston Park, Davidson said: “Newcastle’s club ethos seems really good and I was incredibly impressed by that when I met with Dean Richards.
“I love the attitude of the club and its supporters – I came to the game when they played London Irish last month and the atmosphere inside the ground was tremendous. To play in front of that would be an honour, but I know I have to earn my place through hard work and showing to the coaches that I am worthy of selection.
“Hopefully I can add a bit of bulk to the forwards, and the chance to play in the Aviva Premiership was a big draw. It is one of the best leagues in the world, if not the best.”