Former Falcon Jimmy Gopperth primed for Sunday's Newcastle return
Jimmy Gopperth is relishing the prospect of a Kingston Park return when his Wasps side pitch up to tackle Newcastle Falcons on Easter Sunday.
The 3pm kick-off sees Gopperth up against the club at which he spent four seasons between 2009 and 2013, the Kiwi fly-half recalling fond memories from his time in the North East.
Gopperth, speaking in the Falcons' match-day programme, said: “The camaraderie off the field was great right the way through my whole time with the Falcons – that made it a really special place and the local guys were always very welcoming towards us.
"Everyone is so friendly in the North East, and that was huge for myself and my family."
Hopeful of a warm welcome but well aware the match must take centre stage as the Falcons aim to continue their improved home form this year, the fly-half added: “I guess we will have to wait and see what sort of reception I get.
"I always had a great relationship with the fans here and enjoyed that side of things. They are incredibly loyal and passionate supporters and when we played them down in Coventry I had a chat to a few of them.
"They were great with me and I would hope for the same on Sunday, but maybe that might come after the final whistle rather than during the game because they will be supporting their own team rather than me."
Having kicked the winner when Wasps shaded a 9-8 nail-biter last month, he recalled: “It was horrible – the worst conditions I have played in for a long time.
"It hindered both teams because everyone wanted to play, but in terrible weather like that you have no chance. Hopefully with it being Easter weekend it is nice and balmy up in the Toon, and both teams can play a bit."
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