CARL Hayman is hoping to make his Newcastle Falcons debut this weekend after meeting his Kingston Park colleagues for the first time last night.
The New Zealand international arrived in the North-East on Monday and having outlined his desire to make an immediate impression in the English game, the 28-year-old is keen to be involved in the EDF Energy Cup game at Wasps.
Hayman (pictured right), who is considered to be the best tight head prop in the world, is scheduled to be presented to the media this lunchtime. Yet his main interest concerns his imminent introduction to the Falcons supporters.
“Carl has arrived following a long and draining trip from New Zealand, but he is up for the challenge and he was asking lots of questions as soon as he got here,” said the club’s forwards coach Peter Walton after meeting the Kiwi at Newcastle Airport.
“He’ll get the trip out of his system and we’ll then look to integrate him into our team sessions as the week progresses with a view to possible selection for Saturday.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle’s Development XV maintained their recent fine form during their latest Guinness A League game, winning 28-6 at Leeds Carnegie.
Dutch wing Tim Visser scored two tries and Ross Batty one as the Falcons produced a convincing performance.
ENGLAND hooker Mark Regan has been barred from leading out the Barbarians against South Africa on Saturday. Regan, who was a regular in Brian Ashton’s front row during the recent World Cup in France, has been granted a weekend off by Bristol, who play Leeds Carnegie in the EDF Energy Cup on Sunday but have no hopes of qualifying for the last four. But the 35-year-old has not been given permission to face the Springboks, with Bristol insisting he would be in breach of contract.
Premier Rugby, which runs the Premiership, can bar players from appearing because it does not take place on a pre-agreed international weekend. And Bristol chief executive David White said: “We have not released him, he can’t play and we have the jurisdiction to fine him.”