Kyle Cooper: Newcastle Falcons sign Sharks hooker

Kyle Cooper
Kyle Cooper has made 39 appearances in Super League for Sharks

Newcastle Falcons have signed South African hooker Kyle Cooper from Super Rugby side the Sharks.

The 27-year-old former South Africa Under-20 international is the 11th new signing the Falcons have made ahead of the upcoming Premiership season.

Cooper is expected to join up with the squad in August for pre-season.

"We are delighted to have tied up a deal for Kyle, who has vast experience at a high level," said director of rugby Dean Richards.

"He is a quality player and his arrival gives us significant competition for places at hooker along with the likes of Scott Lawson, Ben Sowrey, Santiago Socino and David Nelson."

Cooper added: "I love the physical game that Newcastle play. Since I was a boy I have admired the physical style of the Premiership and I will enjoy being a part of a competition I have always loved watching."