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Newcastle Falcons v Leicester team news

Newcastle Falcons v Leicester team news

Newcastle Falcons head coach, Alan Tait has made three changes to the side that beat Gloucester last week for the trip to Leicester in the Aviva Premiership Rugby.

Kieran Brookes replaces the injured Rob Vickers at hooker, while Micky Ward starts at tight head. There is a reshuffle in the backs as Bobo moves out on to the wing for the injured Charlie Amesbury with Tane Tu’ipulutu slotting in at centre.

In form Newcastle Falcons scrum half, Micky Young believes his side has what it takes to defeat Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Saturday.

21-year-old Young was in sublime form at half back as the Falcons swept aside title challengers, Gloucester last week.

And the nippy playmaker, who will be making his first ever appearance at Welford Road, cannot wait to pull on the Falcons jersey again.

“I’m massively looking forward to the game as it will be my first outing at Welford Road,” said Young.

“I think it’s a big occasion for anyone to run out at Leicester. To play a team like Leicester is great and if we perform on the day, we could come home with victory,” he added.

Hartlepool born, Young was in breathtaking form against the Cherry and Whites on Sunday to the delight of the Kingston Park faithful.

Young was the architect behind the northeasterners triumph, with his intelligence and trickery in attack. Now the former England sevens player is eying back to back wins with victory over the Tigers in front of an expectant crowd.

He said: “If you worry about the crowd and what’s going on around you, then you’ve already lost the game as far as I’m concerned.

“You’ve got to concentrate on what your own team is doing. It won’t be easy but we need to focus on the game, forgetting about the thousands shouting for their team.”

The No.9 has also expressed his delight with the return of captain, James Hudson whom Young admits is vital for the Falcons cause.

“It makes a massive difference having Huddo [James Hudson] back in the team. I didn’t get to see the stats from last week, but I know he stole a few balls and he’s the type of player we need at the club.

“His presence and work rate is vital, so to get a win on his first game back is no coincidence and I’m sure we’ll kick on from here,” he said.

Newcastle

15 Manning
14 Fielden
13 Tu’ipulotu
12 Eves
11 Bobo
10 Gopperth
9 Young

1 Shiells
2 Brookes
3 Ward
4 Hudson (c)
5 Swinson
6 B Wilson
7 Pennycook
8 Hogg

Replacements

16 Crombie
17 Fearn
18 Hall
19 Townson
20 Welch
21 Pilgrim
22 M Tait
23 Catterick
 

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