Team news: Radwan returns for Sunday home date

Friday 14 February 2020

Newcastle Falcons welcome back top try-scorer Adam Radwan for Sunday’s visit of promotion rivals Cornish Pirates to Kingston Park Stadium.

The winger has sped in for nine tries in his 11 appearances this season for the Greene King IPA Championship leaders, coming in as one of two changes against the third-placed Pirates.

The other switch sees Toby Flood slotting in at inside centre, Johnny Williams pushing to outside centre in place of the injured George Wacokecoke

Newcastle were 18-9 winners when they last met the Pirates in Penzance at the back end of October, with director of rugby Dean Richards expecting a proper test against a side who have lost just three of their 12 league games.

“Cornish Pirates are a big physical side, and we know what to expect from them,” sad the former England and Lions No 8.

“They’ll challenge us upfront probably more so than any team we’ll face all season, and then on top if that they have a well-drilled set of backs who offer an attack which is different to any side in this league.

“Without saying too much we believe there are gaps in their defence that we can look to exploit, but we’ll just keep our powder dry on that and see what we can do on the day.

“I like their Argentinean fly-half who sometimes plays at centre for them, I think their captain is a very good player and they’ve got some very capable lads in their squad. It’ll definitely be a big test for us and it should be a great occasion for people to come down and be part of.”

The Falcons go into round 13 of 22 with their unbeaten record still intact, chalking up another maximum five-point haul in last weekend’s 26-5 triumph at Hartpury.

Richards said: “There’s some good rugby played by good players in this league, and we enjoy being tested in different ways.

“Hartpury last weekend played the kind of wide-to-wide game that not many other sides in this division can match, and it was good to see how we dealt with that. Bedford and London Scottish in the rain was a slightly different proposition, and then at home we have generally started games pretty well and scored some good tries.

“The boys are doing really well at the moment – they’ve won every single game - the thing they need to do is to just repeat it time and time again.

“I’m not saying the players finding it easy, because they’re not. The teams we’re playing against are difficult nuts to crack, but when we do get on a roll we’re managing to keep it going for longer than we typically would do during a Premiership season.”

Tickets for Sunday’s 3pm kick-off are on sale now, and also include entry into the Falcons Women v Exeter Chiefs Women game at 11.30am. To book click here, call 0871 226 6060 or visit Kingston Park Stadium in person. Book before game day to avoid the £3 per ticket surcharge.

Newcastle Falcons team to face Cornish Pirates (Sunday, 3pm, Kingston Park Stadium, live on Sky Sports Arena)

15 Tom Arscott

14 Adam Radwan

13 Johnny Williams

12 Toby Flood

11 Sinoti Sinoti

10 Brett Connon

9 Michael Young (co-captain)

1 Logovi'i Mulipola

2 George McGuigan (co-captain)

3 Mike Daniels

4 Greg Peterson

5 Sean Robinson

6 Callum Chick

7 Will Welch

8 Nemani Nagusa

Replacements

16 Jamie Blamire

17 Trevor Davison

18 Rodney Ah You

19 Sebastian de Chaves

20 Gary Graham

21 Sonatane Takulua

22 Ben Stevenson

23 Gareth Owen

Cornish Pirates

15 Kyle Moyle

14 Alex O'Meara

13 Rory Parata

12 Callum Patterson

11 AJ Cant

10 Javier Rojas Alvarez

9 Alex Schwarz

1 Jack Andrew

2 Tom Channon

3 Craig Mitchell

4 Danny Cutmore

5 Brett Beukeboom (captain)

6 Josh Caulfield

7 Antonio Kiri Kiri

8 James McRae

Replacements

16 Dan Frost

17 Hayden King

18 Jay Tyack

19 Fa'atiga Lemalu

20 Paddy Ryan

21 Rhodri Davies

22 Will Cargill

23 Harry Davey

Referee: Adam Leal.

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