Willie Faloon

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Willie Faloon
Full name William Faloon
Date of birth (1986-09-30) 30 September 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Armagh, Northern Ireland
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 97 kilograms (15.3 st)
School Royal School Armagh
University University of Ulster
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Openside flanker
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
-2012 Ballynahinch
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008–2012
2012-
Ulster Rugby
Connacht
63
20
(15)
(15)

Willie Faloon is an rugby union player from Ireland. His main position is at flanker and he primarily plays at openside. Faloon currently plays for Irish provincial side Connacht Rugby in the Pro 12, having joined the team in 2012.

Career[edit]

Ulster[edit]

Faloon's professional team was his native province of Ulster, signing a contract with the side in December 2008. He had previously played for amateur side Ballynahinch in the All-Ireland League and was part of the province's academy system. Faloon played his first game for Ulster on 24 January 2009, in a 2008-09 Heineken Cup game with Stade Francais.[1] He made his league debut for the team in the final game of the 2008-09 Celtic League, against Scarlets.[2]

In his second season with the side, Faloon appeared more often. He played in 13 games in the 2009-10 Celtic League, starting 12 of them, and scored his first try for the team against Scarlets on 2 October 2009.[3] In European competition Faloon played in 4 games, starting 3 of them and scoring a try against Bath.[1]

In the 2010-11 Celtic League, Faloon played in 17 games for Ulster as they climbed from their 8th place finish the previous season to finish 3rd and qualify for the play-offs.[3] In that season's Heineken Cup Faloon played in 6 of the team's 7 games, including coming on as a replacement in Ulster's quarter-final against Northampton Saints in Stadium mk.[1]

In his final season with Ulster, Faloon played in 16 of their games in the league, which had been renamed as the Pro 12, as Ulster finished 6th.[3] In the 2011-12 Heineken Cup, Faloon played 5, with 4 of these appearances coming as a replacement. He came on from the bench against Leinster in the final.[1]

In the summer of 2012, Faloon joined rival Irish province and Pro 12 team Connacht on a 2 year deal. It had been announced in March that year that Faloon would be leaving Ulster.[4]

Connacht[edit]

Faloon joined Connacht ahead of the 2012-13 season. He played in 14 games for Connacht in the 2012-13 Pro 12 and scored 3 tries.[5] Faloon made his European debut for Connacht against Zebre in the 2012-13 Heineken Cup, and played 3 times for the team in the competition, starting in each game.[1] In his first season with his new side, Faloon made an outstanding impression and was awarded Connacht Rugby Player of the Month for February 2013. At the end of his first year with the side, the Connacht Clan, the team's supporters club, voted him as their player of the season for 2012-13.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Player Archive: Willie Faloon". ERC. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Scarlets 43 - 17 Ulster Rugby". RaboDirectPRO12. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Ulster Squad Index: Willie Faloon". RaboDirectPRO12. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ulster's Faloon to leave team". UTV Sport. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Connacht Squad Index: Willie Faloon". RaboDirectPRO12. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Player of the Year 2013 - Willie Faloon". Connacht Clan. 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2014.