Dean Richards backs minimum criteria over Ealing promotion row

Dean Richards, who guided Harlequins and Newcastle to promotion back into the Gallagher Premiership, believes Championship winners Ealing Trailfinders must satisfy the entry criteria to be allowed into the top flight to ensure English rugby never suffers another London Welsh debacle. The Welsh were unprepared on and off the pitch for the demands of the Read More …

Licking Carl Fearns’ head and spray tans help Falcons become Eddie’s new favourite team

Newcastle have been transformed from the unloved Northern outpost of Premiership rugby to Eddie Jones’s new favourite team with four players in the England squad – matching reigning champions Harlequins and eclipsing Bristol and Sale. This has been achieved by Dean Richards’ s men despite flanker Mark Wilson, previously their only England representative, being out Read More …

Adam Radwan can become the new Billy Whizz says Easter

Former captain Nick Easter believes Adam Radwan can deliver the same electric pace and defence breaking footwork for England that made Jason Robinson such a phenomenal attacking force at test level. Easter played alongside World Cup winner Robinson, nicknamed Billy Whizz, and the Newcastle defence coach is eager to see Radwan build on the hat-trick Read More …

Mike Brown planning to become rugby sporting director

Former England full back Mike Brown, who launches his new Premiership career with Newcastle Falcons on Sunday against former club Harlequins, is starting a university course to become a rugby sporting director when he quits playing. Brown has visited Norwich City’s training ground, to meet their Sporting Director, Stuart Webber and is taking a two Read More …

Logo Mulipola putting in the big shifts for Newcastle

Samoan prop Logovi’i Mulipola believes his decision to take a short term contract with Gloucester rather than enduring an eight month wait for rugby action has helped him power Newcastle Falcons into second place in the Gallagher Premiership. The Falcons have defied pre-season predictions that they would be favourites for relegation back to the Championship Read More …

My Predictions for the Aviva Premiership 2016/17

My predictions for the final Aviva Premiership table positions at the end of the regular season; 1)Saracens; The arrival of Schalk Burger is massive for the club and he will take some of the ball carrying load off Billy and Mako Vunipola and Maro Itoje. Sean Maitland is a very useful utility back but most Read More …