Nesdale back at Newcastle
May 6, 2004

Ross Nesdale, the former Newcastle and Ireland hooker has returned to the Falcons to replace the departing Andrew Blades as forwards coach.

The 34-year-old who has signed a three-year deal played for five years, with Newcastle and was part of the side which won the1997/98 Premiership title.

He also claimed 13 Ireland caps between 1997-99, and has recently been working as a specialist line out throwing coach with the New Zealand All Blacks.

During his two years with the New Zealand Rugby Union in the John Mitchell era, Nesdale worked not only with the All Blacks squad during their Tri Nations campaigns and European tours, but also during the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

Added to that, he has been a specialist coach with the New Zealand national team at Under 21 level, as well as helping to prepare the victorious Under 19 side, who last month won the World Cup at that age group.

"The next three years is a big opportunity for the Falcons to advance," said Nesdale. "Although they may not be as high in the Zurich Premiership as they'd like, the fact that they have the most losing bonus points out of any team in the league shows that they haven't generally been losing games by much.

Having lived in the north-east and played at the Falcons for so long, Nesdale believes that his previous stint at Kingston Park may stand him in good stead. "I'd like to think I understand the rugby culture up there, such as what makes Newcastle different from the other English clubs," he said. "The club is vastly different now and I've heard great things about the stadium, but a lot of the good ingredients from when we won the league are still at the club, such as Rob Andrew and Steve Black on the coaching side, so I'm looking forward to coming back."

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