The England A international flanker Ben Woods has signed a one year contract extension with the English club Newcastle Falcons.
Woods joined the Newcastle senior squad in 2005 from the Falcons Academy after recovering from a long lay off with a broken leg. The 26 year old openside will stay at Kingston Park until at least the summer of 2009. The former Durham University student has featured in all six of the Falcons European Challenge Cup games this season and has made a total of 19 European appearances for his club, crossing the line try times.
Welcoming the news Newcastle Director of Rugby, John Fletcher, said: "Ben is an outstanding talent, an integral part of our future plans here and we're delighted to have agreed this new deal. Ben very much typifies what we stand for here at Newcastle Falcons, a young English player with a fantastic attitude and a desire to continually improve, so it is great news for the club that he has agreed to stay."
Newcastle will welcome the 2003 European Shield champions Castres Olympique in the European Challenge Cup quarter-final on Saturday, 5 April at 8.00 pm (local time) at Kingston Park. The Falcons will be aiming to qualify for their third European Challenge Cup semi-finals and would have to travel to either Worcester Warriors or Montpellier if they win.
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