FALCONS LOCK EYES IMPROVEMENT IN SET PIECES

Newcastle lock Van der Heijden says that they need to concentrate more on set pieces and he expects improvement in the future. The 26-year-old will have to wait to make his debut, after breaking his arm during Auckland’s ITM Cup match against Tasman in November. “I’m a set-piece orientated player,” Van der Heijden told BBC […]

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YOUNG STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF HUDSON

Micky Young has stressed the importance of James Hudson in the team. Hamstring tears kept Hudson out for two months, a run of four straight league defeats, prior to his return in the 12-6 defeat of Gloucester on Sunday.

“It makes a massive difference having James Hudson back in the Falcons team,” Young told BBC Newcastle.

“It’s the type of work-rate we want and accuracy he brings to the game.”

Young added: “I didn’t see the stats but he definitely stole a few line-out balls, it’s great to have him back, his first game back and we get a win, I don’t think is any coincidence.”

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FALCONS COACH IMPRESSED BY EXETER

Newcastle coach Paul Moriarty says that he is impressed with Exeter this season. An opening day win at home to Gloucester preceded an unlucky defeat at Leicester and Moriarty is impressed by their adjustment to the top flight.

“They’ve got enthusiasm and a fresh approach,” Moriarty told Wales Rugby Tickets. “They’ve made the rest of the division sit up and say this team has got something about it.”

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FALCONS COACH IMPRESSED BY EXETER

Newcastle coach Paul Moriarty says that he is impressed with Exeter this season. An opening day win at home to Gloucester preceded an unlucky defeat at Leicester and Moriarty is impressed by their adjustment to the top flight.

“They’ve got enthusiasm and a fresh approach,” Moriarty told BBC Newcastle. They’ve made the rest of the division sit up and say this team has got something about it.”

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NEWCASTLE STRUGGLE

Newcastle failed to secured a win over Sale after being defeated 35-18. After an early penalty exchange Falcons flanker Brent Wilson scored from a forwards move off a five-metre scrum.

Karena Whihongi hit back for Sale before Macleod’s kick was gathered by Tom Brady to cross in the corner.

After the break Macleod added more points with the boot before Chris Leck’s sin-binning let Wilson in again.

Sale started much the brighter and had points on the board through Macleod’s boot after just 90 seconds as referee Dean Richards proved a harsh judge of any handling on the ground.

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NEWCASTLE SIGN DARREN FEARN

Newcastle Rugby Union have signed young forward Darren Fearn. The 21-year-old Northumbria University student joins the club on a one-year deal, having previously represented the Falcons development team.

The 6ft 3in Yorkshireman weighs in at an imposing 20 and a half stone.

Newcastle Rugby Union head coach Alan Tait said: “Darren has got loads of potential and is desperate to prove himself. It’s important we give these guys a chance.”

Fearn will combine full-time training at the Falcons with the final year of his degree in sports development with coaching.

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HOGG HOPING FOR NEWCASTLE KICK-START

As he comes to the end of the most frustrating season since he broke into the top flight, Allister Hogg, the back row, knows that over next few months he is going to face a series daunting challenges. He is backing himself not just to overcome them but use them to win back his place in the Scotland team.

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TAIT CONCENTRATING ON RUGBY

Alan Tait has revealed there will be no new director of rugby role at Newcastle Falcons, following his appointment as head coach at Kingston Park.

Falcons parted company with director of rugby Steve Bates on Tuesday, and a restructured backroom staff will take the club into the 2010-11 season.

“I am the man in charge of the rugby side of the club,” Tait said. “I will decide which players come, which players leave and which players get selected in the team each week.”

Tait continued: “I will decide what our coaching set-up and backroom support team is.

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