Tynedale welcome back captain Jack Harrison for tomorrow’s National One trip to Rosslyn Park, the centre finally recovered from the arm injury which has limited him to just a single game since September.
Harrison forms part of a Tyne side also boosted by the return of winger Hamish Smales, who missed last weekend’s 27-5 win over Esher to attend a wedding.
Newcastle Falcons hooker George McGuigan starts against the second-placed side on a free weekend for his parent club, Matty Outson the only injury-enforced absentee from last week after damaging his shoulder.
Chairman of rugby John Shotton said: “Rosslyn Park’s website says it is the hardest game they are going to have all season with the form we are in, but they are the best side we have faced all year and we know it will be tough down there.”
With centre Ben Frankland scoring another two tries from rolling mauls last weekend in a prolofic spell for the former Westoe man, Shotton added: “He has got 11 tries since the turn of the year, and only one of them has come in open play.
“That is quite a record for a centre, and he just knows where to be on the back of that maul.”
Blaydon host Old Albanians in the region’s other National One encounter, hooker Fran Entressengle playing in the back-row with Jason Smithson on a stag do.
Tom Grimes starts at full-back, Simon Barber back on the wing after overcoming a calf injury.
Darlington Mowden Park’s ongoing quest to climb into the division takes them to fifth-placed Chester in National Two North, while Durham School take on Warwick School in the semi-finals of the NatWest Cup at Saracens’ Allianz Park.
South Shields’ Katy McLean captains England Women tonight against Wales, Newcastle’s Sarah Hunter and Mowden team-mate Tamara Taylor all starting.
Durham University’s Sean Robinson and Murray Galbraith-Lowe both start for England Students against the Welsh in Oxford.