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Drotske back for London Irish

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On the bench Nick Greenstock and former England fly-half Mark Mapletoft make a return from injury.

"Newcastle are in point-scoring form, having racked up almost 100 points in their last two games – and that was without Jonny Wilkinson," said Gold.

"They have powerful runners in both backs and forwards as we learned to our cost last season. Our defence will have to be at it's best once again if we are to keep them at bay."

London Irish: 15 Michael Horak, 14 Paul Sackey, 13 Geoff Appleford, 12 Rob Hoadley, 11 Justin Bishop, 10 Barry Everitt, 9 Darren Edwards, 8 Phil Murphy, 7 Kieron Dawson, 6 Declan Danaher, 5 Bob Casey, 4 Nick Kennedy, 3 Pierre Durant, 2 Naka Drotské, 1 Neal Hatley (captain).Replacements: 16 Doug Wheatley, 17 Adrian Flavin, 18 Kevin Burke, 19 Paul Gustard, 20 Nick Greenstock, 21 Kevin Barrett, 22 Mark Mapletoft.

Kick-off: 15.00


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