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Falcons swoop in for Newcastle University student


Newcastle University rugby star Will Witty has been signed by the North-East’s leading rugby team.

The Newcastle Falcons flew in for the 19-year-old rising star who has already represented England Under-18s, England Students and Yorkshire.

Will, an Agri-Business student, will play second-row in the team, based at Kingston Park. He is currently in training as the squad gets ready for the new season which begins in September.

He has been playing the game since he was just six-years-old. “I was over the moon when the Falcons signed me,” said Will, who is from Malton, North Yorkshire. “Playing professional rugby is what I have always wanted to do. The team has been really welcoming and they’re a great bunch of lads. I can’t wait to start the new season with them.”

Academy Manager at the Falcons, Mark Laycock said: “When we first saw Will playing for Yorkshire Under-18s we knew he had potential and then when he came to Newcastle University we were able to give him an opportunity in our A Team, which he took. He put in a string of solid performances for the A Team last year and now that he is full-time we will undoubtedly see his rate of progress increase.

“We are all extremely grateful at how helpful and supportive the University have been in enabling Will to have a chance at realising his dreams.”
Tom Wilkinson, Director of Rugby at Newcastle University said: “Will is an incredibly talented rugby player who works his absolute hardest during every game. He has been brilliant for Team Newcastle and I‘m delighted the Falcons have recognised just how good he is and given him this opportunity.”

Will also praised the support he received in his first year as part of Team Newcastle. “The programme last year really helped my game,” he said. “It was professional and it was really helpful to be able to play rugby to a high standard while I was studying.”

Will was one of two students selected for an adidas scholarship last year. It gave him expert coaching advice and mentoring from Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll as well as training and competition travel costs, kit and technical support.

published on: 25 July 2014