Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Elliott's Pace Will Tell at London Irish

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Elliott's Pace Will Tell at London Irish

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Byline: By Alan Hedley

Anthony Elliott is seen by many as the long-term successor to Matt Burke in the Newcastle Falcons number 15 shirt.

Possessing real pace and a siege-gun boot, Elliott looks comfortable at full-back but with Newcastle negotiating a new deal with Wallaby World Cup winner Burke, it could be a while before that happens and Elliott is more than happy to ply his trade on the wing for the present.

And, with the pace to do 100 metres in under 11 seconds when he's at his best, it's not surprising he made a try-scoring return for the Falcons in their 21-16 Guinness Premiership victory over Saracens two weeks ago after three months on the sidelines.

"It was just great to be back after an extremely frustrating three months watching from the sidelines," said the former Rotherham and Sale winger, who gets another chance to show his paces against London Irish tomorrow.

"The lads have helped me a lot and it was good to finally get out there and keep up the winning run that the team has been on.

"It's the sort of game where you can't go in half-hearted and even if you do pick up a knock during the game you can't show it to the opposition because that's something they can try to exploit. I threw myself around a bit, but then that's the job and it's not a problem."

Most of the Falcons squad were given the week off following the Saracens game, but this week has been all about preparing for the trip to London Irish. Elliott was one of a select few who were called in training last week but added: "I don't mind that at all because I'm finally back fit and enjoying it," he said.

"I had an operation on my shoulder after suffering what they call a subluxation, which is basically one step down from a dislocation," says the 24-year-old who joined the Falcons last summer. After scoring three tries in just seven games, Elliott was immediately installed as a crowd favourite and it was a big blow when the shoulder gave way in a tackle in training. …

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