Fixtures - Top Bar

Newcastle Falcons captain says college camp is laying the groundwork

WillWelchNFalcons1516

Newcastle Falcons captain Will Welch says the squad’s week-long training camp at Bishop Burton College is laying the groundwork for a successful Aviva Premiership campaign.

The flanker, who this week signed a four-year contract extension, has been at the Yorkshire-based college with his squad-mates as the Falcons step up their pre-season preparations.
 
Welch said: “Camps are good for being around everyone for the full week, bonding outside of our training sessions and getting to each other a bit more. That is especially true for the new lads, but just as important is the fact it has been a big rugby week.
 
“We have got down to the real basics of what we want to do this season and just made sure everyone is on the same page with that.”
 
While some players may recoil at the thought of a three-month slog ahead of the first league game, the skipper is one man who enjoys a summer at the coal face.
 
“I quite like pre-season,” he said. “Some boys detest it but the way I look at it is that this is the only time of year where you can really get better physically. You haven’t got the pressure of games looming every weekend, it is a constant quest for improvement and I enjoy that feeling of getting to the end of a hard week.
 
“Fundamentally pre-seasons are generally fairly similar in that they focus initially on the conditioning element. It is a little bit different every year, but this time we have had a pretty good balance between getting our weights and conditioning done, and getting into the rugby. We had our hands on a ball from pretty much day one and hopefully we will reap the rewards of that.”
 
The introduction of wrestling onto the players’ diaries has not directly impacted Welsh too much, the Newcastle native joking: “Luckily I didn’t do too much of the wrestling because of a little niggle I’ve been managing. I timed it right in that sense, but all joking aside I think the boys have enjoyed getting into a bit of grappling and working on their technique.
 
“Contact situations are such a big part of the game, and it is basically preparing your body for when we go out and do full contact work. It is pretty full-on, but controlled at the same time.”
 
Following Saturday’s Singha 7s the Falcons face a three-match pre-season schedule, tackling Nottingham in Darlington on August 6, hosting Doncaster Knights on August 13 and travelling to Edinburgh on August 26.
 
Welch said: “We have three competitive first-team games during pre-season with a pretty good blend in opposition, as well as an A-Team game against Gala.
 
“Nottingham are a good side, Doncaster were one of the best teams in last season’s Championship and Edinburgh have plenty of quality. It is a great chance for the coaches to have a look at the players and to get some momentum going into the league. You never really know where you are until you get into some games, and it will be really useful for us.”
 
Season ticket memberships are available for the 2016-17 campaign by calling 0871 226 6060.
 

Latest News

Match Report: Newcastle Falcons 38 Harlequins 32

Newcastle Falcons ran in six tries in a thriller of a game at Kingston Park with Juan Pablo Socino starring…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Report: Worcester Warriors 12 Wasps 26

Wasps moved to within one point of the Aviva Premiership Rugby summit but missed out on a bonus point in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match reaction: Gloucester Rugby 26 Bristol Rugby 18

Director of rugby David Humphreys believes Gloucester Rugby showed their battling qualities as they went through the gears in the…

henrypurdyglobri16sb1111

Match Reaction: Leicester Tigers 19 Northampton Saints 11

Leicester Tigers’ director of rugby Richard Cockerill wants his side to be more clinical after they edged past Northampton Saints…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Reaction: Bath Rugby 14 Saracens 11

Bath Rugby director of rugby Todd Blackadder believes his side broke down a mental barrier by hanging tough to beat…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Report: Leicester Tigers 19 Northampton Saints 11

Heroic defensive efforts from both sides meant the boot was king in the second half at Welford Road and a…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match Report: Gloucester Rugby 26 Bristol Rugby 18

Gloucester Rugby racked up four second-half tries to come from behind and beat local rivals Bristol Rugby at Kingsholm. The…

willheinzgloubris1111sb16

Match Report: Bath Rugby 14 Saracens 11

Bath Rugby made their first-half dominance count at the Rec but only just as a dogged Saracens fell to defeat…

BATH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03:  Maro Itoje of  Saracens is tackled by Max Lahiff of Bath during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Saracens at the Recreation Ground on December 3, 2016 in Bath, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Match Reaction: Sale Sharks 3 Exeter Chiefs 21

Rob Baxter hailed Exeter Chiefs' defensive display after they earned a third Aviva Premiership Rugby win in a row with…

DM1_7730

Match Report: Sale Sharks 3 Exeter Chiefs 21

Three first-half tries saw Exeter Chiefs move into the top four of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table after a scrappy…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library