Back-rower Connor Collett joined Newcastle Falcons in the summer of 2018 from New Zealand province North Harbour. The foraging flanker had headed overseas upon finishing his studies at Stamford School to play club rugby with Massey RFC. His performances for Massey were impressive enough to earn him a call-up to North Harbour’s provincial side for the Mitre 10 Cup Championship for the 2016 season, Collett playing all but one of their games and forming a key part of the side which defeated Otago to win the national final. Topping North Harbour’s tackle count and winning their Most Promising Player and Premier Club Player of the Year awards in his first senior season, his eye-catching form continued during 2017 when he helped them to a third-placed finish in the top division of the Mitre 10 Cup. His first contribution as a Newcastle Falcons player was helping them to the final of the 2018 World Club 10s in Mauritius, going on to make his first team debut in the Premiership Rugby Cup victory at Harlequins.