Newcastle_Falcons_logo.svgWill Welch captains Newcastle Falcons on Saturday when they host Greene King IPA Championship finalists Doncaster Knights at Kingston Park Stadium (kick-off 3pm).

Having defeated Nottingham 50-12 in last weekend’s pre-season opener the Falcons hand a debut to former England Saxons centre Dominic Waldouck as part of his month-long trial spell.

Joel Hodgson starts at fly-half after a fortnight on Singha 7s duty, the former Yorkshire Carnegie man having rejoined the Falcons after two years away from Kingston Park. Fellow sevens flyer Dan Marshall comes in on the right wing, Alex Tait slotting in at full-back.

The forward pack sees a first senior start for Kenyan international Joshua Chisanga, Canada lock Evan Olmstead handed a place in the side after scoring from the bench during last week’s debut. Scott Lawson comes in at hooker, while 19-year-old Ben Stevenson is in line to make his senior debut from the bench.

Season ticket members for 2016-17 are entitled to free entry for this game as part of their package. Tickets for non-season ticket members are priced £20 for premium seating, £10 for standard seating and standing or £5 for under-16s. To book call 0871 226 6060.

Newcastle Falcons team to face Doncaster Knights (Saturday, 3pm, Kingston Park Stadium):

15 Alex Tait

14 Dan Marshall

13 Dominic Waldouck

12 Juan Pablo Socino

11 Sinoti Sinoti

10 Joel Hodgson

9 Sam Egerton

 

1 Jon Welsh

2 Scott Lawson

3 Taione Vea

4 Will Witty

5 Evan Olmstead

6 Joshua Chisanga

7 Will Welch (captain)

8 Mark Wilson

Replacements:

16 Ben Sowrey

17 Alex Rogers

18 Paddy Ryan

19 Calum Green

20 Tyrone Holmes

21 Ruaridh Dawson

22 Mike Delany

23 Simon Hammersley

(Blank shirt) Andrew Davidson

(Blank shirt) Dan Temm

(Blank shirt) Craig Willis

(Blank shirt) Ben Stevenson

(Blank shirt) Tom Catterick

(Blank shirt) Zach Kibirige

Referee: Ian Tempest