Dean Richards, the Director of Rugby of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Newcastle Falcons has blasted the referee following his side’s 18-0 defeat at the hands of the Northampton Saints during the club’s Aviva Premiership encounter this weekend.
Having seen his side get the raw end of the whistle on several occasions as the Falcons suffered a defeat by two tries to none and the boss was visibly upset with the one way pattern in which the penalties were handed.
And according to most rugby critics and experts, Richards certainly had a point in his rant. In the first half itself, referee Richards, who was the designated match official, penalized the Falcons almost off the park during a period when the away team was heroically defending their own scoring area.
And the Newcastle Falcons stated that he thought his players were absolutely fantastic on the day, adding that they had their backs against the wall in the first half thanks to some very poor decisions from the referee. He also hailed the performance of the boys in defense, adding that it was nothing short of heroic.
He also blasted the assistant referees in the match adding that they needed to be looked at as well because it is not possible for them to come to conclusions that they have come to.
And despite having no score on the board to show for their efforts, the Newcastle Falcons came away from the match with a lot of credit against a Northampton Saints side that was bolstered by the return of almost all their stars from England duty. And Richards will have plenty to look forward to in the future if his players can replicate performances that they showed against the England internationals on the books of the Saints.
Dean Richards will hold back till following tomorrow’s match at Leicester before determining whether or not to include to his Newcastle Falcons team. The rugby director has been sheared of midfield numbers following injury enforced retirement of Tane Tu’ipulotu and the conclusion to loan Scotland player Michael Tait to Edinburgh.
Questioned whether or not he would dip in the transfer market, Dean Richards told that it depends on a number of things. He wanted to see how the boys come through the next match and they would decide from there whether or not to look at introducing another body.
Having sanctioned Michael’s come back north of the border that saw the ex under twenty’s cap spread on the sielines against Newport Gwent Dragons. He told that Michael got the scope to go up and play rugby at Edinburgh; therefore, he is up there now on a month’s trial.
He added that this is fantastic from his point of view, and the scope to get some game time in the Rabodirect Pro12 would be great for him.
It is expected that Newcastle would be again without Samoan Jamie Helleur for Aviva Premiership assignment tomorrow at the Welford Road, having been shook in the league opening match against Bath.
Dean Richards told that Jamie suffered a heavy bang to the head. Therefore, he would expect that he would get the full 3 weeks to recover from that. During his absence, Danny Barnes and Adam Powell formed a good looking midfield pack in 15 – 14 win at Sale.
Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Newcastle Falcons have completed the signing of French prop forward Frank Montanella, strengthening their options in the front row as they get ready for their return to the top flight of English domestic rugby after a year absent from it.
The 31 year old player was part of the London Welsh side last season and was a success story for the club in spite of the club being relegated to the Rugby Football Union Championship at the end of the season and has put pen to paper on a two year deal with the Kingston Park club. Continue Reading “Newcastle Falcons sign prop Montanella”
The Newcastle Falcons is a professional Rugby Football Union club that will play in the Aviva Premiership from the 2013-14 season, the top tier of domestic rugby in England, after securing promotion from the Rugby Football Union Championship in the recently concluded season. The club, originally founded in 1877 as Gosforth Football Club, underwent several name changes before settling in Newcastle Gosforth till 1996, before it was changed again to the current name.
The club was founded by some members of the Old Boys of Durham School and the name Gosforth was taken from a region near the Newcastle upon Tyne zone. The club made the move to a new stadium in 1955 at North Road, where they would stay till 1990. This was a period of immense success for the club and they achieved various feats that are till unmatched to this day.
Gosforth FC used to play in the Green and White hoops, similar to Celtic Football Club before they made the switch to their current colors. The Newcastle Falcons proved to be the supply line for players for many of the counties and provided a strong base of players for the North of England sides as well as the British and Irish Lions. Having been renamed to Newcastle Gosforth in 1990, the club changed its name to its current rendition in 1996 and the following season, went on to win the Premiership.
The Newcastle Falcons became the first fully professional rugby union club in the world but several problems haunted the club for much of the last twenty years and culminated in the side being relegated to the second division the season before last. However, the club bounced back on the back of some shrewd transfers and won the RFU Championship to return to the Premiership after one year.
James Hudson, the lock for the Rugby Football Union Championship side the Newcastle Falcons has insisted that he is fully committed to the cause of the team as it pushes for an immediate promotion to the Aviva Premiership despite having already signed a deal that will see him turn out for Gloucester Rugby in the Premiership next season. The 31 year old is a former captain of the club, having handed over the armband to winger Will Welch this season and has made 11 starts and 5 substitute appearances in the RFU Championship this season.
And having confirmed his impending switch to Kingsholm, the former forward player for the London Irish and Bath Rugby stated that he has enjoyed his time in Newcastle immensely and will leave with fond memories. He went on to state that the Newcastle Falcons have been a huge part of his life over the last few years and mentioned that he is 100% committed in playing his part so that the club regains its status as a Premiership club before he leaves.
He also mentioned that the main reason he chose to sign for The Cherry and Whites was because he felt it was time to move on. Hudson made 51 appearances in the Aviva Premiership for the Newcastle Falcons and a further 13 appearances for the club in Europe. He captained the club to the final of the 2011 Anglo Welsh Cup where they lost 34-7 to his new club.
Hudson will once again link up with Paul Moriarty at Gloucester; the Welshman was the forwards coach for The Falcons at Kingston Park before taking up the role at Kingsholm and Hudson will once again get to play for the man he believes got the best out of him during his time at Newcastle.
Newcastle Falcons have limited their focus as they prepare to travel to Rotherham tomorrow. They aim to get accustomed to Clifton lane’s limited dimensions. The team is very much concerned about the venue’s lack of enough width. They have therefore tried to reflect on that as they prepare for their trip. This was revealed by the team’s winger, Andy Higgins saying that they have already taken their tape measures to the Kingston Park. The former England player said that he played at the venue in 1999. He also noted that even though they’ve changed grounds a couple of times during their spells they have gone back into their customary home again.
The player was also quick to note that they have been practicing with smaller fields in order to get accustomed to the limited width at Clifton. They have also tried to make their field the same width. He says that they are aware of exactly what they need to apply and the function of a winger changes slightly if there is limited room out wide. It is simply just essentials like keeping the space as well as running straight. He also notes that you have to consider the available space so that it does not catch you by surprise when you go down there.
Higgins also added that since they expect a real test at Rotherham, they are fully prepared to put up a good fight. However, he recognized the capabilities of their opponents claiming that they are a big team and therefore can’t be underestimated. Huggins also noted that Rotherham play with great ambition sometimes, and they offer a great offloading side. He however maintained that they have done enough practice and therefore they will put enough resistance. Newcastle Falcons expect to repeat their brilliant performance against Cornish Pirates.