Newcastle Falcon Greg Goosen pays flying visit to Houghton Rugby Club

Greg Goosen, Newcastle Falcons back, centre, with members of the Houghton Ruby Club youth teams before a coaching session on Sunday morning.
Greg Goosen, Newcastle Falcons back, centre, with members of the Houghton Ruby Club youth teams before a coaching session on Sunday morning.
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BUDDING rugby stars got tips from a pro at a special training session.

Newcastle Falcons’ South African full-back Greg Goosen made a visit to Houghton Rugby Club.

He put a group of six to 12-year-olds through their paces at the Wearside club’s Dairy Lane ground.

Helen Clements, whose son Daniel, 11, plays for Houghton Rugby Club’s mini/midi section, said he had been excited by the experience.

She said: “Daniel has absolutely loved it. He’s only just joined the club this season so it’s the first time he’s experienced anything like this.”

More than 70 children and parents from Houghton Rugby Club travelled to the Falcons’ recent game against Harlequins at Kingston Park, which ended in a nine-all draw.

Jeff Crossley, head coach of the mini/midi section at Houghton Rugby Club, said: “We try and get the Falcons down now and then if we can and obviously the kids loved it.

“They get the chance to have a professional player training them.

“All the coaches at Houghton play rugby too, but we aren’t professionals like they are.

“They have a lot more technique to show them.”

Rain and snow put a dampener on the training event, but the keen youngsters could be receiving another visit soon.

“The weather has spoiled it a bit so we’re hoping we’ll be able to arrange for them to come back on another day,” said Mr Crossley.

“I think Greg was impressed with the snow, as he comes from South Africa and doesn’t see it often.”