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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Newcastle Falcons have confirmed that star man Kieran Brookes will move from the club to their domestic rivals and Aviva Premiership table toppers the Northampton Saints at the end of the season.
Brookes is currently in his second spell at the club following his departure after 40 games in 2011 to join the Leicester Tigers. He endured a difficult couple of seasons at the record Premiership champions and swiftly made a return to Kingston Park, initially on loan, during which time, he helped the club return from the Rugby Football Union Championship to the Aviva Premiership, before turning his loan move into a permanent one when he signed a two-year contract.
However, the Northampton Saints announced a couple of weeks back that the 24 year old is set to leave the club again and link up with them at the end of the season on a multi-year contract.
The move comes on the back of a brilliant year for the Newcastle Falcons man, during which time; he made his debut for England, winning six caps. He backed up an impressive debut series against New Zealand with brilliant displays during the autumn internationals.
Dean Richards, the Director of Rugby at the Falcons said that the club is obviously disappointed at seeing the player leave for Northampton as they would have liked to retain his services. He added that the Newcastle Falcons is the place where he has thrived the most, the club developed him as a youngster and made him ready for an England call-up.
Richards mentioned that the club had tried to renegotiate his contract for a long period but it became clear that his agent and the player were keen to move away from the club and they wish him all the best.