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Posted Thursday, December 31st 2020

Match preview: Newcastle Falcons (h) - Gallagher Premiership

Everything you need to know ahead of the New Year's Day Gallagher Premiership clash with Newcastle Falcons, in our Langley House Big Match Preview.


NEWCASTLE FALCONS LINEUP

15. Tom Arscott, 14. Adam Radwan, 13. George Wacokecoke, 12. Matias Orlando, 11. Ben Stevenson, 10. Toby Flood, 9. Sam Stuart; 1. Trevor Davison, 2. Jamie Blamire, 3. Logovi'i Mulipola, 4. Greg Peterson, 5. Marco Fuser, 6. Sean Robinson, 7. Mark Wilson (c), 8. Philip van der Walt.

Replacements: 16. Charlie Maddison, 17. Kyle Cooper, 18. Mark Tampin, 19. Connor Collett, 20. Josh Basham, 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Brett Connon, 23. Gareth Owen.

WHEN AND WHERE

The Bears' round four Gallagher Premiership clash with Newcastle Falcons is on Friday, January 1st, with kick-off at 3pm (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

Bristol Bears have won their last three Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixtures since their opening weekend defeat at Wasps. Bristol have lost only once at Ashton Gate in Premiership Rugby since last January: 22-25 to Exeter on August 25th.

Newcastle’s only defeat so far this season was at home to Cardiff Blues in the European Challenge Cup on December 11th. The Falcons have not been defeated away from home in any competition since a trip to Gloucester in May 2019.

The Bears won both encounters when the two clubs last met in Gallagher Premiership Rugby in season 2018/19, whilst the Falcons have been victorious on three of their last four visits to Bristol in all competitions.

OFFICIALS

Referee: Christopher Ridley (31st Premiership game). Assistant Referees: Paul Dix & Jamie Leahy. TMO: Graham Hughes. Citing Officer: Paul Hull.


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