Monday 16 September 2013 Written by: Adam

Newcastle Falcons have made eight changes for tonight’s Aviva A League clash with Leicester Tigers at Kingston Park (kick-off 6pm).

Chris Harris and Alex Crockett come in to the centres, while there are starts for fly-half Craig Willis and winger Tahir El Mahdi, who faces his former employers.

Meanwhile there is a new-look back-row with Ollie Hodgson, Andy Saull and Harrison Collins all getting the nod.

The Falcons will be keen to build on last week’s 26-18 opening day victory over Sale Jets as they look to cement their position at the top of the table.

Academy manager Mark Laycock said: “It was a great performance from the boys last week, and we thoroughly deserved the win.

“It’s now a clean slate for the lads, and with a number of players coming into the side it’s a chance for them to show what they can do.

“We are playing some good rugby at the moment and I would encourage fans to come down and support the team.”

Entry for tonight’s game is free.

**Newcastle Falcons:** 15 Simon Hammersley, 14 Tom Penny, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Alex Crockett, 11 Tahir El Mahdi, 10 Craig Willis, 9 Warren Fury, 1 Gary Strain, 2 George McGuigan, 3 Scott Wilson, 4 Sean Tomes, 5 Will Witty, 6 Ollie Hodgson, 7 Andy Saull, 8 Harrison Collins

**Replacements:** 16 David Nelson, 17 James Hallam, 18 Trevor Davison, 19 Josh Hedley, 20 Harry Bate, 21 Chris Pilgrim, 22 Josh Bragman, 23 Andy Higgins