Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Recruits Will Suit Free-Flowing Falcons' Approach; Signings Must Fit Our Playing Style, Says Head Coach Wells

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Recruits Will Suit Free-Flowing Falcons' Approach; Signings Must Fit Our Playing Style, Says Head Coach Wells

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Byline: Mark Smith Sports writer @markismith50

HEAD coach John Wells says there is a horses-for-courses rationale behind Newcastle Falcons' recruitment for next season.

With a synthetic pitch and a renewed commitment to free-flowing rugby the Falcons have brought in the likes of England Sevens flyer Marcus Watson and Tonga scrum-half Tane Takulua.

Italy wing Giovanbattista Venditti and Tonga captain Nili Latu are understood to be following after the Rugby World Cup, Wells explaining: "We have looked at ways we can be better, and said we need X, Y and Z. "That is the reason we have signed the players we have, because they fit the plans for this team.

"The new pitch is there for a reason, and if it was the muddy pitch we had last season then I would be asking questions about why we are bringing in fast and flighty players.

"We got that pitch for a specific reason, and with the style of rugby we are trying to play it is about having people who can beat defenders oneon-one, who have pace and are able to implement that game-plan.

"We believe this is the right way forward and I think that has shown in the rugby we are playing, the tries we are scoring and the crowds we are beginning to attract."

With Takulua joining the Falcons in time to finish the current season, Wells hopes the former Northland half-back can add to the club's offensive armoury as they aim to avoid a bottom-two Premiership finish.

"I am hoping Tane brings us an attacking threat as a scrum-half, and that he will test defences," he said.

"It is about continuing the good work we have started to do in terms of our game control, and we have got to give him that opportunity. We have seen lots in him as a player to bring him over here and it is now about allowing him to show us what he can do on the field. …

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