BLAYDON travel to Old Patesians in Cheltenham for their EDF National Cup third round tie – a replay of the Intermediate Cup Final of 2001 – and take the opportunity to rest several players and give chances to other squad players.
Andrew Archibald will get his first start and Adam Dehaty and Andrew Fenby return from sevens duty in Dubai.Tynedale have a shorter trip as they take on North One side Hull. Jack Smales, Mark Laycock and Micky Young return from their efforts in Dubai, while Jack Harrison and Tim Swinson are both back from injury trouble. Saturday is too soon for Ben Duncan to make an appearance.
NEWCASTLE FALCONS (away v Connacht, tonight 6,30pm kick-off): M Tait, T May, J Noon, T Flood, J Rudd, J Wilkinson, H Charlton, J McDonnell, A Long, C Hayman, G Parling, M Sorenson, B Wilson, B Woods, P Dowson (capt). Reps: M Thompson, M Ward, S Tomes, R Winter, L Dickson, S Jones, T Visser.
CONNACHT: G Duffy; A Wynn, D Yapp, M Dean, O Treviranus, A Dunn, C O’Loughlin, B Wilkinson, A Flavin, R Morris, M Swift, A Farley (capt), M McCarthy, J O’Conner, J. Muldoon. Reps: J Fogerty, R Loughney, D Gannon, R Ofisa, C McPhillips, T Donnelly, M. Mostyn.
BLAYDON (away v Old Patesians from): J Isaacson, M Hall, P Winter, D Guthrie, A Archibald , D Brown, A Wright , J Smithson, G Charlton, N Gandy, A Fenby, A Dehaty, M Shaw, J Kyle, J Hamer, A Harrison, J Clarke, M Darlington, B Mercer, D Kyle, M Dungait.
TYNEDALE: (away v Hull): Team to be decided this afternoon.