Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Duo Have Raised the Falcons Bar; Tait: Hayman and Golding's Legacy Set in Stone

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Duo Have Raised the Falcons Bar; Tait: Hayman and Golding's Legacy Set in Stone

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Byline: NICK PUREWAL

POWERHOUSE props Carl Hayman and Jon Golding have already set their Kingston Park legacy in stone according to Alan Tait - to benefit the next Newcastle Falcons generation.

Kiwi Hayman has a huge decision ahead of him in the next few months: whether to return home for a crack at the 2011 World Cup with the All Blacks, or sign on for more in the North East.

Impressive loosehead Golding is currently laid low by a broken rib after his significant contribution in front of the Sky cameras in Newcastle's 12-6 Adams Park win over Wasps.

Falcons assistant coach Tait believes despite the obvious weighing-up process, 1,000th All Black Hayman will never let his future cloud his present.

And despite that ill-timed rib injury, Tait does not think Six Nations action for the uncapped 26-year-old Golding is yet out of the question.

Hailing the terrifying twosome's joint contribution over the last two seasons, Tait said the pairing have significantly raised propping standards and expectations at Kingston Park.

Armed with statistic and video evidential ammunition then, Tait said the Falcons coaches have tangible data to put in front of youngsters to help them realise the size of their task to emulate their role models.

Tait said: "We can take some fantastic stats and tell youngsters that's what we need from them in 10 years' time.

"We've got some highly useful and impressive data, not just match stats either, but fitness and weights-based information too.

"And that can be a hugely motivating factor for youngsters who are just starting out and trying to assess what they need to do and where they need to be. …

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