7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
Shortland began his career in the National Rugby League (NRL) for Melbourne Storm before moving to the New Zealand Warriors and joins the club ahead of the 2011/12 season.
"He's been scoring tries for the Waratahs A team and he's recently been training with their first team," said Falcons head coach Alan Tait.
"He's also English qualified which is great. He runs hard, he's strong and Ryan is a great signing for the club."