Monday night sees the first outing for Newcastle Falcons ‘A', when they take on local rivals Leeds Carnegie in an under-23 clash at Darlington Mowden Park's Northern Echo Arena (kick-off 7pm).
The Falcons second string will be a youthful one with many of the new Senior Academy cohort getting their first run out of the season. Exciting backs Sean Brown and Simon Hammersley will be showcasing their talents in a team led by former Quins back rower Chris York. George McGuigan also pulls on the Falcons jersey for the first time since his involvement in this Summer’s Junior World Championships with Ireland.
Academy head coach James Ponton said: “It’s important for the lads to get some game time under their belts before the Aviva A League starts.
“Some of them have already had run outs for their dual registered clubs, but this is the first chance for them to play together and we are excited to see what they can do.
“We’ve had many good contests against Leeds in the past and I'm sure it will be the same again on Monday night.”
Newcastle Falcons: 15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Tom Penny, 13 Michael Tait, 12 Chris Harris, 11 Sean Brown, 10 Craig Willis, 9 Andy Davies, 1 James Hallam, 2 George McGuigan, 3 Aston Whitlow, 4 Glen Young, 5 Josh Hedley, 6 Harrison Collins, 7 Ben Morris, 8 Chris York (c)
Replacements: 16 David Nelson, 17 Sam White, 18 Trevor Davison, 19 Will Witty, 20 Ollie Hodgson, 21 Nick Cairns, 22 Luke Wilson, 23 Tom Small
Newcastle Falcons Academy Fixtures 2013/14
A Team v Leeds Carnegie, Darlington Mowden Park RFC (19/08/13) U18 Team @ Northern Academy Festival, Sandbach (23/08/13) U15 Team @ Northern Academy Festival, Coventry (30/08/13) A Team @ Blaydon RFC (31/08/13)
A Team v Sale Sharks, Kingston Park (06/09/13) A Team v Leicester Tigers, Kingston Park (16/09/13) A Team @ Northampton Saints (30/09/13) A Team @ Gloucester Rugby (07/10/13) U18 Team v Gloucester Rugby, venue TBC (26/10/13) A Team v Worcester Warriors, Carlisle RFC (28/10/13) A League Semi Final TBC (25/11/13) A Team v North Wales Region, Percy Park RFC (02/12/13) A League Final TBC (16/12/13) U18 Team v Sale Sharks, venue TBC (15/12/13) U18 Team @ Leeds Carnegie (21/12/13)
U18 Team v Northampton Saints, venue TBC (11/01/14) U18 Team @ Worcester Warriors (18/01/14) A Team v Newcastle University, venue TBC (03/02/14) U18 Team @ Leicester Tigers (08/02/14) U18 League Playoffs @ Allianz Park (17/02/14) A Team @ Durham University (03/03/14) U15 Team @ Scotland U16 TBC (09/03/14) U15 Team v TBC (23/03/14) U18 Team v TBC (23/03/14) A Team @ North Wales Region (24/03/14) A Team @ Edinburgh Rugby TBC (07/04/14) A Team v Northampton Saints TBC (14/04/14) U15 Team @ Northern Academy Festival, Sale (27/04/14) U15 Team @ Northern Academy Festival, Coventry (05/05/14)