Back-rower Ally Hogg joined Newcastle Falcons from Edinburgh in the summer of 2010 after making 127 appearances for the Pro 12 club. A seasoned international who has also represented Scotland in basketball at age grade level, Hogg quickly became a fan favourite at Kingston Parkdue to his sturdy and skillful work on the field. He played a key part in the Falcons’ Championship season and subsequent return to the Aviva Premiership, including a hat-trick of tries away to London Scottish. December of the following term saw Hogg lead the Falcons out for his 100th appearance for the club against Harlequins at home, and that season saw further accolades as the 48-times-capped international received a recall to the Scotland A side. Although his 2013/14 term was cut short due to injury, Hogg was back in the mix in time for the start of the following season, balancing Aviva Premiership playing duties with a coaching role at local side Ponteland RFC and a Business Management and Leadership degree at Northumbria University. Despite the additional pressure Hogg continued to shine, helping Pontleland to a league and cup double and appearing 18 times for the Falcons, including a fantastic performance at home to London Welsh where he showcased his impressive pace with a dash down the wing to score the Falcons’ fifth try of the game. Playing in all but one of the club’s league games in 2015-16, the experienced pillar of the forward pack took over as director of rugby at Blaydon RFC during the summer of 2017 after a season as assistant coach.