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Premiership: Newcastle Falcons v Bristol Bears (Sat)

Carl Fearns has introduced a burly metal to the Falcons back-row
Venue: Kingston Park Date: Saturday, 16 October Kick-off: 15:00 BST Protection: Updates on BBC native radio and dwell scores on the BBC Sport web site

Newcastle welcome again USA lock Greg Peterson, alongside George Merrick and Carl Fearns in three pack modifications.

Wing Mateo Carreras can also be included within the Falcons XV after his stint with Argentina whereas Tub loanee Max Wright debuts at centre.

Bristol have been pressured into 9 modifications, and have 11 academy graduates inside their matchday squad.

England under-20 centre Jack Bates, Alapati Leiua and Ioan Lloyd are amongst these introduced into Pat Lam’s aspect.

Falcons have made regular progress in 2021-22, successful two of 4 and operating champions Harlequins shut of their opener at Kingston Park.

In Adam Radwan, they’ve one of many kind wingers within the Premiership and the addition of Fearns additionally gives added aggression to the pack.

Nevertheless, the Bears have the latest benefit on this fixture, successful the previous 4 conferences, however their injury-hit aspect is lacking the expertise of Steven Luatua, Semi Radradra and Henry Purdy.

Their begin has been disappointing, with their solely win up to now 5 video games going again to final season coming towards Tub earlier this month.

Newcastle: Brown; Radwan, Stevenson, Wright, Carreras; Connon, Schreuder; Brocklebank, McGuigan, Davison, Peterson, Merrick, Chick, Welch (capt), Fearns.

Replacements: Blamire, Cooper, Palframan, Montgomery, G. Graham, Nordli-Kelemeti, Haydon-Wooden, Wacokecoke.

Bristol: Lloyd; Fricker, Bates, Frisch, Leiua; Sheedy, Randall; Thomas, Kerr, Sinckler, Attwood (capt), Joyce, Jeffries, Thomas, Harding.

Replacements: Thacker, Lahiff, Afoa, Hawkins, Heenan, Uren, Whiteley, Powell.

Referee: Christophe Ridley (RFU).

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