Scotland U20s lock Andrew Davidson joins Newcastle Falcons

Scotland Under-20s lock Andrew Davidson has won a move to the Aviva Premiership, joining Newcastle Falcons from the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy.

Andrew Davidson helped Scotland U20s beat England this season. Picture: Ross Brownlee/SNS

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.

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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.”