Falcons Kick Off High

Friday night was a kick off night for the new rugby season. The Newcastle Falcons kicked off with a new member among them, Vereniki Goneva. He is debuting this year at the Aviva Premiership event. The new season debut game was scheduled against Sale Sharks on the opening night on Friday, 2nd September 2016.

Vereniki comes on board as a Fijian international player. He had been part of the list of players who were nominated for European Player of the Year. He has put in 44 tries among 92 appearances he made. These were during the four seasons he played at Leicester Tigers. He was part of the pre season matches played by Newcastle at Edinburgh where they won over teams like Doncaster Knights, Nottingham and Gala FC. Continue Reading “Falcons Kick Off High”

Newcastle Host Magic Weekends

Newcastle continues to play fine host for the Magic Weekend for Rugby League teams. The tenth weekend game did not show any falling of attendance at the St James Park, with attendance was sky high for the league match that was part of the two day festival.

It seems to have become part of the league’s calendar of events now. If you look back to 2007 when it all started, the situation was similar as it is today. The Millennium stadium in Cardiff had been full with about thirty thousand people – even though the game was between Harlequins and Catalans Dragons, the stadium sold out. Continue Reading “Newcastle Host Magic Weekends”

Venditti returns to Italy

After a frustrating season with the Falcons, Giovanbattista Venditti is returning home to play for the Italian rugby union club Zebre. Last season, the Italian winger featured only on nine occasions for the Premiership side.

Meanwhile, Newcastle Falcons have signed Vereniki Goneva to play out wide in the 2016-17 season. Earlier this year, Venditti was left out of the Italian team for the Six Nations Championship. He was seeking an opportunity to make his way into the plans of Italy’s new coach Connor O’Shea.

Newcastle director Dean Richards has extended his gratitude to Giamba (Venditti) and said that the team has enjoyed working with him. Richards also pointed out Venditti’s lack of opportunities to play in the first-team had affected his place in the national squad. Keeping that in mind, the chance to play for Zebre has come at a good time.

Richards went on to say that Newcastle Falcons have plenty of talents who can assume the role as a winger, but everybody thanks Vendetti for the effort he has put in at the club.

Two Falcons in Team of the Year

Although Newcastle Falcons may have been struggling at the bottom of the points table, two of their players have caught the attention this season. The Newcastle Falcons duo Mark Wilson and Rob Vickers have been named in the Team of the Season.

Falcons’ loosehead prop Rob Vickers, who played his 200th game for the club, has earned his place after his brilliant performance this season dotting down five tries, more than any other forward in the competition. Wilson, on the other hand, was selected after having a wonderful season making 230 tackles, more than any other players in the Aviva Premiership.

The Team of the Season features Jack Nowell (Exeter), Ollie Devoto (Bath), Alex Goode (Saracens), Peter Betham (Leicester), Jimmy Gopperth (Wasps), Rob Vickers (Newcastle Falcons), Will Chudley (Exeter), Telusa Veainu (Leicester), Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons), Jake Cooper-Woolley (Wasps), Tommy Taylor (Sale), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Don Armand (Exeter), James Horwill (Harlequins), and George Smith (Wasps).

Meanwhile, Newcastle Falcons pair Andrew Davidson and Callum Chick will start their campaigns at the Junior World Championship on Tuesday. Davidson, who joined the Falcons from Warriors, is a part of the Scottish U20 squad.

Young back in the set-up of England Saxons

The Falcons scrum-half Micky Young will look to repeat his former glories if he could make it to the starting XV in a game where England Saxons will take on South Africa A. The 27-year-old Falcons scrum-half was a member of the 2010 and 2011 Saxons squad that won back-to-back Churchill Cups.

Seven players in the starting XV have senior international experience with Kieran Brookes having made 16 appearances and Danny Cipriani with 14 appearances. England Saxons coach Ali Hepher sounded confident and said that they are pleased with the way the squad is progressing together.

The objective of this tour is to find out how the players are developing and performing on the international level. Hepher also laid stress upon playing smart and accurate rugby in a fearless way without holding back.

The England Saxons squad features Lewington (London Irish), Devoto (Bath), Cipriani (Wasps), Rokoduguni (Bath), Robson (Wasps), Tompkins (Saracens), Haley (Sale), Taylor (Wasps), Hepburn (Exeter), Attwood (Bath), Brookes (Northampton), Jones (Wasps), Kvesic (Gloucester), Armand (Exeter), Ewels (Bath).

On the bench: Harrison (Sale), Wade (Wasps), James (Sale), Young (Newcastle), Ewers (Exeter), Cooper-Woolley (Wasps), McGuigan (Newcastle), Lees (Exeter)