London Welsh v Newcastle Premiership Preview

Newcastle Falcons have retained the team that ended their losing streak last
week for this week’s Aviva Premiership match against London Welsh in the Aviva
Premiership.

In what will be the first meeting between the two sides in the Premiership,
Alex Tait makes his second start of the year in the fullback position while
on the wings, Noah Cato and Sinoti Sinoti will be out to add to their try tally
of the season which currently stands at two apiece.

In the centres the burgeoning partnership between Adam Powell and Gonzalo
Tiesi continues, with Powell one of five players who have features in all of
the Falcons matches so far this term.

In the half backs, Juan Pablo Socino’s sixth start will see him continue a
half back pairing with Ruki Tipuna with both players looking to conduct play
at the upbeat tempo of recent weeks.

In the front row, England prop Kieran Brookes and Scotland hooker Scott Lawson
pack down alongside talented young tight-head Scott Wilson, who makes his third
Aviva Premiership start.

In the second row, Dom Barrow and Callum Green remain alongside each other
with Green another ever present feature of teams so far who will be looking
to build on an impressive showing against Exeter, which saw the man from Norwich
top the leagues tackle chart last weekend with 23 made in a formidable defensive
effort.

Completing the line up Mark Wilson occupies the blindside flank, while captain
Will Welch and Ally Hogg round out those making their sixth start in six games.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s fixture, Director of Rugby Dean Richards said,”It
was hard to single individuals out for a good performance against Exeter, everyone
played well and as a result all of those boys deserve the opportunity to represent
the club again tomorrow. “

“We know London Welsh will be bringing everything they’ve got into tomorrow’s
name and are under no illusions that it will be an easy game for us. However,
we’ve been working hard this week to rectify the small things from last weekend
and will be hoping to carry on our momentum for another week. “

London Welsh have easily been defeated in all five Aviva Premiership Rugby
matches this season, with their closest result being the 26-53 reversal at Bath
in round 2.

The Exiles have not been victorious at Kassam Stadium since beating Bristol
in the first leg of the Championship final in May.

Newcastle Falcons ended a twenty game losing streak in Aviva Premiership Rugby
with their 29-24 victory at home to Exeter on Sunday.

The Falcons most recent win away from home in Premiership Rugby came at Worcester
on 5th October 2013.

The two sides have never met before in Premiership Rugby, and in fact have
only played on two occasions in the leagues, both in 1988, both in Division
Two, and both played at McCracken Park when the Falcons were known as Gosforth.
Each side won one game.

London Welsh have made five changes – all in the forwards. Pablo Henn and Nathan
Morris start at loosehead and hooker respectively in place of Ricky Reeves and
Koree Britton.

Matt Corker partners James Down in the second row, with Dean Schofield named
among the replacements.

Richard Thorpe returns at openside in place of Lachlan McCaffrey, while Chris
Hala’ufia makes his first start for the Exiles at Number 8 in place of Ollie
Stedman.

“Saturday is a massive challenge for us, but we’re looking forward to
the game,” said London Welsh head coach Justin Burnell.

“We had a good look at ourselves on Monday straight after Harlequins.
It was disappointing; you cannot make errors in this league and that has been
the biggest learning curve for all of us, but we have got a performance in us.

“The losses are disappointing

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