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Homer's Iliad 1
Sing, O goddess, the anger of Achilles son of Peleus, that brought countless ills upon the Achaeans. Many a brave soul did it send hurrying down to Hades, and many a hero did it yield a prey to dogs and vultures, for so were the counsels of Jove fulfilled from the day on which the son of Atreus, king of men, and great Achilles, first fell out with one another.
How was it for you darling?
We have just witnessed the best season as Falcons supporters for a very long time, and it is safe to assume that we are all pretty happy bunnies and looking forward to next season. That should put us in a jolly good mood, just the right frame of mind for looking back & jotting down what could have been better.
The greatest club in the world
As a Falcons fan of 22 years, I’ve seen some fantastic wins.
To cap it all
In an article in The Rugby Paper this week it was mentioned that we have the second lowest spend on players in the league, yet here we are in the top end of the table, mixing it with the big boys. So is it all about money after all?
Sportnetwork had a cull this morning, of all sites that hadn’t updated a story for the last 2 weeks or so. I feel a bit hard done by as there was no leeway at all given this time, no gentle reminder, just zap, and it was gone. 14 days, 12 hours, get lost.
Deano stay or Deano go?
If ever a silence could be described as deafening then surely this is it. Nearing the end of the best season that Newcastle Falcons have had in two decades, still we don’t know if the pivotal character in this drama will be with us next season.
Head injury assessment adopted into law
World Rugby has adopted temporary substitution for head injuries at the elite level into Law 3.10, further underscoring the governing body’s commitment to evidence-based research driving player welfare enhancements for players at all levels of the sport. World Rugby's number-one priority is player welfare and any clear signs or symptoms of concussion or suspected concussion - at all levels of the game - must result in the immediate and permanent removal of players from the playing or training environment as highlighted within the organisation's #RecogniseAndRemove education campaign.
The top 4 run-in
With six games to go in the Premiership this season, the Falcons have made it into the top four. The next question is, can we stay there?
From the history books: Falcons upset the history books
After going more than 12 years without a win at home to Bath from 2003 to 2016, the Falcons are looking to swoop on a third successive home victory over the Bathplugs this Friday night. A look back at the first win in the sequence back in January 2016:
Walking the Haggis for Doddie
The rugby family. It is an expression that you hear used, but what does it mean? Well this week that became clear, as former Falcons players came from far and wide to make a fifty mile walk from Scotland to Kingston Park, carrying a haggis inside a rugby ball, to raise money and public awareness to support former Scotland and Falcons big man Doddie Weir as he faces up to Motor Neurone Disease.