Gallagher Premiership
Venue: St James’ Park Date: Saturday, 2-3 March Kickoff: 17:30 GMT
Coverage: Live score updates on BBC local radio and on the BBC Sport website

Newcastle Falcons aim for a 3rd consecutive win for the very first time this season as they host fifth-placed Sale at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park.

Dean Richards produces five changes since Vereniki Goneva yields from the calf injury while Mark Wilson is back after playing England’s Six Nations games.

Sale welcome back England flanker Tom Curry and Scotland back Byron McGuigan.

Prop Ross Harrison plays following having a three-week trauma absence whilst captain Jono Ross starts at number eight.

The Falcons also have Scotland centre Chris Harris back later assisting the Scots draw England at Twickenham.

Fiji number eight Nemani Nagusa additionally starts after scoring in the win over Wasps per week or two ago from the seat, while John Hardie gets the nod at flanker.

It’s the next year that Newcastle have played’The Big One’ fixture at the home of the football neighbours and have sold near 25,000 tickets.

Should Newcastle win and Worcester lose at-bristol they can move off the base of the Premiership, while fifth-placed Sale have the chance to close the gap fourth-placed Gloucester with a success.

Newcastle: Hammersley; Goneva, Harris, Matavesi, Sinoti; Flood, Takulua; Lockwood, McGuigan, Mulipola, Green, Davidson, Wilson (capt), Hardie, Nagusa

Replacements: Cooper, Brocklebank, Wilson, Olmstead, Graham, Stuart, Connon, Williams

Sale: James; Solomona, O’Connor, van Rensburg, McGuigan; James, de Klerk; Harrison, Webber, John, Harrison, Beaumont, Phillips, T Curry, B Curry, Ross (capt)

Replacements: Langdon, Bristow, Jones, Evans, Neild, Warr, Redpath, Reed

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