This Season Takulua Expecting Big From Newcastle Falcons

Sonatane Takulua believes a collective purpose and unity, along with an enhanced pool for playing, can help Newcastle Falcons to propel up this season in the table of Aviva Premiership this season.


The eighth-placed finish of the Falcons was their highest ranking in the league in 11 seasons, they have played, Takulua who is among their star with trees of six Premiership turns up and a strike rate of goal-kicking of 88%, based on minimum of 20 attempts, in the division this is the second-highest.

He spent the summer helping Tonga to secure their place at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. And now he returns to Tyneside to gear up for the Aviva Premiership start at home to Worcester Warriors on 1st September.

26-year-old player said, “At the Newcastle, the big thing for me is the culture,” he was part of a contingent who is hosting a barbeque of traditional Pacific Islands for players of the Falcons and the staff of the club last week. Continue Reading “This Season Takulua Expecting Big From Newcastle Falcons”

NEWCASTLE RUGBY LEAGUE: INJURED CHRIS ADAMS EYES RETURN

Chris Adam, Lakes skipper will on Thursday, undergo a fitness test to determine if he would be fit to line up for the Seagulls at the Peacock Field this weekend against Macquarie.


The player who has been named NSW Country player of the year in two times was called up in 2016 by the Newcastle Knights.

This season however has seen him sidelined for the most of it due to a fractured wrist he suffered from.

Dean Noonan, Lakes coach who broke the news noted that the player could be cleared to play but he would remain on the side of caution.

“Chris is going to see [sports doctor] Neil Halpin tomorrow so we’ll find out after that,” Noonan said.

“He could be cleared, but I’ll be erring on the side of caution.”

The injury besieged the 30 year old hooker in round one, causing him to miss the next week, before failing to finish their third encounter on May 7.

The coach noted that where Adams is fit to return, it would be the perfect timing especially as Luke Huth who debuted last weekend at dummy-half, asked to play Knights’ under 20s on Sunday.

“He [Adams] would be very handy as Macquarie will be a big test for us.” Noonan said.

According to Noonan, Casey Burgess would most likely be the replacement No. 9. Continue Reading “NEWCASTLE RUGBY LEAGUE: INJURED CHRIS ADAMS EYES RETURN”

Changes At Kingston Park This Season

John Welsh states that there are lots of changes planned for Newcastle Falcons this season, which is exciting for someone playing in the prop position like him.


There has been recent news about seven recruits lined up for the forthcoming season to infuse new blood into the team. As a result there are lots of new changes being planned at Kingston Park, which is the main venue for Newcastle Falcons.

About seven new recruits have been introduced at Kingston Park that includes the likes of Sami Mavinga from Lyon as well as Gary Graham, Chris Harris, Jon Welsh and others. While some players might not be new but their contract renewals will certainly help to strengthen the forward row ranks of the club. The club has been at bottom position for Premiership as they lost their place during the season spanning 2012 to 2013. Continue Reading “Changes At Kingston Park This Season”

RICHARDS – THE CONDITIONS OF PLAY WEREN’T GREAT

The Director of Rugby for the Newcastle Falcons, Dean Richards has made it known that there was no other options that to halt the game between the Newport Gwent Dragons and the Newcastle Falcons which saw Newcastle in an early lead as they struck home 6-18.


Damp pitch and a continuous heavy rain threatened to disrupt the game as it began at the Rodney Parade. However, the tumultuous rain which seemed hell-bent on continuing all afternoon, forced the officials to bring the game to an end just 12 minutes before time.

However, with the game having gone past the 60-minute set mark, the 18-6 lead by the Falcons was allowed to stand as the final result of the game. Fortunately, the victory is their first victory since the beginning of the Anglo-Welsh Cup competition.

Within ten minutes of the start of the game, tries from Mark Wilson, and Belisario Agulla was enough proof that the Falcons would be taking home the spoils of the game. Continue Reading “RICHARDS – THE CONDITIONS OF PLAY WEREN’T GREAT”

KIERAN BROOKES HANDED BAN AFTER NEWCASTLE LOSS

Last Friday had seen Northampton in a 22-16 loss to Newcastle. However, that was not the only thing Northampton was to lose as they also have lost their player, Kieran Brookes to a two weeks “charging” ban.


Brookes, who had joined Northampton from Newcastle last season, admitted charging into a ruck without the use of his arms, thus leading to his ban.

The 26 year old who was sent off during the match, had appeared before a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday where he pleaded guilty.

The England tight head prop will miss the Premiership game against Leicester on Saturday, and also their Champions Cup game against Leinster.

Brookes charged into the ruck, thereby using his shoulder to strike the head of Scott Lawson, Newcastle hooker inadvertently. He was dismissed in the 38th minute of the game.

His ban would end on the 13th of December.

Also, Newcastle lock, Calum Green had struck Brookes with his forearm in the same match. And while the incident had been missed by the referee, Andrew Jackson, it was cited by the citing commissioner. Continue Reading “KIERAN BROOKES HANDED BAN AFTER NEWCASTLE LOSS”

Newcastle Thunder To Repeat Style

According to Newcastle Thunder coach, they have no intention to change the style of play even though style hardly suite the current league.


According to coach Mick Mantelli, they are planning to win League One game. And they want to follow the style they have been following all along.

The coach admits that the level of rugby they play is better suited to a higher level. But he is not in a mood to compromise. He instructed the players to follow the same style and get better at it. They are all set to play in the final of the League One Shield. They will be taking on North Wales Crusaders at the Kingston Park on coming Sunday.

Is it all about the competition? No, for them it is a chance to get a promotion by one point. They couldn’t make the Super 8s and now they plan to improve their position instead. As for Mantelli, he took charge of the club only in last October. According to him, they have been playing Championship rugby and no less. He admits to the fact that they didn’t aim for controlling game during this season. And he is aware of the fact that the style they have been following is better suited to the tier above. But he is confident that this move will only help the team to excel. Continue Reading “Newcastle Thunder To Repeat Style”