Hudson to skipper Falcons
Lock named as Hayman's replacement
Last Updated: 18/06/10 2:54pm
Hudson: New captain
Newcastle coach Alan Tait has confirmed lock James Hudson will captain the side following the departure of Carl Hayman.
The 28-year-old has made a big impression at Kingston Park since joining from London Irish - with England Saxons ace rewarded with the captaincy.
And Tait believes Hudson has all the attributes to replace Hayman, who is joining Toulon.
Tait said: "James has got everything you would want for the role.
"He has embraced the changes we are making at the club right now, and he has really grown as a leader during his time with us.
"He has come from two great environments down at Bath and London Irish, has proven himself an excellent performer out on the field and over the past year he has really stepped up into more of a senior role within this group.
"I'm looking for the other players to follow Huddo's example, and to see all the extras he does without the coaches having to tell him.
"He's an incredibly meticulous professional who lives his life the right way. He does the business on the field, analyses the opposition brilliantly and has a great eye for the set piece side of things.
"It's definitely a step up for James taking on a responsibility like this, but I've given it a huge amount of thought and I've got absolute faith that he can lead us on to good things here.
"He's also very lucky to have the support of senior pros like Jimmy Gopperth, Rob Vickers and Tane Tu'ipulotu to name just three, plus a few other guys who have really impressed me with the way they have stepped up into leadership roles during the start of our pre-season."