Early Progress Of Newcastle Falcons Pleased Hogg

According to the Ally Hogg, the Newcastle Falcons are well prepared to attack the season of new Aviva Premiership after savoring the double dose of victory in last weekend.


The back-rower of Scotland scored a try and also captained the side in home victory of their 49-19 over Nottingham, and it was in less than an hour after the team Falcons defeated semi-finalists of Championship Doncaster Knights by 31-8.

Rotherham Titans was hosted by Newcastle this Saturday. According to the Hogg, the club is in good shape as they did really well in the opener of Aviva Premiership at home to Worcester Warriors on 1st September on Friday.

He said “During the time I am here, this is certainly the best squad”. Hogg had 48-times-capped back-rower, and he has signed a contract of extension recently going into the seventh season with the Kingston Park club.”

“The squad not only has the strong XV members, but also there is a depth in quality. At every number there is a great competition and each member is aware of the fact that they have to perform well to secure their position in the team, this is because a queue is waiting behind them to take their position.”

Hogg further added that “Two games in one day were great, as it got time for meaningful games into a lot of the boys. Only a few of us played for the complete 80 minutes or nearby, and it was useful.

“The season’s first game always remains a little rusty with regards to trying to work on everything we have been working on training; however, it is good to be playing opposite people who don’t know your own calls! So, overall it was a great experience playing two games in a day.”

NEWCASTLE RUGBY: SWEDISH BREAKAWAY, PAULSSON FINDS HOME AT HAMILTON

Hawks emerged victors at the Passmore Oval where they won 20-18. One of the best players in the game for Hawks was SamiPaulsson, a Swede.


It was his fourth game so far in the top grade. However, he had played a season at Stewart’s Melville Rugby Club in the Scottish second division in Edinburgh before arriving in Newcastle.

Back in New Zealand, he also spent two years in the Bay of Plenty which saw him being called up to the region’s under-20 development.

Paulsson also continues his rugby schooling with the hope that it would one day lead to a professional contract for him.

“That’s the boyhood dream,” Paulsson said. “I have come here to challenge myself and develop my game.”

Paulsson also talked about the questions he receives from people and the kind of look they give him when he replies with an answer.

“Everywhere I go, people ask where I am from,” he said. “My accent is not that strong. Some people find it a bit a weird when I say Sweden.”

Back in his hometown of Norrkoping, Paulsson began playing rugby as a schoolboy. Norrkoping is a town with a population of slightly above 110,000 and is situated two hours away to the south of Stockholm.

He also talked about how he joined his rugby playing dad at a young age and how much he enjoyed the contact.

He also admitted to playing ice hockey at a time but switching his focus to rugby once he started playing.

So far,Paulsson has had about 2o caps for Sweden, with the last of it coming in September in the game against Germany.

He and his wife Emma, has been in Newcastle for just six weeks but are already eager to make it home.

Falcons Have New Signs This Year

Newcastle Falcons have signed up a forward pair who will be part of the team next season.


The signings comprise of Gary Graham and Sami Mavinga who is Lyon prop. Gary is a flanker from Jersey Reds. New contracts have also been confirmed for Chris Harris as center and Jon Welsh as a prop. With four new players the team will have a well equipped forward pack

Mavinga at 23 years of age had come under the Falcon’s radar when he played for Lyon and against the Falcons. This happened during the encounter in European Challenge Cup as well as Kingston Park Stadium. Known to weigh 115 kg, he has featured about nine times for Lyon as well as made it to top international league games where he has been part of the starting line. He has graduated from the academy system of Lyon. Dean Richards is the director of rugby for Newcastle Falcons. He states that Sami is a player who has stood out during the two Challenge Cup games when the club played against Lyon.

He is a big and strong boy and brings forth a lot of aggression in his game. That will help him to be an asset for the club in the forthcoming summer months. He will add to the ranks of front row forwards in the forthcoming campaigns.

Gary Graham on the other hand, has a tenacity that impresses coaches. He offers consistent performance as seen in the Championship games. For that reason he is being picked up for Newcastle Falcon. Jon Welsh would be getting his contract renewed with Newcastle while Harris will also renew his terms after having made 45 appearances as part of his first professional stint. With such changes Newcastle will surely have new blood working for them in the forthcoming months.

BEN KAY – GEORGE KRUIS MAKES ENGLAND TEAM BETTER

Ben Kay believes that the Eddie Jones led side will witness the set piece lift off being demanded by the England coach with the return of George Kruis for this RBS Six Nations.


Kruis suffered a broken Cheekbone on Christmas Eve when his club side, Saracens went head-on with Newcastle. With a definite progress made in his recovery, Kay reckons that he and the rest of the England lineout can go onto greater heights.

Kay who won 62 caps for England said:

“The set-piece is already good, but they can take it to another level.

“They’re a lot better lineout side with George Kruis in there. He gets a bit of stick from the Sarries boys for being Steve’s child, but they’re better with him in. They’ve got fantastic athleticism.”

Kay also dwelt on the England Coach, Eddie Jones who according to him is very good at pushing players in a psychological way. According to Kay, Jones had one trick of letting players know the reason why they didn’t make the squad. The reasons were actually strengths of the players and not weaknesses.

Kay also believes that every other thing falls in place when the set-piece is fixed up right, taking note of the minute details much more than others do and at the beginning of it all.

During the RBS Six Nations, Ben Kay will perform as part of the Accenture Analysis Team.
This weekend when the Six Nations begin, France and England would go head to head in their opening match.

For England who has not lost for more than a year now, they will look to grab a Tier One record of 18 successive wins which would be sealed in Dublin with a Grand Slam win.

NEWCASTLE FALCONS PLAYERS HAVE CHANCES TO IMPRESS – DEAN RICHARDS

Director of Rugby for the Newcastle Falcons, Dean Richards has said that the growing number of academy talents currently at first team level is enough proof that players are given several chances to impress.


In different competitions so far this season, Newcastle Falcons have handed debuts to some of the players, including Brett Connon and Callum Chick.

Chicks has been one of the bright lights for the team as he rumbles his way to secure a first team spot with the team.

With injuries to key players in the squad such as SinotiSinoti and SonataneTakulua, several opportunities have arisen for fringe players.

Richards, while talking to BBC Newcastle had said,
“We’re not afraid to drop them in if need be,”

“We’ve said all along we want to give guys the exposure, although sometimes it’s difficult to find that opportunity.”

For the Newcastle Falcons, the return of their winger, VerenikiGoneva from a hamstring injury was a boost for them, especially in their 22-16 win over Northampton Saints last Friday.

To score the points for Newcastle Falcons, Goneva had picked up a pass, then raced through the length of the field and then scored.

Richards had spoken after the match, complimenting the player,

“It’s no wonder people regard him as one of the best finishers in the world,”

“The way he took the try at the end, he didn’t break step when Ben Foden came across, he stepped inside him on a half tackle at the same speed and finished off he’s an outstanding finisher and a really good player.”

For Back row Chick who had joined the Newcastle Falcons’ academy at 12 years old, he had begun a wonderful career after he started out his first season as a professional rugby player as the captain of the Falcons’ SIngha Premiership Rugby 7s side.

Falcons Sign Permanent Deal With Burdon

The successful trial of center Fred Burdon has resulted in the Newcastle Falcons, providing him with a permanent contract with the club.

He came through the Falcons academy and had stints for Yorkshire Carneige and Doncaster Knights before coming to Newcastle in August. Burdon will get involved with the team very soon and would be a major force in the midfield for Newcastle Falcons as Adam Powell and Chris Harris are out of the game for a long term due to injuries.

Falcons Rugby Director, Dean Richards, said that Fred has impressed everyone during the trial spell at the club and that is why the management decided to hand him over a permanent contract. He is also a local boy with great affinity towards the Falcons. Burden has played rugby at the junior level for Newcastle’s Northern FC and said that he is quite pleased to be in the senior squad of his favorite rugby club since childhood.

Burdon said that everyone at Newcastle Falcons have been very kind and welcoming during his trial spell. He has enjoyed the atmosphere and the environment in the Newcastle Falcons team. He feels that he is already there with the team and has gelled with the team quickly. Burdon is looking forward to having a wonderful career with the Falcons rugby team and wants to give it his best shot in every match that he plays for the team. He has already played games against teams like Northampton A, Gala and Leicester A, and knows what it is like in the senior rugby league.

Burdon said that he used to watch the Falcons play from the terraces and supported them when he was a kid. He likes being in the Falcons academy. The Falcons captain, Will Welch, was Burdon’s school captain at Royal Grammar School and is great to be playing with the boys that he knows from his school days.

Eddie Jones Prepares His Team

The England national rugby team is ahead of the meeting in the 1st test of the series of autumn on 12th November at Twickenham. Eddie Jones, the head coach is preparing his team for a grand encounter with none other than the Springboks as England has not made very good records with them over the last few years.

The coach said that they have not defeated them and hence it is a big task for his team. The intentions of Jones are quite clear. He wants his team of 23 players to work harder. He began the fitness regime in the month of January as he stated that there was a requirement to increase the percentage of fitness levels by upto 20 percent.

The coach believes that he and his team need to get fitter in order to be the best, so that when fans pay hard-earned money for tickets on sites such as http://www.liverugbytickets.co.uk, they are rewarded with a performance that matches their expectations.

The best thing about them is that they haven’t even started on it. The team and the coach are striving towards improvement which would be very exciting to build on it, with his mission being to focus on each player so as to ensure that they play well.

England achieved its Grand Slam for the first time in 13 years with the help of Jones. He takes the pride, but at the same time motivates his team to aim for a Six Nations Championship award. The coach has been impressed with the quality of the set up of England as the clubs are very professional. The quantity and method of coaching is excellent in addition to the facilities as per Jones.

Now, he is all set to see his team performing at its best. With 12 clubs taking part this year, it is uncertain as to which club would be at the top. Now the wait is to see how the England team is prepared with the help of Jones to perform at its best.

Falcons Ready To Face Sale Sharks

The Aviva Premiership is round the corner and Newcastle Falcons are ready for their season opener against Sale Sharks. This rugby game will be played on September 2. Newcastle is excited about the game and are preparing really hard for their Avivia Premiership opener.

The Premiership opening game for the Falcons will be played at the Kingston Park Stadium. There is no doubt that the Falcons would be looking for huge crowd support on September 2 to help them to kick start their new campaign this season in style.

Newcastle Falcons are currently enjoying a good pre-season run and have not yet tasted defeat. They feel that they are in better shape for the big opener against Sale Sharks. Dean Richard’s side has completed an array of new sign-ups this season and this has bolstered the bench strength of the Falcons.

The new sign ups have also shown their mettle and have made their mark in the pre-season clashes. Evan Olmstead, the Canadian lock, has scored in both the matches that he has featured. The injured Samoan Sinoti is match fit and is ready to enter the field.

The Newcastle Falcons are looking to get the best of their talented bunch of homegrown players and this is what they are concentrating on this season. Having Opeti Fonua, the Tongan power player, in the Falcons team is a big boost for the team. Every new sign up and the current bunch of home players are all gelling together very well.

The addition of popular Fiji player Vereniki Goneva has further boosted and strengthened the Falcons rugby team. The Falcons are practicing very hard and badly want to beat the Sale Sharks on their season opener. They have the Premiership title in their sight and by winning the opener they would have taken a step closer towards achieving their goal.

Falcons European Campaign Opens Away

The 2016/17 European Rugby Challenge Cup campaign for the Newcastle Falcons will be kick starting with an away match at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea. The match is scheduled to take place on October 14th and is opening a way to Ospreys. They will then return home to Kingston Park to meet Grenoble on 23rd October, a week later.

The kick off at the Liberty Stadium is at 19:05 and the kick off at home for the Newcastle Falcons is at 15:00 on 23 October. The back to back December matches will see Falcosn face Lyon on consecutive weekends and the matches are slated for 9th December and the subsequent weekend. The Falcons will be traveling to the Mamut Stadium in France in December followed by a return leg at the Kingston Park that will kick off on 18 December at 15:00.

The director of Rugby for Newcastle Falcons said that the team always enjoys the European Rugby Challenge Cup and are excited to enjoy the European exposure. There are many players in the team looking forward to the European Cup. He acknowledged that playing in France is not that easy, but his players are up for it. Lyon and Grenoble are really testing conditions for the Falcons, but his team will be prepared for the tough road trip.

Richards has spent some time in Grenoble over a decade ago. It is one of the greatest parts of the world and it is sure that Falcons supporters will be coming out in numbers to support their team. They will love what Grenoble has to offer. Also, the Falcons will be facing tough opposition in both Lyon and Ospreys and fans will get to watch some exciting rugby from both the teams. Dean Richards is confident about his side and knows that they will perform at their best during the away matches.