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3rd April 2020

RFU Confirmed Newcastle Falcons’ promotion to the Gallagher Premiership for the 2020-21 season

Opeti Fonua
Discussion started by pityacker , 10 December, 2017 17:59
Opeti Fonua
pityacker 10 December, 2017 17:59
Rugby Inside Line posting a rumour Opeti going to Agen next season.

Re: Opeti Fonua
AFalcon24 10 December, 2017 18:40
Will be a shame would of liked to have seen him used more for us, didn't he play for them before signing for London Welsh?. smiling smiley

Re: Opeti Fonua
NorfolkFalcon 10 December, 2017 19:07
Wouldn't be surprised considering he's only featured for the A team on a few occasions. It's a shame as the photos of him in pre season showed that he had trimmed down and I expected him to have a bigger role this season.

He seems like a really decent chap too.

Re: Opeti Fonua
alas 10 December, 2017 22:03
Not next season, but immediately according to this. []

Realistically, he was way down the pecking order at the Falcons.

Re: Opeti Fonua
pa8 11 December, 2017 11:39
Behind Nili Latu and Ryan Burrows in the order of things. Burrows has a great game on Saturday with a couple of good bullocking charges downfield. Was looking forward to seeing the slimmed down version of Fonua but not to be by that article.

Re: Opeti Fonua
Andy Mac 13 December, 2017 19:21
Great player on the hoof but defensively suspect, IMO.

If he goes I don't think it'll weaken us. Burrows & Graham have looked great last few weeks.

Re: Opeti Fonua
Exiled Falcon 13 December, 2017 21:09
Sadly Burrows’ lot seems to be exclusively to cup games. Would love to see how m get a few league games.

Re: Opeti Fonua
Falc Dancer 14 December, 2017 08:49
Wouldn’t be a great loss on the field
Burrows Chick Hogg all ahead of him for a bench slot

Re: Opeti Fonua
Kingkiko2 14 December, 2017 10:40
I know what everyone means but I would still like to see him get one more throw at the dice, especially if trimmer, as he’s different to the others.

Re: Opeti Fonua
NorfolkFalcon 17 December, 2017 09:32
Looks like he las left according to reports on twitter. Best of luck to him.

Re: Opeti Fonua
markismith50 17 December, 2017 09:58
Still some formalities to conclude just yet.

Re: Opeti Fonua
Falc Dancer 17 December, 2017 21:02
If Fonuas contract is bought out could we see the money invested in this season squad with a late addition?

Re: Opeti Fonua
Monkey1 18 December, 2017 07:48
Seems more likely he will be allowed to go. I can't see us negotiating much money for his contract but at least it will save a bit on the wage bill.

Re: Opeti Fonua
alas 19 December, 2017 16:23
Now confirmed. []

Re: Opeti Fonua
NorfolkFalcon 19 December, 2017 16:49
A shame really but he's seemingly quite far down the pecking order.

Re: Opeti Fonua
GeordieFalcon 19 December, 2017 18:34
I'd like to see the stats on how many times He knocked on during games. I often though he went out with grease on his hands.

Burrows is a way better player.

Re: Opeti Fonua
aidanb 19 December, 2017 23:40
I bet he wouldn’t drop a bag of chips.

Re: Opeti Fonua
Bedlington Lad 20 December, 2017 08:19
He looked really trim in the last A team game at KP - Burrows does look a better runner from the base of the scrum though

Re: Opeti Fonua
mannin 20 December, 2017 10:22
Under-utilised in my opinion but better to give him a chance to get some game time elsewhere and free up some money if he's not needed.

Would like to see Wilson - Burrows - Welch in the AP.

Re: Opeti Fonua
Monkey1 20 December, 2017 11:52
I bet he wouldn’t drop a bag of chips.


Re: Opeti Fonua
AFalcon24 20 December, 2017 12:21
Maybe he didn't get a fair run, but I do think we have better options like Burrows for example who I would like to see get more game time. smiling smiley

Re: Opeti Fonua
DeceptivePace 20 December, 2017 13:39
Fonua was hampered by a clear lack of conditioning prior to this season, as well as having the likes of Latu, Hogg, Chick and now Burrows all competing for the shirt.

Re: Opeti Fonua
mannin 03 January, 2018 11:19
Straight into the Agen team at 8 vs La Rochelle. Played pretty well.

Re: Opeti Fonua
Falc Dancer 07 January, 2018 08:09
Didn’t make the match day 23 this week

Re: Opeti Fonua
NorfolkFalcon 07 January, 2018 09:53
I only watched 5 minutes of the La Rochelle Agen game last weekend and he was partly at fault the try during that period. He just jogged towards the runner. Reminded me of the Visser try he conceded last season. I'm not surprised that he has been let go.

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