Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Scrum-Half Fury Latest to Commit as Falcons Plan Ahead

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Scrum-Half Fury Latest to Commit as Falcons Plan Ahead

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Byline: Mark Smith Sports writer mark.smith04@trinitymirror.com

SCRUM.HALF Warren Fury has signed a new two-year deal to stay with Newcastle Falcons. The Welshman, capped twice by his country, has made 11 starts this season and captained the club in their Amlin Challenge Cup trip to French club Brive.

Fury came on from the bench during Sunday's 23-18 home loss to Premiership leaders Saracens, the 28-year-old having originally been brought to the club as injury cover for Chris Pilgrim.

Last season helping the Falcons to the RFU Championship title, Pilgrim's impending move to Leeds and Rory Lawson's injury-enforced retirement have seen the former Bath and Leeds man sharing the No 9 shirt with veteran Scot Mike Blair for most of the current campaign. Director of rugby Dean Richards welcomed the news of his latest contract renewal, saying: "Warren is a tenacious and determined individual who gives his all every time he walks out onto the park.

"He is also a great character both on and off the pitch, and I am really pleased he has re-signed with the club."

Fury will have a fresh fight on his hands for a first-team spot following the previously-announced signing of Ruki Tipuna, the Kiwi scrum-half who has helped propel Bristol to the top of the Championship.

Tipuna is one of six new signings unveiled by the club so far, joining Leicester hooker Rob Hawkins, Worcester No 8 Semisi Taulava, American prop Eric Fry, Leeds lock Calum Green and Rotherham's Argentina centre Juan Pablo Socino.

Fury joins a growing list of current Falcons players committing themselves to new deals for next season and beyond, with Dom Barrow, Scott MacLeod, Richard Mayhew, Zach Kibirige, George McGuigan, Scott Wilson, Sinoti Sinoti, Gonzalo Tiesi and Matt Thompson having already extended terms.

The chances of that next season being in the Premiership increased over the weekend with the losing bonus point that now puts the Falcons eight ahead of Worcester with just two games remaining. …

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