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.
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.
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.
The two-try hooker Scotsman Scott Lawson is pretty much happy with what his team Newcastle Falcons have achieved in the pre-season. He believes that there is much more in store for the Falcons fans, this coming season, after the team trounced Doncaster Knights, Championship finalist, 34-12 in the pre-season match.
The Scottish player was at his best during the match against the Knights by dotting down twice. He said that there are a lot of learning points that the team can take from this match. The team can get even more clinical and accurate using the ball. He says that the hit out against the Doncaster Knights before the 2016/17 season was a good one, yet feels that the line out needs to be a little more accurate.
Lawson said that the Falcons team is moving in the right direction and are getting their act together for the Premiership season. He feels that the team did a lot of things right against the Knights, but there are plenty more things that they need to work on. He is happy with his pair of tries and has coped well with the new variations in the law. The team has been working hard to adhere to the new laws.
The ball has to be passed to the maul now than the same guy sliding to the back. This is what the team has focused on during its training and it had come out better in the match against the Knights.
Lawson says that the team can always turn to their maul, if things are not going according to plan in the other areas. The set pieces are the foundations of the Falcons game and they will try to use it very well during the new season. Lawson said that the team is a physical unit and are ready for the big games.
The former Scotland flanker Tyrone Holmes has now joined the Newcastle Falcons team after putting up an impressive rugby show at the Kingston Park trials. Holmes is very happy to be in the mix of things once again. The 30 year old said that he has rediscovered his love for rugby and is looking for his chance to play in the Premiership this season.
Holmes was released from the Glasgow Warriors side last season and he was a free agent. This is when Dean Richards took Holmes for a trial and was impressed with what he had put yup at the Kingston Park. This led to Tyrone getting the contract.
Holmes said that he is enjoying this new experience with the Falcons boys and feels refreshed and happy to be playing rugby again. He has huge amounts of praise for the coaching staff of the Falcons. He said that he did not feel that his rugby career was over as he had the drive and passion for the game intact within him. He said that he was happy that he grabbed the opportunity that came his way with both hands.
Holmes admitted that he was surprised to get a call from Newcastle Falcons, but is very happy that he has made it to the team. He was happy to have trained the whole week with the Falcons squad at their Yorkshire training camp and finally signed as a full time player.
Falcons’ rugby director, Richards, said that Tyrone is a very good player and has mightily impressed everyone at Falcons during the training camp. He is pretty strong defensively and carries the ball very well. Richards said that the Falcons are very happy with the inclusion of Holmes in their Premiership squad. Holmes is hoping that he will be able to add more value to the Falcons team this season.
Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Newcastle Falcons have tied down lock forward Scott MacLeod to a new that sees the player pledge his short term future to the Kingston Park outfit.
This new contract, which will see the player turn out for the Falcons till the end of next season is seen somewhat as a coup for the club after it emerged that the player might be looking to leave the club for pastures anew for one last payday but he has now decided to stay with the club he has been with for the last couple of seasons.
The 35 year old MacLeod was snapped up the Falcons from the Kobe Steelers back in 2012 and he was one of the pillars as the Newcastle Falcons bounced back within a year of relegation to the RFU Championship to return to the Aviva Premiership at the end of last season.
MacLeod, who has been capped 24 times by the Scotland national team at international level has featured 16 times for Dean Richards’ team this season and despite his age, he is still considered one of the key players of the side.
And according to Richards, the expertise of Scott MacLeod at lineout is invaluable for the Falcons in the Premiership and he is happy that the player has been secured on a new contract.
And speaking of his new contract, the player stated that the Newcastle Falcons is a club with big plans for the future and he wants to be a part of what the club is aiming to achieve under the stewardship of Dean Richards.
He also mentioned that he has enjoyed his time immensely at the club since he joined in 2012 and he is happy to be given the chance to play one more season.