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Newcastle Falcons - 2018 - 2019

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

First topic message reminder :

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, Davy Wilson, Logo Mulipola, Paul Mullen,
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, Josh Matavesi, Tom Penny, Johnny Williams, Pedro Bettencourt
George Wacokecoke (A) , Charlie Wilson (A)

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

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


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Re: Newcastle Falcons - 2018 - 2019

Post by GeordieFalcon on Fri 17 Aug 2018, 10:35 pm

Were they your main first teamers St John?

Would you say we played well?

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Mon 20 Aug 2018, 10:09 am

Rumours that lock Glen Young is going to Glasgow on loan??

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Post by BigGee on Mon 20 Aug 2018, 10:17 am

GeordieFalcon wrote:Rumours that lock Glen Young is going to Glasgow on loan??

We are a bit short on second rows at the moment, so it would be a good move from our perspective and he would hopefully get some game time. There always seems to be a decent rapport between Newcastle and the SRU for that sort of stuff, I wonder how the talks about investment in the Falcons are going?

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Mon 20 Aug 2018, 11:34 am

Ah well that might expain it. A short term loan would be good for all three parties.... Falcons, Glasgow and Glen Youngs.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Mon 20 Aug 2018, 11:37 am

Ive not heard anything about the investment rumours BigGee, so maybe nothing is happening.

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Re: Newcastle Falcons - 2018 - 2019

Post by St John The Enforcer on Tue 21 Aug 2018, 4:07 pm

GeordieFalcon wrote:Were they your main first teamers St John?

Would you say we played well?

Sorry. Just seeing this now. Yes the ones I named were the only ones close to a Euro matchday 23.

Your team were well drilled and had a few nice backs moves. But that's given our 10 12 13 for most of the game were. A 12. A new boy and a fairly new boy. None of who had played together before.

Here is a page from Leinsterfans on the subject.

http://forum.leinsterfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=25195&start=120

And from the paper.

https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/leinster-rugby/disappointing-leinster-thrashed-by-newcastle-in-final-preseason-friendly-37227541.html

From a bloke who grew up near you.....

https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/leinster-rugby/its-pretty-sobering-watching-tries-we-conceded-37236007.html

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Re: Newcastle Falcons - 2018 - 2019

Post by GeordieFalcon on Thu 23 Aug 2018, 12:34 pm

Friendly Teams announced

Newcastle Falcons team to face Edinburgh (Friday, 7.45pm, Kingston Park Stadium)

15 Simon Hammersley
14 Vereniki Goneva
13 Chris Harris
12 Johnny Williams
11 Adam Radwan
10 Toby Flood
9 Sam Stuart

1 Sami Mavinga
2 George McGuigan
3 Logovi'i Mulipola
4 Will Witty
5 Sean Robinson
6 Mark Wilson
7 Will Welch (captain)
8 Callum Chick

Replacements
2 Santiago Socino
1 Adam Brocklebank
17 David Wilson
18 Tevita Cavubati
19 Glen Young
16 Simon Uzokwe
20 Tom Marshall
21 Sonatane Takulua
22 Joel Hodgson
23 Sinoti Sinoti
12 Josh Matavesi
15 Alex Tait

Newcastle Falcons team v Doncaster Knights (Saturday, 3pm, Castle Park)

15 Tom Arscott
14 George Wacokecoke
13 Ben Stevenson
12 Dominic Waldouck (captain)
11 Zach Kibirige
10 Brett Connon
9 James Elliott

1 Trevor Davison
2 Jamie Blamire
3 Jack Payne
4 Will Montgomery
5 Glen Young
6 Gary Graham
7 Connor Collett
8 Nemani Nagusa

Replacements
16 Alistair Blackett
17 Sam Lockwood
18 Paul Mullen
19 Ethan Clarke
20 Tom Marshall
21 Callum Pascoe
22 Charlie Wilson
23 Morgan Passman

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Post by BigGee on Thu 23 Aug 2018, 1:06 pm

GF you did not get the loan deal with Glasgow quite right, it is Davidson we are getting for 2 months, not Glen Young.

He is a local boy, so I am sure he will be happy to make a temporary return. He may well get a decent amount of game time as well.

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Thu 23 Aug 2018, 2:57 pm

I'd like to see how the back row goes in the Doncaster game.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Thu 23 Aug 2018, 3:05 pm

Big gee...

Yeah I knew one of the lads was coming. Andrew is a cracking prospect. He'll do well for you...and gain some more experience.

Sgt
Yeah both back rows are top class in my opinion . We have some great options there....and don't forget Uzokwe, Guy Graham etc all looing to get some ganetime aswell.

We're in a very good place

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Re: Newcastle Falcons - 2018 - 2019

Post by St John The Enforcer on Thu 23 Aug 2018, 9:26 pm

https://youtu.be/OAyo0F0p7Qo

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Re: Newcastle Falcons - 2018 - 2019

Post by lostinwales on Fri 24 Aug 2018, 11:09 am

Scot Wilson retired at 24 with a neck injury

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Fri 24 Aug 2018, 12:30 pm

Yeah, that was inevitable LIW.

Barely played a game in the last 2/3 years

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Re: Newcastle Falcons - 2018 - 2019

Post by GeordieFalcon on Wed 12 Sep 2018, 11:41 am

So we've signed former Wales front rower Craig Mitchel on a 3 month contract.

Man we have issues with our props!!

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Post by LondonTiger on Wed 12 Sep 2018, 11:52 am

I thought Mavinga looked pretty decent at the weekend, though Logo looked a tad unfit.

Obviously Scott Wilson having to retire was a real shame and stretched resources, but will we see Davey Wilson anytime soon?

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Wed 12 Sep 2018, 12:04 pm

I doubt it...perhaps a shadow.

Propping situation is a bit of a mess, as normal. Luckily Mavinga has really stepped up and Logo is anchoring the scrum well (although not adding much in terms of carrying).

The scrum has actually looked pretty decent so far, much better than previous seasons. Hopefully we'll get a fit and firing:

1. Logo
2. Cooper
3. Welsh

16. McGuigan 17. Mavinga/Lockwood 18. Wilson

I'm not sure on the Mitchell situation, could swear I read some Bath fans comments that he was finished and not good enough. This really should have been addressed in the close season, it was pretty obvious we were going to struggle at some point and the backup options don't fill me with confidence.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Wed 12 Sep 2018, 12:35 pm

Im getting quite annoyed with the Davy Wilson situation...what an absolute waste of resources...barely made a 80 mins of rugby in the entire last season and not even featured at all yet!! I fully expect Davy Wilson to follow Scotty very soon. Id get shot of him now...and use the money to bring in another decent TH.

I do think Davison and Brocklebank are worth working on...but they're a work in progress.

LT Mavinga is a LH, and he was atrocious last season but seems to have started this season in a very different mode. The jury is still out for me and I will judge after more games.

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Post by LondonTiger on Wed 12 Sep 2018, 1:45 pm

Sorry GF, knew that Mavinga was a LH - but was not sure what other options you had there. I felt that before replacements started we had the better of the scrum, but the young (?) lads you brought on looked stronger than our replacements.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Wed 12 Sep 2018, 2:40 pm

As I mentioned above...I think the young lads are worth working with..Brocklebank, Trevor Davison etc. They wont be world beating destructive props...BUT they could well be solid premiership scrummaging props that do loads of work around the field...

Mavinga could be a bright spark if he continues as he has this season and shows consistency.

Mavinga & Lockwood are a strong pair of LH's...(with Brocklebank coming through)

Mulipola & Welsh are a strong pair of TH's (Davy Wilson??)

Trevor Davison covers both, but I'd like to see him focus on LH.

Its developing...LT...on a limited budget

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Wed 12 Sep 2018, 3:05 pm

Aisde from that,...the scrum has actually been solid.

The issue has been a lack of defence which is what we built last seasons rise on...and a complete lack of attacking flare...

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Post by mikey_dragon on Wed 12 Sep 2018, 8:12 pm

GeordieFalcon wrote:So we've signed former Wales front rower Craig Mitchel on a 3 month contract.

Man we have issues with our props!!

He would have been a good player if he wasn't a walking injury.

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Post by GeordieFalcon on Mon 17 Sep 2018, 10:52 am

Aye Mikey , I can name a few like that. We have two of our own..one has just retired aged 24!

Well at least we got a win at last. Mcguigan continues to seriously impress me. Cant believe I actually questioned him coming back. He's at another level to the player who left us.

ALso Mavinga had another very strong game. Someone suggested we've actually got him fit (a problem with the French leagues by all accounts) which is why he's now coming good. Maybe that's it.

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Post by Fluxy on Mon 17 Sep 2018, 12:30 pm

mikey_dragon wrote:
GeordieFalcon wrote:So we've signed former Wales front rower Craig Mitchel on a 3 month contract.

Man we have issues with our props!!

He would have been a good player if he wasn't a walking injury.

Didn't he also assault a solicitor?

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Post by Sgt_Pooly on Mon 17 Sep 2018, 3:47 pm

I can't see the issue with that Whistle

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