Summer trialist joins club's academy after impressing in pre season
Having spent the summer of trial at Newcastle Falcons, Santiago Socino has impressed sufficiently to now be part of the club’s academy structure for the 2015/16
Set to play his rugby with National League One side Darlington Mowden Park, Santiago, who is the younger brother of Falcons and Argentina centre Juan Pablo Socino, will also train with the Falcons squad a senior academy as he continues his development as a professional rugby player.
It was a journey that began thanks not only to the recommendation of Juan Pablo, but also former Falcon Alex Crockett, who was Santiago’s head coach at Hull Ionians.
Speaking to Falcons TV, Santiago said: “They had a chat with Dean and I came over for a trial, to see how it goes and now I’m staying so I’m really happy with that.”
“When I started training with the senior squad and the academy squad, it was a big surprise, I had never been in a professional environment before, but it was great and now I am feeling really confident and happy.”
With a first appearance for Darlington Mowden Park already under in the books, the focus in the family is rapidly turning to the start of Juan Pablo’s Rugby World Cup campaign, which kicks off on Sunday against New Zealand.
Santiago said: “Our parents and grandparents are coming over and we are going to follow Argentina around during the world cup and hopefully he plays as much as he can.
They have a really hard first game against the All Blacks at Wembley but I think they are going to go through their group stage and then make the quarter finals and then just hopefully they go really well, for both the country and my brother.”
To watch the full interview, including Santiago’s thoughts on switching from flanker to hooker, playing alongside his brother, and his aims for the season, click here