Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Chudley Beds in at Falcons

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Chudley Beds in at Falcons

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Byline: Mark Smith

WILL Chudley has become the latest Aviva Premiership prospect to roll off the Bedford production line, with the scrum-half getting stuck into life at Newcastle Falcons.

Excelling with the Championship semi-finalists, the 23-year-old half-back ran in five tries during his 29 outings last season.

"I have nothing but good things to say about Bedford," said Chudley, with former Wales international Mike Rayer consistently taking the part-timers to the top echelons of England's second tier despite their limited funds.

"I played for Kettering until I was 17, but I was at Bedford for the past six years from Colts right through to the first team squad. The club is fantastic down there - the coaches are really good, and they make the most of what they have."

For those doubting the level of quality on show at Goldington Road, they need look no further than Luke Fielden, the current Falcons wing who top-scored with nine tries in 26 games after joining from the Blues this time last year.

Chudley revealed: "Knowing Luke from our time together at Bedford I spoke to him to find out a bit about Newcastle, and it was all positive stuff.

"Luke has loved it in his first Premiership season - he has thrived in that environment and he told me that the head coach Alan Tait had really got the best out of him as a player."

Saracens lock Mouritz Botha, Leicester centre Billy Twelvetrees and Northampton prop Soane Tonga'uiha have all taken the top flight by storm after stepping up from Bedford in recent years, with London Wasps this summer snapping up impressive openside Sacha Harding from the club.

The main adjustment remains the switch to full-time training, with Chudley explaining: "This is my fifth week up here, and I am really enjoying it.

"The training was a bit of a shock to the system at first, coming from a semiprofessional club, but my body is getting used to it now and the conditioning coaches have done a great job helping me through that transition. …

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