Gopperth aware of Flutey threat
Fly-half Jimmy Gopperth has identified Riki Flutey as the man Newcastle have to stop if they are to record a first win of the Aviva Premiership season against Wasps on Sunday.
Alan Tait's Falcons, tipped by many as likely relegation candidates, currently sit bottom of the Premiership table having suffered four defeats from their four games to date, including last weekend's 46-29 reverse at London Irish, but Wasps enter the game following back-to-back defeats against Sale and Exeter which have sapped some of the early momentum under new boss Dai Young.
"Wasps have had a decent start to the season and they certainly have some good players with Riki Flutey in there," Gopperth said.
Newcastle also have further reason to be hopeful having been victorious in this fixture last term, and they also have new signing Corne Uys to call upon in the centre as well as winger Luke Fielden.
But Kiwi Gopperth, the Premiership's top points scorer in each of the last two seasons, is wary of the threat posed by the creative abilities of Flutey, who was considered unfortunate to miss out on selection for England's World Cup party.
He added: "He should be at the World Cup as he is a class player and one who will cause us some problems in attack.
"We will have to watch out for him and their winger Christian Wade is rapid out wide so we will have to take care of him."
Former Cheetahs centre Uys, meanwhile, is eager to get his Premiership career under way after arriving from South Africa last week.
The club is ambitious and wants to go places," said the 29-year-old. "I heard Newcastle might be interested - I did some research and with the awesome fan-base that the club has it seemed like a perfect fit.
"Hopefully I can contribute right across the board and we need a win. I need to settle first, getting to know the people and the culture over the next few weeks."