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

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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.

Falcons bring in Tuilagi brothers

The Northern Echo: HAPPY: Newcastle Falcons' Director of Rugby Dean Richards

10:17am Friday 9th May 2014

Brothers Alesana and Anitelea Tuilagi have agreed two-year deals to join Newcastle Falcons next season.

Twelvetrees to miss England's New Zealand tour

The Northern Echo: CRUNCH CLASH: Billy Twelvetrees is looking forward to facing Wales’ Jamie Roberts on Sunday

3:38pm Thursday 8th May 2014

BILLY TWELVETREES is unlikely to make England's New Zealand tour after being ruled out of action for "four to six weeks" by Gloucester boss Nigel Davies.

Rugby World Cup organisers announce ticketing details

The Northern Echo: Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio was a St James' Park for the ticket launch

4:13pm Tuesday 6th May 2014

TICKETS for next year’s Rugby World Cup will go on general sale in September, with organisers confident the tournament will be the best attended ever.

Promotion is McGaffin’s farewell present to Park

The Northern Echo: Promotion play-off drama

4:36pm Tuesday 6th May 2014

Final Score: Darlington Mowden Park 30 Ampthill 28

Mowden celebrates after play-off drama

The Northern Echo: UNREAL: Mowden players celebrate Zylon McGaffin's last-gasp try. Pictures: CHRIS BOOTH

1:00pm Sunday 4th May 2014

IT was the kind of occasion the 25,000-seat stadium had seen all too infrequently during its years as a football venue.

Any win will do for Mowden coach Newton

10:08am Friday 2nd May 2014

DARLINGTON Mowden Park had to rely on all sorts of promotion permutations last week – but head coach John Newton admits any win will do in one final play-off against Ampthill.

Mowden’s major incentive

The Northern Echo: Talite Vaioleti forces his way past Arnold Ellison

10:42am Wednesday 30th April 2014

DARLINGTON Mowden Park’s most experienced player Talite Vaioleti has an extra incentive to be fit for Saturday’s promotion playoff at home to Ampthill.

Time for Mowden to go again at the weekend

The Northern Echo: HIGH RISER: Guy van den Dries rises to claim the ball for Mowden in front of the busy main stand

11:39am Monday 28th April 2014

DARLINGTON Mowden Park are gearing themselves up for another tumultuous occasion in this week’s promotion playoff at home to Bedfordshire club Ampthill.

Macclesfield’s late show ends Park’s title dream

The Northern Echo: AIMING HIGH: A 3,750 crowd were at The Northern Echo Arena to see Darlington Mowden Park beat Macclesfield

11:36am Monday 28th April 2014

SPORTING drama doesn’t come any better than this. It was a big day when Mowden beat Rosslyn Park 14 years ago to reach the last 16 of the national cup, but they can never have envisaged witnessing anything like this.

Crunch match as promotion beckons for Mowden Park

The Northern Echo: FINAL FIXTURE: Northallerton Seconds, pictured before last weekend’s match at Mowden Park

4:03pm Friday 25th April 2014

DARLINGTON Mowden Park face one of the biggest games in their history tomorrow with a place in National One at stake.

Dickson brothers go head to head with ample at stake

The Northern Echo: Ready: Scrum-half Karl Dickson is going all out for a regular place in the Quins starting line-up in the fight to regain the Aviva Premiership title          Pictures: Action Images / John Marsh Livepic

10:31am Friday 25th April 2014

WHEN Karl Dickson left Barnard Castle School he could have expected to graduate straight into the Newcastle academy.

Mowden’s chance to enter history books

The Northern Echo: DETERMINATION: Darlington Mowden Park Ross Doneghan on his way to scoring a try against Leicester Lions

10:17am Thursday 24th April 2014

ROSS DONEGHAN is urging his Darlington Mowden Park team-mates to write their names in the history books in their title-deciding clash with Macclesfield on Saturday.

Mowden set for a final day showdown

12:00am Monday 21st April 2014

DARLINGTON Mowden Park achieved all that could be asked of them in thrashing Sheffield Tigers 69-5 to set up an intriguing final day in the National Two North promotion battle.

McGaffin wins it for Mowden Park

The Northern Echo: FORCING THROUGH: Billingham’s Stuart Anderson about to be brought down by Huddersfields’s Gavin Rhodes

10:59am Monday 14th April 2014

SCRUM half Zylon McGaffin was Darlington Mowden Park’s hero when he scored the essential fourth try in their 26-18 win at Luctonians.

Boro in must-win game to avoid drop

The Northern Echo: BREAKOUT: Zylon McGaffin of Mowden Park makes a break for it during Saturday’s win over Otley

11:14am Monday 7th April 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH need to win their final match at Alnwick, who are four points ahead of them, to survive in North One East after battling to a 19-19 draw at home to champions Cleckheaton.

Injury delay can’t halt the Mowden march

11:16am Monday 7th April 2014

MOWDEN achieved their objective as the top three in National Two North all picked up five points on Saturday.

Mowden need a positive points return

12:40am Saturday 5th April 2014

FIVE points are essential for Darlington Mowden Park at home to Otley today if they are to stay in the frame for promotion from National Two North.

Mayhew signs new deal with Falcons

The Northern Echo: Wilson admits struggling Falcons need momentum

5:50pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

RICHARD Mayhew has signed a two-year contract extension to commit his long-trem future to Newcastle Falcons.

Doneghan believes Mowden can clinch title

The Northern Echo: DETERMINATION: Darlington Mowden Park Ross Doneghan on his way to scoring a try against Leicester Lions

10:50am Thursday 3rd April 2014

HOOKER Ross Doneghan is adamant it will be Darlington Mowden Park claiming the SSE National League Two North title come the end of the season, despite having lost ground on their rivals.

Zylon to leave Mowden for Rotherham

The Northern Echo: ON THE MOVE: Zylon McGaffin

11:12am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

DARLINGTON Mowden Park scrum half Zylon McGaffin has signed to play Championship rugby for Rotherham next season.

Darlington Mowden Park Sharks centre named in England Women's squad

The Northern Echo: FAMILY AFFAIR: Mike and Megan Ellery will both represent England in the Dubai Sevens

3:33pm Monday 31st March 2014

DARLINGTON Mowden Park Sharks centre Megan Ellery has been named in the England Womens sevens squad for the World Sevens tournament in Guangzhou, China, this weekend.

Four to go and four wins needed for Mowden

The Northern Echo: HAVE A GO JOE: Billingham’s Joe Evans is brought down in the 45-43 home defeat by Bradford and Bingley

8:00am Monday 31st March 2014

DARLINGTON Mowden Park will almost certainly need maximum points from their remaining four games after their promotion hopes were dented by a 13-5 defeat at Stourbridge on Saturday.

Late try leaves Falcons in danger

The Northern Echo: RELEGATION BATTLE: Billingham’s Jonny McLaughlin brings down Bradford and Bingley’s Harry Jeffrey during the National Three North fixture

12:31pm Monday 31st March 2014

NEWCASTLE were dragged into an Aviva Premiership relegation dogfight after Josh Drauniniu’s late try handed Worcester their first win of the season at Kingston Park yesterday.

British Lion back home to train future rugby stars is proud of his North-East roots

The Northern Echo: British and Irish Lions rugby union star Geoff Parling goes back to his roots by visiting Stockton Rugby Club where he started his illustrious career by training some of the youth teams. Pictures: Tom Banks

8:00am Tuesday 25th March 2014

Geoff Parling was back on familiar ground recently, as he took a coaching session with the juniors at his former club Stockton. Sports Editor Nick Loughlin went along to speak with a British Lion proud of his roots.

Mowden march on - now for crunch

The Northern Echo: HEADING HOME: Callum McKenzie surges for the line for Mowden against Leicester Lions duiring their comprehensive victory

8:00am Monday 24th March 2014

ON A day when the Lions were easily tamed, the biggest roar from the 720 Mowden fans came when coach Danny Brown almost scored in the final minute.

Frankland inspires Tynedale to victory

The Northern Echo: DETERMINATION: Darlington Mowden Park Ross Doneghan on his way to scoring a try against Leicester Lions

11:07am Monday 24th March 2014

THERE’S no stopping Tynedale try machine Ben Frankland. He’s the centre who joins the back of driving mauls to earn the touchdown and he grabbed two late tries on Saturday to clinch a thrilling 36-35 win at home to Coventry.

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