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Newcastle boss Steve Diamond is targeting Bath, he won’t be stopped

Newcastle Falcons boss Steve Diamond has taken aim at Bath RFC ahead of the pair’s match at Kingston Park tomorrow night.

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Diamond, who questioned why a player would want to join a failed club like Bath earlier this season, has taken another swipe at the black, blue and white ahead of their clash tomorrow night.

He said: “For Bath, with the money they spend, the training facilities they have and the vast coaching resources they have at their disposal, they should be winning leagues and cups year in, year out, or at least the semi-finals have to get. -finals.

“That should be normal for them every time, but a few years ago they were still stumbling at the wrong end of the league and finished bottom, below little old Newcastle.”

Diamond’s frustration could be partly due to the Falcons losing England U20 winger Guy Pepper to Bath for next season.

He added: “There’s only two letters difference between ‘nurture’ and ‘vulture’, and if you get the ultimate tools you can go around picking the best talent from the other clubs.

“Three Premiership clubs have gone bankrupt and teams like Bath have signed their best players. That’s not a criticism, it’s a good thing and fair game to them. At Newcastle we’re not in a position to do that and I’m not complaining about that. I came here with full knowledge of the situation, and I’m fine with it.”

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Newcastle Falcons team v Bath Rugby (Friday, 7.45pm, Kingston Park, live on PRTV)

15 Louis Brown, 14 Adam Radwan, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Cameron Hutchison, 11 Ben Redshaw, 10 Brett Connon, 9 Sam Stuart; 1 Adam Brocklebank, 2 Jamie Blamire, 3 Eduardo Bello, 4 Tim Cardall, 5 Sebastian de Chaves, 6 Sam Cross, 7 Guy Pepper, 8 Callum Chick (captain).

Replacements: 16 Bryan Byrne, 17 Mark Dormer, 18 Richard Palframan, 19 John Hawkins, 20 Freddie Lockwood, 21 James Elliott, 22 Rory Jennings, 23 Oli Spencer.

Not available for selection: Phil Brantingham, Murray McCallum, Kiran McDonald, Elliott Obatoyinbo, Hugh O’Sullivan, Tom Penny, Pedro Rubiolo, Ben Stevenson, Philip van der Walt.

Bath rugby: 15 Matt Gallagher, 14 Joe Cokanasiga, 13 Ollie Lawrence, 12 Cameron Redpath, 11 Will Muir, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ben Spencer (captain); 1 Beno Obano, 2 Tom Dunn, 3 Thomas du Toit, 4 Quinn Roux, 5 Charlie Ewels, 6 Ted Hill, 7 Sam Underhill, 8 Alfie Barbeary.

Replacements: 16 Niall Annett, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Jacques du Plessis, 20 Miles Reid, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Orlando Bailey, 23 Josh Bayliss.

Referee: Tom Foley.