Yorkshire-born front rower Rob Vickers made his Falcons first team debut during the 2006-07 season, having come through the club's academy while a student at Durham University. The former Harrogate man’s rise to the top aided by a successful spell with Tynedale in National One. The 2009-10 season saw Vickers score three tries in his 30 appearances, earning him the Falcons Player of the Season award. His stellar form was also enough to see him named in the English Saxons squad as they won the 2010 Churchill Cup. In 2010-11 Vickers played the full 80 minutes of the Falcons’ magnificent comeback victory over Wasps at Kingston Park and in 2012-13 was influential in the Falcons’ Championship charge. Originally playing at hooker, Vickers moved to the outside of the scrum where he established himself as a reliable force at loose-head prop. The 2015/16 campaign was Vickers’ tenth season of senior rugby with Newcastle Falcons, during which he marked his 200th appearance. Making a speciality of scoring tries from close-range, Vickers signed a contract extension in the summer of 2017.