Aviva Premiership debut for Chick at Wasps

Friday 28 October 2016 Written by: Adam

The 19-year-old No.8 was part of the England Under-20s team which won the Junior World Championship in June, and started for the Falcons in last weekend’s 50-7 European Challenge Cup victory over Grenoble.

Newcastle make four personnel changes from the eight-try triumph, their last visit to the Ricoh Arena delivering a losing bonus point in a 9-8 reverse.

Sinoti Sinoti returns on the wing for Alex Tait, Canadian international Evan Olmstead replacing Will Witty at lock. Michael Young comes in for Tonga scrum-half Sonatane Takulua, a new half-back pairing completed by the return of Mike Delany at fly-half.

Hoping to continue the early-season form which has seen his side climb into the top half of the table after three wins from six and a pair of losing bonus points, Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards said: “Wasps are a good side.

“They and Saracens are the two who are on fire at the moment, it is a great challenge for us but our boys are on a bit of a high. We are looking forward to it, and the chance to test yourself against the best is motivation in itself.”

Having lost 9-8 on their last visit to the Ricoh Arena in February, Richards said: “We should have won there, but that was last season. We were disappointed with that, and again when we should have had a bonus point from our home game with Wasps. It doesn’t hold any fear for us, we have just to go down there and do the job. It rests in our own hands.

“Wasps have threats all over the place, so it would not be right to only focus on one. They are a quality outfit who have spent a lot of money, but we have good players as well. If we play to our capability it will be an interesting game.

“They have spent a huge amount of money on the team, it is a quality side and full of internationals in all the right places. Those guys can have a big impact, and we understand that. It is about us now getting prepared, going down there with the right attitude and doing the job.”

**Newcastle Falcons team to face Wasps (Sunday, 2.30pm, Ricoh Arena):**

15 Simon Hammersley

14 Marcus Watson

13 Dominic Waldouck

12 Juan Pablo Socino

11 Sinoti Sinoti

10 Mike Delany

9 Michael Young

1 Sam Lockwood

2 Ben Sowrey

3 Jon Welsh

4 Calum Green

5 Evan Olmstead

6 Mark Wilson

7 Will Welch (captain)

8 Callum Chick


16 Scott Lawson

17 Rob Vickers

18 David Wilson

19 Will Witty

20 Ally Hogg

21 Sonatane Takulua

22 Joel Hodgson

23 Fred Burdon


15 Rob Miller

14 Christian Wade

13 Elliot Daly

12 Kyle Eastmond

11 Frank Halai

10 Jimmy Gopperth

9 Joe Simpson

1 Matt Mullan

2 Ashley Johnson

3 Marty Moore

4 Joe Launchbury (captain)

5 Kearnan Myall

6 Alex Rieder

7 Guy Thompson

8 Nathan Hughes


16 Tom Cruse

17 Tom Bristow

18 Jake Cooper-Woolley

19 Matt Symons

20 James Gaskell

21 Dan Robson

22 Danny Cipriani

23 Alapati Leiua

**Referee:** Craig Maxwell-Keys