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Posted Friday, April 16th 2021

Match preview: Newcastle Falcons (a) - Gallagher Premiership

Everything you need to know ahead of the round 16 Gallagher Premiership clash with Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park.


NEWCASTLE FALCONS LINEUP

15. Tom Penny, 14. Cooper Vuna, 13. George Wacokecoke, 12. Pete Lucock, 11. Ben Stevenson, 10. Toby Flood, 9. Michael Young; 1. Trevor Davison, 2. George McGuigan, 3. Logovi’i Mulipola, 4. Greg Peterson, 5. Sean Robinson, 6. Will Welch, 7. Mark Wilson (c), 8. Callum Chick.

Replacements: 16. Jamie Blamire, 17. Adam Brocklebank, 18. Rodney Ah You, 19. Marco Fuser, 20. Philip van der Walt, 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Brett Connon, 23. Gary Graham

WHEN AND WHERE

The Bears' Gallagher Premiership Round 16 clash with Newcastle Falcons is on Saturday, April 17th, with kick-off at 5pm (UK).

In the UK, the game will be televised on BT Sport 2 HD and broadcast live on BBC Radio Bristol - and you can also follow all the action in our Matchday Centre on bristolbearsrugby.com and on Twitter: @BristolBears, whilst highlights will be available to watch from 10am the following day.

FORM GUIDE

Newcastle Falcons have slipped to four straight defeats in Gallagher Premiership Rugby since beating Harlequins 25-22 at Kingston Park on 27 February. That victory over the Londoners is the Tynesiders only win at Kingston Park since January.

Bristol Bears are unbeaten in their last seven Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixtures and have won their last five in a row since the draw at London Irish in Round 10. Should they avoid defeat this weekend they will set a new Bristol Premiership record for consecutive unbeaten matches in the competition.

The Bears have won their last three fixtures against the Falcons since Newcastle’s 39-27 win at Ashton Gate in May 2017.

OFFICIALS

Referee: Christophe Ridley (36th Premiership game). Assistant Referees: Peter Allan & Jamie Leahy. TMO: Graham Hughes. Citing Officer: Andy Blyth.


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