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WELCOME ....................................................... 3 DIRECTOR’S VIEWPOINT .................................... 5 CLUB NEWS ...................................... 6, 9, 11, 15 MATCH REPORTS ...........16-17, 20-21, 30-31, 34-35 FIXTURES, STATS & RESULTS ......................... 22-23 LET’S GET SOCIAL........................................ 26-27 COACH & STAFF . ............................................ 36 MATCH-BALL SPONSORS ................................. 37 MATCH SPONSORS..................................... 38-39 PREMIERSHIP SHORTS .....................................40 CASTRES MATCH SPONSOR IMAGES ...................41 TEAM LINE-UP ........................................... 42-43 2018/19 SQUAD ......................................... 44-48 OPPOSITION ............................................. 52-57 EXETER FOUNDATION ................................ 60-61 NIGEL WALROND ........................................... 63 HEAD 2 HEAD ................................................ 67 OUR SPONSORS ............................................ 69 FEATURED PLAYER ...................................... 70-73 JUNIOR CHIEFS .......................................... 76-77 PREMIERSHIP REVIEW ................................ 80-81 MY TEAM MATES ........................................... 83 COMMUNITY NEWS ................................... 86-87 TICKET NEWS . ............................................... 88

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AFTER WHAT SEEMS AN ETERNITY SINCE OUR LAST HOME GAME HERE AT SANDY PARK, I’D LIKE TO WELCOME YOU ALL BACK FOR TODAY’S GALLAGHER PREMIERSHIP ENCOUNTER WITH NEWCASTLE FALCONS. WELCOME

In what has been a somewhat stop-start few weeks, we find ourselves firmly back in the heat of Premiership battle and facing a crucial month of fixtures, three of which are away from home. The other fixture, however, is today’s encounter where not only will we be looking to bounce back from last week’s narrow loss at Gloucester, but at the same time use our home advantage to consolidate our position at the top end of the table. With each week passing by, so the build-up to those final weeks of the season begins to intensify. With so much to fight for at both ends of the table, no side can afford to let their standards drop in the pursuit of vital league points. Yes, ourselves and Saracens may currently have a comfortable buffer within the top two, but a glance at what is happening below us merely underlines just how important every fixture will be between now and that last scheduled round in May. Of course it will be tough, but that is what you should expect at this level. Our squad will indeed be tested – particularly through these final rounds of the Six Nations, where we will be without a number of our key players – but again we can have few complaints on that front. For years we have talked about wanting to see our players performing on the biggest stage – and that’s exactly what they are doing with their club form being duly rewarded with call-ups onto the international stage. In the absence of those players, however, it also offers other members of our squad the chance to really step forward. Days like today are where significant markers can be laid, not just in terms of their own development, but also in terms of our seasonal aspirations, so I look forward to seeing what all of them can produce out on the pitch. Sticking with the international theme, we recently welcomed a crowd of 9,000 supporters to Sandy

Park for the England Under-20s game against France – and we’re expecting another bumper attendance when the Red Roses visit for the first- time next month (March 9) when they face Italy Women in the Six Nations. As I’ve said before, showcasing Sandy Park, Exeter and the region as a whole is a key factor in our decision to host fixtures of this type and I know the Rugby Football Union have been delighted with the backing fans have given to both of these games. Finally, recent weeks have also brought about the news that a number of our current squad have agreed new contracts. Not only is this fantastic news moving forward, but it underlines our commitment that we want to retain our talent and that Exeter is the place for them to fulfil all of their rugby ambitions.

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DIRECTOR’S VIEWPOINT

I EXPECT A LOT OF YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS GAME FOR A LITTLE WHILE, PARTICULARLY AS IT HAS BEEN SIX WEEKS SINCE WE LAST PLAYED HERE!

Right now, we are in an interesting and challenging time of the season, where break weeks start to occur, plus the Six Nations is also taking place, and that means we have several players away, or travelling backwards and forwards to international training, so avoiding getting distracted is going to be very important. Of course, the positive side of this is that our international players are involved in big games, which will be fantastic experiences for them, and will only develop them further. Watching our players performing at the moment shows how well they are playing for their countries. Recent weeks have also brought breaks in our season, so we have had an opportunity to freshen up players between games, whilst some different players within the squad are also getting opportunities to showcase their talents. When things are a little disrupted like this, it is important to really focus on the core, basic foundations of how we play. Often the most important thing to do is open your mouth and talk, both in training and during games. That is what keeps everybody on the same page. I realise that might sound a little simple, but actually it can be one of the hardest things to do well once the game is happening all around you, especially if you are in a relatively new situation. This was probably highlighted last week in our game against Gloucester. We were competitive for the whole game, worked very hard, and had an opportunity to score a try at the end, which would have drawn the game. At the same time, we are also aware that we bought some pressure on ourselves with some simple errors that could have been ‘talked out’ or ‘talked through’ before they happened, had we been a little more focused and organised.

This does mean we have had some work on this week, which should prove very positive for us in the long term. As long as we are training well, working hard and being honest, we will always keep moving forward. Certainly, I’m seeing day by day the work being put in by the squad. Looking ahead, the bigger picture is we are still going well in the Gallagher Premiership, but we should not use that as a reason to just feel we will be ok. It is vitally important the players get after the next game like it is the only thing that matters, just because that is ultimately what will give us the results we need, it will keep us improving, and it will give us the season that we want. Finally, can I extend a warm West country welcome to Dean Richards, his fellow coaches, players, officials and supporters of Newcastle Falcons to today’s game.

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BAXTER’S DELIGHT AS TEN AGREE NEW DEALS

Exeter Chiefs Director of Rugby Rob Baxter has spoken of his delight after ten of his current first- team squad all agreed new deals with the Gallagher Premiership club. England stars Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ollie Devoto, Alec Hepburn, Jack Nowell and Henry Slade head up the list of talent who have all penned new two- year contracts. Club-mates Jonny Hill, Stu Townsend and Olly Woodburn have followed suit in committing to the Devon club until 2021, while Jack Maunder and Phil Dollman have each signed one-year deals. Keeping hold of such talent is a welcome boost for the Chiefs and Baxter, who often says the retention of players is often considered more important than that of fresh recruitment.

“I’m not going to run away from the fact that we spend to the salary cap, so what we spent on this group is spent, and nothing much can change,” said Baxter. “The good thing in this case is that negotiations with all of them went relatively simply because they wanted to stay – and when a player wants to stay, all you have to do is find that happy ground where they feel appreciated and as a club you feel appreciated as well. That’s when you come to an agreement like we have in these cases. “What’s important now for all of us is that over these next few years we give all of them an opportunity for to enjoy their ambitions, which is ultimately to be successful and to try and win things. They’ve obviously bought into the club for the next few years and now we have to buy into them and help them achieve what they want to achieve.”

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SIMMONDS EDGES OUT CUTHBERT IN QUIZ BATTLE

Sam Simmonds edged out Exeter Chiefs team-mate in the final round to secure the fourth Question of Sport crown at Sandy Park. In front of over 260 people, England international Simmonds was joined by Exeter City defender Pierce Sweeney and Somerset cricketer James Hildreth as they battled it out against Wales and British Lions winger, who teamed up with Exeter City skipper Jake Taylor and Olympic swimmer Liam Tancock. With the night largely based on many of the rounds associated with the hit BBC One show, plus a few others devised by the team at Sandy Park, the evening was superbly-hosted by former Westcounty TV Head of Sport, Mark Tyler. In a fun-filled evening, it was neck and neck between the two sides as they entered into the last of ten rounds at 31 points each. However, the quickfire round proved to be Cuthbert’s downfall as his side came a cropper, eventually losing out to Simmonds, Sweeney and Hildreth 36-30 in the final scoreline.

BRAVES SET SIGHTS ON PLACE IN LAST FOUR

1/4/19 - Exeter Braves v Harlequins, Sandy Park (7:30pm) Bristol United v Exeter Braves, Memorial Stadium (TBC) 22/4/19 - Exeter Braves v Saracens Storm, Sandy Park (3pm) Season Ticket holders, 1905 & Gold Card members will be able to attend the two home fixtures as part of their seasonal packages, whilst admission for all others is £10 for adults and £5 for students and Under-16s. Tickets for the games against Harlequins and Saracens can be purchased through the Ticketing Hub on the official club website.

Exeter Braves will be looking to make the most of home advantage as they look to secure their place in the last four of this season’s Premiership Rugby Shield. Ricky Pellow’s side currently head the Southern Conference by two points from next-best Saracens Storm and are eight points clear of third-placed Bath United. The Braves have three fixtures remaining, two of which are to be played here at Sandy Park, while the other match will see them travel to local rivals Bristol Bears.

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TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR BATH ENCOUNTER

Supporters travelling to Sandy Park for the Gallagher Premiership clash with Bath on Sunday, March 24 by train should take note of the following information. Network Rail be working on railway lines between Bedminster and Nailsea & Backwell during the weekend of March 23-24, meaning that trains will not operate trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Taunton.

Buses and coaches will replace all train services between Bristol Temple Meads and Taunton, but trains will be running between Taunton and Exeter St Davids. If these planned works do affect supporters, you are advised to allow extra travel time.

HOME FROM HOME FOR ENGLAND SIDES HERE AT SANDY PARK

International action will be returning to Sandy Park for the second time within a month when England Women prepare to host rivals Italy Women in this season’s Six Nations Championship. Visiting Exeter for the first time, the Red Roses will be looking to follow the lead of the England Under- 20s side who defeated their French counterparts 31-19 earlier this month, when they visit Devon on Saturday, March 9 (12:05pm).

Chiefs trio Marcus Street, Sam Maunder and Rus Tuima all featured in that victory for the Under-20s, who last night continued their Six Nations campaign away to Wales in Colwyn Bay. A crowd of almost 9,000 turned out for the U20s fixture and tickets for the Women’s clash are also selling well. Tickets can be purchased now at www.exeterchiefs.co.uk

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WE HAVE DONE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING, WHICH IS GET TO THE LAST STAGE OF THE POOL EFFECTIVELY IN A KNOCKOUT GAME.” ROB BAXTER

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MATCH REPORT SUNDAY 13TH JANUARY 2019

34 - 12 EXETER CHIEFS

CASTRES OLYMPIQUE

TRIES Nowell, J Simmonds, J Hill, O’Flaherty, Slade, Cowan-Dickie

TRIES Paris, Combezou

CONVERSION Urdapilleta

CONVERSIONS J Simmonds (2)

LINE-UP J Nowell (I Whitten 55); S Cordero (I Whitten 16-25), H Slade, O Devoto (G Steenson 67), T O’Flaherty; J Simmonds, N White (J Maunder 63); A Hepburn (B Moon 53), J Yeandle (capt, L Cowan-Dickie 53), T Francis (H Williams h/t); D Dennis (M Lees 55), Hill (S Lonsdale 59); S Skinner (J Hill 67), D Armand, M Kvesic.

LINE-UP G Palis; D Smith (A Tichit 61), T Combezou, R Ebersohn (capt, F Vielle 53), T Paris; B Urdapilleta, L Radosavljevic (R Kockott h/t); A Tichit (T Stroe h/t), J Jenneker (K Firmin h/t), D Kotze (M Clerc 53); L Jacquet (S Mari 62), T Lassalle; C Gerondeau (A Jelonch 53), B Delaporte, M Vaipulu (A Tulou 53).

RED CARD Stroe

REFEREE G Clancy

ATTENDANCE 11,800

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MATCH REPORT SATURDAY 19TH JANUARY 2019

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BOX’10

9 - 7 MUNSTER RUGBY

EXETER CHIEFS

TRY Armand

CONVERSIONS J Simmonds

PENALTIES Carbery (3)

LINE-UP M Haley; A Conway, C Farrell, R Scannell (D Goggin 58), K Earls; J Carbery, C Murray (A Mathewson 65); D Kilcoyne (J Loughman 67), N Scannell (R Marshall 73), J Ryan (S Archer 56); J Kleyn, T Berne (B Holland 67); P O’Mahony (capt), T O’Donnell (A Botha h/t), CJ Stander. Replacement (not used): T Bleyendaal.

LINE-UP J Nowell; S Cordero, H Slade, O Devoto (I Whitten 58), T O’Flaherty; J Simmonds, N White; A Hepburn (B Moon 54), J Yeandle (capt, L Cowan-Dickie 58), H Williams (G Holmes 67); D Dennis, J Hill; S Skinner, D Armand, M Kvesic. Replacements (not used): S Lonsdale, J Maunder, G Steenson.

REFEREE J Garces

ATTENDANCE 26,267

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I AM IMMENSELY PROUD OF THE PLAYERS FOR THE PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL ENDEAVOUR THEY PUT ONTO THE FIELD TODAY. THEY SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF THEMSELVES, BECAUSE THAT GAME COULD HAVE GONE EITHER WAY.” ROB BAXTER

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2018/19 FIXTURES, RESULTS & STATS

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F W 38 - 10 9,246

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W 0 - 12 5,948

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01 16.30 H LEICESTER TIGERS

GP W 40 - 6 10,452 GP W 31 - 42 13,104 5 GP W 35 - 18 9,073

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SALE SHARKS

21 19.45 A NEWCASTLE FALCONS GP W 17 - 24 7,022 29 15.00 H WORCESTER WARRIORS GP W 28 - 11 9,730

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GP W 24 - 39 14,301 5 ECC D 10 - 10 12,749 ECC L 29 - 25 9,600 PRC D 22 - 22 6,502 PRC W 25 - 18 12,693 PRC W 29 - 13 11,927 GP W 29 - 31 16,776 GP W 23 - 6 12,772 GP L 28 - 26 12,568 ECC L 19 - 27 11,762 5 ECC W 17 - 19 11,905 5 GP W 31 - 13 12,791 GP W 14 - 9 12,788 ECC W 34 - 12 11,800 ECC L 9 - 7 26,267 5 PRC W 10 - 12 8,845 GP L 24 - 17 13,658

05 19.45 A 13 15.15 H 20 14.00 A 03 13.00 H 10 13.00 H 18 15.00 A 24 13.00 H 30 19.45 A 08 13.00 H 14 19.45 A 22 15.00 H 05 15.00 H 13 13.00 H 19 17.30 A 26 15.00 A 15 19.45 A

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02 15.00 A GP 09 15.00 A WORCESTER WARRIORS GP 24 15.00 H BATH GP 06 TBC A LEICESTER TIGERS GP 13 TBC H WASPS GP 27 TBC H HARLEQUINS GP 04 TBC A SARACENS GP 18 TBC H NORTHAMPTON SAINTS GP SALE SHARKS

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Disappointing end to our @ ChampionsCup campaign this year, still plenty to do this season. Thanks to each & every one of the @ExeterChiefs #tribe who made the trip out & #tomahawkchoped all game. Thanks also to the @Munsterrugby supporters who added to an awesome atmosphere. @steeno10 • Jan 20

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WE TALKED ALL WEEK ABOUT GOING OUT AND BEING BRAVE, AND IN THOSE CONDITIONS IT TOOK A LOT OF REAL EMOTIONAL EFFORT AND BUY-IN FROM THAT GROUP TO RIP THE GAME AWAY FROM BRISTOL.” RICKY PELLOW

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MATCH REPORT SATURDAY 26TH JANUARY 2019

10 - 12 BRISTOL BEARS

EXETER CHIEFS

TRY Edwards

TRIES Holmes, Penalty Try

CONVERSION Penalty Try

CONVERSION Madigan

PENALTY Madigan

LINE-UP L Daniels (C Sheedy 72); L Morahan, P O’Conor, T Pisi (co-capt, W Hurrell 60), R Edwards; I Madigan, H Randall (N Stirzaker 77); Jordan Lay (James Lay 37), H Thacker (T Lindsay 70), J Afoa (co-capt, L Thiede 70); J Hawkins (J Heenan 70), A Muldowney; C Vui, D Thomas, S Luatua. Replacement (not used): J Batley

LINE-UP P Dollman; A Cuthbert, M Bodilly, T Hendrickson, O Woodburn (J Short 77); H Skinner, S Maunder (J Snow 60); M Low (B Keast 53), J Innard (E Taione 60), G Holmes (capt, M Street 70); J Caulfield (O Atkins 48), M Lees; D Ewers, R Capstick, T Lawday (W Van der Sluys 70). Replacement (not used): S Morley.

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ATTENDANCE 8,845

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MATCH REPORT FRIDAY 15TH FEBRUARY 2019

24 - 17 GLOUCESTER RUGBY

EXETER CHIEFS

TRIES Woodward, Heinz, Morgan

TRIES White, O’Flaherty

CONVERSIONS J Simmonds, Steenson PENALTY J Simmonds

CONVERSIONS Twelvetrees (3)

PENALTY Cipriani

LINE-UP J Woodward (M Banahan 71); T Marshall, B Twelvetrees, M Atkinson (O Williams 74), O Thorley; D Cipriani, W Heinz (capt, C Braley 77); J Hohneck (P McAllister 65), F Marais (J Hanson 65), F Balmain (C Knight 65); T Savage (G Grobler 65), F Mostert; F Clarke, R Ackermann (L Ludlow 71), B Morgan.

LINE-UP P Dollman (G Steenson 58); S Cordero, I Whitten (T Hendrickson 45), S Hill, T O’Flaherty; J Simmonds, N White; A Hepburn (B Keast 62), J Yeandle (capt, E Taione 62), T Francis (G Holmes 58); D Dennis (M Lees 54), J Hill; D Ewers, S Lonsdale, M Kvesic. Replacements (not used): R Capstick, J Maunder.

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THERE WERE THINGS WE COULD HAVE DONE BETTER TODAY AND THERE ARE THINGS WE WILL NEED TO WORK ON. TONIGHT WE HAVE GIVEN IT A REAL GO, BUT WE HAVE COME UP A LITTLE BIT SHORT.” ROB BAXTER

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COACH & STAFF

ROB BAXTER DIRECTOR OF RUGBY

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PREMIERSHIP SHORTS

FRANKS TO JOIN HIS BROTHER AT FRANKLIN’S GARDENS Northampton Saints have signed New Zealand tight-head Owen Franks from the Crusaders following this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. The double World Cup winner, 31, follows brother Ben to Franklin’s Gardens. Since making his All Blacks debut in 2009, Franks has notched up over a century of caps. He said: “I’d like to thank Chris Boyd and Northampton for showing faith in me and giving me this opportunity to come and play in the Premiership.”

EXODUS OF STAR NAMES MAKES LIFE TOUGH FOR YOUNG

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young has conceded he was in a ‘dark, lonely place’ amidst a star-player exodus and a dramatic downturn in results. In recent weeks, the Midlanders have seen stars such as Nathan Hughes, Joe Simpson, Jake Cooper- Wooley, Willie le Roux and Elliot Daly all confirm they are to leave the club at the end of the season. It’s been a tough period for Young, who said: “This year has been the hardest since I’ve been at Wasps. I can hardly feel my fingers with all the fires I am putting out. Some of them are my responsibility, some of them are not, but hopefully we can start turning it around soon.”

ATTWOOD HEADING BACK TO HOMETOWN CLUB Bristol Bears have confirmed they have done a deal to re-sign England lock Dave Attwood from Bath at the end of the season. The 31-year-old, who has signed a two-year contract with his hometown club, came through Bristol’s academy and spent two years in the senior squad before joining Gloucester in 2009. He then moved onto Bath in 2011 and then spent time on loan at RC Toulon last season.

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RICHARD CAPSTICK BACK-ROW 13.02.2000 1.91m 6ft 3in 103kg 16st 3lbs

JOSH CAULFIELD LOCK/BACK-ROW 09.06.1997 1.94m 6ft 4in 116kg 18st 3lbs

SANTIAGO CORDERO WING 06.12.1993 1.79m 5ft 10in 83kg 13st 1lb

LUKE COWAN-DICKIE HOOKER 20.06.1993 1.85m 6ft 1in 110kg 17st 4lbs

ALEX CUTHBERT WING 05.04.1990 1.91m 6ft 3in 105kg 16st 7lbs

PAUL DAVIS HOOKER 10.02.1994 1.88m 6ft 2in 119kg 18st 10lbs

DAVE DENNIS LOCK/BACK-ROW 10.01.1986 1.92m 6ft 4in 113kg 17st 11lbs

OLLIE DEVOTO CENTRE 1.92m 6ft 4in 102kg 16st

PHIL DOLLMAN CENTRE/FULL-BACK 15.05.1985 1.83m 6ft 90kg 14st 2lbs

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JAMES FREEMAN BACK-ROW 11.12.1990 1.90m 6ft 3in 113kg 17st 11lbs

FLYNN ELWORTHY BACK-ROW 27.10.1999 1.88m 6ft 2in 93kg 14st 9lbs

DAVE EWERS BACK-ROW 03.11.1990 1.93m 6ft 4in 125kg 19st 9lbs

TOMAS FRANCIS PROP 27.04.1992 1.86m 6ft 1in 135kg 21st 3lbs

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MITCH LEES LOCK 12.10.1988 1.96m 6ft 5in 122kg 19st 2lbs

SEAN LONSDALE LOCK/BACK-ROW 07.06.1993 1.96m 6ft 5in 110kg 17st 4lbs

MORAY LOW PROP 28.11.1994 1.88m 6ft 2in 128kg 20st 2lbs

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ALFIE PETCH PROP 21.12.1999 1.80m 5ft 11in 124kg 19st 7lbs

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DIRECTOR OF RUGBY Dean Richards

Born on July 11, 1963 in Nuneaton.

Formerly a police constable in the Leicestershire Constabulary, he started playing for the Tigers in 1982 and went on to make 314 appearances for the club.

Capped 48 times for England, he scored two tries on his debut against Ireland, and has also won six British & Irish Lions caps.

Started his coaching career with Leicester in 1998, leading them to Premiership success that season. He then guided the club to four league titles in a row, as well as two Heineken Cup successes. Took over as Director of Rugby at Harlequins in 2005 and steered them back into the Premiership at the first attempt, before he was involved in 2009 in the infamous ‘Bloodgate’ affair, where he received a three-year coaching ban. Became Newcastle’s Director of Rugby in 2012, led them back into the Premiership, and has been in charge at Kingston Park ever since.

CAPTAIN Will Welch

Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on April 3, 1990.

Joined the club’s academy from Newcastle Royal Grammar School and made his Falcons debut as a 17-year-old in an Anglo-Welsh Cup game against Newport-Gwent Dragons.

Played briefly for Blaydon RFC, before becoming full- time professional with the Falcons in 2009.

He became the club’s youngest-ever captain at 22-year-old in 2012, leading them to Championship success over Bedford Blues.

He has represented England at Under-18s, 19s and 20s level.

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HEAD TO HEAD IN THE PREMIERSHIP

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POINTS SCORED

Newcastle Falcons travel today in search of their first-ever victory at Sandy Park. Dean Richards’ side were beaten here in two semi- finals last season, losing 20-17 in the Anglo-Welsh Cup and 36-5 in the Premiership play-offs. The Falcons did manage a 28-20 triumph up at Kingston Park Stadium on January 7 last year in a game which delivered the Premiership’s Try of the Season, Sinoti Sinoti showing footwork and pace for a super solo score. Premiership points would certainly be valuable today for the league’s bottom-placed side as they strive to haul themselves away from the danger zone, losing their last four in the league since winning at Northampton Saints on December 1. The most recent of those defeats came a week ago today when they were beaten 30-13 at Bath, a game which was close until right near the end when Francois Louw’s bonus point try took the prospect of a home- and-away double over Bath off the table. Newcastle Falcons had come into 2018-19 after their best campaign in two decades. Widely regarded as last season’s surprise package after reaching the semi-finals in the 2017-18 Premiership, European Challenge Cup, Anglo-Welsh Cup and A-League, they enjoyed their highest league finish since their 1997-98 Premiership title success by ending up fourth in the standings.

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MOST TRIES

THOMAS WALDROM (4 TRIES)

VERENIKI GONEVA & ALEX TAIT (3 TRIES)

MOST POINTS

GARETH STEENSON (114 POINTS)

JIMMY GOPPERTH (25 POINTS)

HIGHEST ATTENDANCE IN PREMIERSHIP AT SANDY PARK 12,772

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Showing steady progression following their promotion back into the top flight five years ago, the Falcons consolidated with three eleventh-placed finishes before climbing to eighth and then fourth over the past two years, winning a host of awards for their exploits in 2017-18. Vereniki Goneva is the reigning Premiership player of the year and was joint top try-scorer in the division last term with 13 tries in 19 outings, Richards winning director of rugby of the season. A fairly low key summer on the recruitment front saw an emphasis on stability, Leicester front-row duo Logovi’i Mulipola and George McGuigan joined by London Irish centre Johnny Williams and Fiji No.8 Nemani Nagusa, while in-season signings have included Scotland pair John Hardie and Alex Dunbar. Mark Wilson’s ascension into the England team denied the Falcons the services today of their

back-row workhorse, Newcastle registering their first Premiership victory of the season away at Worcester on September 15 and taking bonus points in defeat to Exeter, Leicester and Wasps during a tough opening six rounds. The break for cup action helped facilitate an upturn in fortunes with memorable Heineken Champions Cup wins away to Toulon and home to Montpellier, not to mention their unbeaten Premiership Rugby Cup group campaign, which included victories over Bath, Harlequins and Sale and a draw with Exeter. League fortunes saw the momentum continuing with back-to-back victories over Bath and Northampton prior to the onset of the festive schedule, although defeats to Gloucester, Harlequins, Bristol and Bath give the Premiership’s most northerly club plenty of room for improvement as they strive to regain last season’s winning formula.

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