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The only change comes on the bench, with captain and former Bok lock Mark Andrews returning to the match-day squad after serving out his ban for kneeing NEC Harlequins flanker Pat Sanderson.

England star fly-half Wilkinson, however, will not take part in any Premiership action this weekend after he was given two weeks off following his Rugby World Cup heroics.

"He was never going to play," said Andrew of the decision to rest England's hottest rugby property. "He's desperately keen to play, he's desperately keen just to get back training and just try to get some normality back into his life."

Andrew added that the World Cup victory had sparked a renewed interest in the Premiership and revealed the Webb Ellis Cup would be at the ground on Saturday.

"We're going to be the first club in the country to have the World Cup," he said.

"It's actually going to be here. It's going to be paraded around the ground on Saturday. It's just stunning."

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

Kick-off: Saturday @ 14.45 GMT


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