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Kingston Park
Sat 27 Nov 21

Team News | Internationals return for Newcastle trip

Warriors welcome back Scotland wing Duhan van der Merwe and Tonga number eight Sione Vailanu from international duty for Friday’s Gallagher Premiership match against Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park (kick-off 7.45pm).

British and Irish Lion van der Merwe, who scored two tries on his last appearance against Sale Sharks last month, started in the last three of Scotland’s Autumn Nations Series matches and scored a try in last week’s win over Japan at BT Murrayfield.

Vailanu started against England three weeks ago and came on as a second half replacement in Tonga’s defeat by Romania in Bucharest last Saturday.

Wing Alex Hearle will make his first league appearance of the season having impressed in last Saturday’s emphatic Premiership Rugby Cup win against Bristol Bears.

Scrum-half Gareth Simpson, who scored a brace of tries in the cup match, and tighthead prop Jay Tyack will both make their first Premiership starts of the season among six changes to the side that played in the last league match at Bristol three weeks ago.

Back-row forward Kyle Hatherell returns from injury and takes his place alongside Vailanu and Club Captain Ted Hill in the same back-row that featured against Sale.

The replacements include scrum-half Will Chudley who began his Premiership career with Newcastle ten years ago.

Warriors | 15 Jamie Shillcock, 14 Alex Hearle, 13 Francois Venter (CC), 12 Ashley Beck, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Fin Smith, 9 Gareth Simpson, 1 Ethan Waller, 2 Scott Baldwin, 3 Jay Tyack, 4 Matt Garvey, 5 Andrew Kitchener, 6 Kyle Hatherell, 7 Ted Hill (CC), 8 Sione Vailanu.

Replacements | 16 Niall Annett, 17 Marc Thomas, 18 Christian Judge, 19 Joe Batley, 20 Sam Lewis, 21 Will Chudley, 22 Billy Searle, 23 Oli Morris.

Newcastle Falcons | 15 Mike Brown, 14 Adam Radwan, 13 George Wacokecoke, 12 Pete Lucock, 11 Ben Stevenson, 10 Joel Hodgson, 9 Louis Schreuder; 1 Adam Brocklebank, 2 George McGuigan, 3 Trevor Davison, 4 Greg Peterson, 5 Sean Robinson, 6 Philip van der Walt, 7 Will Welch (C), 8 Carl Fearns.

Replacements | 16 Jamie Blamire, 17 Kyle Cooper, 18 Mark Tampin, 19 Callum Chick, 20 Gary Graham, 21 Sam Stuart, 22 Will Haydon-Wood, 23 Tom Penny.

Competition: Gallagher Premiership
Venue: Kingston Park
Game Type:
Fixture Round:
No. Name T C D P
8 Carl Fearns
7 Will Welch
6 Philip van der Walt
5 Sean Robinson
4 Greg Peterson
3 Trevor Davison
2 George McGuigan 2T
15 Mike Brown
14 Adam Radwan 1T
13 George Wacokecoke
12 Pete Lucock
11 Ben Stevenson
10 Joel Hodgson 2C
9 Louis Schreuder
1 Adam Brocklebank
16 Jamie Blamire
17 Kyle Cooper 1T
18 Mark Tampin
19 Callum Chick
20 Gary Graham
21 Cameron Nordli-Kelemeti
22 Will Haydon-Wood
23 Tom Penny