Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rugby: Falcons Starlets Agree New Deals

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rugby: Falcons Starlets Agree New Deals

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ATHLETIC young forwards Tim Swinson and Peter Browne have signed new one-year deals at Newcastle Falcons.

Academy pair Swinson and Browne have both committed another year to Kingston Park as new rugby director Steve Bates continues to prepare his squad for next season.

Poised to tie up more highprofile signings, notably with fingers crossed where junior All Black Tane Tu'ipulotu is concerned, Bates is just as concerned with hanging on to the club's young talent.

There can be no more exciting prospect than 20-year-old lock Swinson, who was voted Tynedale's joint player of the year with Jack Harrison as the Corbridge outfit stormed to National Three North championship glory.

Newcastle University politics student Swinson could add a County Championship Shield win to his Sydney University Grand Final victory next weekend when he appears at Twickenham with Northumberland.

He already has cause for celebration at the end of a season that saw him make five Falcons first team appearances - including his debut - and help the Development team to second place in the Guinness A League.

Durham University No 8 Browne, 20, already has England Students honours under his belt, and he enjoyed a fruitful senior Falcons debut against London Wasps, making a remarkable turnover with his first touch in Premiership rugby.

Renowned for developing backs of international and world calibre, Bates reckons his tenure could be defined by the emergence of seriously talented forward power.

Swinson certainly is one who looks well-developed physically for his years, and has shown a good level of comfort at Premiership level.

Sure to continue to fill out and improve, he looks one to watch, while rangy back-rower Browne offers strong lineout options as a loose forward and already has a good engine.

Bates has already allowed England backs Mathew Tait and Toby Flood to leave, along with Saxons caps Lee Dickson and Ben Woods comprising a quartet of academy talent. …

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