Yorkshire Carnegie have announced the signing of flanker Andy Saull, 26, on two year contract from the 2015-16 season onwards from Aviva Premiership side Newcastle Falcons.

The London born player, is a former England Saxons international, who previously played over 100 games for Saracens before moving to Newcastle in 2013, where he has made 19 Premiership appearances.

He made his Saracens debut in 2007 aged 19, and that year earned a call up to the England Saxons squad.  He was a regular in the 2010-11 title winning squad and played in the Premiership final against Leicester Tigers.

Speaking about joining Yorkshire Carnegie Saull said: “I am really pleased to have signed for Yorkshire Carnegie.  I have spoken to Bryan Redpath and Chris Gibson and they set out their vision for the future of the club and their plans to get in to the Aviva Premiership, so it is a very exciting time to be joining the club.

“There are a few players who I know in the Yorkshire Carnegie team, such as James Fitzpatrick and Chris Pilgrim from Newcastle and also I played with Jon Clarke in the Saxons and Charlie Beech and David Doherty for England U20s, so it will be good to work alongside them again. I have enjoyed my time at Newcastle, they are a great group of guys and I have made many lifelong friends, but I am now looking forward to the challenge at Yorkshire Carnegie and helping them achieve their ambitions.” 

Yorkshire Carnegie Head Coach, Bryan Redpath added: “Andy is a quality player who I have admired for a long time and I am delighted that he has agreed to join Yorkshire Carnegie.  He has great leadership qualities and is an outright flanker and will provide good competition within our squad and I am looking forward to working with him next season.”