Falcons Under 18s back in League Action

Friday 23 January 2015 Written by: Adam

Newcastle Falcons Under 18s will take on Worcester Under 18s tomorrow (Saturday) at Kingston Park with a 1pm kick off in their penultimate game of the Under 18 Academy League campaign.

The Falcons ran out winners of their last home game against Yorkshire Carnegie just before Christmas in a great spectacle of attacking rugby.

Following the final whistle on Saturday, Newcastle Thunder Rugby League will take to the field for their pre-season friendly match scheduled to kick off at 4pm.

Academy Manager, Mark Laycock said: “There are some enforced changes to our squad this week with several players being rested ahead of their North of England Under 18s training day on Sunday, which will be held here at Kingston Park.

“There is good representation from the region in the North squad and hopefully some of them will go on to play for England Under 18s Clubs and Schools, as Tom Penny did two years ago.

“After the training day, the North of England will play Worcester Under 18s in a warm up game on the 8 February before their Divisional Festival on the 20 – 22 February at Loughborough University. It is great for the club to be able to welcome the best young players from across the six northern counties to train on our new pitch and use our facilities.

“Looking back to our last League game against Northampton we took a big step forward as a group and proved to ourselves that we can defend well if we put our minds to it. The players know that they will have to do the same again this week in what will be a very physical encounter.

“We have to front up and play to our strengths in attack from the first whistle by doing the simple things well. When we do that we cause teams problems because there is so much talent in the squad and it is exciting to see”.

**Falcons Under 18 Squad:**
1 Elliott Beattie (Gateshead College, Blaydon RFC, Durham)
2 Jamie Blamire (Gosforth Academy, Workington Zebras RFC, Cumbria)
3 James Orritt (Sedbergh School, Blaydon RFC, Northumberland)
4 Aidan Coulthard (West Lakes College, Egremont RFC, Cumbria
5 Michael Walton (Durham School, Durham City RFC, Durham)
6 Harry Borthwick (Berwick RFC, Borders)
7 Joe Craggs (Gosforth Academy, Darlington Mowden Park RFC, Durham)
8 Callum Chick (c) (Gosforth Academy, Ponteland RFC, Northumberland)
9 Harry Graham (Worksop College, Yorkshire)
10 Sam Leeming (Barnard Castle School, Durham)
11 Connor Stewart (Durham School, Percy Park RFC, Northumberland
12 Lloyd Purser (Durham School, Durham City RFC, Durham)
13 Ben Stevenson (Yarm School, Middlesbrough RFC, Durham)
14 Garry Izomor (Durham School, Durham City RFC, Durham)
15 Dan Marshall (Gosforth Academy, Ponteland RFC, Northumberland)

16 Dan Gray (Newcastle School for Boys, Northumberland)
17 Jack Beckwith (Barnard Castle School, Consett RFC, Durham)
18 Adam Mohammed (Gosforth Academy, Northern RFC, Northumberland)
19 Anth Davies (Newcastle School for Boys, Blaydon RFC, Nortumberland)
20 Richard Marr (Gosforth Academy, Egremont RFC, Cumbria)
21 Charlie Gowling (Sedbergh School, Cumbria)
22 Jamie Preston (Barnard Castle School, Westoe RFC, Durham)
23 Jack Appleton (Newcastle School for Boys, Blaydon RFC, Northumberland)

**Durham, Northumberland and Cumbria players in the North of England Under 18 Squad:**

– Ruaridh Dawson (9, Newcastle School for Boys, Blaydon RFC, Northumberland)
– Jonathan Wilkes (15, RGS Newcastle, Northern RFC, Northumberland)
– Michael Walton (5, Durham School, Durham City RFC, Durham)
– Jonny Teague (7, Yarm School, Darlington Mowden Park RFC, Durham)
– Ryan Foreman (10, Hartlepool 6th Form College, Billingham RFC, Durham)
– Jack Hedley (14, Barnard Castle School, Durham)
– Yousef Sahib (11, Carlisle College, Carlisle RFC, Cumbria)
– James Spencer (15, QEGS Penrith, Penrith RFC, Cumbria)