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Falcons sign Tonga international Takulua

Sonatane Takulua of Tonga (centre) in action during an International Friendly match at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester Credit: Scott Heavey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

– Sonatane Takulua, Newcastle Falcons

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Richards 'delighted' over Powell contract extension

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.

– Dean Richards, Director of Rugby at Newcastle Falcons

Powell signs Falcons contract extension

Newcastle Falcons Adam Powell looks for a way past London Welsh's Seb Jewell (left) and Koree Britton Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

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.

– Adam Powell, Newcastle Falcons

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.

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Falcons beat Gloucester to continue Premiership revival

Newcastle Falcons recorded their third win in four Premiership games by beating Gloucester 20-10 at Kingston Park last night.

A Sinoti Sinoti try and five Rory Clegg penalties proved enough to secure victory for the home side in front of 6,512 spectators - the club's biggest crowd of the season so far.

The result also lifted the Falcons up to 10th in the Premiership table.

Speaking after the game, Falcons' Director of Rugby Dean Richards said:

Great atmosphere tonight. Just under 7,000 people and it was buzzing. It really was buzzing.

– Dean Richards, Director of Rugby at Newcastle Falcons
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Wilkinson in Newcastle for Rugby World Cup countdown

England's Rugby World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson has been back in Newcastle to mark the countdown to next year's tournament.

It's exactly one year to go until St James' Park stages it's first game of Rugby World Cup 2015. New Zealand, South Africa and Scotland are the teams competing in Group matches at the stadium.

Wilkinson, who played for Newcastle Falcons from 1997 to 2009, was at Newcastle Racecourse today.

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