Scottish international hooker Scott Lawson has agreed a new two-year contract with Newcastle Falcons.
Since arriving at Kingston Park from London Irish at the start of the 2013/14 season, Lawson has made 46 appearances, 39 of which were starts.
The hooker missed only two of the club's fixtures last season, playing a total of 1,229 minutes and earning a nomination for the fans’ Star of the Season award as a result.
Having been here for two years and at the start of something, it’s really good to be involved in the continuation of getting the Falcons back to where they want to be. A longer stay was something I wanted to happen and now that it has, it feels good to be valued as part of that process.
I’m delighted from a professional and personal point of view about staying at Newcastle. As soon as my family moved here it was a quite good fit and we all settled in well, so it’s nice that this will be home for a while longer.
Scotty has been an important person in our squad since his arrival, which so much experience both at Aviva Premiership and international level. He brings with him all the ability and commitment you’d expect from someone of his calibre.
He’s contribution goes beyond what he does on the field himself, with the younger hookers at the club benefiting from having him around. It’s great news that he’ll be here with us for another couple of years.
Newcastle Falcons have announced the signing of Argentine international Belisario Agulla.
The 27-year-old, who has to date received 11 caps for Los Pumas, moves to the North East after four years with Top 14 side Agen.
Capable of playing at Centre, Wing or Full Back, Agulla began his career with Buenos Aires-based side Hindú while also playing for Pampas XV in South Africa’s Vodacom Cup.
The younger brother of Bath back Horacio, Agulla now arrives at Kingston Park Stadium where he will join up with countrymen Gonzalo Tiesi and Juan Pablo Socino.
We're pleased to welcome Belisario to the club, not only is he a versatile player who can play at either wing or centre but he adds further international strength to the squad.
Belisario is a talented, fast and dynamic player who we’re certain will suit our pitch and who we’re sure will complement our existing group of players."
Speaking shortly after his arrival in the North East Agulla said he's very happy to be here and joining the Falcons.
I like to run with the ball in hand, and to do anything I can to help my team win. If doing that gets me some tries along the way then that's great."
Having arrived in the North East less than a week ago, Agulla had high hopes of what to expect after speaking with countrymen and fellow Falcons Gonzalo Tiesi and Juan Pablo Socino.
They've told me lots of nice things about Newcastle and the club and so far from what I’ve seen it’s a very nice city, but there’s still a lot for me to explore."
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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.
"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.”
Kolo’ofai will represent Tonga in the upcoming Rugby World Cup after a late call up to the national squad.
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