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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.
Falcons in a ditch!
Shocking news from our valiant Falcons as they try to negotiate their way through foreign lands full of foreign people, to play a thoroughly decent and thoroughly British game of respectably violent sport with a funny shaped ball. Those who are familiar with novels about the Cold War years will recognise this for what it is, nothing more than yet another attempt by Vladimir Putin to disrupt honest British people, going peacefully about their own business.
“What is a club in any case?”
“Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it. It’s not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes.
Two decades of Falcons memories
For something a bit different to read over the festive break, BBC Newcastle Radio summariser Ian Smith recalls his ups and downs with Newcastle Falcons over more than twenty years. Those who have enjoyed his commentaries over the years will know that he knows more about Newcastle Falcons than seems possible. Read on and you will understand why.