Newcastle turn to their Young Falcon for Montauban

Newcastle Falcons have made four changes to their side for Thursday night’s Amlin Challenge Cup visit of French side Montauban to Kingston Park (kick-off 7.45pm).

Fit-again England Saxons scrum half Micky Young takes his place after missing last weekend’s trip to Gloucester  with a bang to the head, while the only other change to the back line sees Alex Tait start at fullback as Charlie Amesbury moves to the right wing.

In the pack there are a further two changes, Will Welch starting at openside flanker in place of the injured Brent Wilson and Matt Thompson coming in at hooker for Rob Vickers.

With Newcastle having claimed bonus point wins in their two Amlin Challenge Cup pool matches at Petrarca Padova and home to Albi , the Falcons will be aiming to use Thursday’s visit of Montauban to cement their position as group leaders in the race for the quarter-finals.

Director of rugby, Steve Bates, said: “We always enjoy the Amlin Challenge Cup, and our team selection for Thursday reflects how seriously we are taking the competition.

“Going into back-to-back games against Montauban presents a tough challenge, but a win on Thursday puts us in a great position from which to go into the return leg next Friday in France.

“Having played at Gloucester last Saturday means we have to manage a short turnaround for a Thursday game, but the players seem fresh and keen to get back out there again.”

Newcastle Falcons team to face Montauban:

15 Alex Tait, 14 Charlie Amesbury, 13 Gcobani Bobo, 12 Tane Tu’ipulotu, 11 Tom Biggs, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Micky Young,1 Jon Golding, 2 Matt Thompson, 3 Carl Hayman (captain), 4 James Hudson, 5 Tim Swinson, 6 Josh Afu, 7 Will Welch, 8 Filipo Levi

Replacements:16 Rob Vickers, 17 Micky Ward, 18 Laurence Ovens, 19 Peter Browne, 20 Ed Williamson, 21 Hall Charlton, 22 Rob Miller, 23 Tom Catterick

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