avivia
 

Falcons sign up Frenchman

Thu, 08 Aug 2013 12:26
Large franck montanella

Newcastle Falcons have bolstered their front row options with the signing of French loosehead prop Franck Montanella.

Newcastle Falcons have bolstered their front row options with the signing of French loosehead prop Franck Montanella.

Montanella, 31, who was part of France's 2007 tour of New Zealand, has signed a two-year deal with the North East club.

Standing at six feet one inch (1.85 metres) tall and weighing in at just over 19 stone (120 kilograms), the uncompromising Frenchman joins Dean Richards' men on the back of an impressive campaign with London Welsh where his outstanding form for the Exiles earned him a place in Premiership Rugby's team of the season at the halfway stage.

Montanella played 17 times for Welsh last term, scoring two tries in the process against Gloucester Rugby and London Wasps respectively.

Prior to making the move to England, the Cannes-born powerhouse plied his trade in his native France where he launched his professional career with RC Narbonne.

After a successful stint on the French Riviera, Montanella made the switch to Strasbourg before moving to Auch in 2005, helping them to promotion to the French Top 14 the following season.

His solid displays in the red of Auch brought him to the attention of Stade Francais where he spent two seasons with the Parisian outfit.

Pay's d'Aix and Bourgoin soon came calling for his services before Montanella secured a move to Welsh in 2012.

"Newcastle Falcons has a great reputation in the game, and I can't wait to join up with my new teammates," Montanella told the Falcons' official website.

"There is a superb coaching set-up at Newcastle with Dean Richards in charge, and after a good experience with London Welsh I'm delighted to be back playing in the Aviva Premiership this season," added the French capped scrummager.

Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards said: "Franck [Montanella] is the type of player I've been looking for to really strengthen our front row.

"He's a solid scrummager and he brings a lot of experience to the club having played in the French leagues where it can be a hostile environment for props to play their rugby.

"I'm delighted to have him on board and I'm looking forward to working with him this season."

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 04 September 2015
Blue Bulls v Free State Cheetahs 17h10 Loftus Versfeld
Connacht v Dragons 18h30 Sportsground
Ulster v Ospreys 18h35 Kingspan Stadium
Edinburgh v Leinster 18h35 Edinburgh
Sat, 05 September 2015
Sharks v Pumas 13h00 Kings Park, Durban
England v Ireland 13h30 London
Western Province v Griquas 15h05 Newlands
Wales v Italy 16h00 Cardiff
Glasgow Warriors v Scarlets 16h15 Scotstoun
Golden Lions v EP Kings 17h10 Ellis Park
Munster v Treviso 18h45 Musgrave Park
France v Scotland 19h00 Paris
Sun, 06 September 2015
United States v Australia 23h30 Chicago
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 13h30 Cardiff
PREMIERSHIP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Northampton Saints 22 16 1 5 76
Bath 22 16 0 6 75
Leicester Tigers 22 15 1 6 68
Saracens 22 14 1 7 68
Exeter Chiefs 22 14 0 8 68
Wasps 22 11 2 9 61
Sale Sharks 22 11 0 11 54
Harlequins 22 10 0 12 49
Gloucester 22 9 1 12 48
London Irish 22 7 1 14 40
Newcastle Falcons 22 5 1 16 34
London Welsh 22 0 0 22 1