Tom Catterick retains the Number 10 shirt for this weekend's game. Image thanks to Getty Images

Falcons Change Three For Visit Of Saracens

Friday 26 December 2014

Two changes in Forwards and one in backs for Saturday's Festive Fixture

Newcastle Falcons have made minimal changes to their squad for this Saturday’s Aviva Premiership clash against Saracens (KO 3pm) with the starting line-up showing only three new faces from last weekend’s game against Harlequins.

Director of Rugby Dean Richards has opted on a mainly settled line up after his side broke the line almost at will at The Stoop and will be expecting a similar performance, with greater precision from his charges on Saturday afternoon.

In the backline, the only change is at Fullback where Alex Tait comes in for Simon Hammersley, who was forced to withdraw midway during the first half at Quins with a head knock.

The remainder remains the same, with a Samoan flavour on both wings in the shape of Sinoti Sinoti and Alesana Tuilagi and a balanced centre partnership with Adam Powell and Juan Pablo Socino in the Outside and Inside centre shirts respectively.

In the half backs, the experienced head of Mike Blair continues at Scrum Half while Tom Cattercik gets a further chance to impress having shown very well in the position against Stade Francais and Harlequins in recent weeks.

In the pack, Scottish International Scott Lawson moves into the number two shirt to pack down alongside Rob Vickers and Scott Wilson in the front row, whilst in the second, Calum Green is partnered by Kane Thompson, the Samoan lock coming in for Dom Barrow.

Completing the pack, the back row trio of Mark Wilson, Will Welch and Ally Hogg retain the six, seven and eight shirts form last week.

On the bench, front row cover is provided by George McGuigan, Eric Fry and Kieran Brooks, while Josh Furno and Andy Saull will also be looking to provide impact in the second and back rows when called upon.

Ruki Tipuna provides cover at Scrum Half while home grown talents Chris Harris and Tom Penny complete the replacements.

Tickets for the game remain on sale, although the club do expect that only North Stand tickets will be available as kick off approaches on Saturday Afternoon.

Supporters are encouraged to book their tickets in advance by clicking here and using the TicketFast print and home delivery option to receive your tickets direct to your inbox and avoid match day purchasing and collection queues.

The Kingston Park Box Office will be open from 9am on Saturday with advance prices valid until 12 Noon, after which full match prices will apply

Newcastle Falcons team V Saracens 27/12 KO 3pm

15 Tait 14 Sinoti 13 Powell 12 Socino 11 Tuilagi 10 Catterick 9 Blair 1 Vickers 2 Lawson 3 S. Wilson 4 Green 5 Thompson 6 M. Wilson 7 Welch 8 Hogg

Replacements 16 McGuigan 17 Fry 18 Brookes 19 Furno 20 Saull 21 Tipuna 22 Harris 23 Penny

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