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4 to watch – Newcastle Falcons

8 February 2012

On Saturday 11th February, Bath Rugby take on Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership, kick off 2:15pm.  Tickets are still available, call the ticket office on 0844 448 1865.

Here is a quick introduction to Saturday's opponents.

Ground – Kingston Park (10,000)

Founded - 1877

Club Captain – James Hudson    

Coach – Gary Gold

Current position in the Aviva Premiership – 12th

 

4 to watch:

Tim Swinson

Second row Swinson made his first team debut at Bath during the 2007/8 season and has become a mainstay of the Falcons first team since, with his barnstorming runs and big-hitting defence being ably deployed from either the Second or Back row.

A former Australian Grand Finalist with Sydney University, he was named Tynedale's player of the season for 2007/8, having helped them to promotion in to the then National Division Two (now National League 1).

The 2008/9 season saw him earn the Falcons young player of the season award and his continued rising stock saw him make 26 appearances in the 2009-10 season, scoring two tries in the process.

The 24-year-old penned a new deal with the Falcons towards the end of the 2010-11 season, before being awarded the Falcons Player of the Season award following a successful term in the colours of Newcastle.

Jimmy Gopperth

Jimmy joined the Falcons in the summer of 2009, from New Zealand sides The Blues and North Harbour.

The fly half boasts vast Super 14 experience with 363 points in 53 outings for the Blues and Hurricanes, as well as starring for New Zealand's second-string national side, the Junior All Blacks, in winning the Pacific Nations Cup.

Gopperth's first season in England saw him take the scene by storm, finishing top scorer in the Premiership with an incredible 219 points in his 21 appearances, by virtue of two tries, 13 conversions, one drop goal and 60 penalties

He followed this up with an impressive second season, winning the Aviva Premiership Golden Boot award for the second year running as well as picking up the Falcons Players Player award.

Gopperth has recently signed a new three year deal with the Falcons sighting "unfinished business" and a desire to be a part of an "amazing journey" at Newcastle Falcons.

Jonny Golding

Morpeth-born Golding joined the Falcons in the summer of 2006, having spent the previous two seasons in National Division One with Rotherham.

The loose head previously had Premiership experience, however, from his time at Northampton Saints, whom he joined from the Leicester Tigers academy.

 An Under-19s cap for England, Golding was unfortunate to be denied England Under-21s honours when he was concussed during the final trial at that age group. However he did finally earn international recognition when he helped England Saxons to victory at Italy 'A' in 2008.

The 2009-10 season saw Golding star in his 20 appearances for the Falcons, earning himself man-of-the-match honours in the televised games against London Wasps and Montauban.

This form was enough to earn him a call-up to the England squad for their Australasian tour in the summer of 2010, with the Falcons Players' Player of the Season appearing against the Barbarians at Twickenham and twice against the Australian Barbarians.

Currently making his comeback from injury, Falcons fans will be looking forward seeing the formidable Loose Head reasserting his status as one of the leading players in his position in the Aviva Premiership.

Euan Murray

Murray joined the Falcons in December 2010 from fellow Aviva Premiership club, Northampton Saints and made his debut in the 19 – 19 draw against Sale Sharks at Kingston Park in January 2011.

Adding vital experience to the Falcons pack, Murray played 11 times during the season run-in and brought renewed steel to the Falcons propping ranks forming a formidable partnership with Jonny Golding.

A vastly experienced campaigner, the 30 year old British and Irish tourist and current Scotland international has a rich pedigree in international rugby and has earned 42 international caps.

A player of eye watering physical power, he demonstrated this in emphatic fashion in the 2008 Autumn Test match versus South Africa when his performance against Tendai 'The Beast' Mtawarira earned Murray a man of the match accolade despite being on the losing side.

Away from the game, Murray is a fully qualified vet.

 

(With thanks to Andrew Robson of Newcastle Falcons.)

 

Tickets are still available for this crucial Aviva Premiership match, call the ticket office on 0844 448 1865.

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