Newcastle Falcons lock Andrew van der Heijden is about to be handed his debut for his new club. The New Zealand second-rower, 26, has been forced to wait for his chance after picking up the injury in his last game for Auckland last November.

“I’ve been raring to go for two months and it’s finally come along,” Van der Heijden told BBC Newcastle.

“I’m fully fit, it’s always tough watching from the bench.”


Mark Wilson extended his contract with the Newcastle Falcons. The 21-year-old former Kendal man, who signed an initial one-year contract last summer, has made 14 appearances for the Falcons this season.

Wilson told the club website: “I’m delighted to have signed the contract.

“I want to cement my place in the team now and crack on from there. I need to keep on doing what I’m doing and keep playing well.”