Newcastle Falcons’ Dom Barrow is loving going into battle alongside fellow lock Calum Green this season, admitting it’s just like old times on the pitch.
Heading into round eight of this year’s Aviva Premiership Rugby season, Barrow has already managed to clock up half as many starts as he did in the entirety of 2013/2014 campaign.
Part of the reason for that has been due to his flourishing second-row partnership with lock Green who arrived at Kingston Park this summer from Yorkshire Carnegie and has played all bar 17 minutes of this campaign.
Barrow himself also plied his trade at the Championship club until the summer of 2013 and the 21-year-old admits their attacking playing styles suit each other.
They have again been given the nod by director of rugby Dean Richards for Friday’s home clash with Gloucester, although Barrow insists he is not letting himself get too comfortable.
“I’m really hoping to keep this run in the side going and I’m really enjoying the chances of getting some good game time up here,” he said.
“There’s always competition and you’re always only a few bad games away from being dropped so I can’t afford to get comfortable in the side.
“Dean Richards hasn’t really said it’s definitely my jersey for the season, but I’d like to think that I can continue playing every week.
“I really enjoy playing with Calum Green in the second row – we started the partnership at Yorkshire Carnegie and we’ve come here and picked up where we left off.
“Calum really likes to get stuck in at the coalface as he’s a confrontational and physical player and I enjoying fighting alongside him on the front lines.
“He’s a little bit older than me so we didn’t play in the same international age groups but it would be awesome to team up for England one day.”
The Falcons go into Friday night’s clash at Kingston Park sitting 11th in the table, seven points adrift of eight-place Gloucester.
Despite their position, the team has been able scoring more freely this season – reaching double figures in all seven Aviva Premiership Rugby games so far – and Barrow believes their new 3G home pitch is having an effect.
“The changeover to an artificial pitch has had quite a big effect on us being able to play more entertaining rugby and throw the ball around more,” he added.
“We’ve really upped our game in terms of the number of tries we’re scoring but it’s the same in defence and we’re topping a lot of the tackle counts.
“It’s great to be more attacking but obviously the pack is still as massive part of anyone’s game.
“We’ve had a bit of publicity about our scrum going particularly well this year and that’s instrumental in giving ourselves an attacking platform.”
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