Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Falcons May Be Flying, but Green Has His Feet Firmly on the Ground

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Falcons May Be Flying, but Green Has His Feet Firmly on the Ground

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CALUM Green says Newcastle Falcons are giving short shrift to the growing hype which surrounds their flying start to the new Aviva Premiership season as they prepare to host London Irish tomorrow night.

Following last weekend's thrilling 33-32 victory at Bath, the Falcons are sat fourth in the table - tied on points with the second-placed team and in with a chance of going top if they defeat the Exiles.

Increased national media interest has accompanied their surge up the standings but pragmatist Green isn't getting carried away by a few plaudits.

"It has been a good start but we're only four games into a 22-game season," said the ever-present lock-forward, who leads the Premiership for line-out steals.

"You can tell we're doing well because all of a sudden a lot of cameras and journalists are turning up for our press conferences, and TV stations are sniffing around.

"That's all good for the profile of the club and everything but the key for us is not getting ahead of ourselves.

"We're not getting ideas above our station, it's still very early days and if we were to lose our next two matches we're right back down where we were.

"We need to keep on driving the performance, keep on winning and hopefully on Friday we can do that.

"The thing I've really noticed from being out and about in the area is more people in the region are talking about us.

"That comes naturally when you start winning games but I'm hearing more guys out in the local community talking about coming to the games, commenting on how well we're doing and that's what you want to see.

"It can only be a good thing and there's a winning culture here now which is really helping to grow more of an awareness about the Falcons.

"You have people like Dean Richards and John Wells who are used to a winning mentality at Leicester, Dave Walder who won cups with Newcastle and Premierships and Heineken Cups with Wasps and they know the ins and outs of how you do it. …

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