Newcastle Falcons have named their side for tonight’s Aviva A League clash with Northampton Wanderers at Franklin’s Gardens as they look to make it three wins on the spin (kick-off 7.30pm).
No fewer than seven senior players have been given the nod with the most notable inclusions being Kieran Brookes and Fraser McKenzie into the pack.
Brookes replaces Scott Wilson at tight-head while David Nelson starts at hooker alongside Gary Strain. McKenzie and Daniel Temm come into the back-row to round off the changes upfront.
In the backline Nathan Bailey, Sean Brown and Andy Higgins are each handed starts.
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Newcastle Falcons: 15 Nathan Bailey, 14 Sean Brown, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Alex Crockett (c), 11 Andy Higgins, 10 Craig Willis, 9 Chris Pilgrim, 1 Gary Strain, 2 David Nelson, 3 Kieran Brookes, 4 Sean Tomes, 5 Will Witty, 6 Fraser McKenzie, 7 Daniel Temm, 8 Harrison Collins
Replacements: 16 George McGuigan, 17 James Hallam, 18 Trevor Davison, 19 Josh Hedley, 20 Ollie Hodgson, 21 Jonny Burn, 22 Josh Bragman, 23 Nick Cairns