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.
He further added that, “It was good already, but it is getting better. The players who are senior in the club are helping the new and younger talents, here we all help each other and this support is not just limited to field only, but it extends to off-the-field as well. Each one in the club is close to other and the bond among them is really a stand-out.”
The summer signings include Josh Matavesi Fijian international center, Ryan Burrows Yorkshire Carnegie captain, Toby Flood fly-half, record try-scorer of Canada DTH Van Der Merwe and Maxime Mermoz the winner of French title winner for three times. Thus the expectations from the team is really high and the team too looks extremely positive and in good form.