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NEWCASTLE FALCONS V EXETER CHIEFS - FRI NOV 25TH, 2022


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FALCONS VS EXETER LINE-UPS<br />

ELLIOTT OBATOYINBO 15<br />

BEN STEVENSON 14<br />

MATIAS MORONI 13<br />

TOM PENNY 12<br />

MATEO CARRERAS 11<br />

BRETT CONNON 10<br />

MICHAEL YOUNG (CAPTAIN) 9<br />

LOGOVI’I MULIPOLA 1<br />

GEORGE MCGUIGAN 2<br />

RICHARD PALFRAMAN 3<br />

GREG PETERSON 4<br />

SEBASTIAN DE CHAVES 5<br />

CALLUM CHICK 6<br />

GUY PEPPER 7<br />

CARL FEARNS 8<br />

REPLACEMENTS<br />

JAMIE BLAMIRE 16<br />

ADAM BROCKLEBANK 17<br />

MARK TAMPIN 18<br />

SEAN ROBINSON 19<br />

FREDDIE LOCKWOOD 20<br />

SAM STUART 21<br />

ADAM RADWAN 22<br />

MATIAS ORLANDO 23<br />

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15 JOSH HODGE<br />

14 DAN JOHN<br />

13 SEAN O’BRIEN<br />

12 IAN WHITTEN<br />

11 OLLY WOODBURN<br />

10 JOE SIMMONDS<br />

9 JACK MAUNDER<br />

1 ALEC HEPBURN<br />

2 JACK YEANDLE (CAPTAIN)<br />

3 HARRY WILLIAMS<br />

4 RUBEN VAN HEERDEN<br />

5 DAFYDD JENKINS<br />

6 LEWIS PEARSON<br />

7 CHRIST TSHIUNZA<br />

8 JACQUES VERMEULEN<br />

KARL DICKSON<br />

NEIL CHIVERS, JAMIE LEAHY<br />

ROWAN KITT<br />

BUDGE POUNTNEY<br />

REPLACEMENTS<br />

16 DAN FROST<br />

17 SCOTT SIO<br />

18 PATRICK SCHICKERLING<br />

19 JACK DUNNE<br />

20 DAVE EWERS<br />

21 SAM MAUNDER<br />

22 WILL BECCONSALL<br />

23 SOLOMONE KATA


Tonight we welcome <strong>Exeter</strong> <strong>Chiefs</strong> to Kingston Park Stadium for what<br />

we know will be a tough assignment against a good side – as they all are<br />

in the Gallagher Premiership.<br />

We of course come into the game on the back of a hard-earned win<br />

down at Gloucester in our last league game.<br />

It was a great display of attitude from the boys to really dig in and grind<br />

out the victory, although receiving four sin-binnings was never part of<br />

the plan!<br />

The first one for George McGuigan we felt was harsh, then Tom Penny<br />

slipped over defending a maul because he was wearing mouldies rather<br />

than proper studs (lesson learned!), and the other two were probably<br />

fair enough.<br />

It was a really important win for us, as much for the confidence of the<br />

group as anything else, and it was great to see some of the things coming<br />

to fruition that we’d been working on during the week in training.<br />

Scott MacLeod and Micky Ward in particular can take enormous credit<br />

on the coaching side for the work they put into defending Gloucester’s<br />

maul threat, which was a big part of getting that result.<br />

We’d also changed a few things in terms of how we set up the week and<br />

the match-day for the players, who performed brilliantly, and the key<br />

now is making sure that it isn’t a one-off. We’ll need to repeat that same<br />

kind of attitude and intensity against <strong>Exeter</strong>, who again will provide a<br />

huge physical challenge.<br />

The <strong>Chiefs</strong> have a lot of big ball-carriers, they like to play with tempo and<br />

they’ll play keep-ball all day long to try and keep you under pressure.<br />

That means patience and discipline will be key for us, but we’ve shown<br />

we can do it when our attitude is spot-on.<br />

This week has seen us boosted by the availability of our international<br />

players, with Greg Peterson back after his time with the USA out in Dubai,<br />

Sean Robinson and Adam Radwan back in midweek from the England<br />

training camp and the Argentina trio of Matias Orlando, Matias Moroni<br />

and Mateo Carreras all returning from their autumn internationals.<br />

It’s fantastic to have our players representing their countries, partly because<br />

it helps get <strong>Newcastle</strong> <strong>Falcons</strong>’ name out there, but also because<br />

they will come back as better players for being in that environment and<br />

being exposed to international rugby.<br />

DAVE WALDER<br />

“Our focus is entirely on<br />

getting our preparation<br />

and attitude right.”<br />

Myself, Mark Laycock, Micky Ward and Mark Wilson were all lucky<br />

enough to spend a full day with the Argentina squad last week as they<br />

prepared for their game against Scotland, and even in that short space<br />

of time we learnt a lot. Michael Cheika and his coaching team were really<br />

welcoming towards us, they gave us great access and spent a lot<br />

of time chatting to us, so we’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity.<br />

You never stop learning in this job, but for now our focus is entirely on<br />

getting our preparation and attitude right against <strong>Exeter</strong>.<br />

If we do that, we give ourselves a great chance.<br />

Thanks again for coming out and supporting the team, and I hope you<br />

all enjoy the game.<br />

DAVE WALDER<br />

Head coach<br />

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CLUB NEWS<br />

SPORT NEWCASTLE AWARDS<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong> <strong>Falcons</strong> hooker Ollie Fletcher took one of the Rising Star<br />

awards at the recent Sport <strong>Newcastle</strong> dinner.<br />

England Under-20s.<br />

The multi-skilled hooker, who attended <strong>Newcastle</strong> School for Boys,<br />

is also a talented cricketer, and attended an awards night which also<br />

saw former director of rugby Dean Richards recognised.<br />

Richards was presented with the coveted Wilkinson Sword for<br />

lifetime achievement, with the England and Lions great spending<br />

more than a decade in charge of the <strong>Falcons</strong>.<br />

Photo credit: Ian Horrocks.<br />

PETERSON’S USA MISS OUT<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong> <strong>Falcons</strong> lock Greg Peterson will not be playing at Rugby<br />

World Cup after his USA team missed out on qualification in dramatic<br />

style.<br />

A last-minute penalty for Portugal saw them drawing against the<br />

Eagles in the round-robin climax in Dubai, a result which meant the<br />

USA missing out on points difference as the Portuguese snatched<br />

the last remaining place at France 2023.<br />

CARDIFF TICKETS ON SALE<br />

Held at <strong>Newcastle</strong> Civic Centre, the 20-year-old was among the<br />

promising young sportspeople from around the region being<br />

recognised for their achievements.<br />

The past year has seen Fletcher making his first team debut for the<br />

<strong>Falcons</strong>, scoring his first try for the club and also representing<br />

Tickets are now on sale for <strong>Newcastle</strong> <strong>Falcons</strong>’ first home game of<br />

the EPCR Challenge Cup campaign on Saturday December 17, when<br />

they host Cardiff.<br />

The Kingston Park clash is a 5.30pm kick-off, with this season’s<br />

competition seeing the <strong>Falcons</strong> facing Cardiff and Irish province<br />

Connacht home and away.<br />

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part of your 2022-23 package.<br />

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NEWCASTLE RUGBY<br />

FOUNDATION LAUNCHES<br />

RUGBY+<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong> Rugby Foundation (registered charity. No 1107861) proudly<br />

launched their new purpose and strategy which is making rugby+ the<br />

positive difference that changes lives for good.<br />

A fantastic breakfast event was hosted by Jill Douglas alongside<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong> Rugby Foundation ambassador and former <strong>Newcastle</strong> and<br />

England great, Tony Underwood.<br />

They were joined by a <strong>Falcons</strong> great Rob Vickers, <strong>Newcastle</strong> Rugby<br />

chairman Semore Kurdi, ex-Scotland international Nathan Hines,<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong> Thunder head coach Chris Thorman and <strong>Newcastle</strong><br />

<strong>Falcons</strong> star Gary Graham and Trevor Davison.<br />

The event was a brilliant opportunity for the foundation to share their<br />

vision for the charity’s future- boosting wellbeing, growing skills,<br />

raising involvement and building a sense of belonging.<br />

The event saw special guest participants and foundation champions<br />

John Mew, Ali Riswan, Gill Harrowell, Amelia Hawkins, Josh Priest,<br />

Katie Coburn, Helin Gharib, Millie Robson, James Britton and Josh<br />

Evans take to the stage to share how they have benefitted from the<br />

foundation and their programmes.<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong> Rugby Foundation would like to thank everyone who<br />

attended and showed their support for the launch of RUGBY+, with<br />

an amazing 140 guests helping play an instrumental part in making<br />

the morning so special.<br />

Melanie Magee, head of <strong>Newcastle</strong> Rugby Foundation, said: “I felt<br />

privileged to be in the room with such amazing people. Our dedicated<br />

staff work tirelessly to ensure we help those most in need in our<br />

communities and it was inspiring to see so many people tell their<br />

unique stories of how rugby has helped them.”<br />

HITZ STUDENT JOSH UP FOR<br />

NATIONAL AWARD<br />

An incredible individual from <strong>Falcons</strong> Community’s HITZ programme,<br />

Josh Evans, had his achievements on and off the pitch recognised<br />

at the Premiership Rugby HITZ Awards on Tuesday at Twickenham<br />

Stadium.<br />

<strong>Falcons</strong> Community HITZ programme, in partnership with <strong>Newcastle</strong><br />

College, is an education and employability course that aims to reengage<br />

young people using sports as a vehicle.<br />

Josh was shortlisted for the Academic Achiever Award; an award<br />

for the journey a young person on HITZ has taken in their academic<br />

development. It recognises the pathway a learner has taken since<br />

joining the programme and how far they have travelled.<br />

Josh Struggled with poor mental health which resulted in him leaving<br />

school with no GCSEs and no desire for college. An ambition to<br />

become a firefighter like his uncle led Josh to enrol at HITZ to study<br />

uniformed protective services. In addition to his full-time course,<br />

where he is on Level 3 Fire and Policing, Josh commits to multiple<br />

volunteer roles including with his local lifeboat service whilst working<br />

part-time.<br />

FALCONS FIT<br />

<strong>Falcons</strong> Fit, supported by Heart of the Tyne, is our brand-new heart<br />

health and physical wellbeing programme, starting in January 2023.<br />

A 12-week programme running every Wednesday between 6:30-8pm<br />

at Kingston Park, it is aimed at individuals aged 18 and over looking to<br />

improve their heart health.<br />

<strong>Falcons</strong> Fit is designed to help educate participants on health<br />

interventions and lifestyle adjustments to help promote heart<br />

health. The programme consists of rugby-themed physical activity<br />

and healthy lifestyle workshops, with a focus on reducing the risk<br />

of heart disease.<br />

To register your interest in <strong>Falcons</strong> Fit please email<br />

falconscommunity@newcastle-falcons.co.uk.<br />

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BRETT CONNON<br />

“<br />

I was the<br />

classic<br />

junior fan, I’d<br />

spend ages<br />

waiting for<br />

autographs<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong> <strong>Falcons</strong>’ Cumbrian cohort has been on the rise in<br />

recent years, with fly-half Brett Connon one of the principal<br />

standard bearers.<br />

The Carlisle native, 26, has now scored 321 points in his 74 games<br />

for the club, fulfilling a boyhood dream in the process.<br />

“My brothers and I would all jump on the bus to come and watch<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong> <strong>Falcons</strong> when we were kids,” reveals Connon, who<br />

kicked five from five in the club’s last Gallagher Premiership<br />

outing, a 27-21 away win over Gloucester.<br />

“I was the classic junior fan, and I’d spend ages waiting outside<br />

the tunnel to get the players’ autographs after the games. I did<br />

some of the junior kicking camps at the club where they’d have<br />

the likes of Matt Burke and Jonny Wilkinson doing some coaching,<br />

and I loved coming and watching the games here.”<br />

The youngest of three siblings who attended Austin Friars school<br />

in Carlisle, he says: “I have two older brothers, Max and Grant, who<br />

both play rugby. They keep telling me they made my professional<br />

career by giving me a kicking in the back garden when we were<br />

kids, but there was always a big interest in rugby among the<br />

family.<br />

“My dad played county rugby for Cumbria and Westmorland, as<br />

it was known back then, my brothers and I all played mini rugby<br />

with Carlisle and we’d spend ages having kicking competitions<br />

and that sort of thing. I was just constantly trying to copy my older<br />

brothers to try and get better than them.”<br />

Travelling down the A69 as a young player, Connon recalls: “My<br />

first involvement as a player here was when I was 14 or 15, and we<br />

did a couple of camps as well as playing games against Leeds and<br />

Sale. From there it was into the junior academy where I trained<br />

twice a week until the age of 18, and signing senior academy<br />

terms from there.<br />

“I did a leadership and management degree through the Rugby<br />

Players’ Association as well as playing full-time rugby, and I’ve also<br />

started doing my exams to become a financial planner alongside<br />

my <strong>Falcons</strong> commitments.”<br />

Capped by Ireland at Under-20s level, the stand-off’s connection<br />

to the Emerald Isle comes from his dad, saying: “My father’s side<br />

of the family are from over in Dublin, and my brother played for<br />

Ireland Under-18s.<br />

“We had the Under-20s World Cup in England the year I played for<br />

them, which was great because it meant my family could come<br />

and watch. We got beaten by England in the final, but we did<br />

beat England in the Six Nations that year when we played them<br />

at Kingston Park. Callum Chick was playing for England that night<br />

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Part of a <strong>Falcons</strong> side which this season has seen a re-jigged<br />

coaching set-up, Connon believes the renewed focus on attack is<br />

now starting to pay dividends.<br />

“We’re scoring more four-try bonus points than we have done in<br />

the past, and I think that’s largely down just to things starting to<br />

click,” he says.<br />

“Over the last few years we’ve had moments in games or patches<br />

during the season where things come together for us, and I feel<br />

like we’re starting to get there again. We’ve got a group here now<br />

which we can really push on with for the future, and we’re making<br />

some positive steps.”<br />

With Dave Walder as head coach and Mark Laycock now tasked<br />

with helping shape the team’s attack, Connon has high praise for<br />

his former academy manager.<br />

“Marko is massively influential on the team, and on me personally,”<br />

he says.<br />

“I’ve worked with him from the age of 14, and I’m so comfortable<br />

talking to him about everything.<br />

“The knowledge that he and Dave bring to the table is huge for us,<br />

and between them they cover all the bases. They’re both full of<br />

ideas, and throughout all the age-grade and A-League times when<br />

I’ve been working with Marko he’s absolutely fantastic with the<br />

approach and the detail that he brings to it.”<br />

As ever the holy grail in rugby remains consistency, with the<br />

disappointment of defeat at home to Bath being followed just<br />

under a fortnight ago by the battling victory at Gloucester, when<br />

Connon and his charges had to fight on with two men down due to<br />

multiple second-half sin-binnings.<br />

“It’s hard in a way to explain how you can go from the Bath<br />

performance to the Gloucester performance in the space of a<br />

week, but I think it comes down to small details,” he says.<br />

“We actually started alright against Bath but it was our own errors<br />

which allowed them back into the game, whereas at Gloucester<br />

those problems got bottled up or stamped on straightaway.<br />

We pride ourselves on our attitude, which was a big part of the<br />

problem against Bath, but at Gloucester everybody was spot-on<br />

and we found a way to deal with the challenges which inevitably<br />

get thrown at you during a game.<br />

“It was a special day because we had to dig so deep for it, and we<br />

had a good away support which really got behind the lads. It was<br />

great to be able to go and celebrate with those guys after the final<br />

whistle, and I guess it’s just a case of keeping focused and making<br />

sure it’s not an isolated result.<br />

“The fact that we twice went down to 13 men was a major<br />

challenge, and everyone battled for each other. We do have<br />

training scenarios where we have people in the sin bin, which is<br />

fine, but to be honest in that 13-man situation a lot of it just comes<br />

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“We pride ourselves on<br />

our attitude.”<br />

down to how hard you’re prepared to work for your mates. There<br />

are going to be spaces in your defence which need to be filled, but<br />

the lads dug in and really grafted.<br />

“The effort, desire and attitude was incredible, and the sense of<br />

relief and excitement at the end was obvious when Sam Stuart<br />

hugged the referee by mistake!”<br />

Turning to tonight’s assignment against the <strong>Chiefs</strong>,<br />

it was Connon who kicked the crucial penalty the<br />

last time <strong>Newcastle</strong> won in Devon just over a year<br />

ago.<br />

“They’re great to have around and they understand the game really well, so it’s good to<br />

have them back to add to the guys who did so well in their absence. The contribution<br />

they all made in that Bristol game before they went away was exceptional, and I’m sure<br />

they’ll have a big part to play for us over the rest of the season.”<br />

Turning to the wider issues surrounding the sport at a time when headlines are being<br />

made for all manner of reasons, Connon does not fall into the category of people saying<br />

the game is in crisis.<br />

“Rugby feels like it’s in a bit of a weird place at the moment because things are happening<br />

off the field and you hear people saying the sport’s in turmoil, but then you watch the<br />

actual games and they’re generally brilliant entertainment.<br />

“The Premiership games this season have been outstanding for the most part, and a<br />

lot of the international stuff during the summer and the November tests has also been<br />

great. Obviously the behind-the-scenes stuff is causing a stir, but as players if you just<br />

ignore the media narrative around that I actually feel like the game is in a good place.<br />

“Players want to put on a show for the fans, and for the most part I think as a sport we<br />

are doing that. We obviously hope more clubs don’t find themselves in difficulty like<br />

Wasps and Worcester did, because this is such a great league and people love playing<br />

in it and watching it.”<br />

“You know what you’re going to get with <strong>Exeter</strong>, and<br />

they play a good brand of rugby,” he says.<br />

“They’re a big physical pack with threats right across the board,<br />

and we obviously know Josh Hodge from his time up here with us.<br />

“We had a good away win down there last season – our first ever<br />

victory at <strong>Exeter</strong> – so we know we can do it.<br />

“The pre-requisite is making sure that you turn up with the right<br />

mind-set for the physical battle, and once you’ve got that base<br />

line you need to make sure your tactical side is tidied up. We did<br />

both of those things down at Gloucester last weekend, and when<br />

our backs were against the wall we stuck together to get the<br />

result.”<br />

The end of the international window sees <strong>Newcastle</strong> able to<br />

call upon their Argentina contingent, with Matias Morini, Mateo<br />

Carreras and Matias Orlando having all been away with their<br />

country.<br />

So how does Connon approach the communication side of things<br />

when most of his back-line might be Spanish speakers?<br />

“We chat as a group, and luckily their English is really good –<br />

definitely better than my Spanish!<br />

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PLAYER STATS<br />

Name<br />

<strong>Falcons</strong><br />

career<br />

apps<br />

<strong>Falcons</strong><br />

career<br />

points<br />

<strong>Falcons</strong><br />

career<br />

tries<br />

Season<br />

2022-23<br />

apps<br />

Season<br />

2022-23<br />

points<br />

Season<br />

2022-23<br />

tries<br />

Name<br />

<strong>Falcons</strong><br />

career<br />

apps<br />

<strong>Falcons</strong><br />

career<br />

points<br />

<strong>Falcons</strong><br />

career<br />

tries<br />

Season<br />

2022-23<br />

apps<br />

Season<br />

2022-23<br />

points<br />

Season<br />

2022-23<br />

tries<br />

Josh Barton 5 5 1 5 5 1 Tom Marshall 11 5 1 4 0 0<br />

George Bennett-Teare 3 0 0 2 0 0 George McGuigan 163 235 47 8 30 6<br />

Jamie Berrisford 1 0 0 1 0 0 Oliver Melville 1 0 0 1 0 0<br />

James Blackett 5 3 0 3 3 0 George Merrick 13 0 0 8 0 0<br />

Jamie Blamire 72 75 15 9 15 3 Matias Moroni 2 0 0 2 0 0<br />

Phil Brantingham 7 0 0 5 0 0 Logovi'i Mulipola 66 20 4 5 5 1<br />

Adam Brocklebank 82 0 0 6 0 0 Cameron Nordli-Kelemeti 32 15 3 4 0 0<br />

Conrad Cade 9 0 0 5 0 0 Elliott Obatoyinbo 5 10 2 5 10 2<br />

Mateo Carreras 22 35 7 5 25 5 Chidera Obonna 5 5 1 0 0 0<br />

Callum Chick 111 90 18 5 5 1 Matias Orlando 23 10 2 2 0 0<br />

Jeremy Civil 2 0 0 2 0 0 Richard Palframan 15 0 0 7 0 0<br />

Sam Clark 0 0 0 0 0 0 Tom Penny 79 50 10 6 10 2<br />

Connor Collett 25 10 2 6 5 1 Guy Pepper 4 5 1 4 5 1<br />

Brett Connon 74 321 2 6 37 0 Josh Peters 3 5 1 3 5 1<br />

Luke Coulston 1 0 0 1 0 0 Greg Peterson 61 15 3 5 0 0<br />

Matthew Dalton 6 0 0 4 0 0 Vereimi Qorowale 2 5 1 2 5 1<br />

Trevor Davison 97 20 4 4 0 0 Adam Radwan 78 230 46 8 15 3<br />

Sebastien de Chaves 23 0 0 8 0 0 Mike Rewcastle 0 0 0 0 0 0<br />

Matt Deehan 3 0 0 2 0 0 Sean Robinson 133 65 13 7 0 0<br />

Mark Dormer 3 0 0 3 0 0 Tian Schoeman 8 30 0 8 30 0<br />

Ben Douglas 3 0 0 2 0 0 Charlie Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0<br />

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FIRST TEAM SQUAD<br />

1. 1. 1. 1. 1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

JOSH BARTON<br />

Scrum-half<br />

15/12/1997<br />

Height: 1.75m (5ft 8)<br />

Weight: 85kg (13st 5)<br />

JAMIE BLAMIRE<br />

Hooker<br />

22/12/1997<br />

Height: 1.85m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 112kg (17st 8)<br />

Honours: England<br />

ADAM BROCKLEBANK<br />

Prop<br />

06/09/1995<br />

Height: 1.88m (6ft 1)<br />

Weight: 125kg (19st 9)<br />

Honours: England Students<br />

CONRAD CADE<br />

Prop<br />

27/01/1997<br />

Height: 1.83m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 115kg (18st 1)<br />

Honours: England Students<br />

PETE LUCOCK<br />

Centre<br />

27/11/1992<br />

Height: 1.83m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 99kg (15st 8)<br />

CHARLIE MADDISON<br />

Hooker<br />

24/06/1991<br />

Height: 1.88m (6ft 1)<br />

Weight: 109kg (17st 2)<br />

TOM MARSHALL<br />

Back row<br />

20/10/1999<br />

Height: 1.90m (6ft 2)<br />

Weight: 114kg (17st 13)<br />

Honours: Scotland U20<br />

1. 1. 1. 1. 1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

GEORGE MCGUIGAN<br />

Hooker<br />

30/03/1993<br />

Height: 1.83m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 113kg (17st 11)<br />

Honours: England A<br />

MATEO CARRERAS<br />

Wing<br />

17/12/1999<br />

Height: 1.73m (5ft 7)<br />

Weight: 84kg (13st 3)<br />

Honours: Argentina<br />

CALLUM CHICK<br />

Back row<br />

25/11/1996<br />

Height: 1.93m (6ft 3)<br />

Weight: 115kg (18st 1)<br />

Honours: England<br />

Geoff & Marie<br />

Penrice<br />

CONNOR COLLETT<br />

Back row<br />

05/02/1996<br />

Height: 1.85m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 103kg (16st 3)<br />

BRETT CONNON<br />

Fly-half<br />

29/08/1996<br />

Height: 1.76m (5ft 8)<br />

Weight: 89kg (14st)<br />

Honours: Ireland U20<br />

GEORGE MERRICK<br />

Lock<br />

04/10/1992<br />

Height: 2.01m (6ft 6)<br />

Weight: 122kg (19st 2)<br />

Honours: England U20<br />

MATIAS MORONI<br />

Centre<br />

10/07/1991<br />

Height: 1.85m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 92kg (14st 6)<br />

Honours: Argentina<br />

LOGOVI’I MULIPOLA<br />

Prop<br />

11/03/1987<br />

Height: 1.92m (6ft 3)<br />

Weight: 130kg (20st 6)<br />

Honours: Samoa<br />

1. 1. 1. 1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

CAMERON NORDLI-KELEMETI<br />

Scrum-half<br />

20/09/1999<br />

Height: 1.77m (5ft 8)<br />

Weight: 87kg (13st 9)<br />

Honours: England U18<br />

MATTHEW DALTON<br />

Lock<br />

16/11/1998<br />

Height: 1.98m (6ft 5)<br />

Weight: 117kg (18st 5)<br />

Honours: Ireland U20<br />

TREVOR DAVISON<br />

Prop<br />

20/08/1992<br />

Height: 1.88m (6ft 1)<br />

Weight: 122kg (19st 2)<br />

Honours: England<br />

SEBASTIAN DE CHAVES<br />

Lock<br />

30/10/1990<br />

Height: 2.02m (6ft 6)<br />

Weight: 117kg (18st 5)<br />

Honours: South Africa U20<br />

NATHAN EARLE<br />

Wing<br />

25/09/1994<br />

Height: 1.85m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 100kg (15st 10)<br />

Honours: England XV<br />

ELLIOTT OBATOYINBO<br />

Full-back/wing<br />

9/10/1998<br />

Height: 1.86m (6ft 1)<br />

Weight: 89kg (14st)<br />

Honours: England U20<br />

MATIAS ORLANDO<br />

Centre<br />

14/11/1991<br />

Height: 1.83m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 94kg (14st 11)<br />

Honours: Argentina<br />

RICHARD PALFRAMAN<br />

Prop<br />

20/12/1993<br />

Height: 1.85m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 120kg (18st 12)<br />

1. 1. 1. 1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

TOM PENNY<br />

Full-back<br />

13/10/1994<br />

Height: 1.79m (5ft 9)<br />

Weight: 87kg (13st 9)<br />

CARL FEARNS<br />

Back row<br />

28/05/1989<br />

Height: 1.91m (6ft 3)<br />

Weight: 122kg (19st 2)<br />

Honours: England A<br />

GARY GRAHAM<br />

Back row<br />

29/08/1992<br />

Height: 1.87m (6ft 1)<br />

Weight: 115kg (18st 1)<br />

Honours: Scotland<br />

CONOR KENNY<br />

Prop<br />

25/07/1996<br />

Height: 1.85m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 128kg (20st 2)<br />

Honours: Ireland U20<br />

FREDDIE LOCKWOOD<br />

Back row<br />

31/12/2000<br />

Height: 1.88m (6ft 1)<br />

Weight: 116kg (18st 3)<br />

Honours: England U19<br />

JOSH PETERS<br />

Lock<br />

10/12/1995<br />

Height: 2.04m (6ft 7)<br />

Weight: 117kg (18st 5)<br />

Honours: Spain<br />

GREG PETERSON<br />

Lock<br />

26/03/1991<br />

Height: 2.03m (6ft 7)<br />

Weight: 126kg (19st 11)<br />

Honours: USA<br />

VEREIMI QOROWALE<br />

Wing/centre<br />

27/01/1995<br />

Height: 1.86m (6ft 1)<br />

Weight: 105kg (16st 7)<br />

ADAM RADWAN<br />

Wing<br />

30/12/1997<br />

Height: 1.79m (5ft 9)<br />

Weight: 89kg (14st)<br />

Honours: England<br />

24 25<br />

The<br />

Blackbirds


MOTOR GROUP<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

SEAN ROBINSON<br />

Lock<br />

08/02/1991<br />

Height: 1.93m (6ft 3)<br />

Weight: 111kg (17st 6)<br />

Honours: England Students<br />

TIAN SCHOEMAN<br />

Fly-half<br />

23/09/1991<br />

Height: 1.82m (5ft 10)<br />

Weight: 92kg (14st 6)<br />

IWAN STEPHENS<br />

Wing<br />

24/03/2002<br />

Height: 1.70m (5ft 6)<br />

Weight: 83kg (13st)<br />

Honours: England U20<br />

BEN STEVENSON<br />

Wing/centre<br />

19/07/1998<br />

Height: 1.89m (6ft 2)<br />

Weight: 99kg (15st 8)<br />

Honours: England Students<br />

SCOTT MACLEOD<br />

Coach<br />

Geoff & Marie<br />

Penrice<br />

JOHN STOKOE<br />

Team manager<br />

KEVIN MCSHANE<br />

Head of athletic performance<br />

LEWIS WILLIAMS<br />

Strength and conditioning coach<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

SAM STUART<br />

Scrum-half<br />

27/09/1991<br />

Height: 1.73m (5ft 7)<br />

Weight: 83kg (13st)<br />

Honours: England U20<br />

ALEX TAIT<br />

Full-back<br />

18/03/1988<br />

Height: 1.83m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 94kg (14st 11)<br />

Honours: England U20<br />

Jack & Jonquil<br />

Stewart<br />

MARK TAMPIN<br />

Prop<br />

20/01/1992<br />

Height: 1.85m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 122kg (19st 2)<br />

JOSH THOMAS<br />

Fly-half<br />

30/06/2000<br />

Height: 1.78m (5ft 8)<br />

Weight: 82kg (12st 12)<br />

Honours: Wales U20<br />

TIM PAYNE<br />

Strength and conditioning coach<br />

STEVE BREMNER<br />

Opposition and recruitment<br />

analyst<br />

MATT HODKINSON<br />

Tactical analyst<br />

RHYS GRIFFITHS<br />

Head physio<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

PHILIP VAN DER WALT<br />

Back-row<br />

14/07/1989<br />

Height: 1.93m (6ft 3)<br />

Weight: 112kg (17st 8)<br />

GEORGE WACOKECOKE<br />

Centre<br />

23/10/1995<br />

Height: 1.80m (5ft 9)<br />

Weight: 94kg (14st 11)<br />

Honours: England Students<br />

WILL WELCH<br />

Back row<br />

03/04/1990<br />

Height: 1.92m (6ft 3)<br />

Weight: 108kg (17st)<br />

Honours: England U20<br />

MICHAEL YOUNG<br />

Scrum-half<br />

31/12/1988<br />

Height: 1.76m (5ft 8)<br />

Weight: 83kg (13st)<br />

Honours: England A<br />

ANDY SHEA<br />

Physio<br />

DERMOT AUSTIN<br />

Physio<br />

TOBY TREMLETT<br />

Physio<br />

RACHEL SCURFIELD<br />

Lead doctor<br />

FIRST TEAM STAFF<br />

1. 1. 1. 1. 1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

DAVE WALDER<br />

Head coach<br />

MARK LAYCOCK<br />

Coach<br />

MICKY WARD<br />

Coach<br />

MARK WILSON<br />

Coach<br />

DEAN SHIPSEY<br />

Match-day doctor<br />

ANDY RAMSHAW<br />

Match-day doctor<br />

ANDREW CRUICKSHANK<br />

Psychologist<br />

ALAN BASKERVILLE<br />

Kit manager<br />

26 27


SENIOR ACADEMY SQUAD & ACADEMY STAFF<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1. 1. 1.<br />

JAMES BLACKETT<br />

Scrum-half<br />

22/10/2001<br />

Height: 1.75m (5ft 7)<br />

Weight: 82kg (12st 12)<br />

Honours: England U18<br />

1.<br />

PHIL BRANTINGHAM<br />

Prop<br />

02/10/2001<br />

Height: 1.83m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 117kg (18st 5)<br />

Honours: England U20<br />

JEREMY CIVIL<br />

Centre<br />

02/05/2004<br />

Height: 1.83m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 83kg (13st)<br />

LUKE COULSTON<br />

Lock<br />

17/07/2004<br />

Height: 2m (6ft 6)<br />

Weight: 95kg (14st 13)<br />

Honours: England U18<br />

MARCUS TIFFEN<br />

Back row<br />

03/09/2002<br />

Height: 1.84m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 100kg (15st 10)<br />

SAM CLARK<br />

Prop<br />

31/1/2004<br />

Height: 1.84m (6 ft)<br />

Weight: 120kg (18st 8)<br />

OLIVER SPENCER<br />

Full-back<br />

22/2/2004<br />

Height: 1.84m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 94kg (14st 8)<br />

Honours: England U17<br />

1. 1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

MATT DEEHAN<br />

Back row<br />

04/10/2002<br />

Height: 1.90m (6ft 2)<br />

Weight: 102kg (16st)<br />

Honours: Scotland U20<br />

MARK DORMER<br />

Prop<br />

16/09/2002<br />

Height: 1.85m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 110kg (17st 4)<br />

Honours: England U20<br />

BEN DOUGLAS<br />

Scrum-half<br />

16/01/2004<br />

Height: 1.77m (5ft 8)<br />

Weight: 75kg (11st 11)<br />

Honours: England U18<br />

Joan<br />

Milne<br />

OLLIE FLETCHER<br />

Hooker<br />

09/09/2002<br />

Height: 1.83m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 106kg (16st 9)<br />

Honours: England U20<br />

1. 1. 1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

JAMES PONTON<br />

Head of academy<br />

PJ BUTLER<br />

Academy coach<br />

JACK HAYES<br />

Academy coach<br />

KEITH ROBINSON<br />

Academy DPP manager<br />

EWAN GREENLAW<br />

Centre<br />

14/03/2003<br />

Height: 1.77m (5ft 8)<br />

Weight: 98kg (15st 6)<br />

Honours: England U18<br />

NATHAN GREENWOOD<br />

Wing<br />

20/11/2003<br />

Height: 1.75m (5ft 7)<br />

Weight: 77kg (12st 1)<br />

Honours: England 7s<br />

LOUIE JOHNSON<br />

Fly-half<br />

13/06/2003<br />

Height: 1.85m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 93kg (14st 9)<br />

Honours: England U20<br />

ZACH KERR<br />

Centre/wing<br />

13/12/1999<br />

Height: 1.80m (5ft 9)<br />

Weight: 93kg (14st 9)<br />

MICHAEL FERGUSON<br />

Head academy strength and<br />

conditioning coach<br />

SHAUN MCLAREN<br />

Junior academy strength and<br />

conditioning coach<br />

NICK TODD<br />

Academy performance analyst<br />

FRAZER BELL<br />

Senior academy physio<br />

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1.<br />

1.<br />

1.<br />

1. 1.<br />

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Centre/wing<br />

18/10/2000<br />

Height: 1.85m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 94kg (14st 11)<br />

Honours: England U17<br />

GUY PEPPER<br />

Back row<br />

15/04/2003<br />

Height: 1.90m (6ft 2)<br />

Weight: 105kg (16st 7)<br />

Honours: England U18<br />

MIKE REWCASTLE<br />

Prop<br />

17/05/2004<br />

Height: 1.84m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 113kg (17st 11)<br />

Honours: England U18<br />

CHARLIE SMITH<br />

Hooker<br />

19/01/2004<br />

Height: 1.83m (6ft)<br />

Weight: 104kg (16st 5)<br />

Honours: England U18<br />

CAIN WILKINSON<br />

Junior academy physio<br />

28 29


FROM THE PRESS BOX<br />

By Mark Smith<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong> <strong>Falcons</strong> media manager<br />

Reasons to be cheerful – to quote Ian Dury and the Blockheads.<br />

It feels at times like this column has become a forum with which to batter<br />

rugby for its various perceived failings.<br />

That was never the intention, even if I make no apologies for shining a light<br />

on areas where our sport can improve.<br />

But it’s only right and proper that we take the time to also acknowledge the<br />

many good things going on around the sport at the moment.<br />

Portugal qualifying for the Rugby World Cup, for example.<br />

Many in the game, including our own Greg Peterson, would have been<br />

disappointed by the failure of the USA to qualify for a tournament which<br />

they will be hosting in 2031, but what a great opportunity we now have to<br />

further spread the rugby gospel in Portugal.<br />

You could not have wished for a more dramatic decider, with a last-minute<br />

penalty clinching their passage to France 2023 after a drop-goal had hit the<br />

post just seconds earlier. It was high drama and a major talking point.<br />

Upsets in the autumn tests. We had Italy beating Australia, and then Georgia<br />

beating Wales.<br />

These days you’d have to question whether Argentina defeating England<br />

at Twickenham could be regarded as a shock result, given that they won<br />

away against the All Blacks earlier this year, but the notion that rugby is<br />

predictable has been blown out of the water.<br />

For all the off-field travails, this season’s Gallagher Premiership has lacked<br />

nothing for on-field drama.<br />

Despite the bookies giving Gloucester a 14-point handicap it was a dogged<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong> <strong>Falcons</strong> side who were belting out their victory song in the<br />

bowels of Kingsholm Stadium after the final whistle in our last league game,<br />

adding to the long list of Premiership thrillers this campaign.<br />

Our previous league outing saw us taking a pair of bonus points from a<br />

thrilling 32-31 loss at a Northampton side who sit in the top three in the<br />

division, with Mateo Carreras winning Try of the Month for the second time<br />

in succession.<br />

As always it’s a case of living within our means here at <strong>Newcastle</strong>, but even<br />

without the shiny trinkets and a team sheet full of Galacticos we continue to<br />

showcase the best local talent interspersed with quality from further afield.<br />

A local teenager in Guy Pepper has started our last three games and taken<br />

the opportunity with both hands, and they’re a fabulous bunch to work with.<br />

There’s not an ego among the lot of them, and when the team bus got stuck<br />

in traffic on the long drive to Gloucester they decided to have a sing-song<br />

rather than moan about their travelling conditions.<br />

The effort and attention to detail among the current coaching group is<br />

superior to anything I’ve seen in my two decades in and around the club, and<br />

despite a number of factors making it a challenging time for attendances<br />

there seems to be an appreciation of the progress being made against<br />

bigger-spending opposition.<br />

Of course, we can all draw on our own little gripes and spend time lamenting<br />

the negatives, which are inevitably there if you look hard enough for them.<br />

But maybe it’s worth devoting equal attention to the things which are great<br />

about our game, and this club.<br />

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ALL OUR YESTERDAYS<br />

Kingsley Hyland’s trawl through<br />

the archives continues, recalling<br />

key moments from 45, 30 and 10<br />

years ago.<br />

45 YEARS AGO – NOVEMBER 26, 1977<br />

GOSFORTH 46-6 ORRELL<br />

Gosforth were celebrating their Centenary season and basking in the<br />

glow of being national club champions for the second year running as<br />

they faced Orrell, a rising force in the game from Wigan.<br />

Such had been Orrell’s start to the season - winning 12 of 15 matches<br />

and scoring 461 points while conceding just 101 - that the national<br />

rugby press sensed an upset and a changing of the natural order at<br />

the top of northern club rugby.<br />

For Gosforth, the break-up of their double John Player Cup winning<br />

side had begun with Steve Gustard, Harry Patrick, Andy Cutter, Dave<br />

Robinson and Roger Uttley all absent from the starting line-up.<br />

If there was a sense of foreboding in the home camp it was quickly<br />

banished as Gosforth completely outplayed their rivals, inflicting on<br />

them the biggest defeat in their 50 year existence.<br />

Seven tries were scored in all against an Orrell side whose line<br />

had not been crossed in their previous five matches. The famous<br />

Gosforth backrow triumvirate of Dixon, Robinson and Uttley may<br />

have been broken up, but Bob Anderson and Ian ‘Sniffer’ Richardson<br />

proved worthy partners for Peter Dixon on this occasion.<br />

For the record, the tries were scored by Stuart Archer (2), Terry<br />

Roberts, Brian Patrick (2), Dixon and Richardson. Malcolm Young<br />

kicked four conversions and two penalties, and David Johnson two<br />

conversions.<br />

For Gosforth, a period or rebuilding would be rewarded with another<br />

cup run to the final in 1981 before decline set in, whilst Orrell went<br />

on to become the dominant northern force in English club rugby in<br />

the 1980s and early 1990s.<br />

One can only imagine what Orrell might have achieved had they<br />

evaded the clutches of the predatory rugby league clubs.<br />

The match had been preceded by an under-14s game between the<br />

two clubs. All four of the Orrell three-quarters in that game would<br />

go on to represent Great Britain at rugby league.<br />

The Gosforth team that day was: B.Patrick; S.Archer; R.Breakey;<br />

K.Britton; A.Moor; D.Johnson; M.Young; C.White; D.Madsen;<br />

A.Johnson; T.Roberts; J.Hedley; I.Richardson; R.Anderson; P.Dixon.<br />

As ever, victory was based on a dominant forward effort which wore<br />

down the opposition before a flurry of scoring, with 36 of Gosforth’s<br />

points coming in the second half.<br />

Starved of good quality ball, Orrell elected to run everything, which<br />

played into the home side’s hands.<br />

Brian Patrick<br />

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30 YEARS AGO – NOVEMBER 28, 1992<br />

NEWCASTLE GOSFORTH 13-10 GLOUCESTER<br />

A crowd of over 2,000 were at Kingston Park for a<br />

Pilkington Cup third round tie against first division<br />

Gloucester.<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong> went into the game on a high having<br />

beaten Sale, Waterloo, Nottingham, Blackheath,<br />

Coventry and Morley in their first six league<br />

matches en-route to promotion.<br />

They entered the cup in the second round, securing<br />

a comfortable 36-8 victory at Northamptonshire<br />

junior club Towcestrians. Their only defeat in 14<br />

matches came in a pre-season tour match against<br />

Ballymena.<br />

Gloucester were not the force they had been in<br />

the 1970s and 80s but they had retained their topflight<br />

status since the introduction of leagues,<br />

and still boasted a massive pack of forwards.<br />

The match involved a forward battle with<br />

Gloucester dominating the lineouts, albeit with a<br />

strong suspicion of lifting by the props, which was<br />

not permitted back then.<br />

Gloucester scored first with a 16th minute penalty<br />

from Martin Roberts, but penalties from David<br />

Johnson on 22 and 34 minutes gave the home side<br />

the advantage at 6-3. The lead was short lived as<br />

prop Tony Windo went over for a try, converted by<br />

Roberts as half-time approached.<br />

The game was eventually decided by a controversial<br />

Terry Roberts try in the 50th minute.<br />

An at tacking lineout was secured by a kick-andchase<br />

from fullback Ian Chandler, which Martin<br />

Roberts was forced to scramble into touch. The<br />

ball went loose from the resulting line-out, and<br />

Roberts was deemed to have grounded the bal<br />

l over the line despite a suspicion that the ball<br />

had gone forward off a <strong>Newcastle</strong> player. Johnson<br />

converted from wide out, and that was to prove<br />

the end of the scoring.<br />

Roberts had of course scored in that match<br />

against Orrell 15 years earlier, and would go on to<br />

represent the club in the First Division at the age<br />

of 44.<br />

The final half-hour witnessed a magnificent<br />

defensive effort by the home side, who restricted<br />

Gloucester to a long-range penalty attempt from<br />

Roberts and an attempted drop-goal from fly half<br />

Neil Matthews.<br />

The <strong>Newcastle</strong> Gosforth team that day was:<br />

I.Chandler; T.Penn; R.Wilkinson; A.Campbell<br />

(rep.M.Beattie 29); M.White; D.Johnson; S.Douglas;<br />

R.Fuller; N.Frankland (capt); S.Gibbs; T.Roberts;<br />

G.Clark; P.Smith (rep.F.Mitchell 67); A.Meadows.<br />

The victory gave <strong>Newcastle</strong> belief that if they<br />

were to secure promotion they would be able to<br />

survive in the top tier. That belief was severely<br />

punctured in the fourth round as they crashed to<br />

a 33-3 defeat at Northampton.<br />

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10 YEARS AGO – NOVEMBER 24, 2012<br />

JERSEY 3-24 NEWCASTLE FALCONS<br />

Fast-forward 20 years from that Gloucester game, and the<br />

club was once again en-route to promotion under the fledgling<br />

directorship of Dean Richards.<br />

By virtue of this bonus-point victory, the <strong>Falcons</strong> moved<br />

13 points clear of second-placed Bedford at the top of the<br />

Championship.<br />

Despite the score-line in what was Alex Tait’s 100th appearance<br />

for the club, the <strong>Falcons</strong> initially met firm resistance from an<br />

impressive Jersey set piece.<br />

After early <strong>Falcons</strong>’ pressure had seen Matt Thompson held up<br />

over the line, the first score went to the home side when Barry<br />

Davies kicked a 17th minute penalty following a scrum offence,<br />

having earlier missed with an ambitious effort from halfway.<br />

The momentum remained with Jersey as Donovan Sanders<br />

went close after chasing a Davies kick ahead.<br />

Having weathered the early storm the visitors gradually<br />

wrested the initiative and edged ahead on 38 minutes with a<br />

try from Jimmy Gopperth. A kickable penalty was sent to the<br />

corner, the forwards secured possession enabling scrum-half<br />

Warren Fury to feed Gopperth, who side-stepped the last<br />

defender to score for a 5-3 half-time lead.<br />

The <strong>Falcons</strong> struck again within two minutes of the restart<br />

when winger Ryan Shortland crossed after receiving a delayed<br />

pass from Gopperth, who converted to extend the lead to 12-3.<br />

They looked to have scored again just four minutes later when<br />

Luke Fielden went over, only to be called back for a forward<br />

pass.<br />

The <strong>Falcons</strong> were not to be denied for long as prop James Hall<br />

scored from a pick-and-go after Ally Hogg had secured the ball<br />

from a line-out. Gopperth’s conversion extended the lead to<br />

19-3 with almost three quarters of the match played.<br />

The bonus-point try, fittingly scored by centurion Tait, came<br />

with five minutes remaining following a break by Gopperth,<br />

with the ball carried on by Alex Crockett who fed Tait to<br />

squeeze in at the corner.<br />

The <strong>Falcons</strong> team that day was: A.Tait; L.Fielden; A.Crockett;<br />

J.Helleur; R.Shortland; J.Gopperth; W.Fury; G.Shiells;<br />

M.Thompson; J.Hall; S.Tomes; S.Macleod; C.York; M.Wilson;<br />

A.Hogg.<br />

Of that side Alex Tait is still playing now way past his 200th<br />

match for his only club, whilst Mark Wilson and Scott MacLeod<br />

are part of the coaching team. Gopperth of course still playing<br />

in the Premiership at Leicester, having arrived via Leinster and<br />

Wasps.<br />

Ryan Shortland<br />

Alex Tait<br />

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FIXTURES & RESULTS<br />

AUGUST<br />

F: Fri Aug 26 v Leicester Tigers(L 42-28)<br />

SEPTEMBER<br />

F: Fri Sep 2 v Doncaster Knights (W 29-33)<br />

GP: SAT SEP 10 V HARLEQUINS (L 31-40)<br />

GP: Sat Sep 17 v Leicester Tigers (L 36-21)<br />

PRC: Tue Sep 20 v Wasps (L 35-21)<br />

GP: Sat Sep 24 v Worcester Warriors (L 39-5)<br />

PRC: TUE SEP 27 V SALE SHARKS (L 21-29)<br />

GP: FRI SEP 30 V BRISTOL BEARS (W 30-15)<br />

OCTOBER<br />

GP: SUN OCT 9 V SARACENS (L 14-34)<br />

GP: Sat Oct 15 v Northampton Saints (L 32-31)<br />

PRC: Wed Oct 19 v Leicester Tigers (W 31-32)<br />

NOVEMBER<br />

GP: SAT NOV 5 V BATH RUGBY (L 10-17)<br />

GP: Sat Nov 12 v Gloucester Rugby (W 21-27)<br />

PRC: SAT NOV 19 V NORTHAMPTON SAINTS (L 28-31)<br />

GP: FRI NOV 25 V EXETER CHIEFS (7.45pm)<br />

DECEMBER<br />

GP: Sat Dec 3 v London Irish (3pm)<br />

ECC: Sat Dec 10 v Connacht (5.30pm)<br />

ECC: SAT DEC 17 v CARDIFF (5.30pm)<br />

GP: FRI DEC 23 V SALE SHARKS (7.45pm)<br />

GP: Sat Dec 31 v Bath Rugby (3pm)<br />

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ECC: Sun Jan 15 v Cardiff (1pm)<br />

ECC: SAT JAN 21 v CONNACHT (5.30pm)<br />

FEBRUARY<br />

GP: Feb 17/18/19 v Bristol Bears<br />

GP: Feb 24/25/26 v Saracens<br />

MARCH<br />

GP: MAR 3/4/5 V LONDON IRISH<br />

GP: Mar 10/11/12 v <strong>Exeter</strong> <strong>Chiefs</strong><br />

GP: Mar 24/25/26 V GLOUCESTER<br />

APRIL<br />

ECC: Mar 31/Apr 1/2: Round of 16<br />

ECC: Apr 7/8/9: Quarter-final<br />

GP: Apr 14/15/16 v Harlequins<br />

GP: APR 21/22/23 V NORTHAMPTON SAINTS<br />

ECC: Apr 28/29/30: Semi-final<br />

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GP: SAT MAY 13: Semi-final<br />

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GP: Sat May 27: Final<br />

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IN OPPOSITION - EXETER CHIEFS<br />

Full-back<br />

Stuart Hogg<br />

<strong>Exeter</strong> <strong>Chiefs</strong> come into this evening’s game placed at sixth in the<br />

Gallagher Premiership table, winning half of their eight games.<br />

An incredibly busy weekend sees them playing two games in<br />

less than 24 hours, as they host Bath in tomorrow’s Premiership<br />

Rugby Cup group encounter.<br />

A relatively low-key summer on the transfer market<br />

saw a handful of key men moving on, with England<br />

lock Jonny Hill moving to Sale Sharks and Scotland<br />

lock Sam Skinner signing for Edinburgh. Fellow<br />

second row and former Falcon Will Witty set<br />

sail for Perpignan, while back-rower Don<br />

Armand called time on his career.<br />

Premiership form as the <strong>Chiefs</strong> stormed the start of the season<br />

with three wins from three.<br />

Round one brought a dramatic home victory against the<br />

champions when a last-minute try handed them a 24-20<br />

triumph, and they followed that up with a 36-21 win at<br />

Worcester which has now been removed from the record<br />

books.<br />

A thrilling home game against Harlequins saw them leading<br />

31-7, somehow falling behind but then rescuing a 43-42<br />

victory with the very last play – Wales flanker Christ Tshiunza<br />

grounding the decisive try despite opposition claims of a<br />

forward pass in the build-up.<br />

50<br />

Scrum-half<br />

Jack Maunder<br />

Prop Harry<br />

Williams<br />

Super Rugby’s Moana Pasifika.<br />

Winger Tom O’Flaherty took his<br />

considerable talents to Sale Sharks,<br />

with well-travelled scrum-half<br />

Sam Hidalgo-Clyne joining Italian<br />

side Benetton.<br />

In came a host of players<br />

to help fill the gaps, with<br />

hard-running Tonga centre<br />

Solomone Kata joining from<br />

Leinster pair Jack Dunne and Rory O’Loughlin arrived as part of<br />

what has been a long and fruitful relationship with Irish players.<br />

South African lock Ruben van Heerden added considerable size<br />

having landed from the Bulls, with the flagship signing arguably<br />

coming in the form of vastly-experienced Australia prop Scott Sio.<br />

The early-season collapse of Wasps enabled opportunities for a<br />

quartet of promising players to be snapped up as Dan Frost, Alfie<br />

Bell, Immanuel Feyi-Waboso and Greg Fisilau were brought on<br />

board.<br />

Pre-season brought a pair of defeats to Cornish Pirates (42-14) and<br />

Ulster (31-12), but it did not affect their Gallagher<br />

A Premiership Rugby Cup trip to Bristol kept up the momentum<br />

as <strong>Exeter</strong> were 35-20 winners, and even when they lost 28-20<br />

away to Sale Sharks in the league they bounced back with a<br />

50-14 away thumping of Bristol.<br />

The cancellation of their game against Wasps meant a hastilyarranged<br />

friendly at home to Bristol Bears to plug the fixture<br />

gap, with a cancelled Cup trip to Worcester followed by another<br />

nail-biter at home to Saracens.<br />

It took a last-minute penalty from Alex Goode to hand <strong>Exeter</strong> a<br />

22-20 home loss, starting a run of three Premiership defeats.<br />

A Friday night trip to Gloucester ended with a 38-22 loss, and<br />

their last away game at Northampton three weeks ago saw<br />

them beaten 26-19.<br />

They regained winning ways by grinding out a 22-17 home win<br />

over London Irish in their most recent assignment, after which<br />

forwards coach Rob Hunter admitted he was a relieved man.<br />

He said: “I guess relief is a good way to put it. We put ourselves<br />

in a good position, particularly first half, but come the end you<br />

could say we were relieved to see that final whistle. We did a<br />

lot of good things, but we also managed to punch ourselves in<br />

the face a few times, so we’re happy to get the result.”<br />

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IN OPPOSITION - THREE TO WATCH<br />

JACQUES VERMEULEN<br />

The South African back-rower is often the glue of the <strong>Chiefs</strong>’ pack, having<br />

arrived in 2019 from the Sharks.<br />

JOE SIMMONDS<br />

Able to be deployed at either fly-half or full-back, the Torquay-born<br />

player boasts more than 150 appearances for the <strong>Chiefs</strong> despite only<br />

being 25 years of age.<br />

Aged 27, Vermeulen played 38 times for the Sharks, scoring three tries,<br />

and has scored 20 tries in his 53 appearances for <strong>Exeter</strong>.<br />

A Western Province player earlier in his career, Vermeulen is a Premiership<br />

and Champions Cup winner from his time with the <strong>Chiefs</strong>.<br />

A solid goal-kicker, in 2020 he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s<br />

New Year’s honours list after captaining the <strong>Chiefs</strong> to victory in both<br />

the Heineken Champions Cup and Gallagher Premiership finals.<br />

The younger brother of <strong>Exeter</strong> and England back-rower Sam<br />

Simmonds, Joe is yet to be capped at full international level having<br />

played for England Under-20s on his way through the system.<br />

ALI HEPHER<br />

HEAD COACH<br />

A former Northumbria University student, Hepher played the majority of<br />

his rugby for Northampton Saints.<br />

SCOTT SIO<br />

The veteran Australian is a mid-season signing for the <strong>Chiefs</strong>, bringing<br />

with him 69 international caps worth of experience for the Wallabies.<br />

Now aged 31 but showing no signs of slowing down, Sio spent 12 seasons<br />

with the Brumbies in Canberra before heading north.<br />

A solid scrummager who is equally destructive in the loose, Sio has<br />

played more than 120 games of Super Rugby.<br />

Part of the squad which won the 2000 Heineken Cup, he was called up<br />

by England to tour South Africa that year, eventually going on to play for<br />

Bedford Blues.<br />

Starting his coaching journey with Northampton’s academy in 2006,<br />

Hepher moved to <strong>Exeter</strong> three years later and was a key member of the<br />

staff which helped them earn promotion into the top flight.<br />

IN 2017 he stepped up to head coach, and within the past year that job<br />

has seen him taking on greater responsibility on a match-day, with director<br />

of rugby Rob Baxter stepping back from that aspect of his role.<br />

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CLUB NEWS<br />

The home of<br />

domestic rugby<br />

OBATOYINBO SIGNS UP FOR<br />

MORE<br />

Elliott Obatoyinbo will remain a <strong>Newcastle</strong> <strong>Falcons</strong> player until the<br />

end of next season after impressing during his short-term spell.<br />

The 24-year-old former Saracen has scored two tries in his five<br />

games since arriving in mid-September, starting at full-back in the<br />

recent 27-21 away win over Gloucester.<br />

Dotting down away to Leicester Tigers and at home to Sale Sharks<br />

in the Premiership Rugby Cup, the former Harrow and Stonyhurst<br />

school-boy said: “I’m really happy to have signed with the <strong>Falcons</strong>.<br />

“Everyone at the club has been very welcoming and I feel I have<br />

settled in quickly. There’s a lot of potential in the group and I’m<br />

excited about adding value to the team going forward.”<br />

Head coach Dave Walder said: “Elliott has fitted in well, he’s a skilful<br />

guy who beats players and he’s got that excitement factor about<br />

him.<br />

“He does the basics really well, he’s a positive character around the<br />

place and it’s great news for us that we have been able to extend<br />

his stay at the club.”<br />

SINFIELD MAKES KP STOP-<br />

OFF<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong> <strong>Falcons</strong> players and supporters were on hand to greet<br />

Kevin Sinfield as his incredible fundraising challenge saw him stop<br />

off at Kingston Park Stadium last week.<br />

The rugby league legend, who now coaches at Leicester Tigers, ran<br />

seven ultra marathons in seven days, smashing his target of raising<br />

£777,777 for motor neurone disease charities - seven being the shirt<br />

number of his Leeds Rhinos team-mate Rob Burrow.<br />

Kingston Park Stadium was plotted into the route in recognition of<br />

Doddie Weir’s links with <strong>Newcastle</strong> <strong>Falcons</strong>, whose entire playing<br />

squad interrupted their training day to give Sinfield and his team a<br />

guard of honour. Supporters, well-wishers and local school children<br />

were also on hand.<br />

Addressing the crowd, Sinfield said: “I can’t believe so many of you<br />

have come out in the pouring rain, but I’d have expected nothing<br />

less at a club with which Doddie Weir has been involved.<br />

“I’d like to thank the head coach Dave Walder for getting the<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong> <strong>Falcons</strong> squad here on a busy training day, and for<br />

everyone else who has come along to support the cause.”<br />

Text Kevin to 70143 to donate £7.<br />

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NORTHUMBERLAND RUGBY UNION<br />

BAY BELLES GO UNBEATEN<br />

From humble beginnings Whitley Bay Rockcliff U16s section has now grown<br />

very quickly to a squad of over 30 girls who have enjoyed what can only be<br />

described as a dream start to the season.<br />

As a team they have come together well, both on and off the pitch and have<br />

started to post some scores in matches. Whilst there is always room for<br />

improvement, seeing all boys out playing and enjoying encapsulates what is<br />

good about our game. They are starting to gel and both clubs could not be<br />

prouder of all their efforts and commitment.<br />

The girls were the only Northumberland team to venture South to the<br />

Stockton Festival where, against some stiff opposition, they ended the<br />

tournament unbeaten. They then backed this up in Northumberland at the<br />

Tynedale festival where they repeated the feat, once again being unbeaten<br />

across all their games.<br />

This has been an amazing unbeaten start to the season which is testament<br />

to the efforts of the coaches as well as all the players.<br />

BLYTON (ASHINGTON AND BLYTH<br />

U14S)<br />

Both Ashington and Blyth, as was the case for many other clubs, suffered<br />

a drop-off in numbers across a number of older ages groups during covid.<br />

Following the blueprint set out by other age grade teams in the County, this<br />

season they combined to form one U14s team.<br />

Combining teams is never easy and it has taken a big buy-in from clubs,<br />

parents/guardians, coaches and, most importantly, the players.<br />

They initially played four games against more established squads in Whitley<br />

Bay Rockliff, Northern, Gateshead and Alnwick in a cup game. Despite being<br />

well beaten in every game, the players never let their heads drop or stopped<br />

trying. They have embraced training and have started to enjoy playing for<br />

each other whilst all the time demonstrating all the TREDS principles.<br />

COUNTY RUGBY<br />

Congratulations to all the players who were successful in being nominated<br />

to be part of the squads for Northumberland RFU’s U18 Boys and Girls teams.<br />

Nominations will be opening shortly for the County U20s, and the new crop<br />

of players will have high standards to live up to after the success of the last<br />

group in winning the National Championship at Sixways Stadium last season.<br />

TEAM OF THE MONTH<br />

Northumberland RFU are once again indebted to <strong>Newcastle</strong> <strong>Falcons</strong> for their<br />

exceptionally generous support in providing the winners of the Team of the<br />

Month competition with the fabulous prize of 20 tickets at a <strong>Falcons</strong> home<br />

match of their choice.<br />

Entries will shortly be open for nominations for November and should<br />

be addressed to DeanGray@northumberlandrfu.co.uk . September and<br />

October’s winners were Whitley Bay Rockcliff U16 Girls and Blyton U14s.<br />

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TONIGHT<br />

NEWCASTLE FALCONS V EXETER CHIEFS<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong> <strong>Falcons</strong>’ 27-21 victory at Gloucester in Round 10 ended a run of<br />

three successive defeats in Gallagher Premiership Rugby.<br />

<strong>Exeter</strong> <strong>Chiefs</strong> beat London Irish 22-17 in Round 10 to end a three-game losing<br />

streak in Gallagher Premiership Rugby. The <strong>Chiefs</strong>’ only victory in their last<br />

four away games in Premiership Rugby was 50-14 at Bristol on October 7.<br />

<strong>Exeter</strong> have lost only once to <strong>Newcastle</strong> in any competition since January<br />

2018, and that was by a solitary point at Sandy Park in November 2021.<br />

<strong>Exeter</strong>’s record at Kingston Park in Premiership Rugby is won eight, lost two.<br />

.<br />

<strong>Exeter</strong> full-back Josh Hodge<br />

HARLEQUINS V GLOUCESTER<br />

Harlequins have won their last two Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixtures, at<br />

Sale and at home to London Irish, and have not won three in succession in<br />

the competition since April.<br />

Harlequins have been defeated in two of their last four<br />

home games at the Twickenham Stoop in Premiership<br />

Rugby.<br />

Gloucester Rugby have lost their last two Gallagher<br />

Premiership Rugby matches, at Sale and at home to<br />

<strong>Newcastle</strong>. Gloucester have won twice away from home in<br />

Premiership Rugby this campaign, at Bath in Round 5 and at<br />

London Irish in Round 7.<br />

The Londoners have won their last six encounters with<br />

Gloucester in Premiership Rugby since Gloucester’s 29-7<br />

victory at the Stoop in March 2019. Gloucester have won<br />

only once at the Stoop in Premiership Rugby since 2006.<br />

TOMORROW<br />

Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees<br />

SALE SHARKS V BRISTOL BEARS<br />

Sale Sharks’ 27-17 victory at home to Gloucester in Round<br />

9 ended a two-game losing run in Gallagher Premiership<br />

Rugby.<br />

The Sharks’ solitary defeat at Salford City Stadium in<br />

their last seven Premiership Rugby fixtures was 13-29 to<br />

Harlequins in Round 7.<br />

Bristol Bears have lost their last five Gallagher<br />

Premiership Rugby matches since beating London Irish<br />

at Ashton Gate on September 24. The Bears have not<br />

lost six in succession in the competition since they were<br />

relegated in season 2016/17.<br />

Bristol have won only once away from home in<br />

Premiership Rugby in the last 12 months: 23-8 at Wasps<br />

on September 17.<br />

Sale have lost just one of their last five fixtures against<br />

Bristol in Premiership Rugby: 15-32 at Ashton Gate on<br />

January 7.<br />

The Bears’ only previous victory at Salford City Stadium<br />

in Gallagher Premiership Rugby was by a single point, on<br />

their first ever visit, on New Year’s Day 2017.<br />

LEICESTER TIGERS V LONDON IRISH<br />

Leicester Tigers’ only victory in their last four Gallagher<br />

Premiership Rugby matches was 27-19 at Harlequins in<br />

Round 6.<br />

The Tigers’ defeat to Sale in their most recent home<br />

game in Premiership Rugby on October 8 ended a 14-<br />

game winning run in the competition at Mattioli Woods<br />

Welford Road.<br />

London Irish have won just once in Gallagher Premiership<br />

Rugby since the opening weekend: 47-38 at home to<br />

Bath in Round 4. The Exiles have lost their last six away<br />

games in the competition since beating <strong>Newcastle</strong> 42-14<br />

at Kingston Park on April 22.<br />

The Tigers have won their last three encounters with<br />

London Irish in Gallagher Premiership Rugby since their<br />

9-22 defeat at GTech Community Stadium in November<br />

2020.<br />

London Irish have won just once at Welford Road in any<br />

competition since 2003: 22-19 in Premiership Rugby in<br />

September 2014.<br />

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