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Tom Gordon becomes Newcastle's 10th signing ahead of next season

By Josh Raisey
Tom Gordon of Glasgow Warriors looks on during the Guinness Pro14 match between Glasgow Warriors and Ulster on February 19, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Newcastle Falcons have signed flanker Tom Gordon from United Rugby Championship winners Glasgow Warriors.


The 27-year-old will arrive at Kingston Park after six years in Glasgow, where he made 76 appearances for the Warriors.

The former Scotland U20 international is the latest addition in what has been a busy summer for Newcastle, with director of rugby Steve Diamond making ten signings to date.

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It will be a stark change in environments for the New Zealand-born forward though, who will be moving from a URC-winning outfit to a Falcons side that failed to register a win in the Gallagher Premiership last season.

Diamond is hoping Gordon will provide his team with some experience and knowledge heading into next season.


“It’s really important that we get some knowledge into the team,” he said.

“Tom’s a hard-nosed Kiwi who has had a good level of experience with Glasgow. He’s great on the deck, he’s a fantastic character and he’s someone who will play a lot of rugby for us.”

Gordon added: “I’ve had a great time with Glasgow and enjoyed being part of a successful squad this season, but it’s a good change and a big opportunity going to Newcastle.


“It’s a new city for me, a new team and a new competition, so it’s a real fresh start.

“I’ve already got a few mates down there who I know from my time in Scotland with the likes of Cammy Hutchison, Kiran McDonald, Murray McCallum and Cam Neild. They’re all good lads and I hear good things about the place, so I’m excited to rip in.”

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