Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Boy Uys Is All Fired Up; Falcons South African Ace Can't Wait to Sting Wasps

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Boy Uys Is All Fired Up; Falcons South African Ace Can't Wait to Sting Wasps

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Byline: Mark Smith

SOUTH African signing Corne Uys is locked and loaded for the start of his Newcastle Falcons career, beginning with Sunday's Premiership visit of London Wasps. The 29-year-old cut an impressive figure in his first training session with the club yesterday afternoon, with the 6ft 3in centre barking out the orders and leading by example on the back pitch at Kingston Park.

A proven performer at Currie Cup and Super 15 level with Free State and the Cheetahs, Uys seems equally at home on Tyneside judging by his early utterances.

A larger-than-life presence who is oozing enthusiasm about his English adventure, the timing of his arrival could prove instrumental for a Falcons side desperate to turn around their losing start to the season.

Formalities were first on the agenda as Uys cleared up the pronunciation of his surname, stating: "In English you would say it as if it was spelt A-C-E."

That out of the way, he went on to talk in glowing terms about the early impressions of his new club, saying: "I had always had a dream of playing in England, and when the opportunity came up with Newcastle it just seemed to be a great fit.

"I had watched the Aviva Premiership on TV back home, and it is a competition that has always intrigued me. I did my research on the Falcons, spoke to a few people who I respect and made the decision from there. It just felt right, and I think that is important.

"Yesterday was my first on-field session and I was definitely impressed, first of all just with the professionalism of the guys, and then with all of the facilities in terms of the gym, training fields, conditioning and medical side. I am glad I have come here, and it seems like a good club."

The charismatic centre could be precisely the sort of midfield totem the Falcons have been crying out for, with his combination of strike running, offloads and destructive tackling. …

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