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Newcastle Falcons team for Premiership Rugby Shield final

Newcastle Falcons team for Premiership Rugby Shield final

Newcastle Falcons have named their team for tonight’s Premiership Rugby Shield final against Saracens Storm at Kingston Park Stadium (kick-off 8pm).

The Falcons earned home advantage as a result of being the competition’s top seeds during the round-robin stage, beating Exeter Braves 54-12 in last week’s semi-final.

Tonight’s game sees just one personnel change from that team, England Under-20s star Josh Hodge replacing George Wacokecoke. Hodge comes into the team on the wing, with Ben Stevenson pushing one place to outside centre.

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There is free parking and free entry for all supporters via the East Stand, with the Tap & Tackle bar open for drinks and refreshments before, during and after the game.

Tonight’s match is being shown live in the UK on FreeSports TV, which is available on the following platforms and channel numbers: Freeview 64, Virgin 553, Sky 422, Freesat 252, TalkTalkTV 64 and BT TV 64. There will also be live radio commentary via the BBC Rugby website.

Falcons academy manager Mark Laycock said: “The boys are all buzzing about being in the final, and especially with it being at home.

“They’re professional sportsmen, they all want to win a competition and we’ll put our best foot forward to hopefully repeat the performance level we showed in the semi-final.

“Everything came together as we’d hoped it would in the semi-final, the boys exerted a huge amount of energy and emotion, and you could see that from the performance.”

Expecting a stern test from a Saracens side who enjoyed an emphatic semi-final victory over Northampton, he added: “From the analysis we’ve done it looks like Saracens’ plays very much the same way as their first team, which as we have seen over the weekend at St James’ Park has been very successful for them.

“Monday night footy can be a little bit more free-flowing along with that structure, and it should be a decent game for anyone who wants to come along and watch.”

Newcastle Falcons team to face Saracens Storm (Monday, 8pm, Kingston Park Stadium)
15 Tim Swiel
14 Adam Radwan
13 Ben Stevenson
12 Pedro Bettencourt
11 Josh Hodge
10 Brett Connon
9 Sam Stuart (c)

1 Adam Brocklebank
2 Kyle Cooper
3 Rodney Ah You
4 Glen Young
19 Will Witty
6 Jamie Blamire
7 Connor Collett
8 Simon Uzokwe

16 Santiago Socino
17 Sami Mavinga
18 Oscar Caudle
5 Tevita Cavubati
20 Rob Farrar
21 Cameron Nordli-Kelemeti
22 Tom Marshall
23 Joel Matavesi

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