Newcastle prospect Tim Visser has signed a new two-year deal with the Guinness Premiership club, keeping him at Kingston Park until the end of the 2008-2009 campaign.
The 19-year-old Dutch winger, who announced his arrival earlier this season by scoring the match-winner against Worcester, qualifies to play for England this September.
Falcons director of rugby John Fletcher, said: "Tim is an exciting talent who has progressed well this season.
Tim is quick elusive and tough. At six foot three and over 16 stone he offers the team a real threat in the outside backs."
Radike Samo, one of only two players still playing top level rugby in Australia who placed against the 2001 British & Irish Lions, will return to top flight action with Queensland Reds against the Stormers in Cape Town on Sunday.
Lions skipper Sam Warburton says the lessons he and his Welsh colleagues learnt in Australia last summer will stand them in good stead for their return visit with Britain and Ireland's elite next month.
Some very lucky winners got to host some of the British & Irish Lions in their homes in Ireland this week. 'Host The Pride' gave the opportunity for fans to host some of the biggest names in world rugby.