Superbike hero trains with Falcons

Newcastle Falcons had a special guest taking part in training at Kingston Park on Thursday morning, with World Superbikes star James Toseland being put through his paces.

The 2004 world champion, who currently sits third in this season's championship on his Winston Ten Kate Honda, did the whole session with the first team squad, saying afterwards: "That was hard work, but I really enjoyed it."

The 25-year old took part in movement and handling drills and a first team gym session before playing touch rugby, and even got stuck in to learning the calls and running lines for the set moves.

"I'm really good mates with Anthony Elliott who plays for the Falcons so I came up here to see him, and while I was up in the north-east I thought I wouldn't miss the chance to get some fitness in and try something a bit different," said Toseland, who has already enjoyed six podium finishes this season.

"After training I had lunch with the squad, and all the lads were really welcoming. It seems like a great club, and it was well worth coming along."

Following his rugby exploits Toseland boarded a plane for Stansted, from where he will travel to Germany ahead of the next round of the World Superbike season in the Czech Republic on July 21/22/23.

Falcons fitness and conditioning coach, Steve Black, said: "We were delighted to have James along today, and he seemed to enjoy the session.

"As well as being great friends with Anthony Elliott he has been a good supporter of the club recently, like helping us with our charity dinner for the Sunshine Fund at the end of last season.

"He's a very fit lad who is really at the elite end of one of the toughest and most demanding sports in the world, so the players have all been chatting to him and learning from his experiences.

"There will certainly be a good Falcons contingent in the crowd at Brands Hatch cheering him on when he races there on the first weekend of August!"