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Championship News Bits July 2019


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July 23 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July News from around the Chmpionship

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22 July

Centre Shae signs for the Pirates

The Cornish Pirates can confirm that New Zealand-born centre Shae Tucker, aged 23, has signed a two-year contract with the club.

Growing up in Napier, Shae played junior rugby from an early age for the Taradale rugby club. He represented Hawkes Bay at all age grades in his youth besides playing three years for the successful Napier Boys’ High School 1st XV, a period during which he also, in 2013, played for Hurricanes Secondary Schools. Selected in the same year for New Zealand Secondary Schools’ wider squad, injury just before the final selection unluckily ruled him out.

Post school, Shae headed south to study at Otago University, where he made 50 appearances for their team. He was also honoured to represent the Otago Sevens side (2015/16), New Zealand Universities (2016), North Otago (2016 – in the NZ Heartland Championship), North Harbour (2017 – in the Mitre 10 Cup), and Hawkes Bay Magpies (2018 – in the Mitre 10 Cup).

Completing university, and having graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and with a minor in Classical History, on arrival in England Shae is looking forward to of interest return to his roots. His father was born in London and his grandparents still live in Billericay, Essex, whilst he also has an uncle and aunt and several cousins who live here.

Delighted to add Shae to the squad, Cornish Pirates’ Director of Rugby Chris Stirling has commented:

“We are very excited to welcome Shae to the Pirates. A player who has all the attributes to succeed in professional rugby, he will also provide increased depth and competition in our midfield.”

Looking forward to representing the team, Shae himself said:

“Having most my family in the UK, it has been a dream of mine to go back and experience where my roots came from and to play some enterprising good footy. I am also really excited at the prospect of donning the Cornish Pirates jersey, and with pride.”

 

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22 July

 

Coventry Rugby  announced the appointment of Ross Stewart as the club's new Academy Manager.



The appointment of Stewart, who brings a wealth of experience in elite player development and talent identification, is a major statement of intent by Coventry Rugby as the club continues working towards the ambition of developing more home-grown talent. 

Stewart joins from Northampton Saints, where as Player Pathway Manager he was instrumental in bringing through some of the club's highly-rated young players, from World Rugby Under-20 Championship winners to current Premiership stars. 

A long-standing member of the Saints’ set-up, during his 15-plus seasons at Franklin's Gardens he was also instrumental in establishing relationships with the region's Constituent Bodies, schools and clubs in order to developing a holistic approach towards the nurturing of young players into potential successful professionals.

Director of Rugby Rowland Winter says that Stewart will help Coventry Rugby achieve its clearly stated intent of having its own Academy to rival and compete with those within the Premiership and RFU-accredited system.

“Having a strong Academy is really important as we develop as a club and work towards our ambitions,” he said. “Appointing Ross as our new Academy Manager is a massive step forwards as part of this process.

“He has a proven track record of identifying and developing fantastic young players who have gone on to become established professionals at Premiership and international age group level, and – just as important – he also knows the value of strong relationships with the right people at clubs, schools and Constituent Bodies.

“Ross has also been a familiar face over the past year coaching and mentoring the development of our younger players and working with the first team, so he knows the club well and has helped shape what we are trying to achieve.

“I'm delighted that he has agreed to join us full-time and am looking forward to working with Ross to re-establish Coventry Rugby as a platform for elite rugby development.”

Stewart says that while he has enjoyed working at Northampton Saints he is excited about the opportunity to take on a new challenge.

“I'm leaving Saints with a lot of good memories and pride from seeing the players I've worked with as youngsters become established professionals at a number of clubs,” he says.

“Coventry is a massive club with a proud history, that now has the impressive foundations for long-term and sustainable success. I'm looking forward to playing a leading role in the club's future and am excited about the opportunity.

“Coventry and Warwickshire is a strong area for rugby, both with schools and a good club network. Our aim will be to develop the pathway for talented players into professional rugby at Butts Park Arena through a clear youth system, and to make sure that every player who we work with achieves the best they can."

 

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Yorkshire Carnegie appoint Wood as new Director of Rugby​

Yorkshire Carnegie have appointed former Wasps and Bath player Martyn Wood as the club’s new director of rugby ahead of the 2019-20 Greene King IPA Championship season.

The appointment is the first step as the club move forward having had the Company Voluntary Arrangement approved.

Wood joins the club from National League 1 side Hull Ionians, having previously also played for his home town club of Harrogate.

The Yorkshireman will now lead the Emerald Headingley-based club into the new season as he begins recruitment for his squad.

Scrum-half Wood spent the majority of his playing career at Wasps after being spotted playing for Yorkshire by Nigel Melville, the then Wasps coach.

In total, he made 126 appearances for Wasps between 1996 and 2003. His form for Wasps saw him earn a place in the England squad for the tour to South Africa in 2000 and he followed that up a year later with a call-up for England’s North American tour, when he gained both his caps for England against Canada and the USA.

He was drafted in as cover for both the 1999 and 2003 World Cups but did not feature in either tournament.

A regular for England A, he moved to Recreation Ground in the summer of 2003 and made his debut for Bath at Emerald Headingley on the opening day of the 2003-04 Premiership Rugby season.

He went on to play in the 2004 English Premiership final defeat against his former club.

His final appearance for Bath came in the 2004-05 season having made 55 appearances for the club. He was forced to retire from the game when he was just 29 in 2006 due to a neck injury.

He joined Hull Ionions in 2017 as Director of Rugby and will join Yorkshire Carnegie with immediate effect on a full time basis.

Yorkshire Carnegie managing director Chris Gibson said: "We are delighted to have secured Martyn has our new Director of Rugby.

"He has experience of the highest levels of the game but importantly he is someone who understands the rugby culture within Yorkshire as well.

"We do have a big job on our hands rebuilding the squad for next season but Martyn is confident we can now begin to move forward and be ready to go come September."

Yorkshire Carnegie will kick off the new season on September 20 at Nottingham in the Championship Cup.

With three pool games in the Cup before the season starts in mid-October, the club will not have any pre-season games and will use the Championship Cup to prepare the team for the new campaign.

Commenting on his appointment, Wood said: "I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead Yorkshire Carnegie as the club’s new director of rugby.

"I am under no illusion that the challenge in front of us is massive this season but it is one I am looking forward to.

"I appreciate that it has been a frustrating time for everyone involved with the club over the past few months but hopefully we can start with a clean page now and start to rebuild the club.

"I would like to thank everyone at Hull Ionions for the support I have received and the understanding they have shown me over this appointment.

"It has been a fantastic place for me over the last three years and I have made great friends. It will remain a special club for me."

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Newcastle Falcons players spent today kayaking and coasteering in the North Sea thanks to the expert tuition of Cullercoats Bike & Kayak as preparations for the new season continue

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Falcons Admin
26/07/2019 12:20
Jersey Reds have added two more forwards to their squad ahead of the 2019-20 season, as well as naming the captain for the forthcoming campaign.

Second row Sam Offer and prop James Wayland, both of whom hail from Australia, have arrived at Stade Santander International and joined their new team-mates in preparing for the forthcoming campaign in the Greene King IPA Championship.

The Reds will play their first pre-season match against Old Elthamians on Saturday, August 17, followed by a trial match on Friday, August 30.

Welsh region Scarlets will travel to Jersey for the final pre-season contest on Saturday, September 7, after which the Reds play their first competitive match at home to Newcastle Falcons in the Championship Cup on Saturday, September 21.

Offer, 22, was born in Perth, Western Australia, where he attended Wesley College.

He represented Western Force Under-20s from 2015 to 2017, as well as playing for Nedlands in the WA Premier.

He moved to Europe in 2018 and spent a season as part of the academy squad at French ProD2 club US Carcassonne.

Wayland, 21, was born in Sydney and played for Southern Districts in the Shute Shield from 2017 until he made the move to Jersey earlier this month. A keen all-round sportsman, he has also played baseball and rugby league.

Director of rugby Harvey Biljon said: “Sam and James are both very promising young players. They now have the opportunity to switch to a full-time professional environment, which I believe will provide them with a great opportunity to develop their game.

"I’m looking forward to them both becoming important members of our squad.”

The newcomers take the total of new signings so far for the Reds to 12, alongside 24 players from last season retained for 2019-20.

Apakuki Ma’afu, about to embark on his fourth season as a Red, has been chosen as the new captain for the new season.

“I’m really pleased and honoured to have been chosen for this role,” said the Tongan international centre.

"It’s going to be challenging but we have had a good pre-season so far and I’m excited to get into the season."

The new captain will be assisted by Roy Godfrey and Max Argyle as vice-captains, and paid tribute to last year’s skipper Godfrey.

“Roy’s a great leader and gives me a lot of confidence,” he said. “He’s still got a really important role, and having him around means I can do my job better.”

The 24 Reds players who signed new deals, or whose existing contracts already extended into 2019-20, are:

Jack Macfarlane (hooker - joined the Reds in 2016)
Charlie Maddison (hooker - 2018)
Leeroy Atalifo (prop - 2017)
Alec Clarey (prop - 2017)
Roy Godfrey (prop - 2017)
Harry Morley (prop - 2018)
Zei Alexis (prop - 2018)
Charlie Beckett (lock - 2018)
Liam Hallam-Eames (lock - 2019)
Max Argyle (back row - 2016)
Rory Bartle (back row - 2017)
Conor Joyce (back row - 2017)
Jake Upfield (back row - 2017)
Kyle Hatherell (back row - 2018)
Janco Venter (back row - 2018)
Will Homer (scrum-half - 2018)
Liam Howley (scrum-half - 2019)
Aaron Penberthy (fly-half - 2018) (also a Jersey player 2013-16)
Apakuki Ma’afu (centre - 2016)
Mark Best (centre - 2017)
James Newey (centre/wing - 2018)
Jack Stapley (wing - 2018)
Auguy Slowik (wing/full-back - 2017)
Leroy Van Dam (wing/full-back - 2018)
New signings joined squad June 2019 (12):

TJ Harris (hooker) - Wasps
Dan Richardson (prop) - Rotherham Titans
James Wayland (prop) - Southern Districts
Alex Thompson (lock) - Ulster
Sam Offer (lock) - Western Force
George Willmott (back row) - Jersey Reds Athletic
Josh Bainbridge (back row) - Yorkshire Carnegie
Luc Jones (scrum-half) - Richmond
Brendan Cope (fly-half) - Yorkshire Carnegie
Greg Dyer (fly-half/ full-back) - Valladolid RAC
George Spencer (centre) - Edinburgh Academical
Tom Williams (full-back) - Cardiff Blues
The Reds have also taken steps to retain members of the existing coaching team into next season.

DoR Biljon, who marked five years in Jersey this January, has signed an extended contract stretching to 2024. His coaching colleagues confirmed for next season are:

Neil Tunnah (Assistant Coach - Forwards - joined the Reds in 2017)
Ed Robinson (Assistant Coach - Backs - 2018)
Jim Molony (Strength & Conditioning Coach - 2015)
Emlyn Lynch (Head Physiotherapist - 2018)
Shaun Slater (Analyst - 2018)
Oliver Ware (Physiotherapist - 2018)

Falcons Admin
26/07/2019 12:21
Louis Grimoldby & Shay Kerry Join Ampthill

Head coach Paul Turner is delighted to confirm that Louis Grimoldby and Shay Kerry have joined the Championship squad for 2019-20.

Fly-half Grimoldby, 25, has joined from RC Massy Esonne, having previously played for Harlequins and Yorkshire Carnegie.

Grimoldby said: "I am looking forward to the challenge of playing in the Championship with Ampthill. The chance to return to England and work with Paul Turner was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down."

Lock Kerry, 24, has joined from US Oyonnax, having previously played for Worcester Warriors and Bay of Plenty in New Zealand.

Kerry commented: "Ampthill are an ambitious club and I am keen to contribute to their story.

"Paul Turner is a very well-respected coach while my conversations with DoR Mark Lavery convinced me that this is the next step in my career."

Head coach Paul Turner said: "As a fly-half, I look forward to working with Louis while both he and Shay are exactly the type of player that will strengthen our squad for our first season in the Championship."

Falcons Admin
29/07/2019 20:35
A Reminder to everyone

Last call to renew Falcons season ticket seats.


Book your existing seat by 5pm this Wednesday.

Existing Falcons season ticket holders have until 5pm on Wednesday (July 31st) to renew their existing seats for the 2019/20 season, as kick-off for the new campaign draws ever closer.

With just nine weeks until the Falcons host Doncaster in the RFU Championship Cup and pre-season in full swing, anticipation is building towards what is hoped will be an exciting eight months of rugby at Kingston Park Stadium.

Covering 14 games, there are big savings to be made and many added benefits to a season ticket membership, which starts from just £138 for adult standing and £230 for adult seating.

Every adult season ticket in the North and South Stands qualifies for one free under-11s season ticket, with that age rising to under-15s for youngsters registered with one of our affiliated Club Connections rugby clubs.

Under-11s can also access West Stand Category D seated season tickets from just £20 (one per paying adult, rising to under-15s for junior players at Club Connections clubs), with huge savings across the board compared to match-by-match prices.

The 2019-20 season sees Newcastle Falcons aiming to bounce straight back into the top flight, with 11 home fixtures in the Greene King IPA Championship and a further three in the Championship Cup.

As well as entry into all 14 games and big savings on match-by-match prices, the season ticket membership package also includes:

10% off merchandise in the club shop for the whole season.
Tight-five discounted friends and family tickets.
Ticket exchange option if you are unable to attend a particular match.
Option to enter the international ticket ballot.
To book click here, call 0871 226 6060 or visit the Kingston Park Stadium ticket office.

Falcons Admin
30/07/2019 09:03
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Skipper chosen, and promising forwards added to Reds squad ahead of new season

Jersey Reds have added two more forwards to their squad ahead of the 2019/20 season, as well as naming the captain for the forthcoming campaign.

Second row Sam Offer and prop James Wayland, both of whom hail from Australia, have arrived at Stade Santander International and joined their new team-mates in preparing for the forthcoming campaign in the Greene King IPA Championship.

The Reds will play their first pre-season match against Old Elthamians on Saturday August 17th, followed by a trial match on Friday August 30th. Welsh region Scarlets will travel to Jersey for the final pre-season contest on Saturday September 7th, after which the Reds play their first competitive match at home to Newcastle Falcons in the Championship Cup on Saturday September 21st.

Offer, 22, was born in Perth, Western Australia, where he attended Wesley College. He represented Western Force Under 20s from 2015 to 2017, as well as playing for Nedlands in the WA Premier. He moved to Europe in 2018 and spent a season as part of the academy squad at French ProD2 club US Carcassonne.

21-year-old Wayland was born in Sydney and played for Southern Districts in the Shute Shield from 2017 until he made the move to Jersey earlier this month. A keen all-round sportsman, he has also played baseball and rugby league.

Director of Rugby Harvey Biljon said: "Sam and James are both very promising young players. They now have the opportunity to switch to a full-time professional environment, which I believe will provide them with a great opportunity to develop their game. I'm looking forward to them both becoming important members of our squad."

The newcomers take the total of new signings so far for the Reds to 12, alongside 24 players from last season retained for 2019-20.

Apakuki Ma’afu, about to embark on his fourth season as a Red, has been chosen as the new captain for the new season.

“I’m really pleased and honoured to have been chosen for this role,” said the Tongan international centre. “It’s going to be challenging, but we have had a good pre-season so far and I’m excited to get into the season.

The new captain will be assisted by Roy Godfrey and Max Argyle as vice-captains, and paid tribute to last year’s captain Godfrey.

“Roy’s a great leader and gives me a lot of confidence,” he said. “He’s still got a really important role, and having him around means I can do my job better.”

The 24 Reds players who signed new deals, or whose existing contracts already extended into 2019/20, are:

Jack Macfarlane (hooker - joined the Reds in 2016)
Charlie Maddison (hooker - 2018)
Leeroy Atalifo (prop - 2017)
Alec Clarey (prop - 2017)
Roy Godfrey (prop - 2017)
Harry Morley (prop - 2018)
Zei Alexis (prop - 2018)
Charlie Beckett (lock - 2018)
Liam Hallam-Eames (lock - 2019)
Max Argyle (back row - 2016)
Rory Bartle (back row - 2017)
Conor Joyce (back row - 2017)
Jake Upfield (back row - 2017)
Kyle Hatherell (back row - 2018)
Janco Venter (back row - 2018)
Will Homer (scrum-half - 2018)
Liam Howley (scrum-half - 2019)
Aaron Penberthy (fly-half - 2018) (also a Jersey player 2013-16)
Apakuki Ma'afu (centre - 2016)
Mark Best (centre - 2017)
James Newey (centre/wing - 2018)
Jack Stapley (wing - 2018)
Auguy Slowik (wing/full-back - 2017)
Leroy Van Dam (wing/full-back - 2018)
New signings joined squad June 2019 (12):

TJ Harris (hooker) - Wasps
Dan Richardson (prop) - Rotherham Titans
James Wayland (prop) - Southern Districts
Alex Thompson (lock) - Ulster
Sam Offer (lock) - Western Force
George Willmott (back row) - Jersey Reds Athletic
Josh Bainbridge (back row) - Yorkshire Carnegie
Luc Jones (scrum-half) - Richmond
Brendan Cope (fly-half) - Yorkshire Carnegie
Greg Dyer (fly-half/ full-back) - Valladolid RAC
George Spencer (centre) - Edinburgh Academical
Tom Williams (full-back) - Cardiff Blues
The Reds have also taken steps to retain members of the existing coaching team into next season. DoR Biljon, who marked five years in Jersey this January, has signed an extended contract stretching to 2024. His coaching colleagues confirmed for next season are:

· Neil Tunnah (Assistant Coach - Forwards - joined the Reds in 2017)

· Ed Robinson (Assistant Coach - Backs - 2018)

· Jim Molony (Strength & Conditioning Coach - 2015)

· Emlyn Lynch (Head Physiotherapist - 2018)

· Shaun Slater (Analyst - 2018)

· Oliver Ware (Physiotherapist - 2018

Falcons Admin
30/07/2019 16:59
Former Scotland international Stevie Scott joins Scottish coaching team

Head Coach, Graham Steadman, has bolstered his coaching staff after Stevie Scott agreed to join London Scottish as forwards coach for the 2019/20 season.

The 45-year-old former Scotland international hooker boasts a very impressive playing CV. Having been born in Galashiels, he then went on to represent Melrose and Gala, which gives him an excellent Border pedigree. After this he signed his first professional deal for Edinburgh Reivers/Rugby, where he made an impressive 99 appearances.

Falcons Admin
30/07/2019 17:00
Suva Signs for The Pirates

Having impressed during pre-season with the Cornish Pirates, 21-year-old Suva Ma’asi has signed an Apprentice contract with the club.

A son of former Pirates and Tonga hooker Viliami Ma’asi, Suva was capped by England at under 16 and under 17 levels and has in the past been a member of Northampton Saints under 18 Academy, and Yorkshire Carnegie’s under 18 Academy. More recently he has played senior rugby in the centre for Peterborough Lions.

steve1888
31/07/2019 12:04
Didn't realised Steadman was there as coach

Falcons Admin
01/08/2019 15:37
The Cornish Pirates can confirm that fly-half/centre Javier Rojas Alvarez is returning to the club, having signed another one-year contract, with a view to extend.

Now aged 28, Javier initially arrived in Cornwall last summer but then departed at the season’s end. In making 21 appearances he accumulated 121 points in Cup and League matches.

Gavin Cattle, joint Head Coach at the Cornish Pirates, is looking forward to welcoming the former Argentina international back, saying:

“I am just delighted that we have managed to twist Javier’s arm. He originally returned home for family reasons and a life choice but through staying in touch and conversations has had a change of heart.

“As someone of calibre, who is versatile and tough - and at the same time humble - his values and the qualities he possesses fit in really well with the Pirates.

“When arriving last year Javier came into a different style of rugby, however after overcoming early injury problems and impressing we were then gutted to see him go. On his return we can expect a lot more from him.”

Born in Tucuman, Argentina, Javier has represented his country at both 15-a-side and Sevens, including competing at the 2016 Summer Olympics. As for his club rugby, that has previously been played for Universitario Rugby Club de Tucuman, Pampas XV in the South African Vodacom Cup, French club Sporting Club Albigeois (2015/16), Italian side Rugby Viadana (2017/18) and, this summer, Atletico de Rosario Plaza Jewel.

Falcons Admin
02/08/2019 17:52
Ford rejoins Yorkshire Carnegie in player/coach role

Yorkshire Carnegie have agreed a deal to bring fly half Joe Ford back to the club for a fourth time from Gallagher Premiership side Leicester Tigers.

The 29-year-old has spent the past two seasons at the Tigers making 23 appearances and scoring 116 points.

He originally came through the academy ranks at Emerald Headingley, making his senior debut in 2009 opposite his younger brother George when Leeds hosted Leicester.

He moved to Sale Sharks before returning for a second spell under Diccon Edwards in 2011.

Two years later he returned to the Premiership with Northampton Saints before a third period at Yorkshire Carnegie under then new coach Bryan Redpath.

In total, Ford has made 85 appearances for Yorkshire Carnegie so far, scoring 674 points.

The goal kicking back says he is looking forward to the challenge of reviving the fortunes of his old club.

He said: “It is great to be back. I know we are in a tough position at the minute but having spoken with managing director Chris Gibson and director of rugby Martyn Wood, I was impressed with their plans for the club for this season and beyond.

"Importantly for me, the move gives me the chance to begin my coaching career, which I am excited about.

"The chance to play part time whilst still at a high level of rugby is very attractive and I am sure there will be other players, either who want the opportunity to test themselves at a higher level or those who are looking at life after rugby from the Premiership, who will relish the opportunity we are able to offer at Yorkshire Carnegie.”

Director of rugby Martyn Wood added: “I am delighted to have Joe back on board at the club. He is someone who played for the club when we were in the Premiership and has vast experience of playing at the top of the game.

"He is also hungry as a young coach and I am sure he will have a positive impact on our squad, especially the younger players who he will be working with.

"There has been a lot of interest from players and agents about coming to Yorkshire Carnegie over the last few weeks since I arrived and we are confident of moving things forward over the coming days and weeks.”

Falcons Admin
05/08/2019 17:07
Boulton continuing as Coventry Rugby captain

Coventry Rugby has announced that Phil Boulton will be remaining as the club's captain for the 2019/20 season.

The 32-year-old prop has been club captain for four seasons, making 95 appearances in his time at the club.

With a National League One title and Championship consolidation already achieved at Butts Park over the past two seasons, Boulton says he is excited by the potential at the club.

Falcons Admin
06/08/2019 16:13
Director of Rugby Mark Lavery is delighted to confirm that Head Coach Paul Turner has extended his contract in advance of Ampthill’s first season in the Championship.

Paul, capped at fly half for Wales and formerly Head Coach of Newport Gwent Dragons, has been at the club for seven years and has overseen three promotions in that period as the ambitious newly promoted Bedfordshire side surged through the leagues.

Falcons Admin
08/08/2019 17:32
Coventry Rugby has today confirmed that Henry Purdy will be joining the club from the start of November 2019.

The 25-year-old outside back is currently in New Zealand with Otago, whose Mitre 10 Cup campaign begins this Sunday (August 11th) away to Bay of Plenty.

Purdy has spent the last five seasons with Gloucester, who he joined from Leicester Tigers in 2014. In all he scored 28 tries in 82 appearances for the Cherry and Whites and helped the club win the European Rugby Challenge Cup in 2015.

A former England Under-20 international, Purdy was a member of the squad which won the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in 2013 and 2014 under current Coventry Rugby Head Coach Nick Walshe, and Director of Rugby Rowland Winter is looking forward to welcoming him to Butts Park Arena later in the season.

“Henry is a talented player and we are delighted that he has chosen to continue his career at Coventry,” he says.

“He is still young and has plenty of rugby ahead of him in his career. We’re also happy that Henry is going to be playing in New Zealand over the next few months, where he will get game time under his belt and gain experience of rugby in a different environment.

“We’re looking forward to seeing him at Butts Park Arena in November for the rest of the season.”

Falcons Admin
09/08/2019 10:49
Dos Pumas se unen a Ampthill

Head Coach Paul Turner is delighted to confirm that Argentines Serafin Bordoli & Facundo Dominguez have joined Ampthill for the Championship.

Flyhalf Serafin, 24 (1.93m, 93kg), can play in any position in the back five.

Capped by Argentina at youth levels through U20 he joins from Zebre in Italy where he made 20 appearances in the Guinness Pro 12/14.

Serafin comments: “I could not turn down the opportunity to play in England in the Greene King IPA Championship and am looking forward to the next step in my career while making my contribution to Ampthill’s story.”

No. 8 Facundo, 22 (1.90m, 106kg), can play across the backrow.

Capped for Argentina at U20 he played in the Junior World Cup in England in 2016 scoring in the 3rd place playoff against South Africa.

Facundo comments: “This is a great opportunity for me to show what I can do in England in the Greene King IPA Championship.”

Head Coach Paul Turner comments: “Serafin is a very good footballer and gives us lots of options across pretty much the whole back line.

"Facundo is a typical hard working, hard carrying and physical Puma back row who will add competition in an area of the club that is already strong.”

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09/08/2019 11:57
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Falcons Admin
09/08/2019 18:03
Jersey Reds are to take on Russia in Moscow later this month as part of preparations for Rugby World Cup 2019.

The match on Tuesday August 27th represents a massive challenge for the visitors: as the Reds prepare for the forthcoming season in the Greene King IPA Championship, the second tier of the professional game in England, their hosts are getting ready to travel to Japan, where they will face the host nation, Samoa, Ireland and Scotland in Pool A in the forthcoming World Cup.

Known as the Bears, Russia are currently ranked 20th in the World Rugby rankings and will be preparing for their second World Cup, having previously qualified for the 2011 tournament in New Zealand.

Discussions between the Rugby Union of Russia and Jersey Reds were initiated as a result of family connections between Lyn Jones, the former Wales flanker who is Head Coach of the Bears, and his son Luc, a scrum-half who joined the Reds this summer.

Jersey Reds Director of Rugby Harvey Biljon said: "We were very interested in the prospect of a historic fixture for the club straight away, although there were lots of details that needed to be finalised in a short time.

"With a lot of hard work on both sides, and a real will by all involved to make this happen, we have been able to confirm the trip. It's going to be a massive challenge for our players, but one that we believe will be a great experience for them and play a major part in getting the squad ready for the forthcoming season."

A party of 36 players and coaches will make the journey to Moscow for a four-day training camp that will culminate in the match at the Slava Stadium on Tuesday August 27th. The Reds hope that there may be an option for supporters back on the Island to follow the game online – details will be shared at a later date should this be possible.

Jersey Reds will play their opening pre-season match on Saturday August 17th against English National 1 opponents Old Elthamians, the same day as Russia play a World Cup warm-up match against Italy at San Benedetto del Tronto.

On their return from Russia, the Reds will no longer stage the proposed intra-squad trial match on Friday August 30th, but will then focus on the final pre-season contest when Welsh region Scarlets visit the Island on Saturday September 7th.

The first competitive match of the season will see the Reds host Newcastle Falcons for a Championship match at Stade Santander International on Saturday September 21st. The Greene King IPA Championship kicks off three weeks later, with the Reds hosting Coventry on Saturday October 12th.

Falcons Admin
12/08/2019 17:00
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Falcons Admin
13/08/2019 13:17
Joel Hodgson believes the Greene King IPA Championship has improved markedly since Newcastle Falcons’ last visit, when he was part of the side which claimed the 2012-13 title.

Now at the age of 27 and preparing for what he hopes will be his second successful promotion, the fly-half knows it will not be plain sailing.

“The league has got more competitive since we were last down here,” said Hodgson, who has scored 424 points in his 117 appearances for the club, including 12 tries.

“A lot more teams are paying out more money to get the players and set-ups that they need, and it’s going to be tough. You have the likes of Ealing and Cornish Pirates recruiting well and really making a push for it, and sides like Jersey and Coventry to name just a couple won’t be easy.

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trummy200
13/08/2019 13:48
I really think his bad injury along with Marks England call up were the major factors in the Falcons relegation

Falcons Admin
15/08/2019 19:15
Head coach Paul Turner is delighted to confirm that centre Jarryd Sage and lock Henri Williams have joined Ampthill from Dragons Rugby for the new Championship season.

Centre Sage, 24, was born in South Africa but is Welsh qualified through his father. He represented Western Province & Golden Lions at U21 level before making his debut for the Southern Kings in 2017 in the PRO14.

He joined Dragons later that year and has since made 16 appearances for the Welsh Province in the PRO14.

He said: “The chance to work with Paul Turner was a major incentive and I am keen to contribute Ampthill’s remarkable success story.”

Lock Williams, 25, made four appearances for Dragons and 12 for Ampthill last season in National 1.

He said: “I’m really proud to have contributed to the promotion campaign and wanted to be a part of the next chapter.”

Head coach Paul Turner said: “I have been tracking Jarryd’s progress since he joined the Dragons. He is a very explosive and ball playing centre who is comfortable at both 12 and 13.

“We are delighted that Jarryd has chosen to join us at Ampthill and I know he will enjoy his time here.

“Henri made an excellent contribution to our National 1 title win last season and I’m sure he will be a big success in the Green King IPA Championship.”

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