Thursday 8 December 2016

Newcastle's league of nations

John Fallon

Published 18/09/2015 | 02:30

Newcastle's Dean Richards has assembled a squad including players from six different countries
Newcastle's Dean Richards has assembled a squad including players from six different countries

Connacht will face a fairly diverse Newcastle Falcons side when they clash in the Challenge Cup.

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The Premiership side do not have any current England internationals in their ranks but they will still have nine players in action in the World Cup over the coming weeks.

And the diversity of the squad assembled by Dean Richards can be gauged from the fact that these players come from six different countries. Newcastle players will represent Tonga, Samoa, Italy, Argentina, Scotland and the USA at the World Cup.

The Falcons were not in action last weekend but return to play tomorrow when they travel to play Leicester Tigers in the Kings of the North tournament. Newcastle lost their opening game 36-22 to Sale Sharks, while Leicester also lost to Sale, going down 38-5.

Meanwhile, Brive secured their second win in four outings in the Top 14 when they defeated newly promoted Agen 18-12.

The win, Brive's second at home, moves them to eighth in the table as the Top 14 takes a break for a month for the World Cup.

Meanwhile, the dates for the fixtures for Pool 1 in this season's Challenge Cup have still not been finalised. All that is known is that Connacht will travel to Siberia for the opening round in mid-November to play newcomers Enisei in Krasnovarsk.

The EPCR say the fixtures will be announced shortly.

Irish Independent

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