England Students cap Simon Uzokwe joined the Falcons in the summer of 2016 from Darlington Mowden Park, for whom he played during his studies at Sunderland University. Originally coming to Mowden as a hooker after impressing for Eastern Counties against Durham, former Ipswich forward Uzokwe spent three seasons in Northampton Saints’ academy. He made a name for himself with a prolific try-scoring run during Mowden’s 2015-16 season, much of which was spent playing at flanker, before earning his England Students cap. Having helped Newcastle to the final of the 2017 Premiership 7s Uzokwe marked his Falcons first team debut with two tries in the Anglo-Welsh Cup win at Wasps, also scoring at home to Russian side Enisei-STM in the European Challenge Cup. Uzokwe helped the Falcons to the final of the 2018-19 A-League, graduating to the first team squad in the summer of 2019 after completing his university studies.