Newcastle Falcons: Scott MacLeod extends contract

Lock forward Scott MacLeod has extended his contract with Newcastle Falcons until the end of next season.

MacLeod, 35, was signed from Kobe Steelers in 2012, and played a key role in helping the Falcons return to the Premiership last term.

The 24-times capped Scotland international has made 16 appearances in all competitions this season.

Director of rugby Dean Richards said: "Scott's expertise at the lineout is invaluable in the Premiership."

MacLeod said: "Newcastle Falcons is a club that has big plans for the future and I want to be a part of what it is striving to achieve under Dean Richards.

"Since joining Newcastle in the summer of 2012 I've enjoyed every minute of my time at the club, and I can't wait to get stuck into Sunday's game against Worcester."