Newcastle Falcons have named their side for this Friday’s British and Irish Cup final against Leinster ‘A’ at Kingston Park, as Dean Richards’ men look to secure the first part of a domestic double (kick-off 7.30pm).
The Falcons reached tomorrow night’s showpiece occasion after winning each of their Pool 4 games before defeating Nottingham and Bedford Blues in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.
Victory over Leinster will see the northeasterners lift their first trophy in nine years, and with tickets priced at £10 adults and under-16s going for free, an electric atmosphere is expected inside Kingston Park.
“There are a lot of changes for this game purely to back-up what happened on Sunday as there are a lot of bruised bodies, and we have to make sure that we get them right for next week,” said Richards.
“In saying that, the quality of the squad that we have named is exceptionally good, and I am looking forward to it, and I think it is going to be a really good game,” added Richards.
James Hudson will skipper the side tomorrow evening with the towering lock itching to lift the trophy in his final season as a Falcon.
He said: “Even though it is their younger development team, anybody who is involved in that culture at Leinster which is one of success, will be well-coached.
“They are brought through in an environment which demands success and having watched a few of their games they have got quality throughout, and their core skills are very good.”
You can watch the full interview with Hudson and Alex Crockett on Falcons TV by clicking here.
You can also watch a fans forum with Hudson by clicking here.
Tickets for the game are priced at £10 adults with under-16s going free by calling the Falcons Ticket Hotline on 0871 226 6060 or click here to purchase online.
Newcastle Falcons: 15 Jamie Sole, 14 Zach Kibirge, 13 Alex Crockett, 12 James Fitzpatrick, 11 Andrew Higgins, 10 Joel Hodgson, 9 Rory Lawson, 1 James Hall, 2 Rob Vickers, 3 Scott Wilson, 4 Sean Tomes, 5 James Hudson (c), 6 Ollie Stedman, 7 Richard Mayhew, 8 Chris York
Replacements: 16 Michael Mayhew, 17 James Hallam, 18 Scott MacLeod, 19 Taiasina Tu’ifua, 20 Chris Pilgrim, 21 Waisea Luveniyali, 22 Michael Tait