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.”


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 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.


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.

Newcastle Bids Venditti Well For His Future Ventures

With the transfer window being open for the Newcastle Falcons, Giovanbattista Venditti would be exiting the team at the beginning of the season.

It is a good change for the team as well as for Giovanbattista Venditti. He has been signed on by the Zebre team. His spell at Newcastle was an uneventful one. With the Zebre team hailing from Italy, he would get a chance to play on home grounds.

Being a winger from Italy he played about nine times for the Newcastle Falcons team. This was part of the last season’s performance. Earlier he had not been part of the Italian squad among the Six Nations. He has moved into the team of Conor O’Shea and would be part of the party that is set to tour America.

As Newcastle bid him goodbye, the director of rugby for the team, Dean Richards stated that they had enjoyed his participation in the team and they wish him well as he returns to his home country. While he had been with Newcastle the opportunities for him in the first team was limited. This would have limited his participation in playing for the Italian national team. Hence, it would be wise to let him go. There are several talents in the team and hence, Giovanbattista Venditti would surely have a replacement soon on the Newcastle team. However the team wishes him luck and had appreciated his participation while he had played with them. His fans will surely hope to see him around more often in the fiat teams and to get to play as part of the Italian national side in the forthcoming matches. It is hoped that he will get more chances to play crucial games unlike the chances that he got last year.

Newcastle Falcons Get Evan Olmstead

The Newcastle rugby team gets a new player from London Scottish team.

Evan Olmstead joins up Newcastle Falcons and it is hoped that he will bring in new competitive spirit among the players. He will be playing for the Falcons in the coming season.

Evan Olmstead comes from a Canadian background. His rearing has been in Australia and he plays as a forward in the second row. However, internationally he is recognized to play for his home country, Canada. He is known to tower over most players being at a height of 6 ft 5 inches. He has capped seven times for his home county. He also took part in the World Cup last year.

As far as his rugby career goes, he played for Parramatta Two Blues as well as for Canadian club and Sydney clubs. He had been with the Prairie wolf pack and played for the team in Calgary. Hence, as he moves to play with the Falcons at the age of twenty five, he is familiar with the styles of the English club games. He moves from London Scottish which has been a champion in Greene King IPA. He played about six games for London Scottish this year itself.

When Olmstead was asked about the move and what he thought of it, he stated that he was looking forward to join and play with the Falcons in the pre season. He would get a chance to play with some top players in the rugby world. He hopes to work hard and contribute to the team. It would definitely help him get coaching from experienced staff and help him take his gaming skills to the next level. Hence, both the team members as well as Evan are looking forward to starting off with a strengthened team in the coming months.

Tonga skipper Latu to join Newcastle Falcons

Tongan international skipper Nili Latu will join Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Newcastle Falcons this summer ahead of the 2015/16 Aviva Premiership season, a statement from the club has said. However, no details regarding the terms of the deal have been mentioned.

The Tonga international will be linking up with the giants from the North East having played his entire career with clubs in the southern hemisphere, most importantly the Chiefs and the Hurricanes in the Super 15s. The back row player has also played 42 matches for his national team, scoring four tries as well.

Having suffered a less than successful season by their standards, the Kingston Park side had long been looking for players that could be game changers to add to their squad and had scoured the entire globe to narrow down on their options and the signing of Latu is expected to be the first of many such signings.

Dean Richards, the Director of Rugby at the Newcastle Falcons hailed the club’s capture of one of the most explosive back rowers in the game right now and added that is absolutely thrilled to have a player of his talent and experience in the Falcons squad.

He added that the player has a lot of experience playing in some of the biggest teams in the world and in difficult domestic competitions and he still remains a world class player with a lot of rugby still in him. Moreover, according to Richards, the fact that he has been the skipper of the national team means he will bring a wealth of leadership experience to the squad and the young players in the Newcastle Falcons squad can feed off his experience and become leaders in their own rights.

Latu will join the club after the Rugby World Cup.

Newcastle Versus Saracens For The Aviva Premiership

Charlie Hodgson has been selected by Saracens to fly half for the Aviva premiership on Saturday to be against Newcastle Falcons held at Allianz Park.

Hodgson was fit though he made a late withdrawal in the last weekend they had lost to Sale Sharks. He is going to replace Alex Goode who will face Ireland on Sunday and is in the England team.

Mark MCall the head couch of Sarries has made some changes in his starting line up where Neil De Kock will partner at halfback for Hodgson. To accommodate the inclusion of Ben Ransom at full back, Chris Wyles is again going to the wing with Nick De Jager coming into the back row.

Draw from the Newcastle by Wasps which was by 23-23 occurring last weekend has made Dean Richards make five suitable changes before they leave for the trip of London. Josh Furno along with Kieran Brookes will be replaced by Kane Thompson and Juan Pablo Orlandi and changes in the hooker is also seen.

Hamstring injury forced Ally Hogg by which Will Welch had to start blind side. Final changes are also being made to the team with Alex Tait coming back to the full back position. With so many replacements it is to be seen how well the teams play in the upcoming matches. The preview gives all the spectators a chance to predict but even after the changes it is not possible to have a look at the entire game plan of both the teams which will be showed only when they play each other.

It will be a trying factor for both the teams under pressure but with new energy in the team will bring some kind of relief into the position of both the teams and their players as well as the coaches.