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York and Barnes fly south from Newcastle Falcons

Chris York and Danny Barnes are the latest pair to join Ealing Trailfinders for their return to the Greene King IPA Championship.

The duo head south from Newcastle Falcons to link up with Director of Rugby Ben Ward’s side having both appeared in the Aviva Premiership this season.

York hails from Epsom and rose through the ranks at Harlequins, whom he helped to the 2012 Premiership title. He left for the north-east that summer and enjoyed another successful season as the Geordies won the Championship.

In his three seasons with the Falcons the 25-year-old played 39 matches and scored two tries. 

“I have watched how Ealing Trailfinders have progressed through the leagues in the last few seasons and I can also tell by the way they play that they are an ambitious club both on and off the field, ” York said. 

“Knowing this, choosing to join Ealing Trailfinders was an easy decision for me. I am looking forward to starting and helping to continue the success that the club has already made.”

Auckland-born Barnes joined Newcastle Falcons in 2013 after a spell with Munster that yielded 30 appearances in the Heineken Cup and Pro 12. He played 19 matches for the Falcons in his two years at Kingston Park and also appeared twice on loan for Tynedale in National 1. 

The 25-year-old is qualified for to play for Ireland and has appeared for their U20 team. 

“I am really excited about the prospect of joining Ealing Trailfinders, ” Barnes said. “After a fantastic season and gaining promotion back to the Championship, it is clear to see the ambition of the club. 

“I’m looking forward to joining up with the boys and contributing as much as possible to the continued success of the club.”

Ealing Trailfinders will be appearing in the Championship for the second time in their history, having previously played in it during the 2013-14 season

Ward’s side won the National 1 title with 136 points, nine ahead of their nearest rivals Rosslyn Park.

“Chris will add a different dimension to our game and will really suit playing on our pitch, ” Ward said “He has great experience at the top level and this will be vital to us next season. I think he is someone the supporters will really enjoy watching.

“Like Chris, Danny is a top player and someone I think the supporters will really enjoy watching play. He has the ability to play a number of positions and having played for Munster you can really see how strong he is defensively especially the work he does after the tackle. 

“It is his attacking qualities that I'm most looking forward to seeing though and he will be a strong addition to our backline for next year.”