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Two England internationals among 16 players exiting Newcastle Falcons

By Kim Ekin
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Newcastle Falcons have confirmed the 16 players that will exit the club ahead of the 2022-23 Gallagher Premiership season.

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The list includes former England international Mike Brown and Luther Burrell.

Two-time Premiership title-winning full-back Mike Brown made 16 appearances for the Tynside club, scoring two tries and is currently in the market for a new team.

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32-year-old centre Burrell is also weighing up his options after he was released by the club.

Gone too is Italian secondrow Marco Fuser, with no current destination listed in the release.

There is also no room for former England and Great Britain Sevens international Ollie Lindsay-Hague. He joined the Falcons last summer on an initial short-term loan deal, making two appearances and scoring one try.

Against this, Newcastle have so far made six senior signings for next season in Leicester’s Argentina centre Matias Moroni, Ospreys fly-half Josh Thomas, Bath fly-half Tian Schoeman, Coventry scrum-half Josh Barton, Doncaster lock Josh Peters and Austin Gilgronis lock Sebastian de Chaves.

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Head coach Dave Walder said: “It is the time of year where players move on and things take shape for the season ahead, and it is only right that we recognise the contribution of the guys who will be leaving us.

“We thank them and wish them well for whatever they go on to do, and we hope they will all take positive experiences with them from their time at Newcastle Falcons.”

DEPARTING PLAYERS:
Josh Basham – London Irish
Mike Brown – released
Luther Burrell – released
Oscar Caudle – Tynedale
Kyle Cooper – released
Rob Farrar – Ealing Trailfinders
Marco Fuser – released
Will Haydon-Wood – Wasps
Joe Hodgson – released
Ollie Lindsay-Hague
Will Montgomery – Ealing Trailfinders
Morgan Passman – released
Louis Schreuder – Bath
Robbie Smith – Northampton Saints
Matthew Ward – released
Max Wright – Bath

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The Falcons will also induct six homegrown players into their senior academy squad: wing Nathan Greenwood, centre Jeremy Civil, lock Luke Coulston, scrum-half Ben Douglas, prop Mike Rewcastle and hooker Charlie Smith.

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