Premiership: South African fly-half Tian Schoeman trades Bath for Newcastle Falcons

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South African fly-half Tian Schoeman will leave Bath to join Newcastle Falcons next season, both clubs have announced.

Schoeman arrived from the Cheetahs in 2021 and has struggled to stay fit during his time with Bath, making less than 10 appearances for the Premiership side.

Move in progress

The 30-year-old is currently sidelined with a knee injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season and has already begun moving to Newcastle.

“My contract starts in July, but I’m up here already and we’ve got a house sorted in Newcastle. I’ll be up here rehabbing my knee and making sure everything is right for the start of pre-season, getting properly settled in the area, and I’m looking forward to it,” Schoeman said.

Schoeman is positive about his move and looks to link up with some fellow South Africans in Newcastle.

“I’ve only heard good things about Newcastle, both as a city and a club,” he added.

“I know some of the guys who are already playing up here, like Philip van der Walt and Louis Schreuder, and they’ve spoken really highly about the Falcons. I’m really looking forward to playing here, and having had more than a year at Bath I’m gradually getting used to the British weather!”

“My journey at Bath was tough, with coming over in January 2021, playing five games and then suffering a serious injury – ironically here at Newcastle.

“It’s been good from a family point of view, but Newcastle is a fresh start for me and I can’t wait to get started.

“I love to watch rugby, and I’ve seen most of the Falcons’ games this season. They had a brilliant start, and one of their things throughout has always been to have a great pack of forwards. You get a lot of front-foot ball playing behind those guys, and as a flyhalf that excites me.”

The Falcons have also tied 26-year-old loosehead prop Adam Brocklebank to a new two-year contract.

Brocklebank has made 74 appearances for the Kingston Park club, 24 of them in this season, which has been something of a breakout campaign for him.

He said it was an easy decision to remain on Tyneside.

“It’s my eighth year up here, and I love it,” said the Falcons’ senior academy product.

“I can’t knock the place, the boys here are great and I’m enjoying my rugby.

“I’m getting plenty of game time, and under the coaching staff here I’m learning all the time and improving.

“They’re putting a huge amount of effort into me, which I’m really appreciative of, and over the next two years I’d like to think I can add a lot to the club to hopefully help push us up the league table.”

Director of rugby Dean Richards said: “Adam has continued to grow as a player and consistently performs at a very high level for us.

“We’ve spoken a lot about developing our own players, and in Adam we have a great example of someone who has really pushed on through our system.”

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