Team news: Matavesi leads Falcons XV on Saturday

Friday 31 January 2020

Joel Matavesi captains a Newcastle Falcons XV on Saturday as they host Ayrshire Bulls at Kingston Park Stadium in a 7.30pm kick-off.

Entry is free for all supporters via the East Stand, with the Tap & Tackle bar open for drinks and refreshments.

The game sees the unbeaten Falcons continuing their series of matches against the Scottish Super 6 sides, having already defeated Heriots, Watsonians, Stirling County and Southern Knights.

England Under-18s wing Matthew Ward is handed a start in a back-line which sees England Under-20s’ Will Haydon-Wood at fly-half.

Prop Rodney Ah You and lock Toby Salmon add experience to a forward pack which includes a host of the club’s most promising young players.

Newcastle Falcons XV v Ayrshire Bulls (Saturday, 7.30pm, Kingston Park Stadium)

15 Alex Tait

14 Matthew Ward (Under-18s)

13 Chidera Obonna

12 Joel Matavesi (captain)

11 Danny Kassapian (Newcastle University)

10 Will Haydon-Wood

9 Callum Pascoe

1 Conrad Cade

2 Jamie Blamire

18 Rodney Ah You

4 Bailey Ransom

[BLANK] Toby Salmon

6 Rob Farrar

7 Connor Collett

8 Tom Marshall

Replacements

5 Phil Brantingham

17 Oscar Caudle

3 Mark Tampin

19 Harry Hill

20 Will Montgomery

16 Owen Chaplin (Under-18s)

21 James Blackett (Under-18s)

23 Will Roberts (Newcastle University)

Referee: Alexander Thomas.

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