PLAYER PROFILE : HUGH VYVYAN

BORN : 8/9/76 BIRTHPLACE : Guilford, Surrey

HEIGHT : 6'6" WEIGHT : 16st 0lb

POSITION : Lock/No.8

Hugh Vyvyan astounded the fans during the heart of the 98/9 season. The scene was set as a Tetley's Bitter cup 5th round North East derby, Falcons away match at West Hartlepool. In the begining of the second half, playing at second row, Hugh was lined up with the backs flat defensive line. A bad pass from West gave chance from Vyvyan to intercept and storm to a 60m solo try. This was the day the Falcons could prove to the rest of the Premiership teams just what the youngster was made of.

Coming from a rugby family, it wasn't surprising that with six brothers at least one of them would make it to the top. His father played for Coventry, Richmond and like Garath Archer, the Army. His six brothers, and himself make seven, in fact a seven a side squad. The brothers have been finalists in the Penryn Sevens for 5 consecutive years winning on three occasions. The Captain, elder brother Charlie is a former Sale and England A player and is presently the Captain of Wharfdale. Paul plays for Penryn. James plays for the Army. Older brothers Richard, John and Simon are all highly accomplished junior players.

Hugh was introduced to rugby at Downside public school. His love for the sport continued with a one year trip to South Africa but he found himself in the North East at Newcastle University studying for a BA degree in Religious Studies. With such a start to the sport it was inevitable that from an early age he would have his first taste of success.

Playing for the local University he impressed the Newcastle selectors, earning himself a place for the Development 15. Once at the Falcons he found himself on the bench on three occasions during the 97/8 season. But in November 98 he took the field against Cardiff in an Anglo-Welsh fixture, scoring a debut try.

During the Allied Dunbar match against Bedford on the 5th of January 99, Hugh came on as a replacement for Steve O'Neill. Then on the 23rd of January he had his first league start against Sale at second row. He appears to show most skill as a lock, but is also comfortable at No.8.

Hugh, along with Jimmy Cartmell (a University friend and team mate), has received extra training and with weight training and eating for bulk up, is becoming a noticeable player.

The closed season saw Hugh taking his place in a Premiership All Stars squad to play against England on the 7th of September 1999, giving stiff opposition to England as part of their World Cup warm up.

He feels that as a young player he is simply looking for a Newcastle first team place but as supporters we are looking further ahead to him becoming a future England international.