Williams to make Falcons debut in EDF Energy Cup

Newcastle Falcons have handed a starting debut to former England rugby league wing Danny Williams on Friday, as they visit Welsh side Newport Gwent Dragons in the EDF Energy Cup.

The former Leeds Rhinos man starts in a Newcastle side playing its third game in just eight days, with director of rugby, Steve Bates, also welcoming back former Dragons and Scotland flanker Ross Beattie from an ankle injury.

England Under-18s flanker Will Welch makes his first team debut on the openside flank, while England Sevens scrum half Micky Young comes in for his first start of the season.

Speaking ahead of his side’s Cup opener, Bates said: “We have freshened the team up for this game after two physical matches in the space of just four days against Bristol and Gloucester, and we are looking forward to seeing how this group performs.

“Despite a number of changes we still have a big, physical pack and plenty of threat in the backs. We know the Dragons will provide tough opposition, especially down here in Wales, but this team is relishing the challenge.”

Newcastle Falcons team to face Newport Gwent Dragons:

15 Steve Jones
14 Ollie Phillips
13 Tom Dillon
12 Spencer Davey
11 Danny Williams
10 Rory Clegg
9 Micky Young

1 Jon Golding
2 Rob Vickers
3 Micky Ward
4 Sean Tomes
5 Tim Swinson
6 Ross Beattie
7 Will Welch
8 Russell Winter


Andy Long
Joe McDonnell
Andy Perry
Ed Williamson
Hall Charlton
Tom May
Tim Visser



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