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Nagusa back to face Toulon
Fiji No 8 Nemani Nagusa returns to Newcastle Falcons’ side for Friday’s Heineken Champions Cup visit of French club RC Toulon to Kingston Park Stadium (kick-off 7.45pm). The summer signing started in the Falcons’ last two victories over Bath and Northampton but left the field early into the Champions Cup defeat against Edinburgh, Nagusa being joined by fit-again winger Sinoti Sinoti for the final group-stage clash. The Falcons make just one further change as fit-again hooker George McGuigan comes in for Kyle Cooper, while positional switches see Tom Arscott moving from wing to full-back, Gary Graham sliding from blind-side to open-side and Ryan Burrows moving from No 8 to blind-side.
Rugby, as seen by Bertie Wooster.
This sort of has a Christmas theme, is about rugby, and should keep the message board alive for a couple of weeks. It might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but I hope some of you find it bloody funny. Have a good Christmas.
Team news v Gloucester Sun 23rd Dec - Matavesi Returns
Josh Matavesi returns from a three-and-a-half-month injury lay-off as Newcastle Falcons host Gloucester in Sunday’s Gallagher Premiership clash at Kingston Park Stadium. The Fijian international was a mainstay of the side which reached three semi-finals last season but suffered an ankle injury in the second game of the current campaign, Matavesi replacing the injured Johnny Williams in a team showing five changes from the one which hosted Edinburgh last weekend. Alex Tait replaces the injured Sinoti Sinoti on the left wing, Samoan international Logovi’i Mulipola returning to fitness to start at tight-head prop. Calum Green is back having been a late withdrawal last weekend, Gary Graham coming into a rejigged back row with the injured Nemani Nagusa missing out.
Team news: Falcons name side to face Edinburgh
Ryan Burrows captains Newcastle Falcons against Edinburgh in the Scottish capital on Friday night as they aim to build on their position at the top of Heineken Champions Cup pool five. The Falcons have won both of their group games in Europe’s top-tier competition after defeating Toulon and Montpellier, Friday’s trip to BT Murrayfield coming in a run which has seen just one defeat in their last eight matches in all competitions. Adam Radwan starts on the left wing after being the top try-scorer in last season’s European Challenge Cup, centre Chris Harris featuring at the venue where he played two of Scotland’s autumn internationals. Brett Connon starts at fly-half having landed a long-range penalty in an impressive cameo from the bench during last weekend’s victory at Northampton, Tonga captain Sonatane Takulua partnering him in the half-backs. Adam Brocklebank and George McGuigan come into the front row after impressing from the bench last weekend, Fiji lock Tevita Cavubati drafted in less than a fortnight after starting for his national team in their historic victory over France. Gary Graham returns to Murrayfield having trained there with the Scotland squad during their recent autumn tests, Callum Chick starting at No 8 having scored the dramatic winning try during the Falcons’ Champions Cup victory over Montpellier.
Mark Wilson as if you needed to know
This is some basic info about the man Back-row Mark Wilson joined the Falcons full-time in the summer of 2010. A former student at Northumbria University, Cumbrian Wilson played his first rugby for local club Kendal, before making the move across the Pennines. A captain of England Students in the 2009-10 season, Wilson made three appearances for the Falcons that season in the LV= Cup, having been loaned from Blaydon. After a fantastic first full season at Kingston Park in which he made 29 appearances, the South Cumbrian won the Academy Player of the Season award.In July 2016, Wilson signed a four-year deal with Newcastle Falcons, committing to the side until the 2019-20 season.In May 2017 he was invited to a training camp with the senior England squad by Eddie Jones and made his debut in the 1st summer test against Argentina.As of the 2018/2019 Champions Cup, Wilson has had 34 European Cups appearances scoring 10 tries. source https://www.ultimaterugby.com/mark-wilson
Watching from afar. Why Falcons?
Having volunteered 6months ago to write a story for the board, I have finally gotten round to putting fingers to keyboard…. So why Newcastle falcons? For probably the vast majority of the members of this forum, this is an easy question to answer as the Falcons are your local team. So why did I start to follow the Falcons when I live in Sussex?
A new experience and an old friendly face
6 OCT KO 15.00 Gallagher Premiership Sale 20 V 7 Newcastle Falcons That tells it's own story. But the real story was getting up at 6:30am to get the dog out and excercised and toileted before heading to KP for a 9am bus departure. I was travelling solo as a result of a last minute decision to secure a seat on the Supporters bus to Sale. For those who have never done this you should read on and see if you would like it. I booked my seat by ringing Keith and he did the mental arythmetic to ensure I could get on the bus, then it was just down to me to sort myself out to get myself to Kingston Park with all I would need for the day .
Five games into the season & we are not looking too pretty, or are we? It has been a tough old start to the season, and results across the Premiership suggest that it is going to be a really tight season, with all twelve teams truly competitive.
The New Season
Flood was born in Frimley, Surrey. Both of his grandfathers were actors. His paternal grandfather, Gerald Flood, featured in the television drama series The Ratcatchers. His maternal grandfather was German actor Albert Lieven, who appeared in The Guns of Navarone, and his maternal grandmother was English actress Susan Shaw. Flood's father, Tim, is the programme and marketing manager of the Customs House Theatre, South Shields. Flood was brought up in Morpeth, Northumberland where he attended Chantry School. He also went to the Kings School in Tynemouth. Flood graduated from Northumbria University in 2007 with a degree in business management and has also undertaken a Graduate Diploma in Law, in preparation for his planned post-rugby career as a lawyer.
Steve Tolfrey - A tribute
Today we gathered to pay our respects to Steve Tolfrey, known to many on here as Barbancet. Fittingly for the man, it was not to remember a life that has passed, it was a celebration of a life that was lived. Yes he will be missed, that goes without saying as somebody who was so much involved with all things Falcons, but much more importantly he will be remembered, and that is what today was about.