Wales’ Sam Cross 1 of 2 internationals on 15-man Newcastle exit list


Flanker Sam Cross is one of 15 players who will leave Newcastle Falcons at the end of the season, the club has confirmed in a list of departures.

The two-time Wales international is joined by another international, Argentine midfielder Matias Morrone, in leaving Kingston Park.

Kroos joined Newcastle last summer from Ospreys on a two-year deal and has become a mainstay in the team, but he will not be part of Steve Diamond's plans moving forward.

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Morrone, an 80-cap Argentina international, spent the last two seasons at Newcastle after arriving from Leicester Tigers.

The 31-year-old Kroos and 33-year-old Morrone are also joined by younger members of the squad in leaving the club, with Phil Brantingham, 22, Louie Johnson, 20, already agreeing to a move to Saracens, and Jay Pepper. , 21, is set to join Bath.

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The other 10 departures are: Josh Barton, Sam Clarke, Mark Dormer, Rory Jennings, Charlie Maddison, Viremi Koroale, Ewan Stevens, Josh Thomas, Michael van Vuuren and George Waccock.

Matt Thompson, Chairman of the Rugby Union, said: “I would like to thank all the players who have left us for their contribution during their time at Newcastle Falcons, and wish them all the best for the future.”

“It has been a difficult season but the players can be proud of the attitude and work ethic they have shown and I wish them every success in everything that lies ahead.”

“It is always difficult to say goodbye to the popular and talented members of our group, a number of whom have been here a long time and have made a significant contribution.

“We have come a long way in shaping our squad for next season and beyond, with Steve Diamond in charge of what will be a very competitive group. Our supporters have been fantastic in their support of the club, and I am sure they will be equally generous in showing their appreciation to the players who will be moving on.”

The departing group of Falcons players have one last chance to taste victory this weekend after going the entire Premier League season without a win.

Newcastle heads to Kingsholm on Saturday to face Gloucester, who are only one place ahead of them in the table. The Cherry and Whites reached the Challenge Cup Final the following week and are coming off a 90-0 loss to Northampton Saints, meaning this could be one of Newcastle's best chances to record a win all season.





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