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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

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

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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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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.

Wilkinson drops the World Cup

Jonny Wilkinson Credit: PA

England World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson was left red-faced when he dropped the World Cup at an event in Newcastle.

The stumble was greeted with a huge gasp from the onlooking crowd as the base of the Webb Ellis Cup gave way.

Rugby World Cup winner Wilkinson was at Newcastle Racecourse to mark a year to the day that the competition is played in the city.

South Africa will play Scotland in the first St James' Park fixture in October 2015.

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Jonny Wilkinson comes to Newcastle

onny Wilkinson during the Heineken Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

Rugby World Cup 2003 winner and England Rugby 2015 ambassador Jonny Wilkinson is in Newcastle to mark one year to go until the first Rugby World Cup 2015 match, South Africa v Scotland, is played at St James' Park.

The one year to go milestone also coincides with the city hosting their regional 'Try Outs'; the selection events for 'The Pack', the 6,000 Rugby World Cup 2015 volunteers that will help to welcome the world to England and the Game of rugby next year.

Jonny Wilkinson will be in attendance at the event, along with the Webb Ellis Cup, to meet volunteers and experience the selection process first hand, having helped launch the search for the volunteers back in February.

Falcons Falter in European Challenge Cup

Newcastle Falcons have had a setback in their bid to reach the knock-out stage of the European Challenge Cup.

Falcons lost to French side, Brive, by 9 points to 7 at Kingston Park tonight (Thursday).

Around two and a half thousand supporters at Kingston Park watched a frustrating match.

Falcons scored the only try of the game, but Brive went through thanks to three penalties - in a match of inconsistent refereeing decisions.

With the qualifying group tight, tonight's tie was effectively a 'winner takes all' contest for a place in the Quarter-Finals.

Brive now head Pool 3, with one round of games to play.

NEWCASTLE FALCONS 7 BRIVE 9

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