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In the backs, talented young Scottish fly-half Phil Godman replaces injured England 'A' No.10 Dave Walder in the starting XV, while wingers Tom May and Michael Stephenson swap from left to right respectively.

In the final change, hard man flanker Jon Dunbar makes a return to the starting XV at the expense of former Tongan international Epi Taione.

Meanwhile, Falcons skipper Mark Andrews is fit to play after it was initially feared he may be out with concussion after a heavy knock to the head against Sale Sharks last week.

Newcastle Falcons: 15 Ben Gollings, 14 Tom May, 13 Jamie Noon, 12 Mark Mayerhofler, 11 Michael Stephenson, 10 Phil Godman, 9 Hall Charlton, 8 Hugh Vyvyan, 7 Warren Britz, 6 Jon Dunbar, 5 Mark Andrews (captain), 4 Garath Archer, 3 Marius Hurter, 2 Nick Makin, 1 Ian Peel.Replacements: 16 James Grindal, 17 Mark Wilkinson, 18 Micky Ward, 19 Matt Thompson, 20 Craig Hamilton, 21 Phil Dowson, 22 Dave Wilson.

Kick-off: 19.45 BST (18.45 GMT)


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