Newcastle Rugby Union have signed young forward Darren Fearn. The 21-year-old Northumbria University student joins the club on a one-year deal, having previously represented the Falcons development team.

The 6ft 3in Yorkshireman weighs in at an imposing 20 and a half stone.

Newcastle Rugby Union head coach Alan Tait said: “Darren has got loads of potential and is desperate to prove himself. It’s important we give these guys a chance.”

Fearn will combine full-time training at the Falcons with the final year of his degree in sports development with coaching.

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