Match Preview: Newcastle Falcons vs Gloucester Rugby


Gloucester Rugby will travel to Kingston Park to play Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership tonight at 19:45 GMT.

Gloucester will be looking to continue their three match winning streak in the Aviva Premiership. Making four changes to the team that beat Saracens last week, Gloucester pair Jake Polledri and James Hanson will make their first start of the season.

Newcastle will be hoping to replicate their Anglo-Welsh Cup results and stop a run of three successive defeats in the in the Aviva Premiership.

The previous meeting between the two sides ended up with Newcastle Falcons beating Gloucester Rugby 16-14 on 7 April 2017.

Newcastle Falcons
15. Simon Hammersley, 14. Alex Tait, 13. Belisario Agulla, 12. Juan Pablo Socino, 11. Sinoti Sinoti; 10. Joel Hodgson, 9. Sam Stuart; 1. Rob Vickers, 2. Scott Lawson, 3. Jon Welsh; 4. Will Witty, 5. Sean Robinson, 6. Mark Wilson, 7. Will Welch (c), 8. Nili Latu

Replacements
16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Sami Mavinga, 18. Scott Wilson, 19. Calum Green, 20. Gary Graham, 21. Ruaridh Dawson, 22. Toby Flood, 23. Chris Harris

Gloucester Rugby
15. Tom Hudson, 14. Henry Purdy, 13. Andy Symons, 12. Billy Twelvetrees, 11. Ollie Thorley, 10. Billy Burns, 9. Willi Heinz (c), 1. Josh Hohneck, 2. James Hanson, 3. John Afoa, 4. Tom Savage, 5. Jeremy Thrush; 6. Jake Polledri, 7. Lewis Ludlow, 8. Ruan Ackermann

Replacements
16. Richard Hibbard, 17. Paddy McAllister, 18. Gareth Denman; 19. Ed Slater, 20. Freddie Clarke; 21. Ben Vellacott, 22. Lloyd Evans, 23. Mark Atkinson

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