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SVNS-bound Adam Radwan burns Gabriel Ibitoye with only one boot on

By Josh Raisey
Adam Radwan intercepts Kyle Sinckler's pass. Credit; TNT

Newcastle Falcons’ trip to Ashton Gate on Sunday to take on the Bristol Bears was not one to remember, as they succumbed to a heavy 85-14 loss.


But Adam Radwan did produce a moment of note in what was otherwise a dismal afternoon for the winless Falcons.

With his side already losing 21-0 after only ten minutes played, the Newcastle winger plucked an attempted four-man miss pass from prop Kyle Sinckler (yes, it was one of those games) on the halfway line to run in for a try to briefly claw his side back into the game.

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It was not a clean run to the line that the two-cap England international had though, not at all. First, he escaped the clutches of Bears fullback Max Malins before outpacing opposite man Gabriel Ibitoye on his way to the line (albeit with a slight headstart). Ibitoye is no slouch, so this was quite a statement from a player who was already regarded as one of, if not the fastest, player in the Gallagher Premiership.

The try was made all the more impressive by the fact that Radwan only had one boot on. Malins was able to keep a souvenir from his missed tackle in the form of the Falcons winger’s left boot. That did not deter him though, as he was still able to put on the afterburners with a sock.


This try came just days after Newcastle consultant director of rugby Steve Diamond revealed to the Daily Mail that Radwan will attempt to make Great Britain’s squad for the Olympic sevens in July.

“It would be great for Adam and the club if he got selected,’ said Diamond. “There’s a Madrid training camp at the end of the season and as long as the insurance protocols are covered then he can go with our blessing. It doesn’t matter if he misses a couple of games.”

Radwan could be quite an asset to GB for the Olympics, especially if he plays with two boots on.



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Diarmid 9 hours ago
Players and referees must cut out worrying trend in rugby – Andy Goode

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