Fixtures - Top Bar

Sinoti Returns For Season Opener

Newcastle Falcons’ welcome back Samoan International and their 2014/15 season top try scorer Sinoti Sinoti to the starting line-up for this Friday’s Season Opener against Gloucester Rugby at Kingston Park (8pm kick off).

Making his 31st appearance for the Falcons Sinoti will be joined in the back three by young guns Tom Catterick and Simon Hammersley. All three will be looking to build on solid performances in the 2014/15 campaign.
 
Former All Black Mike Delany will start at Fly Half after joining the Falcons this summer from Top 14 outfit Clermont Auvergne. Meanwhile countryman Ruki Tipuna continues at Scrum Half after a string of impressive performances during pre-season.
 
Completing the back line are Adam Powell and Chris Harris who line up in the centres.
 
Up front Tongan international Taione Vea will make his club debut at Tighthead joined by Falcons stalwart Rob Vickers at Loosehead and Scottish international Hooker Scott Lawson.
 
England international Mouritz Botha is joined in the engine room by Calum Green, backed up by Club Captain Will Welch at Openside and Richard Mayhew on the Blindside Flank.
 
USA international Todd Clever completes the Falcons’ pack at number 8 after impressing on his first two appearances for the club since arriving in the summer.
 
The Falcons’ bench is buoyed by returning World Cup Stars Eric Fry and Josh Furno who return from international duty after representing the USA and Italy respectively.
 
Fry is joined by Falcons Academy graduates George McGuigan and Scott Wilson as front row replacements whilst Scottish international Ally Hogg lines up alongside Furno to provide further forward options.
 
Elsewhere on the Falcons’ bench Scrum Half Micky Young is in line to pull on a Falcons’ jersey for the 80th time in what would be his first appearance since re-signing from Bath over the summer. Further support is added to the Falcons’ backs through Fly Half Craig Willis and Wing Tom Penny.
 
Newcastle Falcons vs Gloucester:

15. Simon Hammersley, 14. Tom Catterick, 13. Chris Harris, 12. Adam Powell, 11. Sinoti Sinoti, 10. Mike Delany, 9. Ruki Tipuna;
1. Rob Vickers, 2. Scott Lawson, 3. Taione Vea, 4. Mouritz Botha, 5. Calum Green, 6. Richard Mayhew, 7. Will Welch (c), 8. Todd Clever.
 
Replacements:
16. George McGuigan, 17. Eric Fry, 18. Scott Wilson, 19. Josh Furno, 20. Ally Hogg, 21. Micky Young, 22. Craig Willis, 23. Tom Penny.
 

Latest News

England Under-20 secure impressive bonus-point win over Italy

England secured their third bonus-point win of the 2017 Six Nations with an eight-try 46-0 victory over Italy at the…

Match Report: Harlequins 18 Leicester Tigers 27

Leicester Tigers’ impressive second-half comeback saw them score 24 unanswered points and stun hosts Harlequins at Twickenham Stoop to claim…

Myler still dreaming of top four with Northampton Saints

He has been the cornerstone of Northampton’s back-line for more than a decade and fly-half Stephen Myler insists he will…

Stephen Myler

Joseph returns for derby clash against Bristol Rugby

Jonathan Joseph will return to the Bath Rugby starting line-up for the Aviva Premiership clash with West Country rivals Bristol…

Chiefs side to face Newcastle Falcons

Rob Baxter may be wary of the threat Newcastle Falcons pose to his Exeter side, but insists its challenges such…

Waldrom

Wasps team to play Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday

Director of Rugby Dai Young has named the Wasps’ side to take on Gloucester at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday,…

Le Roux Wasps

Sale Sharks Team News

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Saracens in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 2.45pm)  at…

Josh Charnley

Newcastle Falcons team to face Exeter Chiefs

Newcastle Falcons have made three changes ahead of Saturday’s Aviva Premiership trip to Exeter Chiefs (kick-off 3pm). Chris Harris replaces…

Evan Olmstead

Gloucester Rugby make two changes for Sunday’s trip to Wasps

Gloucester Rugby keep faith with the majority of the side that started against Saracens last weekend, making just two changes…

Lewis Ludlow

Bristol Rugby team to face Bath Rugby

Bristol Rugby play host to Bath Rugby in the much-anticipated West Country derby on Sunday (1pm KO). Mark Tainton’s men…

Gavin Henson

Saracens name team for Sale clash

Saracens have named their team to face Sale Sharks in Saturday’s round 16 Aviva Premiership clash at Allianz Park, kick-off…

Joel Conlon

Annett and Dowson return for Saints test

Niall Annett and Phil Dowson are among three changes to the Warriors starting line-up for their trip to Franklin’s Gardens…

Phil Dowson

Northampton Saints team news versus Worcester

The Northampton Saints team has been named for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Round 16 home match against Worcester. The Saints head…

Michael Paterson

RFU Disciplinary: Francois Louw

An appeal against the sanction imposed on Francois Louw of Bath Rugby was heard by an RFU Disciplinary appeal panel…

AUDIO: Preview of this weekend’s Six Nations and Aviva Premiership action

It's the third round of matches in the Six Nations Championship this weekend, while action also continues in the Aviva…

Twickenham Stoop

England team to face Italy at Twickenham

Eddie Jones has named his side for England’s RBS 6 Nations game against Italy at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday (kick-off…

Saints eleven pen new deals

Northampton Saints has today announced new deals with 11 members of the current squad. Three of the more experienced players,…

Luther Burrell

Symons wants Gloucester Rugby to kick-on against Wasps

Just three points separates Gloucester Rugby and sixth-placed Harlequins and centre Andy Symons is determined to see the Cherry &…

Bath Rugby surpass 40,000 ticket sales for The Clash

Bath Rugby is thrilled to confirm that over 40,000 tickets have been sold for The Clash, when they will take…

Bath Rugby