Eight return for Premiership comeback

Friday 19 December 2014

Newcastle Falcons name a side with eight changes as they prepare to return to Aviva Premiership action against Harlequins this weekend.

This weekend sees the return of Aviva Premiership rugby as the Falcons prepare to travel to Twickenham Stoop to face Harlequins.

Heading back into league action after a European window which saw them put in two strong performances against Stade Francais, the Falcons have named a team with eight changes from the side which turned out in Paris last weekend.

Club captain Will Welch returns to action while Scott Wilson, Ally Hogg, Sinoti Sinoti, Alex Tuilagi and Mike Blair will all take their places in a revamped starting line-up.

Meanwhile Parisian substitutes Tom Catterick and Dom Barrow both make the transition back into the first XV for Saturday’s trip to the Stoop.

Elsewhere in the team Simon Hammersley continues at Full Back whilst the centre pairing of Juan Pablo Socino and Adam Powell remains unchanged. Rob Vickers, George McGuigan, Calum Green and Mark Wilson also retain their places in the starting XV.

Saturday’s game against Harlequins kicks off at 3pm at Twickenham Stoop. Live commentary for the game will be available via the @FalconsRugby Twitter account and on BBC Radio Newcastle.

Newcastle Falcons team vs Harlequins 15. Simon Hammersley, 14. Sinoti Sinoti, 13. Adam Powell, 12. Juan Pablo Socino, 11. Alex Tuilagi, 10. Tom Catterick, 9. Mike Blair; 1. Rob Vickers, 2. George McGuigan, 3. Scott Wilson, 4. Calum Green, 5. Dom Barrow, 6. Mark Wilson, 7. Will Welch (c), 8. Ally Hogg.

Replacements 16. Scott Lawson, 17. Eric Fry, 18. Mark Irving, 19. Kane Thompson, 20. Josh Furno, 21. Ruki Tipuna, 22. Andy Tuilagi, 23. Noah Cato.

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