BREAKING: George McGuigan has left Newcastle with immediate effect - Ruck

BREAKING: George McGuigan has left Newcastle with immediate effect

Hooker George McGuigan has left Newcastle Falcons to join Gallagher Premiership rivals, Gloucester.

The 29-year-old made 165 appearances during two spells with the Falcons, scoring a total of 48 tries.

The academy graduate has touched down seven tries in his ten outings this season, and leaves with the thanks and best wishes of the club.

Matt Thompson, chairman of the rugby committee and a former Falcons hooker himself, said: “Naturally we’re sad to see George go. He’s been a huge part of our club and an undeniable asset for years.

“Contract negotiations are always tough, and competition for a player of George’s talent is always high. We were keen to see him stay with us but unfortunately we couldn’t meet his expectations. It’s a shame, but it’s also a decision that is George’s to make and we wish him all the best. 

“Moving forward our outlook is an extremely positive one, and we have a huge amount of talent in the club when it comes to the position of hooker. 

“Jamie Blamire has signed for another two years, we have Charlie Maddison who has a great skill set as well as some great experience and we have Ollie Fletcher, England Under-20s’ hooker, who is coming up through our academy ranks and is looking really strong.

“We’re really excited to see what they can do with more game time and exposure to the Premiership as we continue to build for the future.”

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From World Cup wonders to one-cap washouts – here is a list of the players:

1374Jack Clifford(flanker)2016-02-06v Scotland at Murrayfield
1375Paul Hill(prop)2016-02-14v Italy at Rome
1376Maro Itoje(flanker)2016-02-14v Italy at Rome
1377Elliot Daly(centre)2016-02-27v Ireland at Twickenham
1378Teimana Harrisonflanker2016-05-29v Wales at Twickenham
1379Ollie Devoto(fly-half)2016-05-29v Wales at Twickenham
1380Ellis Genge(prop)2016-05-29v Wales at Twickenham
1381Tommy Taylor(hooker)2016-05-29v Wales at Twickenham
1382Kyle Sinckler(prop)2016-11-12v South Africa at Twickenham
1383Nathan Hughes(flanker)2016-11-12v South Africa at Twickenham
1384Ben Te’o(centre)2016-11-12v South Africa at Twickenham
1385Charlie Ewels(lock)2016-11-19v Fiji at Twickenham
1386Harry Williamsprop2017-06-10v Argentina at San Jaun
1387Mark Wilsonflanker2017-06-10v Argentina at San Juan
1388Tom Curryflanker2017-06-10v Argentina at San Juan
1389Alex Lozowskicentre2017-06-10v Argentina at San Juan
1390Denny Solomona(winger)2017-06-10v Argentina at San Juan
1391Piers Francis(centre)2017-06-10v Argentina at San Juan
1392Don Armand(flanker)2017-06-10v Argentina at San Juan
1393Jack Maunder(scrum-half)2017-06-10v Argentina at San Juan
1394Will Collier(prop)2017-06-10v Argentina at San Juan
1395Nick Isiekwe(lock)2017-06-10v Argentina at San Juan
1396Sam Underhillflanker2017-06-17v Argentina at Santa Fè
1397Sam Simmonds(flanker)2017-11-11v Argentina at Twickenham
1398Alec Hepburn(prop)2018-04-02v Italy at Rome
1399Brad Shields(lock)2018-06-09v South Africa at Johannesburg
1400Ben Spencer(scrum-half)2018-06-09v South Africa at Johannesburg
1401Ben Moon(prop)2018-11-03v South Africa at Twickenham
1402Zach Mercer(no. 8)2018-11-03v South Africa at Twickenham
1403Joe Cokanasigawinger2018-11-17v Japan at Twickenham
1404Ted Hill(flanker)2018-11-17v Japan at Twickenham
1405Dan Robson(scrum-half)2019-02-10v France at Twickenham
1406Willi Heinzscrum-half2019-08-11v Wales at Twickenham
1407Lewis Ludlamflanker2019-08-11v Wales at Twickenham
1408Jack Singleton(hooker)2019-08-11v Wales at Twickenham
1409Joe Marchant(centre)2019-08-11v Wales at Twickenham
1410Ruaridh McConnochiewinger2019-09-06v Italy at Newcastle upon Tyne