Carnegie bring in Newcastle backs

Leeds Carnegie have announced the signings of Newcastle backs James Fitzpatrick and Chris Pilgrim.

Chris Pilgrim Credit: Press Association

Centre Fitzpatrick, 26, and scrum-half Pilgrim, 28, have both agreed two-year contracts with the Championship club.

Fitzpatrick is set to join up with Leeds on loan for the rest of this season once he has recovered from injury.

Leeds rugby director Chris Gibson said: "We have been monitoring both players over a long period and had great reports on not just their abilities on the field, but their attitude off the field, which is an important factor for us.

"James is currently recovering from an injury but has been registered to join up with us on loan, when fit, for the remainder of the season, and I know that Chris is already excited about next season and being part of our group."