Team news: Falcons name side to tackle Tigers

Thursday 11 April 2019 Written by: Adam

The Kingston Park clash is a 7.45pm kick-off, Wilson assuming joint-captaincy duties with fly-half Toby Flood as the Falcons look to record their third successive home victory.

Fit-again full-back Hammersley slots back in after missing last weekend’s trip to Saracens, lock-forward Davidson doing likewise in a side showing no further changes.

Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards said going into the game: “There’ll be a lot of intensity and passion being shown by both teams, and it’s who can deal with the mental side of that as much as anything else.

“It’ll be a big Friday night atmosphere, our boys love playing here, particularly on a Friday, and it’s just one of those really big games that any player should relish being part of.”

Refusing to dwell too much on last week’s trip to Saracens after a controversial last-minute TMO decision cost his side a losing bonus point away to the champions, Richards said: “We’re just looking forward this week.

“We reflected very briefly on the Saracens game, we looked at the poor call where the guy was in touch for their last try and we didn’t get the bonus point, but you can’t dwell on it. We’ve put it behind us and moved on, as you would do when you’ve got a big game coming up.

“The last four games that we’ve played, I think we’ve played extremely well, and we’ve had three good wins.

“We were disappointed not to get anything from last week’s game because we felt we probably deserved something, but we’re moving forward and looking to channel the positives from that performance into the Leicester game.”

Asked about Leicester’s unfamiliar league position as they find themselves third from bottom in the standings, the Tigers legend said: “Leicester on paper are a very good team, but to be where they are in the table there are obviously some issues. At the same time we’re not focusing on them, it’s not my place to comment on what’s gone on down there and nor would I want to.

“We’re addressing everything that we need to address within our own camp rather than looking at them, and a lot of that comes down to nailing your opportunities when they come. Saracens were more accurate than us in those key moments last weekend and you’ve got to admire them for that, but we’re creating the opportunities against good defences.”

Tickets for Friday’s game are available by [**clicking here**][1], calling 0871 226 6060 or from the stadium in person.

**Newcastle Falcons team to face Leicester Tigers (Friday, 7.45pm, Kingston Park Stadium)**

15 Simon Hammersley

14 Vereniki Goneva

13 Chris Harris

12 Josh Matavesi

11 Sinoti Sinoti

10 Toby Flood (co-captain)

9 Sonatane Takulua

1 Logovi’i Mulipola

2 George McGuigan

3 Rodney Ah You

4 Calum Green

5 Andrew Davidson

6 Gary Graham

7 John Hardie

8 Mark Wilson (co-captain)


16 Kyle Cooper

17 Sam Lockwood

18 Trevor Davison

19 Sean Robinson

20 Evan Olmstead

21 Michael Young

22 Brett Connon

23 Johnny Williams

**Leicester Tigers**

15 Matt Toomua

14 Jonny May

13 Gareth Owen

12 Manu Tuilagi

11 Jordan Olowofela

10 George Ford (captain)

9 Sam Harrison

1 Ellis Genge

2 Jake Kerr

3 Dan Cole

4 Will Spencer

5 Graham Kitchener

6 Mike Fitzgerald

7 Mike Williams

8 Guy Thompson


16 Tatafu Polota-Nau

17 Facundo Gigena

18 Joe Heyes

19 Harry Wells

20 Brendon O’Connor

21 Ben White

22 Sam Aspland-Robinson

23 Matt Smith

**Referee:** Wayne Barnes