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Craig Willis signs from Newcastle Falcons

Ealing Trailfinders are pleased to announce the signing of Craig Willis from Newcastle Falcons for the 2018/19 season.

The fly-half has been at Kingston Park since 2013 when he signed his first professional contract with the Falcons, and he has gone to make 38 appearances for the club. 

His Premiership debut came against Saracens in 2015, and he then kicked the winning penalty against Bath just a month later as he familiarised himself with English rugby’s top tier. 

Whilst also gaining valuable experience at the likes of Tynedale and Blaydon, the 23-year-old has scored a a total of 113 points for Newcastle and is known as an expansive and attacking fly-half. 

Willis enjoys playing on the front-foot and with a similar surface in London as well as at Newcastle he will be looking to make his mark in the Greene King IPA Championship.

The number 10 will now add strong competition to the fly-half position next season in West London, with Laurence May from Cornish Pirates and Sam Olver from Worcester Warriors both arriving as well in the summer. 

Willis is pleased to be heading to Vallis Way for a new challenge:

“The coaches and players play a great brand of rugby and I’m really looking forward to getting started. I still feel that at my age my best rugby is ahead of me so to join such an ambitious club is massively exciting.”

Director of Rugby Ben Ward says this signing is a very exciting bit of business. 

“Despite being just 23 years old Craig has consistently played at the top level for a number of years. We feel that he can continue to improve and with his undoubted quality he will be a top player for us in a very competitive position.”