Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Recruit Ben Is Just So Pleased He Joined the Falcons; HOOKER IS RELISHING OSPREYS' CHALLENGE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

New Recruit Ben Is Just So Pleased He Joined the Falcons; HOOKER IS RELISHING OSPREYS' CHALLENGE

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Byline: STUART RAYNER Sports writer stuart.rayner@trinitymirror.com @sturayner

"IT iS a real tough place, physical," says the hooker as he sits out of the rain of a chilly October day in Newcastle. "You get that vibe from training, there is a lot of contact.

"I would say generally it is quite a hard-working environment."

Newcastle Falcons have been everything Ben Sowrey hoped for when he left Worcester to move to Kingston Park in the summer.

The 25-year-old is a northern lad at heart.

Before moving to Sixways in 2014, Sowrey played for Leeds, Wharfedale, Doncaster and Rotherham. Newcastle has provided everything he was looking for, except a first start. That will come at Ospreys in the European Challenge Cup tonight.

Sowrey said: "It is exactly what I wanted and i has provided everything I needed so I am really happy I came.

"It is just a real good friendly atmosphere and it has quite a strong culture.

"The boys are all absolutely sound so I havefitted in nicely.

"I am from Leeds originally so it is nice to be close to home.

"We have had a couple of socials and bits and bats. The lads are a good bunch.

"I knew Temmy (Daniel Temm) already and Juan Pablo (Socino) I played with at Rotherham."

Having come off the bench in all six Falcons games this season, Sowrey feels ready to show what he can do.

He added: "Being involved in those games has helped massively, keeping my hand in by coming off the bench and hopefully getting good game-time this weekend.

"Hopefully, I can progress from there.

"There is a huge learning curve when you come to a new side in terms of learning the calls and systems and how players play.

"It is still a work in progress but I feel I am getting a grasp of that now."

Turning out for the A team has helped.

Sowrey said: "There is a certain element of freedom because it is not as high pressure but ultimately the A League and such try to replicate the first team almost exactly. …

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