Teams announced for charity game

Tuesday 23 December 2014 Written by: Adam

Saturday afternoon will see not one but two games of rugby as charity side Hire a Hero Gorillas take on a North East Select XV in a “curtain raiser” to the afternoon’s Aviva Premiership match between Newcastle Falcons and Saracens.

Newcastle Falcons are now pleased to confirm details of the two teams to play in this charity game (ko 12.15pm).

**Hire a Hero Gorillas**
Gareth Nesbit (Darlington Mowden Park)
Alex Clark (Westoe)
Max Holmes (Medicals)
Connor Sullivan (Hereford)
Chris Dodd (Darlington Mowden Park)
Chris Judson (Westoe)
Dez White (Northern)
Fred Holmes (Medicals)
Dave Haswell (Westoe)
Lloyd Collier (Hereford)
Matt Thompson (Darlington Mowden Park)
Peter Tennett (Westoe)
Robbie Kalbrier (Blaydon)
Nathan Clarke (Musselburgh)
Haydn Richards (Westoe)
Brad Talbot (Luctonians)
Scott Harman (Richmond)
Andy Wilson (Darlington Mowden Park)
Joe Maw (Durham City)
Dominic Connolly (Westoe)
Mike Secker (Hereford)
Ben Roberts (Westoe)
Morgan Goodhall (Hereford)
Chris Laycock (Westoe)

**North East Select XV**
Micky Ward (Blaydon)
Matt Hall (Blaydon)
Richie Horton (Middlesbrough)
Ian Bradford (Middlesbrough)
Chris Wearmouth (Blaydon)
Rob Bell (RAF, Blaydon)
Aron Myers (Darlington Mowden Park)
James Ponton (Percy Park)
Peter Wright (Middlesbrough)
Stu Waites (West Hartlepool)
Will Peberthy (Berwick)
Eldon Myers (Navy, West Hartlepool)
Chris Hyndman (Billingham)
James Phillips (Morpeth)
Carl Hill (Morpeth)
Scott Powell (Tynedale)
Rory Duff (Darlington Mowden Park)
Mark Bedworth (Durham City)
Lee Richardson (Acklam)
Jon Benson (Ryton)
Neil Bagget (Windsor)
Tom McCullough (Northern)
Chris McCabe (Gosforth)

Newcastle Falcons, in association with Hire a Hero, have selected the game against Saracens to raise funds and awareness for the charity and their work to assist forces and ex-military personnel with training, employment, mentoring and housing.

The Gorillas are the the rugby team of the charity and have a long history of organising and appearing in charity matches to raise funds and awareness, while the North East Select side will be made up of two players each from eleven local rugby clubs.

To assist in raising as much money as possible for the charity, the Hire a Hero team have sold tickets to the day, with a £5 donation being generated from each ticket of these tickets sold. Charity staff will also be around the ground running a bucket collection and manning a Hire a Hero Gorillas merchandise point positioned in the West Stand.

North East law firm Sintons have already thrown their weight behind the game as match sponsor, while the refereeing team of Iain Hallam, Steve Nash and Mathew Duncan continue their long tradition of officiating in military rugby matches.

Tickets for Saturday are still available starting from just £15 for adults and £7.50 for juniors. To get yours click [here][1], visit the Falcons’ East Stand Ticket Office or call the club’s 24 hour Ticket Hotline on 0871 226 6060.