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Post by GeordieFalcon on Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:33 am

Manager: Dean Richards
Head Coach: John Wells
Forwards Coach: Micky Ward
Defence Coach: John Wells
Attack Coach: Dave Walder
Lineout Coach: Scott Macleod
Skills Coach: Mark Laycock

Current Squad (A= Academy):
Forwards
Props:
TH - Jon Welsh, Scott Wilson, Paddy Ryan, Davy Wilson
LH - Sami Mavinga, Rob Vickers, Sam Lockwood, Adam Brocklebank (A), Trevor Davison (A)

Hookers: Ben Sowrey, Kyle Cooper, Scott Lawson
Santiago Socino (A) Jamie Blamire (A)

Second Rows: Callum Green, Will Witty, Sean Robinson , Evan Olmstead, Nick Civetta, Glen Youngs, Tevita Cavubati, Andrew Davidson
Josh Williams (A), Max Davies (A)

Back Row: Will Welch, Nili Latu, Mark Wilson, Harrison Orr, Opeti Fonua, Ally Hogg, Ryan Burrows, Gary Graham
Calum Chick,  Simon Uzokwe (A)

Backs
SH's: Sonatane Tukulua, Micky Young, Sam Stuart
Ruaridh Dawson (A), Dan Taylor (A)

Fh's: Mike Delaney, Joel Hodgson, Toby Flood,  Craig Willis
Brett Connon (A)

Centres: Juan Pablo Socino, Chris Harris, Dom Waldouck, Maxine Mermoz, Josh Matavesi, Joel Matavesi, Tom Penny
Ben Stevenson (A),

Wing: Sinoti Sinoti, Zac Kibirige, Veriniki Goneva, DTH Van der Merve
Adam Radwan (A), Cameron Cowell (A)

FB's: Alex Tait, Simon Hammersley


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Post by GeordieFalcon on Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:35 am

Well a good start, DTH has been injured playing for Canada and looks like knee ligaments. Awaiting confirmation of his time out.

Josh Chisanga is released.

On the good news, apparently young LH prop Trevor Davison (brought across from Blaydon) is freakishly strong and a total workhorse. Maybe out LH's will be a strength this season. That French LH Mavinga looks a beast! Hopefully Lockwood can show up well...

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:43 am

New page!

LH stocks look much stronger which wasn't too hard after last season with pretty much just Vickers.

Heard DTH is looking at a month or two which is a real shame as I was really looking forward to seeing him. Wing stocks are strong though, starting to get excited already!

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:18 pm

Whey aye...a new page for a new season! Very Happy

Yeah if Lockwood comes good as well (we saw glimpses at the start of last season)...then LH could be a very good position for us.

Just need to make sure the two Wilson boys get a great pre season and stay fit for the TH spots. Jon Welsh did a load of work last year...too much really.

Another million dollar question....Kibirige? Or should we just give up on that one now...

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:41 pm

I don't see why GF, Kibirige is still a pup really, needs some game time this season though.

Hopefully both Wilson's will be much better after a full pre-season, I still have hope Dave can regain some form.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:58 pm

Its Scott who I have high hope for. If he can get fit and injury free he is a monster. But that's becoming a big if!

I think gametime is crucial for Kibirige this season if he is to make it. He must be about 23/24 now isn't he?

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Post by LondonTiger on Fri Jul 07, 2017 9:49 am

GeordieFalcon wrote:I think gametime is crucial for Kibirige this season if he is to make it. He must be about 23/24 now isn't he?

23 in October. Older than I thought - I guess the years fly by at my age Sad

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:46 am

Yeah he's not old in the grand scheme of things...and that injury set him back quite a bit. But now is the time he absolutely has to be playing top level rugby! And regularly.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:32 pm

Wuss at home first off, not a bad start.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:36 pm

Ah are the fixtures out?

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:22 pm

They came out today I think GF.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:31 pm

Cheers mate,

I see Aly Hogg has signed up for another season. Whilst also head coach of Blaydon.

Aly was outstanding last season so its good he is staying on. Managed well he still is awesome...

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:06 am

Mark Wilson back in training and he's hugely impressed with the new signings...specifically about them being very vocal about standards etc. Can only be a good thing and rub off on the youngsters.

On a side note, he said young flanker Simon Uzokwe (who starred for Darlington and whos built like a tank) is showing up very well in training.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:33 pm

Well Delayney is off back to New Zealand. How on earth did he ever win a Cap for the AB's!

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:27 am

Good luck to him and great fir the club to get him off the bill.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:34 am

Yup, that's not one I'll be missing!

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:38 pm

Team for the Singha 7's this weekend

1 Glen Young (22, Falcons Lock)
2 Max Davies (19, (Falcons Academy Lock)
3 Harrison Orr (24, Falcons back Row)
4 Gary Graham (24, Falcons Back Row)
5 Simon Uzokwe (22, Falcons Academy back row)
6 Cameron Cowell (Captain) (21, Falcons Academy Wing/ FB, England 7's player also)
7 Adam Radwan (19, Falcons Academy Wing)
8 Ben Stevenson (19, Falcons Academy Centre)
9 Charlie Wilson (18, Falcons Academy Centre)
10 Brett Connon (20, Falcons Academy FH, FB)
11 George Wacokecoke (21, Northumbria Uni Student)
12 Will Muir (21, Northumbria Uni Student)

Very young squad...and nice to see mostly Falcons squad player and academy lads!

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:02 am

Mo Botha has retired due to injury. It wont have much impact on the squad as he would barely have played, as has hardly played for us in his time here. Maybe his experience will have helped some of the younger lads in training.

But he has been a good servant to English rugby, his better years certainly with another club.

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Re: Newcastle Falcons - 2017 - 2018

Post by GeordieFalcon on Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:49 pm

The two squads for tomorrows games:

Newcastle Falcons v Doncaster Knights (2pm)

15 Cameron Cowell
14 Adam Radwan
13 Chris Harris
12 Josh Matavesi
11 Sinoti Sinoti
10 Joel Hodgson
9 Sam Stuart

1 Rob Vickers
2 Kyle Cooper
3 Jack Payne
4 Will Witty
5 Glen Young
6 Harrison Orr
7 Nili Latu (captain)
8 Callum Chick

Newcastle Falcons v Nottingham (4.30pm)

15 Brett Connon
14 Belisario Agulla
13 Maxime Mermoz
12 Juan Pablo Socino
11 Ben Stevenson
10 Craig Willis
9 Ruaridh Dawson

1 Sami Mavinga
2 Santiago Socino
3 Trevor Davison
4 Calum Green
5 Evan Olmstead
6 Ally Hogg (captain)
7 Simon Uzokwe
8 Ryan Burrows

Replacements (for both games)

16 Scott Lawson
17 Jamie Blamire
18 Adam Brocklebank
19 Nick Civetta
20 Mark Wilson
21 James Elliott
22 Toby Flood
23 Simon Hammersley
[BLANK] Charlie Wilson
[BLANK] Ben Sowrey
[BLANK] Diogo Ferreira
[BLANK] Josh Williams
[BLANK] Max Davies

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:53 pm

Interesting line-ups, possible starting midfield against Nott?

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:11 pm

Well Sgt, some decent individual performances and some not so (Joel hodgson poor in my eyes) but not really a day to judge performances.

A few players that I'll be watching closely over the next few weekends.  

Flood looks another level all together.  And him and socino look like they've bonded already. Socino played like he's just continued from last season....quality and physical.

Radwan and Ben stevenson the two young wingers look genuine prospects....and a couple of the the young props brocklebank and Benjamin look like ones to watch.

Matavesi looked fat and unfit, but had heavy strapping on his thigh and went off limping.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:22 pm

Really rate Flood mate, fantastic signing. Got to be the 3rd best FH in the AP?

How did the props go, it's the area I'm most concerned about with no Lockwood/Wilson x 2 on show.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:05 am

The two young Props Brocklebank and Benjamin (the lad from Blaydon) looked like they are worth working with. Rock solid in all areas really which was nice to see.

But the one that stood out was the trialist Jack Payne. He's a tall lad for a prop but scrummed really well and carried hard all afternoon! He also covers lock and back row I believe so might be worth another look over the next few friendlies.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:37 pm

I see the next stage of the ground development is taking place.

North stand will have both a seating and standing area, and a roof. And additional seats on the east stand.

Not sure of the timing of this...but looks like its going ahead.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:44 pm

Very odd timing. The North stand does need something though, it gets bloody cold on there!

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:23 pm

Not for us hardened old pros Sgt Wink


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Post by Cumbrian on Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:46 pm

Really looking forward to the season now, seems like it has been ages! Reastically need to be looking up rather than at relegation this season. Not sure that European success is realistic, but. I want us to look towards Champions Cup qualifcation (although getting hammered every outing won't do much good).

I was interested to see the stadium development plans, will the North standers be happy with seats? I know a lot of people (myself included) prefer to stand during games. How much is the east stand being developed? We ultimately need to get attendances up to over 10,000 reguarly and a better stadium will help this ( will take an average of 7500-8000 for now though!)
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Post by GeordieFalcon on Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:47 pm

I'm a north stander and I prefer to stand. I heard that stand will be a mix of seats and stands...not sure how that will work.

I think we look strong this season...

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:03 pm

Teams for the friendlies this weekend...

V Edinburgh @ Melrose
Falcons V Edinburgh @ Melrose tomorrow.
Decent Falcons side named...

1 Rob Vickers
2 Kyle Cooper
3 Jon Welsh
4 Will Witty
5 Glen Young
6 Mark Wilson
7 Will Welch
8 Nili Latu

9 Takulua
10 Flood
11 Sinoti
12 Socino
13 harris
14 Agulla
15 Hammersley

16 Lawson 17 S.Socino 18 Mavinga 19 Green 20 Chick 21 Stuart 22 Hodgson 23 Tait 24 Davidson 25 Hogg 26 Agulla 27 Matavesi

V Doncaster @ Doncaster
15 Cameron Cowell
14 Aedan Moloney
13 Ben Stevenson
12 Charlie Wilson
11 Adam Radwan
10 Craig Willis
9 Ruaridh Dawson

1 Sami Mavinga
2 Santiago Socino
3 Trevor Davison
4 Tevita Cavubati
5 Nick Civetta
6 Harrison Orr
7 Simon Uzokwe
8 Ryan Burrows

Replacements
16 Ben Sowrey
17 Diogo Ferreira
18 Adam Brocklebank
19 Josh Williams
20 Oli Robinson
21 James Elliott
22 Will Muir
23 Jake Rodgers

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:12 pm

So neither of the Wilsons at prop have had a run out...and once again Zach Kibirige is in a brace.

Really doesn't look good for any of them...Kibirige is as big a sicknote as Scotty Wilson. He has also lost his crown as the new starlet on the wing...which has been handed over to Adam Radwan.

Also I really like the look of the other youngster Ben Stevenson at 13. He is a tall lad but looks impressive.

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Post by tooboredtowork on Sat Aug 26, 2017 4:16 pm

Geordie,
If it is any comfort to you, Worcester are also struggling in the prop division. We have quite a long injury list across the board, but particularly with our props. Have been using trialist props in our last two pre-season games. We only have two fit props in our squad.
Good luck for the season, but hopefully not on friday.
I think Flood will be a tremendous signing for you.
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Post by GeordieFalcon on Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:40 pm

Yeah we have had to bring some trialists in. Its a concern. Apparently Scott Wilson has damaged his shoulder now. Its just unreal....

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:21 pm

Scrum Half Tane Takulua has signed a new 4 year deal...
Now that's a cracking re-signing....top scrum half.

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Post by Driver on Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:43 pm

Hi Lads!

Long time!

Anyone heading up tonight? Fancy us for the win but we'll need to be 10/15 points ahead with 20 minutes to go. Not confident in Joel taking on a fresh Ben Teo'o
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Post by Cumbrian on Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:42 pm

Scrum has been a bit of a worry so far, can't go through the season going backwards like that. Some decent play, but could do with less of the aerial ping pong, either hit touch or run the I am a twonk of the highest order back. Worcester have picked a heavy pack to bog us down and bludgeon us into submission and we seem to be playing into their hands a little bit. Need to look for territory and to keep turning them around.
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Post by GeordieFalcon on Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:18 am

Yeah I was there as usual.

I expected a workmanlike grafting performance and it was duly delivered...though there was a little bit more flair than I expected.

Most of all we were efficient taking points. Now that's great to see!


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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:55 am

Excellent result. Seen the highlights but hard to gauge. How did the new boys get on?

Great result for Irish, Quins away woes continue.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:18 pm

We've just beat wasps 67-12 in the A league.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:49 pm

Im frustrated with the current side. 2 wins and the defeat in Phili

but the whole performances have just been Meh! There no attacking explosiveness. Its all very dull, pragmatic (which I can cope with up to a point) defend defend defend and counter on an opposition mistake.

Now against both Sale and Saracens we at no point actually took the game to them. Against Saracens we looked so meak, underpowered and just set in a defensive mode.

Its all just so preplanned and dull...

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:52 pm

Exactly how we started last season and the season before GF, it's very odd. It seems it takes us a while to get up and running, maybe Flood will help?

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:44 pm

Or we're under instructions to play like this...and only later open up.

i just don't get it.

Socino not playing is having an issue.

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