All four Premiership sides have named their line-ups for Monday night rugby
Newcastle bring props Adam Brocklebank and Mark Tampin and winger George Wacokecoke into their line-up as they look to build on last week’s seven-try triumph over London Irish. The match will mark back rower Will Welch’s 250th appearance for his hometown club.
Northampton director of rugby Chris Boyd makes two changes to the team defeated by Gloucester, recalling winger Ollie Sleightholme and fly-half James Grayson.
Last season: No corresponding fixture.
Last six league matches: Newcastle L L L L L W Northampton W L W W W L.
NEWCASTLE FALCONS: 15 Tom Penny, 14 Adam Radwan, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 George Wacokecoke, 10 Brett Connon, 9 Louis Schreuder, 1 Adam Brocklebank, 2 George McGuigan, 3 Mark Tampin, 4 Greg Peterson, 5 Sean Robinson, 6 Will Welch, 7 Mark Wilson (captain), 8 Callum Chick
NORTHAMPTON SAINTS: 15 George Furbank, 14 Ollie Sleightholme, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Rory Hutchinson, 11 Tommy Freeman, 10 James Grayson, 9 Tom James, 1 Alex Waller, 2 Sam Matavesi, 3 Paul Hill, 4 David Ribbans, 5 Api Ratuniyarawa, 6 Tom Wood, 7 Lewis Ludlam, 8 Teimana Harrison
Bristol director of rugby Pat Lam makes one change to the team that beat Bath, with Jake Kerr lined up to make his first competitive start for the club in the front row, while hooker Will Capon returns to the 23-man squad as a replacement.
Last six league matches: Bristol W W W W L W Gloucester L L W L W W.
Top point scorers: Callum Sheedy (Bristol) 58; Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester) 92.
BRISTOL BEARS: 15. Charles Piutau; 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Semi Radradra, 12. Siale Piutau, 11. Max Malins; 10. Callum Sheedy, 9. Andy Uren; 1. Yann Thomas, 2. Jake Kerr, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Dave Attwood, 5. Chris Vui, 6. Steven Luatua (c), 7. Ben Earl, 8. Nathan Hughes.
GLOUCESTER: 15. Kyle Moyle, 14. Louis Rees-Zammit, 13. Giorgi Kveseladze, 12. Mark Atkinson, 11. Santiago Carreras, 10. Billy Twelvetrees, 9. Willi Heinz, 1. Val Rapava-Ruskin, 2. Jack Singleton, 3. Fraser Balmain, 4. Ed Slater, 5. Matias Alemanno, 6. Jordy Reid, 7. Lewis Ludlow (c), 8. Ruan Ackermann
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