Reivers playmaker returns to Newcastle

The dismantling of the Border Reivers continues apace with news that Newcastle Falcons have signed fly-half/full-back Steve Jones on a two-year deal.

The 24-year-old returns to Kingston Park having spent three seasons with the Falcons academy while studying at Northumbria University.

Jones has made 17 Magners League and four Heineken Cup appearances for Border Reivers so far this season, scoring 32 points.

Born in Ashington, Northumberland, he represented England at Under-18s and 19s level before changing allegiance to Scotland, for whom he played in the IRB Under-21s Rugby World Cup.

After three years with the Falcons academy Jones tried his hand at the 13-man game by joining Super League side Huddersfield Giants, before returning to union with Border Reivers last summer.

“Steve is someone I know very well from his time with us as a youngster, and he has always been a very talented player,” said Newcastle boss John Fletcher.

“He offers us quality at both fly half and fullback, as well as a good goal-kicking option, which will be vital for us especially during the international windows when we can expect to be without Jonny Wilkinson and Toby Flood for periods of time.”


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