Falcons in Pacific Nations Cup climax

Monday 12 August 2019

Newcastle Falcons lock Greg Peterson started for the USA in Saturday's Pacific Nations Cup title decider, but it was Japan who emerged with the silverware.

Peterson (pictured), a summer signing from Bordeaux Begles, started for the Eagles in their 34-20 loss, with the game played in the Fijian capital of Suva as part of a double-header.

The other half of the bill saw Fiji beating Samoa 10-3, Newcastle's Josh Matavesi coming off the bench for the home side while club-mate Logovi'i Mulipola started at loose-head for the Samoans.

Friday's match in Lautoka saw Tonga beating Canada 33-23, Falcons scrum-half Sonatane Takulua starting the game and kicking all but one of his goals, while fellow Falcon Cooper Vuna came on as a replacement.

At Under-18s level, Falcons wing Matthew Ward scored on his England debut against Argentina in the South African town of Stellenbosch on Friday.

England lost the game 29-19, with Newcastle prop Phil Brantingham also starting.

Both players are named on the bench on Tuesday when a much-changed England Under-18s side takes on France in Paarl (3pm UK time).

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