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Newcastle Falcons sign promising University props Callum and Connor Hancock

Newcastle Falcons have today announced the signings of Leeds Beckett University props Callum and Connor Hancock. 

The props, who are identical twins, will join the Falcons senior academy from the start of next season on one-year-deals.

The pair have previously been involved with the Falcons during pre-season, but will join the club on a full time basis from the start of next season.

Commenting on the signings, Newcastle Falcons’ head of academy, James Ponton, said: “It’s great having Callum and Connor on board. They did most of pre-season with us last summer and got very involved. From a team point of view and the lads here really took to them.”

He added: “They’re a couple of characters, they’re very hard working and they got stuck into everything we did. We always knew they had another year at university but we were keen to get them back in at the end of that, and let’s see where we can take them.”

The pair become the latest signings to join Steve Diamonds revolution, with Cameron Neild also moving to Kingston Park.

Who are Newcastle Falcons’ latest recruits Callum and Connor Hancock?

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Originally from Sheffield, the pair played junior rugby for Dinnington RFC and Bishop Burton College. They were also involved with Yorkshire’s academy prior to moving on to university at Leeds Beckett.

They have also had spells in the National Leagues with Leeds Tykes.

Commenting on joining the Falcons, tighthead Callum said: “We’re both really excited to be signing for Newcastle Falcons. It’s been a longer-than-expected route into professional rugby but Newcastle have been great with us throughout. It’s fantastic that they’re open to bringing in players from all avenues.

He added: “It’s easy to feel as if you’ve missed the boat when you’re not involved full-time with academies, but Newcastle cast the net far and wide. We’re just excited to get cracking now and to be a proper part of things.”

Connor Hancock, a loosehead by trade, also said: “It was hard work as you’d expect but we got a huge amount from it. It massively benefited our game when we went back to Leeds Beckett and played in BUCS Super Rugby.”

He added: “Having both of us called up by England Students was a huge honour on the back of that, and then getting signed up by the Falcons is just incredible on top of everything else.”