Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle Falcons is a rugby union team that play in Premiership Rugby, England's highest division of rugby union.

Newcastle Falcons
Newcastle Falcons logo.svg
Full nameNewcastle Falcons
UnionNorthumberland RFU
Nickname(s)The Falcons
Founded1877; 144 years ago (1877) [1]
LocationNewcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England
Ground(s)Kingston Park (Capacity: 10,200[2])
ChairmanSemore Kurdi
CEOMick Hogan (MD)
Director of RugbyDean Richards
Coach(es)Dave Walder
Captain(s)Micky Young and George McGuigan
Most capsTom May (193)
Top scorerJonny Wilkinson (1,489)
Most triesTom May (47)
League(s)English Premiership
1st kit
2nd kit
Largest win
Newcastle Falcons 156–5 Rugby Lions
Largest defeat
Leicester Tigers 83–10 Newcastle Falcons
Official website

The club was established in 1877 as the Gosforth Football Club. Around 1882 the club merged with the Northumberland Football Club and briefly assumed their name until 1887.[1] In 1990, the name was changed to Newcastle Gosforth and the club began to play at Kingston Park stadium in Kingston Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1996, following the start of professionalism the club briefly adopted the name Newcastle Rugby Club before adopting its current name.

Newcastle has won 5 major titles. They won the Premiership in 1998 and four domestic cups in 1976, 1977, 2001 and 2004.

Newcastle was the only English club of Jonny Wilkinson, where he played from 1997 to 2009, and as well as Wilkinson in 2003 Newcastle saw three players in the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final with Mathew Tait starting and Toby Flood appearing from the bench. Mark Wilson played in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final while at the club.

Newcastle finished the 2020-21 Premiership Rugby season in 10th place, entitling them to play in the 2021-22 European Rugby Challenge Cup.


Name changesEdit

  • Gosforth Football Club (1877–1882)
  • Northumberland Football Club (1882–1887); Merged with Northumberland FC and assumed their name.[1]
  • Gosforth Football Club (1887–1990); Reverted name back to Gosforth FC.
  • Newcastle Gosforth (1990–1995)
  • Newcastle Rugby Club (1996); Turned professional; Junior players let go and formed Gosforth Rugby Football Club.[3]
  • Newcastle Falcons (1997–present)

Early years (1877–1990s)Edit

The original Gosforth Football Club was founded in 1877 by a group of Old Boys of Durham School,[1] in whose colours of green and white hoops the club played until the mid-1990s. The name Gosforth came from one of the suburbs of Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1955, the club moved to a new ground at North Road which was to be its home until 1990. During that time and particularly in the late 1970s Gosforth enjoyed tremendous success both on and off the field winning the John Player Cup in seasons 1975–76 and 1976–77.

Gosforth supplied innumerable players to all counties over the years, to the North of England sides and to the full international and British Lions teams. These include Arthur Smith, Ray McLoughlin, Malcolm Young, Roger Uttley, Peter Dixon, Duncan Madsen, Dave Robinson, Richard Breakey, Jim Pollock and Colin White.

In 1990 the club name was changed to Newcastle Gosforth and they moved to Kingston Park. Gosforth Rugby Football Club continued as an amateur side working in partnership with Northumbria University and currently play at Broadway West.

Professional eraEdit

For the 1996–97 season the new name of Newcastle Falcons and new black-and-white colours were adopted, after local businessman Sir John Hall took control and attempted to create a sporting club in Newcastle that would emulate the success of the Barcelona model. The four teams that made up that sporting club were the football team, nicknamed the Magpies, the Newcastle Eagles basketball team, the Newcastle Cobras (later Riverkings, Jesters, Vipers) ice hockey team and the Newcastle Falcons rugby union team.

Newcastle was the first fully "professional" club in the world.[citation needed] In 1995, Sir John Hall installed former Wasps captain Rob Andrew as his salaried Director of Rugby and saw the club earn promotion from the national Second Division to the Premiership.

The following season, Newcastle became English Premiership champions at their first attempt in 1997–98. Alongside Andrew, the Championship winning side starred cross-code All Black, Samoa and Rugby League legend Inga Tuigamala, Scotland legends Doddie Weir and Gary Armstrong, England star Tony Underwood, British and Irish Lions stars Alan Tait and John Bentley and youngster Jonny Wilkinson.

During the following 1998–99 season Newcastle didn't play in Europe, as English teams did not take part, but the Falcons did go on to the Tetley's Bitter Cup final against Wasps, which was lost 29–19. In 1999, Rob Andrew retired allowing for 20-year-old international Jonny Wilkinson to assume the fly half role full-time. Andrew would remain as Director of Rugby.

Hall sold the Falcons for a 'nominal' sum in 1999 to local businessman Dave Thompson, under whom the Falcons won two Powergen Cups: in 2001 the Falcons beat Harlequins FC 30–27; and in 2004 the Falcons beat 37–33 against Sale Sharks.

In 2004, legendary Wallabies full-back Matt Burke signed for the Falcons. For the Falcons, Burke played alongside former English rival Jonny Wilkinson (his opposite kicker in the 2001 British and Irish Lions tour of Australia). In Wilkinson, Burke, England international Dave Walder and emerging future England number 10 Toby Flood the Falcons had adequate competition for kicking duties over the coming seasons, despite long-term injuries to Jonny Wilkinson. During the 2004–05 season the Falcons recorded their best ever Heineken Cup performance to date by winning their pool and progressing to a quarter-final tie against Stade Français in the Parc des Princes.[4]

In August 2005 Falcons toured Japan pre-season. They beat NEC Green Rockets easily but lost to a fired-up Toyota Verblitz.[5]

In August 2006 Rob Andrew left the Falcons to take charge of the England set-up ahead of the 2007 World Cup in a wide-ranging role that encompasses all aspects of the professional representative game in England.[6] John Fletcher succeeded Rob Andrew as director of rugby at Newcastle Falcons with immediate effect. Fletcher, a former England A centre, had been the club's academy boss and he headed up a team of Peter Walton, Steve Black and Bob Morton, with ex-Falcons prop Ian Peel taking over as acting academy manager.

2007–08 seasonEdit

The season began with high hopes as All-Black prop Carl Hayman signed for the Falcons, reportedly as the highest paid Rugby Union player in the world. Unfortunately, the season was the beginning of a downward spiral for the Falcons. On 11 March 2008, Fletcher and Walton left the club, officially by mutual consent,[7] following Black who had left a couple of months earlier. Steve Bates took over as interim director of rugby until summer 2008 when the post was reviewed.[8] Dave Thompson stated at that time that nine years of underachievement were the reason for the departure of John Fletcher and Peter Walton.

Having said this, Bates guided the Falcons to a record-equalling run of seven consecutive Premiership defeats by April 2008 with home games against Leicester Tigers and London Wasps plus a season-concluding away trip to Worcester Warriors yet to come. Defeat in the European Challenge Cup semi-final against Worcester Warriors on 25 April 2008 may well have sounded the death knell for Steve Bates' tenure as interim DoR. However, on Tuesday 20 May 2008 Steve Bates was confirmed as Newcastle's Director of Rugby on a full-time basis.[8] At the end of the season, fly-half Toby Flood left for Leicester Tigers and full-back Mathew Tait signed for Sale Sharks, as the struggling Falcons failed to hold onto young English international talent. England Saxons scrum-half Lee Dickson would also depart for Northampton Saints, where he would go on to earn full international honours. Legendary Australia full back Matt Burke retired due to injury at the end of the campaign.

2008–09 seasonEdit

In November 2008 Chairman Dave Thompson put an end to speculation of a takeover of the club after rejecting three bids.[9] He held talks with a number of different consortia and reportedly turned down one offer of a full take over as the bidding consortium wanted to relocate the club to Darlington. Furthermore, he said the speculation had led to instability in the club which was unsettling players and fans alike. On the pitch the Falcons reached another European Challenge Cup quarter-final going down to Saracens away from home and finished 10th in the Premiership. This season marked the end of an era as legendary fly-half Jonny Wilkinson left the club for RC Toulonnais. England under-20s fly-half Rory Clegg also left for Harlequins as Jimmy Gopperth was signed as replacement fly-half. The loss of Wilkinson was compounded by the departure of future British and Irish Lions star Geoff Parling who continued the outflow of talent, leaving for Leicester Tigers. Another trio who would go on to achieve England honours in Phil Dowson, Dave Wilson and Tom May also left for Northampton Saints, Bath Rugby and RC Toulonnais respectively.

2009–10 seasonEdit

The Falcons failed to replace the character and quality which had departed, with imports Gcobani Bobo and Filipo Levi flattering to deceive, Gopperth the sole bright spot. After a disappointing season the pressure mounted on Steve Bates and on 4 May 2010, the club announced that Bates' contract had been terminated and he was being replaced by first team coach Alan Tait.[10] The decision came after Newcastle went on an unbeaten run to quash any doubts of relegation largely due to an inspirational Carl Hayman. But a crushing home European Challenge Cup Quarter Final defeat by Cardiff Blues signalled the end of the Bates era. Following the loss of England talent Flood, Tait and Wilkinson in previous seasons, the last remaining England international at the club, Jamie Noon, departed for CA Brive. The front line was also notably weakened when club captain Hayman left the Falcons once his lucrative contract expired, to join former teammate Wilkinson at RC Toulonnais.

2010–11 seasonEdit

Towards the end of the previous season Chairman Dave Thompson had to seek investment for the club due to increasing debts following the Nationalisation of Northern Rock, the club's main sponsor. After months of speculation, it was announced that local businessman Semore Kurdi had purchased a 40% stake in the club in September 2010, easing the club's financial difficulties.[11] Scotland number 8 Allister Hogg was signed, while Scotland and Lions prop Euan Murray also arrived to plug the gap left by Hayman. On the pitch in Alan Tait's first season the Falcons reached the Anglo-Welsh Cup final, losing to Gloucester 34–7. Despite this relative success the Falcons finished their worst ever Premiership season with just 23 points (four wins), only escaping relegation thanks to the inferior points difference of Leeds Carnegie. England Saxons pair, scrum-half Micky Young and prop Kieran Brookes, would both depart for Leicester Tigers at the end of the campaign.

2011–12 seasonEdit

The huge outflow of talent from 2008 onwards, and lack of suitable reinforcements, would come to bear during this campaign. Samoa international centre Jamie Helleur was a rare quality signing. The 2011–12 season saw Newcastle Falcons relegated from the Premiership. The Falcons started the season badly but rallied midway through as Gary Gold took over. After changing the set up at Kingston Park, the club nearly escaped relegation, but London Wasps held on to secure their Premiership status by a point. Despite finishing with a higher points total than the year before (32) it was not enough to keep them up. The Falcons still had a small hope that London Welsh may be refused Premiership status, however Welsh were promoted after an appeal. Many players, including Euan Murray, subsequently left the club.

2012–13 seasonEdit

The Falcons' season in the Championship sees the much changed side coached by director of rugby Dean Richards who appointed Will Welch as club captain, while experienced international locks Scott MacLeod (rugby union) and Carlo Del Fava were signed. The Falcons won their first game of the season 37–20 against Bristol [12] and went on to win their second 49–32 against London Scottish. At the halfway point of the season the Falcons were maintaining their unbeaten run, including a 24–13 score against a touring Tongan national side during the first international game to be held at Kingston Park since 1990. Former England Saxons wing Noah Cato signed from Northampton Saints to assist in the promotion push.

The Falcons confirmed their place in the Championship play off semi-final with a bonus point win at home to Cornish Pirates on 22 February 2013 and their position as league leaders was confirmed early the following month. At the conclusion of the season, the Falcons defeated the Bedford Blues 49–33 on aggregate in the final to win promotion back to the Premiership for the 2013–14 season.

2013–14 seasonEdit

Prior to the beginning of the Falcons' return to the Aviva Premiership, star fly-half Jimmy Gopperth departed for Leinster Rugby. To replace Gopperth, former Falcon Rory Clegg was signed by Dean Richards for the second time, with Richards having previously signed Clegg for Harlequins when Clegg was just 19. Four years later, the return of Clegg, alongside the returning Kieran Brookes from Leicester Tigers, provided evidence that talent was coming back to the Falcons. The signings of former Scotland and Lions scrum-half Mike Blair from CA Brive, Saracens flanker Andy Saull, Scotland hooker Scott Lawson from London Irish, former Scotland fly half Phil Godman and one time France prop Franck Montanella showed the desire of the club to compete upon return to the top flight. Samoa wing Sinoti Sinoti and Argentina centre Gonzalo Tiesi were later added to the squad. Despite a difficult season, which saw a number of retirements through injury, including Carlo Del Fava, the Falcons secured their place in the Aviva Premiership for 2014–15.

2014–15 seasonEdit

The Falcons made a statement ahead of the 2014–15 season with the signing of 2010–11 Premiership top try scorer and three time Premiership winner Alesana Tuilagi. One of Alesana's six rugby playing brothers, Andy Tuilagi also signed for the Falcons. Another notable signing was Italy lock Joshua Furno, while Samoa lock Kane Thompson was another new addition. Rotherham Titans duo, Juan Pablo Socino and Ruki Tipuna also joined the club. The Falcons finished the season in 11th place, with a points total of 34.

2015–16 seasonEdit

Ahead of the 2015–16 campaign, England international prop Kieran Brookes and England under-20 lock Dominic Barrow departed for Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers respectively. Fly halves Rory Clegg and Phil Godman, wing Noah Cato, flanker Andy Saull, scrum halves Mike Blair and Warren Fury along with centre Jamie Helleur were among those released.

A host of 2015 Rugby World Cup stars were signed in Tonga flanker and captain Nili Latu, Tonga scrum half Sonatane Takulua, Italy wing Giovanbattista Venditti and Scotland prop Jon Welsh. The return of former star scrum half Micky Young was also a coup for the Falcons, alongside one time All Black cap, fly half Mike Delany and former England lock Mouritz Botha.

2016–17 seasonEdit

Following seven years in bath, England prop Dave Wilson returned to the Falcons. Classy France international centre Maxime Mermoz also joined mid-season. Winger Vereniki Goneva had most metres in the Premiership with 1,615 while Mark Wilson received his first England caps.

2017–18 seasonEdit

Ahead of the 2017–18 campaign, former England fly-half Toby Flood returned after nine years in Leicester and Toulouse.

On 17 January 2018, the Falcons were presented with a winding up petition by HMRC.[13]

Falcons ended the 2017–18 Season in 4th place in the Premiership Rugby table, Their highest placing in 20 years. Falcons played Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park in the Semi-Finals where they lost 36–5 yet Fans, Players and Staff were delighted with the season outcome. In a year when the promotion of Rugby Union in North-East England was vital, Falcons lead the charge with events like "The Big One" and "Big Night Oot" being major events along with the 4 sell-out matches hosted at Kingston Park. Rob Vickers, Scott Lawson and Ally Hogg all retired following the end of the Season after upholding exceptional careers over a decade. Scott Wilson, aged 24 at the time, was forced to retire due to a Neck Injury he sustained in the Semi-Final against Exeter. A benefit dinner was held in early 2019 to raise funds for Wilson's chosen charity.

2018–19 seasonEdit

Newcastle keen to follow on from the success of last season expanded their squad with key players such as Logovi'i Mulipola, John Hardie, Nemani Nagusa and George McGuigan.

Falcons returned to the Heineken Champions Cup after a 13-year absence. They were drawn to play against Toulon, Montpellier and Edinburgh in Pool 5. On 14 October, Falcons started their European Campaign against Toulon at Stade Felix Mayol. Less than 30 seconds into the game and Toulon were already on the board after Romain Taofifénua charged down the kick off and scored a try, one of the quickest tries scored in the history of the competition. In the fourth quarter of the game, three of Toulon's players were sin-binned and they were forced to make a decision after being awarded a penalty within kicking distance. However, instead of going for the posts they elected for a five-metre line-out which failed to result in a try. The final score came to 25–26 as Falcons become the second team in a European competition to beat Toulon at home, an accolade that only Saracens had achieved before.

Mark Wilson was announced in Eddie Jones' Autumn Internationals Squad following players being injured at the time. He started against England's 12–11 win over South Africa and won Quilter Internationals player of the series. He became a regular starter for England in the 2019 Six Nations along with Gary Graham making his debut for Scotland.

Following the success of the previous "The Big One", Falcons announced on 4 December that their match against northern rivals Sale Sharks would be played at Newcastle United's St. James' Park. The match would be held as a Charity Event in aid of Doddie Weir and the My Name’5 Doddie foundation. ISC incorporated the ‘Doddie’5 Tartan’ into the shoulders of the Charity Jersey along with the Famous Black and White stripes representing the iconic colours worn by Newcastle United. The match was a success with 27,284 spectators present as Newcastle beat Sale 22–17.[14]

Falcons confirmed the signing of United States international Greg Peterson in mid-March with Darren Barry, Josh Basham, Gareth Owen and Toby Salmon following shortly after. Tongan international Cooper Vuna later signed a 2-year deal with the club. They also announced a 5-year deal with sportswear brand Macron to provide official kits and leisurewear as their official supplier.

On 4 May, it was confirmed that Newcastle Falcons would be relegated to the RFU Championship after failing to beat Gloucester away. After this, many prominent players elected to leave the club to further pursue top-flight rugby. Following the confirmation of relegation into the Championship, Simon Hammersley and Chris Harris both evoked relegation release clauses held within their contracts and signed for Sale Sharks and Gloucester Rugby respectively. Wasps picked up Zach Kibirige with Director of Rugby Dai Young saying Kibirige was "simply too good an opportunity to miss". England International Mark Wilson signed a 1-year loan agreement with Sale Sharks which would ultimately allow him to still play for his country despite being registered to a Championship team. Finally on 3 July, it was announced that fan favourite Vereniki Goneva had signed for Harlequins following rumours and speculation on where he would go following Falcons' demotion. He signed along with fellow Fijian international Tevita Cavubati and Newcastle teammate Glen Young.

Club informationEdit

Kingston Park


Newcastle Falcons play at Kingston Park which holds 10,250.[2] Kingston Park was the second smallest stadium in the Premiership Rugby with the club's average attendance currently sitting at approximately 10,000, a 42.5% increase from the 2016–17 season and a 96.8% increase from the 2013–14 season. The stadium has three modern stands; the open air North standing Terrace, the enclosed South Stand Terrace – where the loudest fans traditionally stand and sing, and the all-seated West Stand. However, the Falcons also retain the original Gosforth East stand complete with green and white seating (Gosforth colours). The pitch at Kingston Park recently went under renovation, replacing the former grass surface with a 3G Synthetic pitch with the aim of reducing the matches lost to the North East weather.[15] In June 2015, the Falcons bought Kingston Park back from Northumbria University, which was a bold statement by the club ahead of the 2015–16 season.

On 16 September 2017 the Falcons played a home game away from Kingston Park and become the second English team to host a game in the United States when they faced Saracens at the Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia.

On 24 March 2018 Newcastle Falcons hosted "The Big One", their Premiership fixture against Northampton Saints. It was originally booked to be played at Kingston Park but after an agreement came together with Newcastle United F.C., it was moved to St James' Park, Newcastle United's home ground. The goal was to promote rugby union in North East England while also being the Falcons' biggest home crowd to date. The bar was set at 20,000 attendees which would beat their previous record of 11,595 set in 1999 when a match was held at Gateshead International Stadium. For the match, Falcons wore a unique black and white striped shirt similar to that worn by Newcastle United. It was announced after "The Big One" game that 30,174 people attended the game as Falcons beat Northampton Saints 25–22. It was the first Premiership Rugby match to be played at St James' Park, and the success of the initiative led to Newcastle Falcons doing the same in the 2018–2019 season.


Gosforth Rugby Strip.

During the years known as Gosforth the club played in green and white hoops, colours that are still retained by the existing Gosforth Rugby Club.

Season Kit Manufacturer
1997–2001 Adidas
2001–2003 Gilbert
2003–2007 Kooga
2007–2008 Nike
2008–2012 Cotton Traders
2012–2014 Orion
2014–2017 Gilbert
2017–2020 ISC
2020–2025 Macron

Season summariesEdit

Premiership Domestic Cup European Cup
Season Competition Final Position Points Play-Offs Competition Performance Competition Performance
1987–88 Courage League Division 2 10th 17 N/A John Player Cup 4th round No competition N/A
1988–89 Courage League Division 2 10th 8 Pilkington Cup 3rd round
1989–90 Courage League Division 2 12th 3 Pilkington Cup 4th round
1990–91 Courage League Division 2 6th 12 Pilkington Cup 4th round
1991–92 Courage League Division 2 4th 14 Pilkington Cup Quarter-final
1992–93 Courage League Division 2 1st (P) 20 Pilkington Cup 4th round
1993–94 Courage League Division 1 10th (R) 5 Pilkington Cup 5th round
1994–95 Courage League Division 2 3rd 18 Pilkington Cup 4th round
1995–96 Courage League Division 2 8th 11 Pilkington Cup 5th round No English teams
1996–97 Courage League Division 2 2nd (P) 39 Pilkington Cup Quarter-final Not qualified
1997–98 Allied Dunbar Premiership 1st 38 Tetley's Bitter Cup Quarter-final Challenge Cup Semi-final
C&G Cup Unknown
1998–99 Allied Dunbar Premiership 8th 28 Tetley's Bitter Cup Runners-up No English teams N/A
C&G Cup Semi-final
1999–00 Allied Dunbar Premiership 9th 20 Tetley's Bitter Cup 5th round Challenge Cup Quarter-final
2000–01 Zurich Premiership 6th 57 Tetley's Bitter Cup Champions Challenge Cup Semi-final
2001–02 Zurich Premiership 6th 56 Powergen Cup Semi-final Heineken Cup 4th in pool
2002–03 Zurich Premiership 10th 40 Powergen Cup 6th round Challenge Cup Quarter-final
2003–04 Zurich Premiership 9th 45 Powergen Cup Champions Challenge Cup 2nd round
2004–05 Zurich Premiership 7th 47 Powergen Cup 6th round Heineken Cup Quarter-final
2005–06 Guinness Premiership 7th 47 Powergen Cup 2nd in pool Challenge Cup Semi-final
2006–07 Guinness Premiership 9th 44 EDF Energy Cup 2nd in pool Challenge Cup Quarter-final
2007–08 Guinness Premiership 11th 34 EDF Energy Cup 3rd in pool Challenge Cup Semi-final
2008–09 Guinness Premiership 10th 44 EDF Energy Cup 4th in pool Challenge Cup Quarter-final
2009–10 Guinness Premiership 9th 37 LV= Cup 4th in pool Challenge Cup Quarter-final
2010–11 Aviva Premiership 11th 23 LV= Cup Runners-up Challenge Cup 4th in pool
2011–12 Aviva Premiership 12th (R) 32 LV= Cup 4th in pool Challenge Cup 2nd in pool
2012–13 RFU Championship 1st (P) 98 Champions British and Irish Cup Runners-up Not qualified N/A
2013–14 Aviva Premiership 11th 22 LV= Cup 2nd in pool Challenge Cup 2nd in pool
2014–15 Aviva Premiership 11th 34 LV= Cup 2nd in pool Challenge Cup Quarter-final
2015–16 Aviva Premiership 11th 27 No competition N/A Challenge Cup 2nd in pool
2016–17 Aviva Premiership 8th 49 Anglo-Welsh Cup 3rd in pool Challenge Cup 3rd in pool
2017–18 Aviva Premiership 4th 63 Semi-final Anglo-Welsh Cup Semi-final Challenge Cup Semi-final
2018–19 Gallagher Premiership 12th (R) 31 Premiership Cup Semi-final Champions Cup 4th in pool
2019–20 Green King IPA Championship 1st (P) 104.5 (adj) RFU Championship Cup Competition unfinished Not qualified N/A
2020–21 Gallagher Premiership 10th 45 No competition N/A Challenge Cup Quarter-final

Gold background denotes champions
Silver background denotes runners-up
Pink background denotes relegated

Club honoursEdit



  • Northumberland Senior Cup
    • Champions: (30) 1927–28, 1955–56, 1959–60, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1992–93, 1993–94


Current squadEdit

The Newcastle Falcons squad for the 2021–22 season is:[16][a][b]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Jamie Blamire Hooker   England
Charlie Maddison Hooker   England
George McGuigan (cc) Hooker   England
Robbie Smith Hooker   Scotland
Adam Brocklebank Prop   England
Kyle Cooper Prop   South Africa
Trevor Davison Prop   England
Conor Kenny Prop   Ireland
Logovi'i Mulipola Prop   Samoa
Richard Palframan Prop   South Africa
Mark Tampin Prop   England
Matthew Dalton Lock   Ireland
Marco Fuser Lock   Italy
George Merrick Lock   England
Greg Peterson Lock   United States
Sean Robinson Lock   England
Josh Basham Back row   England
Callum Chick Back row   England
Connor Collett Back row   England
Rob Farrar Back row   England
Carl Fearns Back row   England
Gary Graham Back row   Scotland
Tom Marshall Back row   Scotland
Will Montgomery Back row   England
Philip van der Walt Back row   South Africa
Will Welch Back row   England
Mark Wilson Back row   England
Player Position Union
Cameron Nordli-Kelemeti Scrum-half   England
Louis Schreuder Scrum-half   South Africa
Sam Stuart Scrum-half   England
Micky Young (cc) Scrum-half   England
Brett Connon Fly-half   Ireland
Joel Hodgson Fly-half   England
Luther Burrell Centre   England
Pete Lucock Centre   England
Matías Orlando Centre   Argentina
George Wacokecoke Centre   England
Max Wright [b] Centre   England
Mateo Carreras Wing   Argentina
Nathan Earle Wing   England
Ollie Lindsay-Hague [a] Wing   England
Adam Radwan Wing   England
Ben Stevenson Wing   England
Mike Brown Fullback   England
Tom Penny Fullback   England
Alex Tait Fullback   England

Academy squadEdit

The Newcastle Falcons academy squad is:[19]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Ollie Fletcher Hooker   England
Phil Brantingham Prop   England
Conrad Cade Prop   England
Oscar Caudle Prop   England
Mark Dormer Prop   England
Matt Deehan Lock   England
Freddie Lockwood Back row   England
Guy Pepper Back row   England
Marcus Tiffen Back row   England
Player Position Union
James Blackett Scrum-half   England
Will Haydon-Wood Fly-half   England
Louie Johnson Fly-half   England
Ewan Greenlaw Centre   England
Zach Kerr Centre   Ireland
Chidera Obonna Centre   England
Morgan Passman Wing   England
Iwan Stephens Wing   England
Matthew Ward Wing   England
  1. ^ a b Newcastle Falcons signed Ollie Lindsay-Hague on a short-term deal from the start of the 2021–22 season.[17]
  2. ^ a b Max Wright joined Newcastle Falcons on a three-month loan from Bath.[18]

Current coaching staffEdit

Notable former playersEdit

Lions TouristsEdit

The following Newcastle players have been selected for the Lions tours while at the club:

Rugby World CupEdit

The following are players which have represented their countries at the Rugby World Cup, whilst playing for Newcastle:

Tournament Players selected England players Other national team players
1999 8 Jonny Wilkinson George Graham, Stuart Grimes, Doddie Weir, Peter Walton, Gary Armstrong  , Va'aiga Tuigamala  , Ross Nesdale  
2003 2 Jonny Wilkinson Stuart Grimes  
2007 4 Jonny Wilkinson, Toby Flood, Jamie Noon, Mathew Tait
2011 3 Suka Hufanga  , Euan Murray  , Taiasina Tuifu'a  
2015 9 Alesana Tuilagi, Kane Thompson  , Jon Welsh  , Eric Fry  , Juan Pablo Socino  , Nili Latu, Sonatane Takulua  , Joshua Furno, Giovanbattista Venditti  
2019 6 Mark Wilson Logovi'i Mulipola  , Sonatane Takulua, Cooper Vuna  , Greg Peterson  , Josh Matavesi  


Team recordsEdit

  • Record Win: 156–5 vs Rugby Lions (Courage League 1996)
  • Record Loss: 10–83 vs Leicester Tigers (Zurich Premiership 2004–05)
  • Best League Position: 1st (Premiership, 1997–98)
  • Worst League Position: 12th (Division Two, 1989–90)

Player recordsEdit

  • Most Premiership Appearances: Tom May – 193
  • Top Premiership Try Scorer: Tom May – 47
  • Top Premiership Points Scorer: Jonny Wilkinson – 1,489


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  2. ^ a b Kingston Park Stadium (Newcastle Falcons),
  3. ^ "History Of Gosforth RFC, p.2".
  4. ^ "Stade Français 48–8 Newcastle Falcons". 3 April 2005. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012.
  5. ^ Falcons fall to narrow defeat in Japan, Guinness Premiership, 23 August 2005.
  6. ^ Falcons pay tribute to Andrew Archived 14 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine,, 18 August 2006
  7. ^ Boss Fletcher Leaves Newcastle, BBC Sport, 11 March 2008
  8. ^ a b Steve Bates given Newcastle Falcons job, Telegraph, 20 May 2008
  9. ^ "Thompson Ends Takeover Talk". 25 November 2008. Archived from the original on 19 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Falcons Club Statement". 4 May 2010. Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
  11. ^ "Kurdi buys stake Newcastle Falcons". 22 September 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  12. ^ "Bristol 20 Falcons 37". Newcastle Falcons. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  13. ^ "NEWCASTLE RUGBY LIMITED". Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Falcons 22 Sale Sharks 17". Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Falcons set to fly as 3G pitch construction complete".
  16. ^ "Team Zone". Newcastle Falcons. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  17. ^ "OLLIE LINDSAY-HAGUE SIGNS FOR NEWCASTLE FALCONS". Premiership Rugby. 16 August 2021. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  18. ^ "Bath centre Max Wright joins on loan". Newcastle Falcons. 29 September 2021. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  19. ^ "Team Zone". Newcastle Falcons. Retrieved 14 March 2020.

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