Team news: Lucock captains Falcons A v Heriot’s

Friday 08 April 2022 Written by: Adam

The 4.30pm kick-off forms part of a double-header, with Newcastle hosting Zebre Parma at 8pm in the EPCR Challenge Cup.

Both games are covered by the season ticket membership package, with non-season ticket members able to book tickets by [**clicking here**][1].

Lucock scored for the Falcons during last week’s Premiership Rugby Cup trip to Northampton Saints, with Newcastle fielding an all-English-qualified starting XV this weekend.

England Under-20s wing Iwan Stephens continues his comeback from a knee injury, with international team-mate Louie Johnson starting at fly-half.

Marcus Tiffen, who scored a try on his first-team debut at Northampton, starts on the open-side flank, with Scotland Under-20s international Matt Deehan packing down at blind-side.

Tom Marshall starts at No.8 having scored on his Gallagher Premiership debut at Harlequins just over a month ago, while the Falcons’ bench includes Irish prop Conor Kenny, who is playing his first game since a neck injury sustained during the pre-season opener at Glasgow.

**Newcastle Falcons A v Heriot’s (Saturday, 4.30pm, Kingston Park Stadium)**

15 Ollie Lindsay-Hague, 14 Alex Tait, 13 Max Wright, 12 Pete Lucock (captain), 11 Iwan Stephens, 10 Louie Johnson, 9 James Blackett; 1 Phil Brantingham, 2 Charlie Maddison, 3 Richard Palframan, 4 George Merrick, 5 Will Montgomery, 6 Matt Deehan, 7 Marcus Tiffen, 8 Tom Marshall.

**Replacements:** 16 Ollie Fletcher, 17 Conrad Cade, 18 Conor Kenny, 19 Arinze Okemuo (Newcastle University), 20 George Bennett-Teare (Newcastle University), 21 Will Haydon-Wood, 22 Zach Kerr, 23 Chidera Obonna.

**Heriot’s:** 15 Ross Jones, 14 James Couper, 13 Bobby Kay, 12 Luke Armstrong, 11 Sam Pecqueur, 10 Bruce Houston, 9 Murdo McAndrew; 1 Chris Keen, 2 Michael Liness, 3 Euan McLaren, 4 Fraser Hastie, 5 Ronan Seydak, 6 Ruairidh Leishman (captain), 7 Iain Wilson, 8 Jason Hill.

**Replacements:** 16 Cammy Fenton, 17 Struan Cessford, 18 Dan Gamble, 19 Jack Mann, 20 Jamie Campbell, 21 Jed Gelderbloom, 22 Fin Campbell, 23 Gregor Tait.

**Referee:** Gregg Dawson.