Where are they now? Newcastle Falcons Premiership title-winning team

Where are they now? Newcastle Falcons Premiership title-winning team

Winger: Tony Underwood

Hung up his boots with the Falcons 1999 and having trained as a pilot, he went on to fly for Easyjet. He then went onto become a long-haul pilot for Virgin Atlantic.

He used to live in Monkston Milton Keynes, but now lives in Dubai, where he flies the Airbus 380 as a Senior First Officer for Emirates. He is married, with two daughters.

DID YOU KNOW:  He starred in a famous Pizza Hut advert alongside Jonah Lomu

Fly-half: Rob Andrew

His playing career was ended in 1999 after an injury in training.

He remained as director of rugby at Newcastle Falcons after the injury that ended his playing career until on 18 August 2006 he was appointed by the RFU to undertake the post of Director of Elite Rugby to oversee all aspects of representative rugby in England, from the regional academies to the full senior side. He resigned as the RFU’s director of professional rugby in February 2016 before taking over as chief executive of Sussex County Cricket Club.

DID YOU KNOW: He is credited with discovering Jonny Wilkinson

Scrum-half: Gary Armstrong

Armstrong finished his career by returning home to play for the newly created professional team, The Borders. He retired in 2004 at about the same time as Doddie Weir. He made a surprise return to rugby in 2018 when he turned out for Stewart’s Melville’s third XV at the age of 51.

DID YOU KNOW: Prior to the game turning professional he was a long-haul lorry driver

Prop: Nick Popplewell

He became professionally qualified as a property advisor when he moved from the world of professional rugby into Estate Agency where he works for Wexford Property.

DID YOU KNOW: He started all 3 tests for the British & Irish Lions on the tour to New Zealand in 1993

Hooker: Ross Nesdale

New Zealand-born Nesdale, who won 11 Ireland caps, had to hang up his boots in 2001 after failing to regain his fitness following a second neck surgery. He then worked with the All Blacks as a skills coach for three international seasons before returning to the Falcons as a forwards coach 2004.

He left Kingston Park for the second time in 2006, starting a new role as an Account Director for Bettle Advertising back in New Zeland. In 2012, Nesdale then moved to Power Farming as a Marketing manager, where he remains currently.

DID YOU KNOW: The former Ireland hooker trained as a graphic artist

Prop: Paul van Zandvliet

The popular prop died in June 2017 after being diagnosed with cancer the year prior. The 50-year-old, known as ‘Tank’, had an inoperable brain tumour and cancer of the kidneys and liver. He joined the club in 1992 and became a club legend.

He retired early from rugby aged 32, after injuries caused by being hit by a car transporter on the Tyne Bridge. He spent retirement passing on his experience to youngsters and coaches at North Shields, Percy Park and Whitley Bay Rockliff Under-15s.