Newcastle sign up Auckland Blues lock

Newcastle Falcons have welcomed Auckland and Blues Lock, Andrew Van Der Heijden to the club.

Speaking this morning, head coach Alan Tait said: “Andrew is a fantastic addition to the squad.


“He arrives in December and we will be getting him into analysis to look at our set piece game particularly our line outs. We will assess him and monitor his progress daily.


“He has a lot of experience and he will be great for the young lads to have around.


“We were very unlucky that he broke his arm just after we had signed him but we have to move on.”

Van Der Heijden was capped 60 times at provincial level in New Zealand having come through the Auckland academy and excelled at Counties Manukau where he captained them in ITM Cup action en-route to their player of the year trophy in 2008.

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