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Newcastle Falcons resume their campaign in rugby union's premiership on Saturday, with a trip away to London irish.
The Falcons are currently in 11th place in the table, while the Exiles are in 10th.
Newcastle Director of Rugby Dean Richards has been looking ahead to the match:
Newcastle Falcons' Director of Rugby Dean Richards has agreed a new three year contract that will extend his tenure at the club till June 2018.
Richards joined the club in 2012 and in his first season guided the club to promotion back in to the Aviva Premiership.
Season 2013-14 saw the Falcons achieve their aim of staying in the Premiership.
The current season has seen the club already amass more points and tries than the previous campaign as well as a place in the European Challenge Cup quarter finals.
“I’m delighted to have agreed this extension at the club. We are building a strong and sustainable club here at Newcastle and I’m particularly pleased at how the players, coaching staff and off-field staff have bought into our vision. We have come a fair way over the past three years but there is still a great deal of work to do before we start to realise our potential. However I am confident that the club is in good shape and we will really start to see the benefits of a lot of good work over the next few seasons."
We are very pleased that Dean has agreed to continue as Director of Rugby for the next three years. As the most successful Director of Rugby in Premiership history he brings tremendous experience, knowledge as well as a winning mentality to the club. He is central to the continued growth of Newcastle Falcons over what will be a very exciting period for the club game in England. What he understands better than anyone is how to balance the longer term planning with the need to put in the right performance on the next weekend’s game. His work in bringing through quality, young English qualified players is already starting to have an impact performance wise for the first team. Similarly the culture that he has instilled throughout the team and coaching staff is first class and is something will continue to develop and benefit Newcastle Falcons moving forward.”
Newcastle Falcons are expecting a tough encounter against Premiership side Leicester Tigers this weekend.
The Falcons face Leicester at Kingston Park on Sunday. Speaking ahead of the game, Falcons boss Dean Richards said:
They love to dominate up front so whatever happens our pack is going to have to be up for it on the day.
Newcastle Falcons fullback Alex Tait says the club are 'desperate for a win' ahead of this weekend's Premiership clash with Saracens.
The Falcons are 10th in the Premiership table but haven't won a league game since they beat London Welsh on January 10.
Newcastle Falcons have announced the signing of Tonga international Sonatane Takulua.
The 24-year-old scrum-half has agreed terms that will see him move to Kingston Park for the remainder of this season and for the 2015/16 campaign.
Takulua has five caps for Tonga and has spent the last two seasons playing for Northland in the ITM Cup in New Zealand.
Relishing the challenge of playing in the Aviva Premiership, Takulua said:
My dream of playing full time rugby is finally coming true. It's been a lot of hard work and sacrifice but I’m delighted to be at Newcastle.
Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards is 'delighted' that centre Adam Powell has committed his future to the club.
The 28-year-old has signed a two-year contract extension with the Falcons, keeping him at Kingston Park until at least 2017.
Director of Rugby, Dean Richards, said:
Delighted Adam's decided to stay with us for another few years.
He's one of these boys who just loves watching rugby, playing it and you can't get him away from the game.
Newcastle Falcons centre Adam Powell has signed a new two-year deal with the Premiership club.
The 28-year-old, who joined the Falcons from Saracens in March 2013, will now remain at Kington Park until at least 2017.
Speaking of his new contract, Powell said:
It’s good, I’m happy to have signed for another two years and I’m really enjoying it here at the moment so I’m glad to stay.
Originally signed on a short-term deal until the end of the 2013-14 season, Powell has since made 52 appearances for the Falcons and has become a regular in the first XV.
Newcastle Falcons suffered an away defeat to top five side Exeter Chiefs.
The Falcons were 32-3 down at half time with the home side going three points up in as many minutes.
The final scoreline of Exeter Chiefs 46-17 Newcastle Falcons leaves the Falcons 11th in the table.