Newcastle Falcons can confirm that scrum-half Chris Pilgrim will be out for the remainder of the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligaments in Saturday’s RFU Championship victory at London Scottish.
Pilgrim, 26 has made a good start to the campaign, helping the Falcons to maximum points in their opening two league games.
Director of rugby Dean Richards said: “We are obviously very disappointed as he has had a great start to the season and it is bitterly disappointing for him.”
Pilgrim, who joined the Falcons from Nottingham in the summer of 2009, has set his sights on a swift recovery.
He said: “I was really excited to continue my form into the rest of the campaign and I am really disappointed to be out for the season.
“These things happen in rugby and my aim is to come back stronger and better than before. I will now undergo a six month rehabilitation programme and I will be around the club to offer help and support wherever I can.”
The Birkenhead-born No.9 came into this term on the back of representing the Barbarians against Loughborough Students in the summer.