Newcastle nestle in the heights of England as the country's most northern club. The club has produced some stars of the game, most notably World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson. Another to stomp around the Newcastle turf was the larger than life and giant of the sport, Doddie Weir. Both of these players were present in Newcastle's Premiership winning season in 1997/98.
The Falcons have failed to reach their 1997/98 heights in recent years. The club has often languished towards the bottom of the Premiership and have faced two stints in the Championship in 2012/13 and 2019/20. However, under Dean Richards Falcons made a surprise charge for the title when they finished 4th in 2017/18 with Mark 'King of the North' Wilson, Vereniki 'Shearer' Goneva and Sinoti 'So Good They Named Him Twice' Sinoti causing havoc for opponents.
Newcastle may want to consider rebranding to the Newcastle Condors soon. The club is now home to no fewer than five Argentinian internationals. The standout star is the 5ft 7in Mateo Carreras who was the joint top try scorer in the Premiership last season and winner of the Try of the Season after the hot stepper beat almost every single defender in a length of the field try.
Whilst Carreras generates significant excitement, Newcastle supporters will be heading into this season with a degree of angst. The Falcons are in a transition phase right now. Last season was marred by mid-season departures. Their starting hooker and tighthead prop both left the parish. They were then followed by the new Director of Rugby, Dave Walder. The list of Newcastle's end of season departures also included many of the club stalwarts including: Sean Robinson, Will Welch, Gary Graham, Greg Peterson, Micky Young and Carl Fearns. The club will need to be rebuilt this season under the stewardship of new Head Coach, Alex Codling. Codling is a rookie Head Coach with no experience in the top job before. It could be another turbulent year for the Falcons.