Round-up of Falcons on international duty
Scrum-half Michael Young and Leicester-bound hooker George McGuigan get things going on Friday night when they both sit on England Saxons’ bench for their game against South Africa A. Kick-off in Bloemfontein is at 6.10pm UK-time and UK viewers can watch the game live on Sky Sports 3.
Attention then shifts to Suva as the Pacific Nations Cup gets underway, the Falcons represented on both sides of the Fiji v Tonga game.
Flanker Nili Latu captains the Tongans in Saturday’s 4am UK-time kick-off, club-mate Sonatane Takulua lining up at scrum-half against a Fiji side containing summer signing Vereniki Goneva at outside centre. As of yet there are no plans to screen this match live in the UK.
The Junior World Championship then takes centre stage on Saturday when Callum Chick packs down at No 8 for England Under-20s in Manchester. His side face a Scotland Under-20s squad containing Newcastle lock Andrew Davidson, the Scots fresh from a 15-10 win over Australia in an opening round which also saw England thrash Italy 48-10.
Saturday’s 6pm kick-off in Manchester is being shown live in the UK on Sky Sports 3.
The weekend’s international action for Newcastle Falcons players then comes to a close on Saturday when Evan Olmstead packs down for Canada against Japan in Vancouver.
The summer signing starts at lock-forward for the 11pm UK-time kick-off, which is not being shown live on UK television.