England coach Lancaster to face a contract review

The Northern Echo: ENGLAND HEAD COACH: Stuart Lancaster

11:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

ENGLAND coach Stuart Lancaster’s record six-year contract extension will be reviewed after Rugby World Cup 2015, RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie has confirmed.

England injury problems escalate as Parling and Corbisero are ruled out of autumn series

The Northern Echo: Undated handout photo provided by Synergy of England's Geoff Parling wearing the new England rugby home kit. Photo issued Monday September 15, 2014 by the PRESS ASSOCIATION. England will wear the new kit against the All Blacks on November 8th. See PA

6:25am Wednesday 1st October 2014

England's injury problems continued to escalate after prop Alex Corbisiero and second row Geoff Parling were ruled out of the autumn series.

Fine away day win for Mowden

The Northern Echo: : Durham's Liam Wilson in action against Gateshead. Picture: DAVID WOOD (10840900)

8:20am Monday 29th September 2014

TWO bonus points from a 30-27 defeat away to joint leaders Richmond suggested that Darlington Mowden Park have quickly grown accustomed to competing at National One level.

Falcons continued to struggle

8:05am Monday 29th September 2014


Blaydon fightback secures victory over Coventry

The Northern Echo: : Durham's Paul Armstrong in action against Gateshead. Picture: DAVID WOOD (10840840)

7:15am Monday 29th September 2014

Blaydon 21 Coventry 16

Tynedale fly half in unavailable due to Brazil trip

The Northern Echo: (10827864)

8:12am Saturday 27th September 2014

TYNEDALE will again be without fly half Gavin Beasley for today’s National One match at Cinderford as he has been selected to develop and promote rugby in Brazil.

Falcons defeated by Saints

The Northern Echo: Wilson admits struggling Falcons need momentum

11:22am Monday 22nd September 2014

NEWCASTLE FALCONS suffered an emphatic 35-10 defeat, their third loss in as many games, as Northampton returned to winning ways in the Aviva Premiership.

Mowden boosted by healthy home crowd

The Northern Echo:

11:50pm Sunday 21st September 2014

WHILE Darlington Mowden Park had a 1,000 crowd for their first win in National One on Saturday, leaders Ealing attracted fewer than 300 for the visit of Blaydon.

Tuilagi primed for first Newcastle Falcons start

The Northern Echo:

2:13pm Friday 19th September 2014

DEAN RICHARDS is looking forward to seeing Alesana Tuilagi in full flow after handing the Samoan winger his first Newcastle Falcons start in tomorrow’s home game with reigning Aviva Premiership champions Northampton Saints.

England pay tribute to their rich heritage in new strip

The Northern Echo:

10:25am Tuesday 16th September 2014

ENGLAND will wear symbols of the Victoria Cross for the first time this autumn after rubber grip areas inspired by the military medal were added to the national side’s new kit.

Mowden paying the penalty

The Northern Echo:

11:27am Monday 15th September 2014

THE 14 points Mowden conceded from two penalty tries proved the difference. But, as with the four yellow cards they received, they resulted from being under intense pressure.

No luck of the Irish as Falcons lose their opening home game

The Northern Echo: Wilson admits struggling Falcons need momentum

7:16pm Sunday 14th September 2014

LONDON IRISH did their homework to come up with a 20-18 win over Newcastle Falcons on their new synthetic pitch at Kingston Park.

Falcons keep changes to a minimum for home bow

The Northern Echo: Wilson admits struggling Falcons need momentum

4:14pm Friday 12th September 2014

DEAN RICHARDS is hoping the retention of a settled side will enable Newcastle Falcons to build on last weekend’s promising start against Leicester Tigers when they entertain London Irish in their opening home game of the season on Sunday.

Surfing time's over for Newcastle Falcons full-back

The Northern Echo: READY TO GO: Alex Tait should make his first appearance of the season when Newcastle Falcons host London Irish this weekend

7:02am Tuesday 9th September 2014

STAYING AFLOAT in the Aviva Premiership will be Newcastle Falcons’ primary aim this season, but for one of their players, anything to do with bobbing along on the surface of the sea is out of bounds.

Match Report: Leicester Tigers 36 Newcastle Falcons 17

The Northern Echo: Wilson admits struggling Falcons need momentum

7:02pm Saturday 6th September 2014

Full-time: Leicester Tigers 36 Newcastle Falcons 17

Falcons proud to be the standard-bearers for North-East rugby

The Northern Echo: STANDARD BEARERS: Dean Richards is proud to see his Newcastle Falcons side flying the flag for North-East rugby

7:02am Saturday 6th September 2014

WHEN it was confirmed last month that the All Blacks would be coming to Darlington for six days during next year’s Rugby World Cup, the decision was immediately hailed as a major boost for North-East rugby.

Furno's Italian experience makes him an ideal Falcons recruit

The Northern Echo:

7:02am Friday 5th September 2014

AS an Italian who grew up playing rugby close to the footballing hotbed of Naples, Josh Furno knows all about cherishing the oval ball in a land where the round ball is king.

Mowden loan Thompson

4:44pm Sunday 31st August 2014

Darlington Mowden Park will have Newcastle Falcons’ longest-serving player, Matt Thompson, on loan for the start of their National One campaign.

Saturday Spotlight: School's out for Mowden's Mclean as women's rugby makes huge strides

The Northern Echo: SPOTLIGHT ON: Tamara Taylor, left, and Katy McLean at the Darlington Arena Picture: ANDY LAMB

7:02am Saturday 30th August 2014

WHEN Katy Mclean finally gets the chance to sit down and look back on her rugby career in years to come, 2014 will be a pretty good place to start.

O’Shea rejects criticism

The Northern Echo: Pleased: Quins director of rugby Conor O'Shea

9:47am Thursday 28th August 2014

CONOR O’SHEA has branded criticism from Lawrence Dallaglio for demoting Chris Robshaw as Harlequins captain as a “load of rubbish”.

England captain McLean keen to continue playing for Mowden despite move south

The Northern Echo: WORLD BEATERS: Captain Katy McLean holds the trophy as England celebrate their World Cup win on Sunday. Her Darlington Mowden Park Sharks team-mate Tamara Taylor is pictured second from the right Picture: AP/MICHEL EULER

7:02am Wednesday 27th August 2014

ENGLAND captain Katy McLean wants to remain at Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, despite her impending move south to become a full-time athlete with the Rugby Football Union.

Newcastle Falcons coach confident of sevens success despite squad alterations

The Northern Echo: TROPHY WIN: Newcastle Falcons celebrate the success at last weekend's Premiership Rugby Sevens tournament that earned them a place at Friday's finals day at Twickenham Stoop

12:07pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

MARK LAYCOCK is confident Newcastle Falcons will challenge for the Premiership Rugby Sevens title tomorrow despite the loss of three players to the club’s XV-man squad.

Falcons make it through to Premiership Sevens final night

The Northern Echo: Newcastle Falcons achieved wins against Sale Sharks, Leicester Tigers and London Welsh to move on to the next stage of a rugby sevens tournament. The games were played at The Northern Echo Arena in Darlington, home to Mowden Park Rugby Club.

8:12pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

TOM CATTERICK is relishing a return to The Stoop on Friday for the Premiership Rugby 7s Series final – and he believes this current Newcastle Falcons side can replicate their success of three years ago.

Falcons' Darlington-born skipper looking forward to a 'home' outing

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

NEWCASTLE FALCONS might have decamped to Darlington for this evening’s Premiership Rugby Sevens, but for their skipper, the six-game tournament represents a rare opportunity to play on home soil.

Young wants to go further

The Northern Echo: Wilson admits struggling Falcons need momentum

10:19am Thursday 31st July 2014

FOR Newcastle Falcons’ young star Glen Young rugby 7s is a game that runs in the family.

Falcons name strong line-up for Premiership 7s in Darlington

The Northern Echo: BREAKTHROUGH: Newcastle Falcons’ Tom Catterick looks for a breakthrough against Bristol

3:59pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

NEWCASTLE FALCONS will field a strong line-up as they look to defend their unbeaten group-stage record in Saturday’s Premiership Rugby 7s tournament at The Northern Echo Arena.

Falcons focused on winning Rugby Sevens, says Kibirige

The Northern Echo: Rugby 7's: Zach Kibirige and Talite Vaioleti at The Northern Echo Arena. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (8551267)

7:01am Thursday 24th July 2014

ZACH KIBIRIGE will not be fit to play in next weekend’s Premiership Rugby 7s series in Darlington, but the winger insists Newcastle Falcons will be focused on winning the competition rather than using it as a step up in their pre-season preparations.

Tindall calls it a day

The Northern Echo:

9:48am Wednesday 16th July 2014

MIKE TINDALL spurred England’s class of 2003 to prolong their World Cupwinning generation beyond expectation, according to Phil Vickery.

Darlington set to host Premiership Rugby Sevens at The Northern Echo Arena

The Northern Echo:

8:01am Tuesday 15th July 2014

SOME of English rugby's biggest names could be heading for The Northern Echo Arena next month and Darlington Mowden Park want to show they are ready for the big occasion.

Falcons start new season with tough trip to Leicester

The Northern Echo: Wilson admits struggling Falcons need momentum

12:23pm Friday 4th July 2014

NEWCASTLE FALCONS could hardly have asked for a tougher start to the new Aviva Premiership season after the release of the fixture list revealed an opening-day trip to Leicester Tigers.

Newcastle lock joins Edinburgh to enhance international chances

9:29am Wednesday 25th June 2014

Newcastle lock Fraser McKenzie has joined Edinburgh with immediate effect. Dunfermline-born McKenzie, 26, has agreed a two-year deal with the RaboDirect PRO12 outfit.

Falcons sign Tongan second row

The Northern Echo: (7292060)

3:28pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

NEWCASTLE FALCONS have signed Tongan second row Uili Kolo’ofai after their initial transfer target, Semisi Taulava, failed a medical.

Shiells leaves Falcons to join Bath

The Northern Echo: FLYING THE NEST: Grant Shiells has left Newcastle Falcons to join Bath

5:24pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

GRANT SHIELLS has left Newcastle Falcons to join Aviva Premiership rivals Bath.

Injuries mean England must make changes

The Northern Echo: TEAM GAME: England gather on the pitch after their loss to New Zealand at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin

9:59am Monday 16th June 2014

ENGLAND’S preparations for their final Test against New Zealand have been disrupted by injuries to four players as head coach Stuart Lancaster hints at substantial changes to his backline.

Mowden start new season with a Blaydon derby

11:53am Friday 13th June 2014

DARLINGTON Mowden Park will start life in National One with a derby match against Blaydon at The Northern Echo Arena on September 6.

Wood certain a sensible outlook is key amongst England squad

The Northern Echo: CAUTION: Tom Wood

10:03am Friday 13th June 2014

TOM WOOD has urged England to prevent their emotions from boiling over in their eagerness to topple New Zealand in tomorrow’s second Test at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Respect for the All Blacks, but they aren’t invincible

The Northern Echo: RESPECT: Prop Joe Marler claims the All Blacks no longer have an air of invincibility about them, especially after Saturday’s opening Test

10:46am Wednesday 11th June 2014

ENGLAND prop Joe Marler admits to once being duped by the All Blacks myth, only for an agonising first Test defeat to expose their vulnerability.

Pride, but little joy for Robshaw

9:59am Monday 9th June 2014

CHRIS ROBSHAW refuses to take any comfort from a heroic 20-15 defeat by New Zealand as he reiterates England’s desire to deliver a Test series victory.

O’Connell expects an onslaught

10:00am Monday 9th June 2014

IRELAND captain Paul O’Connell has predicted another big battle next weekend when his side bids to back up their first ever victory in Argentina by overcoming the Pumas in the second and concluding test.

We May not be the best, but England aren’t a rubbish team

The Northern Echo: DEFENDING HIS CORNER: Jonny May

10:57am Wednesday 4th June 2014

JONNY MAY has issued a defiant response to the perception in New Zealand that England will be lambs to the slaughter by declaring: “We are not a rubbish team”.

Mowden Park make biggest signing in club’s history

The Northern Echo: NEW SIGNING: Garry Law

2:43pm Monday 2nd June 2014

MOWDEN Park have today announced the ambitious signing of Garry Law from top 4 Championship side Rotherham Titians on a two-year contract.

Durham beaten at Twickenham

8:01am Monday 2nd June 2014

A STANDOUT performance from Kent full-back Martyn Beaumont put Durham to the sword in the County Championship Division Two Plate final at Twickenham on Sunday. Beaumont had a hand in three of Kent’s four tries, scoring one and setting up two more at Rugby HQ.

Duo the answer to tighthead shortage?

11:09am Thursday 29th May 2014

HARLEQUINS youngsters Kyle Sinckler and Will Collier can solve England's tighthead shortage, according to coach Jon Callard.

Best in Europe but England unlikely to call for Armitage

The Northern Echo: OUT OF THE PICTURE: Toulon’s Steffon Armitage during the Heineken Cup match

10:15am Tuesday 27th May 2014

STEFFON ARMITAGE faces another season of England exile but could still be drafted into Stuart Lancaster’s Rugby World Cup 2015 squad at the last minute.

Durham heading to Twickenham in hunt of promotion

The Northern Echo: KEY PLAYER: Cameron Mitchell, who scored two tries in Durham's win on Saturday

12:08pm Monday 26th May 2014

DURHAM are going back to Twickenham on Sunday, 25 years after lifting the county championship trophy in a memorable final against Cornwall.

Newcastle signing named Championship Player of the Season

The Northern Echo: FALCONS BOUND: Juan Pablo Socino has signed a two-year deal at Kingston Park

9:02pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

NEWCASTLE FALCONS new boy Juan Pablo Socino has been named Championship Player of the Season.

Wilkinson knows it’s the right time to go

The Northern Echo: HAPPY MEMORIES: Jonny Wilkinson delivers the winning kick of the 2003 Rugby World Cup

10:52am Tuesday 20th May 2014

JONNY WILKINSON says he has gone with his “gut feeling”

England's perfect 10 retires from rugby

The Northern Echo: Jonny Wilkinson's World Cup winning kick that sent him into the history books

5:50pm Monday 19th May 2014

HE will always be remembered for THAT drop-goal on a Saturday night in Sydney - but Jonny Wilkinson's rugby legacy is all-embracing.

Furno signs for Falcons

The Northern Echo: NEWCASTLE BOUND: Italy international Josh Furno is the ninth summer signing at Kingston Park

10:26am Wednesday 14th May 2014

NEWCASTLE FALCONS have signed Italian second row Josh Furno from French Top 14 side Biarritz Olympique.

Wells and Walder land roles with Falcons

10:31am Wednesday 14th May 2014

FORMER England forwards specialist John Wells will step up to the role of head coach with club Newcastle Falcons next season.

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