Alex Codling will become Newcastle Falcons’ head coach in the summer, with the former England lock insisting worth ethic and pace are at the heart of his philosophy.
The vastly-experienced Londoner is currently forwards coach at runaway leaders Oyonnax in France’s Pro D2, with the 49-year-old’s previous roles including forwards coach at Harlequins, head coach at Ealing Trailfinders and assistant coach to the English national team for their 2021 June internationals.
Having had a successful playing career at the top level including playing for the likes of Harlequins, Saracens and Montpellier, Codling won his England cap against Argentina in 2002 before embarking on his coaching journey.
“We’re going through a significant period of change here at Kingston Park, and we’re very excited about the future of the club and what we can all achieve together.
“We want to play an exciting brand of rugby on the pitch and continue to create a platform for rugby talent in the North of England.
"We continue to have some amazing support from our fans, our sponsors and all of our employees, and we’re incredibly grateful for that. We’re looking forward to what comes next.”