Newcastle Falcons have made nine changes for tomorrow’s Round 6 Pool 3 Amlin Challenge Cup contest with Bucharest Wolves at Kingston Park (kick-off 7.30pm).
With teenage talent Zach Kibirige away on England Under-20s duty, Tom Catterick moves to the wing while Noah Cato gets the nod at full-back. Alex Crockett comes in at outside centre with Chris Pilgrim and Rory Clegg starting at scrum-half and fly-half respectively.
In the pack there are also starts for hooker George McGuigan and tighthead prop Oliver Tomaszczyk with second-row Fraser McKenzie and back-rowers Andy Saull and Mark Wilson the three other changes.
Last week’s defeat at home to Brive all but knocked the Falcons out of the European picture, with the Kingston Park club now relying on Italian side Calvisano to do them a favour in order to progress through to the quarter-finals.
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Newcastle Falcons: 15 Noah Cato, 14 Tom Catterick, 13 Alex Crockett, 12 James Fitzpatrick, 11 Ryan Shortland, 10 Rory Clegg, 9 Chris Pilgrim, 1 Rob Vickers, 2 George McGuigan, 3 Oliver Tomaszczyk, 4 Fraser McKenzie, 5 Scott MacLeod, 6 Mark Wilson, 7 Andy Saull, 8 Chris York (c)
Replacements: 16 Scott Lawson, 17 James Hallam, 18 Scott Wilson, 19 Sean Tomes, 20 Will Welch, 21 Warren Fury, 22 Phil Godman, 23 Adam Powell