Harris Homes In For European Rugby Challenge Cup

Friday 17 October 2014

Cumbrian centre ready to shine for Falcons on European stage

Newcastle Falcons centre Chris Harris makes his first appearance for the club since shining in the Premiership Rugby 7s series in August this evening as he lines up at Outside Centre for the European Rugby Challenge Cup tie versus Bucharest Wolves (Kick off 8pm.)

One of four Falcons player’s dual registered with Rotherham Titans this season, Harris was recalled to train with the squad during the European window and has earned a starting spot after impressing with the Yorkshire club so far this season.

“We were told in the meeting on Monday who would be in the team and I’m really pleased to get in, I am raring to go and hoping I can show my hard running and put in a few offloads to fit in with the attacking style of game we want to play.”

In terms of his South Yorkshire sojourn, Harris says that so far this has been a good experience and that although he is playing over 100 miles away, he still feels part of the Falcons setup.

“It’s been a bit of a change and it’s a different kind of environment but the boys down there have been really welcoming.”

“The coaches up here keep in touch and are watching out games for Rotherham so you still feel really involved.”

“I’ve Started four games from six and it’s been really good, they play a good game of rugby that is really expansive which suits me and my style of play down to the ground. It’s a big step up from National 1 where I was with Tynedale, it’s a bit quicker and certainly more physical, but it’s more about the professionalism in how things are done day to day.”

In Friday’s match, the Carlisle born centre forms an eye catching partnership with another highly rated prospect in the shape of Tom Penny and while Friday marks the first outing for this combination, Harris says it can play a part in getting the club’s European campaign off to a positive start.

“It’s the first time I’ll have played with Tom in the centres, but we get on really well and it’s been nice to work together, as it has with all the other boys, we play off each other really well and it will be good to get involved.”

“We have seen Bucharest’s qualifying matches and they’ve become a side that wants to play rugby, so we know that we’re in for a big game against them, but I think if we stick to our systems and work together well then we can look to have a very positive start to the competition.”

Tickets for this evening’s game are still on sale and can be booked by clicking here calling 0871 226 6060 or calling into the Kingston Park box office.

Advance prices remain in place until 5pm this evening, when full prices come into effect.

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