Back-row forward Ryan Burrows joined Newcastle Falcons in the summer of 2017 from Yorkshire Carnegie, having captained the club to the Championship play-off final. Voted Yorkshire Carnegie's player of the season for 2016-17 and shortlisted for Championship player of the season during the same campaign, Burrows made 145 appearances for the Headingley-based outfit during his six seasons there, scoring 33 tries. Previously playing for Rotherham, for whom he made over 100 appearances, Burrows is renowned for his direct ball-carrying and destructive defence. A former pupil at Wath Comprehensive, he has played club rugby for Wath, Dinnington and Cleckheaton, representing Yorkshire's county side at Under-18s and 20s - the under-20s winning their County Championship final back in 2009. Burrows' debut season with Newcastle delivered three Premiership appearances but he was a mainstay in the cups, scoring a try in the European Challenge Cup win in Bordeaux as well as a 50-metre solo special against Enisei-STM.