Falcons retain their England trio

Newcastle Falcons today made a massive statement of their intent, by agreeing new contracts with England stars Toby Flood, Jamie Noon and Mathew Tait.

Fly-half Flood, who starred for England in this year’s Six Nations, has signed a new two-year deal, keeping him at Kingston Park until the end of the 2008/9 season.

Tait, also a locally-produced England star, has signed up for another year with the Falcons, while fellow international Jamie Noon has agreed a new three-year deal.

“This is a hugely positive day for the club, which signals our ambition for the future,” said a delighted Director of Rugby John Fletcher.

“All three players embody what we stand for here at Newcastle Falcons, having come through the academy system and deservedly gone on to grace the international stage.

“Retaining their services is a massive part of our future planning, and we are delighted to have concluded deals to keep them where they belong.”

Fly-half Flood (21) has made 49 appearances for the Falcons after bursting on to the scene in February 2005, going on to win international recognition this season with six caps for England including a try in the dramatic victory over France earlier this month.

Hard-hitting centre Noon will have the next three years to add to his 176 Falcons appearances, during which time he has ran in 47 tries and won 23 England caps.

Midfield man Tait (21) has already scored 19 tries in his 55 Falcons starts, with the former Barnard Castle schoolboy now a hit on the international stage at full Test level following one false start under Andy Robinson and a glittering Sevens career.

“I’m delighted to have agreed an extra year with the Falcons,” said Tait, who is currently completing the first year of his Biomedical Science degree at Newcastle University.

“The club is really showing its ambition to build a successful future under John Fletcher, and I’m just excited to be a part of it.”

In the month that he made his big impact on the Six Nations, former Morpeth and Alnwick fly half Flood said: “I had a season left on my current contract anyway, but when the offer came in for a new two-year deal there was only one course of action in my mind.

“Playing in a team with so many top players has helped my development massively, and the style of rugby John Fletcher believes in really allows us to express ourselves. The club has shown its track record of developing young players, and I had no hesitation whatsoever in agreeing to sign.”


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