“He’s a resilient young man. He’s had his fair share of things go wrong with his family and some personal matters, and he has overcome those.
“He has worked his way up from playing club football in the Penrith district, through the Ron Massey and NSW Cup, so he has gone the long way about it but it’s fantastic to see.”
Falls has been catapulted into the Panthers’ No. 6 jersey vacated by NSW five-eighth Jarome Luai, who joins Cleary as one of six Penrith players in a State of Origin side coached by another St Dominic’s College old boy in Brad Fittler.
He partners Sean O’Sullivan in a new-look halves pairing to take on the Bulldogs. Of the six new inclusions in Ivan Cleary’s side this week, Falls is the only debutant.
But the 25-year-old isn’t one to take a backward step – Peake experienced that first-hand when he got into a scuffle with his former pupil during an…