Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons preview

Newcastle Falcons head coach, Alan Tait has made three changes to the side that beat Gloucester last week for the trip to Leicester in the Aviva Premiership.

Kieran Brookes replaces the injured Rob Vickers at hooker, while Micky Ward starts at tight head. There is a reshuffle in the backs as Bobo moves out on to the wing for the injured Charlie Amesbury with Tane Tu’ipulutu slotting in at centre.

In form Newcastle Falcons scrum half, Micky Young believes his side has what it takes to defeat Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Saturday.

21-year-old Young was in sublime form at half back as the Falcons swept aside title challengers, Gloucester last week.

And the nippy playmaker, who will be making his first ever appearance at Welford Road, cannot wait to pull on the Falcons jersey again.

“I’m massively looking forward to the game as it will be my first outing at Welford Road,” said Young.

“I think it’s a big occasion for anyone to run out at Leicester. To play a team like Leicester is great and if we perform on the day, we could come home with victory,” he added.

Hartlepool born, Young was in breathtaking form against the Cherry and Whites on Sunday to the delight of the Kingston Park faithful.

Young was the architect behind the northeasterners triumph, with his intelligence and trickery in attack. Now the former England sevens player is eying back to back wins with victory over the Tigers in front of an expectant crowd.

He said: “If you worry about the crowd and what’s going on around you, then you’ve already lost the game as far as I’m concerned.

“You’ve got to concentrate on what your own team is doing. It won’t be easy but we need to focus on the game, forgetting about the thousands shouting for their team.”

The No.9 has also expressed his delight with the return of captain, James Hudson whom Young admits is vital for the Falcons cause.

“It makes a massive difference having Huddo [James Hudson] back in the team. I didn’t get to see the stats from last week, but I know he stole a few balls and he’s the type of player we need at the club.

“His presence and work rate is vital, so to get a win on his first game back is no coincidence and I’m sure we’ll kick on from here,” he said.

Leicester Tigers’ four game losing run in all competitions came to an end with their 18-13 victory over Harlequins at Welford Road on Friday evening.

All eight of the Tigers games in Aviva Premiership Rugby this season have been won by the home side on the day.

Newcastle Falcons ended their five match losing streak in the Premiership with their 12-6 victory over Gloucester at Kingston Park on Sunday. The Falcons have won just one away game in any competition since mid-January 32-30 at Sale in the Premiership on 23 April.

Leicester have won three of their last four games against Newcastle, whilst the Falcons only previous win at Welford Road was 25-19 on 30 December 1997.

For Leicester Tigers England international lock Louis Deacon will make his first appearance of the season as he has has overcome a back injury to take his place in the side for the first time since the Premiership Final in May.

Deacon’s return is timely following long-term injuries to Geoff Parling (knee) and Ben Pienaar (Achilles).

Lee Robinson makes his first Aviva Premiership Rugby start for the club on the wing as Scott Hamilton moves to full-back in the absence of Geordan Murphy who is on international duty with Ireland.

Jordan Crane, who led out the team in the Anglo Welsh LV= Cup  tie against Harlequins three weeks ago, will captain the side in a league fixture for the first time.

Match : Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons
Date : Saturday 27th November
Venue : Welford Road
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