Mark Smith

Mark Smith

Mark Smith is a sports writer specialising in rugby news. He has been with us since 2010.

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The Webb Ellis Cup during a photocall at Mowden Park, Darlington. New Zealand will be based and train at Mowden Park for 6 days during the Rugby World Cup 2015.

Darlington Mowden Park delight at becoming All Blacks' team base

New Zealand's world champion All Blacks are among the top sides basing themselves in the North East for Rugby World Cup 2015

Newcastle Falcons took on Rotherham Titans at Kingston Park

Newcastle Falcons 21 Rotherham Titans 22: Mark Smith's match analysis

New pitch, but still no victory for Newcastle Falcons as Rotherham Titans claim the pre-season honours by a single point

Rugby action

Top rugby schools head to Tynedale for prestigious festival

Corbridge the venue on Sunday for an event labelled the biggest schools rugby festival in England.

Juan Pablo Socino

Juan Pablo Socino ready to rock for Newcastle Falcons

Former club Rotherham provide the first opposition as Juan Pablo Socino makes his Newcastle Falcons debut.

Adam Powell of Newcastle Falcons

Adam Powell says Newcastle Falcons can be fantastic on plastic

Plastic pitches are nothing new to Adam Powell, who believes Newcastle Falcons can thrive on their artificial surface this season

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet

Gus Poyet desperate to avoid a repeat of last season's many highs and lows

Gus Poyet has pleaded for consistency as Sunderland get their Premier League show on the road at West Brom today

Gus Poyet

Sunderland's Gustavo Poyet calls for transfer deadline to be moved

On the day Sunderland's Premier League season kicks off at West Brom, Gustavo Poyet laments the fact transfers are still the main talking point.

Newcastle Falcons train on their new 3G artificial pitch at Kingston Park

Mark Wilson: Newcastle Falcons have not lost the Kingston Park factor

A new pitch does not mean Newcastle Falcons' Kingston Park ground will be a picnic for visiting sides, insists Mark Wilson.

Newcastle Falcons scrum half Warren Fury in action

Warren Fury backs Newcastle Falcons to fulfil attacking vision

Tries will come, says Newcastle Falcons scrum-half Warren Fury ahead of the new season

Newcastle Falcons finally get a run on their new plastic pitch

Having spent all summer watching its installation, Newcastle Falcons' players finally got to tread on their new artificial pitch yesterday.

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