Doncaster Knights’ Spanish international lock Josh Peters is joining Newcastle Falcons on a two-year deal.
The 26-year-old stands at 2.04m (6 foot 8), weighs 117kg (18 stone 5) and has been capped 10 times by Spain.
“It’s a great opportunity to go up a level and challenge myself in a Premiership environment,” said the second-rower, who made 18 appearances for Doncaster this season as they finished a close second in the table.
“It’s exciting to be making the move, and through hard work and learning I’ll look to push for a place.
“Outside of the rugby Newcastle is a great city which I’ve visited a number of times, including playing up there in pre-season last summer, and hopefully good things will come from the move.
“I’m already good mates with Newcastle’s prop Conrad Cade from his time on loan at Doncaster, and I was also in Northampton Saints’ academy with George Wacokecoke, who is a really good lad.”
Born just outside London, Josh moved to Marbella with his family at the age of two, saying: “I grew up in Spain and played out there until I was 16, when I got a scholarship to go to Oundle School and linked up with Northampton Saints’ academy.
“From there I got involved with England Under-18s and 19s, with set-piece and physicality being the main areas of strength in my game.”
Playing on dual-registration for Coventry during his time with Northampton Saints, Peters explained: “When I started playing for the Spanish national team I moved down to Blackheath.
“I’d always wanted to play international rugby so I was keen to take up the Spanish option, and from there I went to France for a year. I played for Dijon, which was good fun, although it coincided with the pandemic, which made things a bit difficult.
“I ended up doing a teaching qualification and signing for Doncaster, but it’s great now to have the opportunity up at Newcastle.”
Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards said: “Josh is a talented player who has gone well for Doncaster this season, and been a big part of their strong title push.
“He brings obvious size and physicality, and deserves this opportunity to show what he can do at a higher level.”
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