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Newcastle Falcons team to face Gala RFC

Newcastle Falcons have named their team for tomorrow’s friendly at Scottish Premiership side Gala RFC (kick-off 7.30pm).

The Netherdale clash is Newcastle’s third pre-season run-out after beating Nottingham (50-12) and Doncaster Knights (34-12), Dean Richards’ men completing their preparations on Friday August 26 when they face Edinburgh at BT Murrayfield.
 
The director of rugby has rotated his resources for their trip to Galashiels, former Glasgow Warriors flanker Tyrone Holmes making a third successive appearance following his summer switch. Tonga scrum-half Sonatane Takulua enjoys his first pre-season outing after returning from international duty, forming a half-back partnership with Tom Catterick.
 
Zach Kibirige starts on the wing after scoring the Falcons’ fifth and final try against Doncaster, Santiago Socino selected at hooker in a pack containing Scotland Under-20s lock Andrew Davidson.
 
Triallist Fred Burdon is among nine replacements for a game which will have rolling subs, tickets available on the night priced £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and free for children.
 
Newcastle Falcons team to face Gala RFC:
 
15 Alex Tait
14 Dan Marshall
13 Ben Stevenson
12 Craig Willis
11 Zach Kibirige
10 Tom Catterick
9 Sonatane Takulua
 
1 Alex Rogers
2 Santiago Socino
3 Paddy Ryan
4 Andrew Davidson
5 Nick Civetta
6 Max Davies
7 Tyrone Holmes
8 Joshua Chisanga
 
Replacements:
16 Ben Sowrey
17 Andrew Foster
18 Adam Brocklebank
19 Will Witty
20 Archie Erskine
21 Ruaridh Dawson
22 Brett Connon
23 Belisario Agulla
(Blank shirt) Fred Burdon

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