Kibirige Happy to Stay with Falcons

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Byline: Mark Smith ? (0191) 201-6432 ? mark.smith@ncjmedia.co.uk

NEWCASTLE Falcons' recruitment and retention drive has made a flying start with the news burgeoning wing prospect Zach Kibirige has committed his future to the club.

The England age-group international made a scoring debut for the Falcons just a week before his 18th birthday with a try against Cross Keys.

He has nailed his colours to the Newcastle mast in a move indicative of the club's resurgence.

Director of rugby Dean Richards was positively purring about the prospects of the Middlesbrough-born flyer, who has a 100% strike rate after also racing 80 metres for a try in his second start against Rotherham.

He said of the Yarm School pupil: "Zach is a very promising young lad who has been involved with the club since he was 12 and it is great news he has signed up with us.

"He offers speed, has quick feet, his anticipation is good and he is a true finisher. "He handles the ball well, is a good footballer and I think he will go a long way. "He has a very mature outlook for such a young guy and he understands the game very well."

Kibirige is one of many to have graduated from the Falcons' academy, although the club have been a victim of predatory forces in past seasons in retaining their top talent. And Richards added: "It is massively important, especially when you look around the Premiership and see so many players from this region who are starring for other clubs.

"If you put them all together you could make a heck of a team and it is a shame for the club so many of those guys felt they had to move on.

"The Falcons have always brought good players through and the real key to the future growth here is keeping them up here. …

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