Rogers: Ed­die can’t keep ig­nor­ing Fal­cons

The Rugby Paper - - News - ■ By NEALE HAR­VEY

HIGH-FLY­ING New­cas­tle’s soar­away sea­son is mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble for Eng­land boss Ed­die Jones to con­tin­u­ally ig­nore the claims of star for­wards Will Welch and Calum Green, ac­cord­ing to for­mer Fal­cons prop Alex Rogers.

Rogers, now with am­bi­tious Na­tional One side Old Elthami­ans, be­lieves the durable duo can feel hard done by at not be­ing recog­nised al­ready.

Rogers, right, said: “Calum’s been near the top of the Premier­ship stats for tack­ling and li­ne­outs for three years, while Will’s cap­tained New­cas­tle since the age of 20 and is an ab­so­lute dog around the rugby field.

“I’ve never known a man dis­re­gard his body as much as Will, apart from maybe Lewis Moody, and he de­serves recog­ni­tion now.

“It’s no sur­prise New­cas­tle are do­ing so well with those boys and, along with Mark Wil­son, it’s hard for Eng­land to ig­nore them.”

Rogers, a for­mer Harlequins academy grad­u­ate, opted to quit full-time rugby when his New­cas­tle con­tract fin­ished this sum­mer.

Along with fel­low ex-Premier­ship play­ers Sam Eger­ton (New­cas­tle), Joe Carlisle (Worces­ter) and Nathan Mor­ris (Wasps), he aims to help OEs es­tab­lish them­selves in Level 3 be­fore em­bark­ing on an­other pro­mo­tion push.

Rogers, ex­plained: “There were op­tions to stay at a higher level but noth­ing grabbed me, and with my wife be­ing based in Lon­don it made sense to kick-start my postrugby ca­reer while still play­ing at a good level. “OEs have had five pro­mo­tions in eight years and Gavin Lach, our di­rec­tor of rugby, has done a fan­tas­tic job in putting to­gether a squad that’s got out­side ex­pe­ri­ence mixed with guys who’ve been here for many years.

“It’s been re­ally re­fresh­ing – a 360 de­gree change from full-time rugby – but we get looked af­ter as well as we did at New­cas­tle, which is real credit to Gavin and all the peo­ple be­hind the scenes at a very pro­gres­sive club.”

Rogers added: “Na­tional One’s a tough 30-game grind but we’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing what we’re about. We’d love a top-half fin­ish but no­body’s get­ting car­ried away – we’re learn­ing as a squad, step by step.”

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