Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle Falcons head coach Alan Tait has made two changes from the side that beat Exeter in the LV= Cup last week, for the trip to London Irish.

Kiwi Jeremy Manning returns to his favoured full-back position with Luke Eves earning a recall to the centres after he came off the bench to score a late try last week.

There is also a place on the bench for Rob Vickerman who returns to the fold following a lengthy injury lay-off.

“We’ve got a team that is getting settled and we’ve got to take London Irish on up front first and foremost,” said Tait.

“One we’ve done that we will have to break down that back division which is pretty solid. They’re a formidable bunch and you just can’t afford to give them a lot of space.

“Defensively we’ve done well the last few games which is key to getting success but we’ve got to improve our attack to win these big games,” he added.

15 Jeremy Manning

14 Luke Fielden

13 Luke Eves

12 Tane Tu’ipulotu

11 Alex Tait

10 Jimmy Gopperth

9 Micky Young

1 Jonny Golding

2 Matt Thompson

3 James Hall

4 James Hudson

5 Andrew Van der Heijden

6 Tim Swinson

7 Will Welch

8 Ally Hogg

16 Rob Vickers

17 Kieran Brookes

18 Grant Shiells

19 Filipo Levi

20 Mark Wilson

21 Hall Charlton

22 Rob Vickerman

23 Gcobani Bobo