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Post by GeordieFalcon on Thu 06 Jul 2017, 8:33 am

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

Current Squad (SA= Senior Academy - Trains with the First team):
Forwards
Props:
TH - Jon Welsh, Scott Wilson, Davy Wilson, Logo Mulipola
LH - Sami Mavinga, Sam Lockwood, Adam Brocklebank, Trevor Davison

Hookers: Kyle Cooper, Santiago Socino, George McGuigan,
Jamie Blamire (SA)

Second Rows: Callum Green, Will Witty, Sean Robinson , Glen Youngs, Tevita Cavubati, Andrew Davidson,
Will Montgomery (SA)

Back Row: Will Welch, Mark Wilson, Ryan Burrows, Gary Graham, Calum Chick, Guy Graham, Connor Collett, Nemani Negusa
Tom Marshall (SA), Rob Farrar (SA), Simon Uzokwe (SA)

Backs
SH's: Sonatane Tukulua, Micky Young, Sam Stuart
Ruaridh Dawson (SA), Callum Pascoe (SA), Cameron Nordi Kelemeti (SA), James Elliott (SA)

Fh's: Joel Hodgson, Toby Flood, Brett Connon, Joel Matavesi

Centres: Chris Harris, Dom Waldouck, Maxine Mermoz, Josh Matavesi, Tom Penny, Johnny Williams
George Wacokecoke (A) , Charlie Wilson (A)

Wing: Sinoti Sinoti, Zac Kibirige, Veriniki Goneva, Tom Arscott,
Ben Stevenson (SA), Morgan Passman (SA), Adam Radwan SA)

FB's: Alex Tait, Simon Hammersley,
Cameron Cowell (SA), Josh Hodge (SA)


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Post by GeordieFalcon on Sat 03 Mar 2018, 2:54 pm

Flood out ill and Joel starts

Lockwood starts as Vickers has had a baby..

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Post by Hazel Sapling on Sat 03 Mar 2018, 3:26 pm

Newcastle are doing alright here. Interested to see who wins the battle between Scott and Harris. May be playing for a bench spot against Ireland.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Sat 03 Mar 2018, 3:35 pm

What do you think of Hammersley these days hazel

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Post by Cumbrian on Sat 03 Mar 2018, 4:12 pm

Fairly entertaining match at Kingsholm,  could be cementing our place in the top four with a win here.   Very Happy


Poor Saints' fans, they need to get something sorted.  Pleased for fellow northerners though.
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Post by Cumbrian on Sat 03 Mar 2018, 4:13 pm

For the love of God, why do I always speak too soon?
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Post by GeordieFalcon on Sat 03 Mar 2018, 4:23 pm

Not sure why we always switch off in the second half...

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Post by Heaf on Sat 03 Mar 2018, 5:21 pm

Congrats chaps - looking good for the playoffs now ... hopefully LI can follow in your footsteps in a few years as you've been where we are and come good in the end.

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Post by Hazel Sapling on Sat 03 Mar 2018, 8:31 pm

GeordieFalcon wrote:What do you think of Hammersley these days hazel

He would have gone to Durham University at the same time as me (according to Wiki) so happy to support him. He did well, but thought the Newcastle pack as a unit were the key. The front row in particular looked good in the loose and were solid in the scrum.

Wonder whether that Gloucester wing will get cited for doing his best to knock himself and Sinoti out.

Was disappointed with Lawson when he came on, not that he had much opportunity. Harris made his tackles. Hogg got his try and Welsh played well.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Mon 05 Mar 2018, 1:54 pm

JP Socino confirmed to Edinburgh next season.

Bit gutted to be honest the guy is class!

But Matavesi Snr is playing immense, Mermoz back from injury and Matavesi Jr means we should be in good hands.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Tue 13 Mar 2018, 8:56 am

I was wondering where Gary Graham was, but it turns out he got a neck injury in England training has been dumped back to the falcons.

Wonderful .


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Post by GeordieFalcon on Fri 16 Mar 2018, 9:33 pm

So DTH has left with immediate effect. No loss there.

He's played 3 games for us and NINE for Canada since he joined.

Agulla has now announced that he is heading home as well. He was very much a fringe player who barely played so I can understand that one.

So that two wingers / outside backs to replace in the summer...and I'm sure DTH would have been on a decent wage.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 17 Mar 2018, 1:07 pm

I think we may replace with Radwan tbh GF. I really rate DTH as well, I just think he's been unlucky with the fitness and form of Sinoti and Goneva.

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Post by Hazel Sapling on Sat 17 Mar 2018, 2:56 pm

DTH has been a fantastic 13/wing in the Pro 14 and from the sounds of it did not get an opportunity with Sinoti and Goneva playing the way they have. Socino, DTH and will Mermoz leave (all fairly well paid players I would think)? What are the likely signings to replace them or are a few players due a pay rise?

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Sun 18 Mar 2018, 8:20 am

DTH is no loss at all.

Radwan and Kibirige are way ahead.

Socino , we have matavesi and Mermoz and Matavesi junior who is the same size as senior.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Wed 21 Mar 2018, 7:45 pm

Anyone going to the game at St James?

I'm looking forward to it.

I see lot of the football fans are slating it and going to Gatesheads game to watch a "proper" sport....

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Post by Cyril on Wed 21 Mar 2018, 7:52 pm

I’m going with the missus, Geordie. My first big game in ages and her first ever! We’re in the Jackie Milburn stand. Looking forward to it. 20,000+ tickets sold so I hear and the uni match on in the afternoon as a curtain-raiser.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Wed 21 Mar 2018, 8:14 pm

25000 so far mate, and maybe a few will turn up on the day.

I'm well looking forward to it.

The falcons club have put a lot of effort in to this so I hope the team really go out and put in a hell of a performance.

I'm sure the crowd will be very loud. 10k can make KP roar so lets hope we raise the roof.

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Post by Cyril on Wed 21 Mar 2018, 8:52 pm

Good to hear. Anywhere close to 30k would be a great achievement for rugby in the north. Glad to see the forecast is looking ok too Smile We’re staying in the Sandman hotel next to the stadium so looking forward to a wander round the centre before heading to the game.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Wed 21 Mar 2018, 8:56 pm

Have you been to Newcastle before?

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Post by Cyril on Wed 21 Mar 2018, 9:06 pm

Never been mate, although the missus has been with friends before. If you’ve got any recommendations for pubs/food before or after would be appreciated Smile

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Post by Driver on Wed 21 Mar 2018, 10:05 pm

I'm going to the Geordie.
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Post by Driver on Thu 22 Mar 2018, 11:03 am

Dom Barrow has been released immediately by Tigers, is he coming back?
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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Thu 22 Mar 2018, 11:11 am

Driver wrote:Dom Barrow has been released immediately by Tigers, is he coming back?

Signed for La Rochelle apparently.

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Post by king_carlos on Thu 22 Mar 2018, 11:33 am

Rumour I've heard at Tigers is that Barrow is returning to Falcons next season.

I've also heard that McGuigan might be heading back too. Understandable that he wouldn't want to be third choice. Possibility that Socino and he might swap clubs.

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Post by king_carlos on Thu 22 Mar 2018, 8:49 pm

Socino re-signs with Falcons until 2020. So that's the two hookers going in different directions down the drain.

McGuigan returning would still make sense for player and club though.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Thu 22 Mar 2018, 9:16 pm

Barrow has signed for saints.

Socino is a good re-signing. Big strong physical hooker

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Fri 23 Mar 2018, 5:48 pm

Falcons v Saints...the "big one"

1 Sam Lockwood
2 Kyle Cooper
3 Trevor Davison
4 Calum Green
5 Sean Robinson
6 Evan Olmstead
7 WIll Welch (C)
8 Nili Latu

9 Michael Young
10 Toby Flood
11 Sinoti
12 Josh Matavesi
13 Chris Harris
14 Vereniki Goneva
15 Simon Hammersley

16 Scott Lawson
17 Rob Vickers
18 Scott Wilson
19 Will Witty
20 Ally Hogg
21 Sam Stuart
22 Joel Hodgson
23 Maxime Mermoz

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Fri 23 Mar 2018, 9:09 pm

Big game for Davison....

Saints look a bit stronger on paper tbh, but We're playing well. I'm going for a 10pt win which will really help with our top 4 aspirations. Dare we dream???

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Fri 23 Mar 2018, 11:54 pm

Yeah I thought it was a curious side Sgt....

Apparently Takulua is injured.
So I assume Mark Wilson is injured and Jon Welsh aswell.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sat 24 Mar 2018, 7:27 pm

Well, far from a vintage performance but the gamble has paid off. 30k crowd and 4pts is a very good return that we'd have snapped up before the game. Scrum was a problem throughout but we dominated the breakdown without every really looking too good in attack.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Sun 25 Mar 2018, 2:30 am

Was some atmosphere when it got going...its was loud!
We were actually poor offensively to be honest Sgt...but the tough workhorses like Green, Welch, Latu etc all came to the fore.

We probably edged the possession etc but went side to side for long periods. Bar Gonevas bit of enterprise from the ruck...I don't think we'd have scored a try if we had played for another 2/3 hours.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 25 Mar 2018, 4:59 am

It's a bit strange really as sometimes we look like we can score 12! As soon as we come up against a well organized defence, we struggle. I think we miss Graham and Wilson a little, although Latu and Welch were excellent yesterday...they just add a bit of dynamic carrying.

On the plus though, Lockwood is coming along well and coupled with a strong TH, we should be ok next season I think.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Sun 25 Mar 2018, 11:12 am

Yeah...we're winning ugly and that's crucial.

We'll need to keep up though...all these teams are strengthening. Saints have already released 11 players for the summer. They're having a major clear out and rebuild. Already signed some corking players.

Saracens will be stringer next season I think. Etc etc

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Sun 25 Mar 2018, 11:29 am

I think Stringer is retiring isn't he GF? Wink

Not much news on any potential new signings for us bar McGuigan I think? I don't think we need a load.....maybe a few GOOD props (No idea who), a backrower perhaps (Hardie?) and at a push, a 13 or FB??

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Sun 25 Mar 2018, 4:47 pm

ha ha doh...predictive text!

That's the thing we don't need that may signings to be honest, and I think theres some more crackers coming through the academy.
Theres another England U18 second row...(they're growing on trees in our squad at the moment) and the U18 fb is a falcon aswell.
We also have last years England u18 winger who I think is a tall lad so something different to the short speedsters like Kibirige and Radwan.

And another flanker from Mark Wilsons own club in cumbria...if he's as good as mark we're laughing.

I do think we need some props though. And Aly Hogg wont make much more and even Latu isn't getting any younger....

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Post by Welly on Sun 25 Mar 2018, 7:47 pm

GeordieFalcon wrote:ha ha doh...predictive text!

That's the thing we don't need that may signings to be honest, and I think theres some more crackers coming through the academy.
Theres another England U18 second row...(they're growing on trees in our squad at the moment) and the U18 fb is a falcon aswell.
We also have last years England u18 winger who I think is a tall lad so something different to the short speedsters like Kibirige and Radwan.

And another flanker from Mark Wilsons own club in cumbria...if he's as good as mark we're laughing.

I do think we need some props though. And Aly Hogg wont make much more and even Latu isn't getting any younger....

My mate who went to the tigers v Falcons U18 game (which we won BTW 47 - 7 Wink ) said your 15 looked very promising.


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Post by Cyril on Mon 26 Mar 2018, 10:08 pm

Had a cracking time at The Big One. Even if the Falcons weren’t at their attacking best there was a great atmosphere and a proper festival vibe all round the ground and outside. Had some good chats with fellow fans in the Milburn stand and shook Deano’s hand in the 1892 bar after his interview. Good to see Healey, Bayfield and Pat Lam having some banter too with the fans too but after a few double pinters I didn’t bother them for a photo

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Post by stnick88 on Tue 27 Mar 2018, 10:52 am

Apparently you guys are signing Johnny Williams, unless Irish amazingly survive relegation

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Tue 27 Mar 2018, 11:34 am

Surprised with that one Nick, I thought Bath had lined him up like the rest of your departures for the last 10 years.

Liked the look of him when he first broke through, but seems to have slipped off the boil from the few times I've seem him.

Letting JPS leave would make sense though if we were bringing in Williams, I heard the Symons deal has fell through a few days back.

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Post by stnick88 on Tue 27 Mar 2018, 11:39 am

Symons is off to Saints.

Bath are having Cokanasiga. they can field an ex irish academy 11-15 now, impressive.

JW has potential but like you say hasn't really impressed recently.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Tue 27 Mar 2018, 12:04 pm

Is this a done deal Nick?

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Post by stnick88 on Tue 27 Mar 2018, 12:17 pm

from what I am told.

would make sense given you have lost Socino and need a 12.

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Post by Heaf on Tue 27 Mar 2018, 1:09 pm

stnick88 wrote:Symons is off to Saints.

Bath are having Cokanasiga. they can field an ex irish academy 11-15 now, impressive.

JW has potential but like you say hasn't really impressed recently.

Bath will have to find another academy if LI disappear, which given all the noise around ring-fencing etc is a real possibility as the latest rumour is a play-off at the end of next season between the bottom prem side and the top champ side - which even if LI finish top would still put them at a massive disadvantage - followed by a five year moratorium on relegation/promotion.

It is starting to feel a bit like they want rid of LI as the timing of all these changes always seems to be to the detriment of LI eg abandoning the championship play-offs a year too late for LI and now bringing in this new change just as LI could be looking to get promoted again.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Tue 27 Mar 2018, 1:25 pm

Dean and his team are pretty good at rejuvenating players who've lost their way or have not realised their potential so it could be a good move.

At 12 we already have:
Matavesi
Mermoz
Matavesi Jr

So an EQ player would be very useful.

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Post by Heaf on Tue 27 Mar 2018, 1:27 pm

Well I'd rather he ended up at Falcons than Bath Smile

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Tue 27 Mar 2018, 4:33 pm

Heaf wrote:Well I'd rather he ended up at Falcons than Bath Smile

Exactly Heaf, why would he chose a lower mid table side like Bath over Falcons?

I've been wanting to say that for about 10 years Smile

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Wed 28 Mar 2018, 10:22 pm

Sean Robinson has signed a new 2 year contract, that a good move. I rate him so highly.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Thu 29 Mar 2018, 4:59 am

Good signing, he's a good player. I still remember that time he outplayed Itoje Very Happy

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Post by lostinwales on Thu 29 Mar 2018, 7:10 am

Sgt_Pooly wrote:Good signing, he's a good player. I still remember that time he outplayed Itoje Very Happy

Don't we all...

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