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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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Newcastle Falcons away to Exeter in the Premiership

After a fortnight of European rugby, the Newcastle Falcons are back to business in the Premiership, away to Exeter this weekend.

Exeter have established themselves in the top flight since promotion a few years ago and now compete at the top level of European rugby.

Director of Rugby Dean Richards said Exeter provide a decent blueprint for what the Falcons could also achieve.

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Will Welch remains as Falcons captain

Will Welch remains as captain Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Newcastle Falcons academy product Will Welch has been named as the captain for a second season in a row.

After helping guide the team to the Championship title last season Dean Richards has handed the captaincy to the 23 year old for the team's return to the Aviva Premiership.

Welch, a former RGS pupil, is entering his fifth season with the club having just signed a two year contract extension.

He'll lead the Falcons out for the start of the new season on Friday 6th September against Bath.

Welch: "Main objective is just getting promotion"

Newcastle Falcons captain Will Welch says winning promotion is the club's "main objective" and it doesn't matter how they achieve it.

The Falcons face Bedford Blues in the RFU Championship Playoff Final first leg tonight, with the return leg at Kingston Park on May 29th. Speaking ahead of the tie, Welch says the end result is all that matters.

He said: "We said from the beginning our main objective is just getting promotion and however we do that it doesn't really matter to me, we've just got to get up there."

Gopperth "relaxed" ahead of playoff final

Jimmy Gopperth says Newcastle Falcons are "relaxed" and "looking forward" to their RFU Championship Playoff Final first leg against Bedford Blues tonight.

The club travel to Goldington Road this evening and will be hoping to win promotion to the Premiership in the return leg at Kingston Park on Wednesday 29th May.

Gopperth, who is leaving the Falcons for Leinster at the end of the current campaign, says he hopes to end the season on a high.

The Fly-half said: "Nothing would please me better than to lift that trophy at the end of the two games and have the satisfaction that the boys are going to be back to where they belong and playing in the top flight."

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