The Newcastle Falcons were relegated from the rugby union premiership after 15 years last season. This year, they have made a good start, winning their first two games in the championship.
However, their Director of Rugby Dean Richards admitted they are still adjusting to life in the lower league - and player Jimmy Gopperth said it is looking like a hard season ahead.
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Kader Mangane has joined Sunderland on loan until the end of the season
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has spoken about the club's newest recruit - Alfred N'Diaye