James Fitzpatrick has backed the RFU Championship Rugby Union club the Newcastle Falcons to be at the top of their game when they take on the visitors from Wales in the form of Cross Keys in the British and Irish Cup opening game. The centre is set to be handed a start in the match as Dean Richards, the Director of Rugby of The Falcons is set to blood a number of the talented youngsters form the backline of the club.
Nonetheless, the youngster is ready to seize the moment and help The Falcons win their first title since the Powergen Cup of 2004 insisting that the tournament provides a great opportunity for the Tyneside club. He went on to add that no one would deny that promotion to the Aviva premiership from the RFU Championship at the first attempt is the main priority of the club, but it is also a fact that professional rugby is all about winning trophies and this tournament presents a good opportunity for the Newcastle Falcons to get a trophy in the cabinet and gain some confidence.
Fitzpatrick also mentioned that Dean Richards had stressed on getting into the habit of winning from the very first training session of the season, stating that The Falcons go into each and every game with the mentality of winning that game. And he also pointed out that they will enter into the tournament with that mentality and not play in it just for the sake of playing.
The Newcastle Falcons are in fine form and have already notched up six wins from six games at the start of the season and are already looking favorites for promotion, and a win in the British and Irish Cup will undoubtedly add a lot of confidence in the young players.