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Kolo’ofai leaves Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle Falcons have confirmed that Uili Kolo’ofai has left the club by mutual agreement between the two parties.

Kolo’ofai signed for the Falcons in summer 2014 from French side US Colomiers but as a result of injury made only three appearances.

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"Uili has had a frustrating season with regards to injuries and we share his disappointment about the amount of game time he has missed as a result.

“As a club we need to encourage consistency within the squad and although Uili has made a significant contribution when he has appeared for the club both parties agreed that it is necessary to part ways to ensure that consistency.

“Uili leaves with our very best wishes for the Rugby World Cup and beyond, and our thanks for his contribution to the club both on and off the field during his year in the North East.”

– Director of Rugby Dean Richards

Kolo’ofai will represent Tonga in the upcoming Rugby World Cup after a late call up to the national squad.


Richards to lead Falcons for three more years

Dean Richards Credit: PA

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."

– Director of Rugby Dean Richards

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.”

– Chairman Semore Kurdi

Falcons expecting tough Premiership clash

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.

– Dean Richards, Director of Rugby at Newcastle Falcons


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

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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