Newcastle has signed youngster Will Chudley who has been extremely promising in recent months. The 23-year-old helped the Blues reach the Championship play-offs and was in the side that lost the British & Irish Cup final to Bristol.

“I’ve been looking for a young nine, he’s quick, he’s got a great service,” coach Alan Tait told BBC Newcastle.

“He’s a young man who wants a real go at Premiership rugby.”

Tait added: “When Bedford played Worcester [in the play-off semi-final], I thought he was man-of-the-match and that made my mind up.”