Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ben Is Flying High as He Signs for Falcons; SCHOOLS RUGBY

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ben Is Flying High as He Signs for Falcons; SCHOOLS RUGBY

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A PROMISING Yarm School rugby player is one step closer to a professional career after signing senior academy terms with the Newcastle Falcons.

Ben Stevenson, 17, who can play as a centre, on the wing or at full-back, has signed for the Aviva Premiership side for next season.

Ben will combine his rugby with studying for a law degree at Durham University upon completing his A-Levels.

In addition to playing for Yarm School's 1st XV, Ben stepped up to play senior rugby this season for Blaydon RFC, in National League One, having previously played for Middlesbrough RFC.

He has been part of the Falcons' setup through the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Developing Player Programme, which has included playing for the club's A-team against Sale Sharks and Durham University.

Mark Laycock, Newcastle Falcons academy director, said: "We are delighted Ben has signed with us for next season.

"He is a very talented athlete with bags of potential, and I am confident he will do really well both academically and with his rugby. …

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