"Argentine Arrival" - Newcastle Falcons Sign Los Pumas and Saracens Star Eduardo Bello - Ruck

“Argentine Arrival” – Newcastle Falcons Sign Los Pumas and Saracens Star Eduardo Bello

Newcastle Falcons have continued to bolster their squad ahead of the 2023/24 Gallagher Premiership season, as they announced the signing of Argentine prop Eduardo Bello.

The 27-year-old arrives at Kingston Park from Premiership champions Saracens, and becomes the Falcons’ eleventh signing ahead of the new campaign. The nine-capped Argentina international joins on a two-year deal, and lines up with fellow countrymen Mateo Carreras, Matias Moroni, Matias Orlando and Pedro Rubiolo at the club.

Bello was part of the Sarries squad who defeated the Falcons 29-23 in February, with Falcons forwards Coach Micky Ward delighted by his signature.

Ward said to the Official Newcastle Falcons club website: “He’s an international-class tight-head who is really good in the set-piece, so it’s great news that we’ve been able to bring him in.

“As well as watching him play I’ve spoken to the Argentina scrum coach about him when he was over here recently, to some other good friends who have worked closely with him and then obviously our four Argentinean lads who know him from their national team stuff.

“All the reports came back really positively, and he does the type of stuff that we want from our tight-head.

“He’s got a good build, he’s been in a strong environment at Saracens and he’s had four seasons as a regular starter with Zebre in Italy, so he’s familiar with European conditions and how the game’s played over here.

“I just think it’s a really good signing for the club, and I’m excited to be working with lads of that calibre.”

The Falcons’ eleventh addition joins the mass summer influx, including Murray McCallum (Edinburgh), Cameron Hutchison (Edinburgh), Hugh O’Sullivan (London Irish), Tim Cardall (Melbourne Rebels), Louis Brown (Coventry), Ollie Leatherbarrow (Exeter Chiefs), Kiran McDonald (ex-Munster), Bryan Byrne (Bristol Bears), Josh Bainbridge (Coventry) and John Kelly (Doncaster Knights) under incoming head coach Alex Codling (Oyonnax), with another five players also joining the club’s senior academy.