Regional rugby round-up

Tynedale's injury-ravaged squad will be bolstered by the addition of two new signings this weekend as John Shotton's team attempt to put their troubles behind them with a much-needed victory.

Tynedale's injury-ravaged squad will be bolstered by the addition of two new signings this weekend as John Shotton's team attempt to put their troubles behind them with a much-needed victory.

Macclesfield will be the visitors to Corbridge for tomorrow's National League Division Three fixture and, given the home side's paucity of options, the addition of Robin Holcroft and James Burns could not be more timely.

Holcroft, a Scottish Under-19 centre, has joined the club from Watsonians, while Durham University back-rower James Burns has been included in the senior squad for the first time. And Shotton is hoping the new pair can help him overcome an unprecedented injured list.

"It has been a very disappointing start to the season," admitted the Tynedale coach. "What we thought would be the strongest squad that we have ever had has just been decimated by injuries."

Captain Phil Belgian heads the long list of those missing with a leg problem. Cameron Johnston, Ben Duncan, Rupert Neville, Paul Scott, Stuart Johnson, Douglas Jupp, Rupert Harden and Matthew Fieldhouse will all be absent with various injuries and Peter Southern and Jack Smales are both unavailable for selection.

Blaydon will have no such worries as they prepare for their home game with Leicester Lions and will even have the luxury of being able to rest a player.

Prop Chris Stewart is drafted into a team hoping to build on last weekend's convincing win against West Park St Helens.

West Indian international Selwyn St Bernard will hope to make his senior debut in the back row. Nick Gandy has recovered from a hip problem and should start at centre.

NEWCASTLE FALCONS (home, Llanelli Scarlets): A Elliott, T May, J Noon, J Shaw, J Rudd, T Flood, L Dickson, J Williams, M Thompson, M Ward, A Perry, J Oakes, E Gesinde, B Woods, P Dowson. Reps: D Wilson, A Long, G Parling, B Wilson, M McCarthy, J Grindal, T Dillon.

BORDER REIVERS (away, Glasgow Warriers): C MacRae, S Danielli, N De Luca, G Law, M Robertson, S Jones, C Cusiter, G Kerr, R Ford, B Douglas, C Hamilton, O Palepoi, K Brown, R Beattie, S Gray/A Miller. Reps: S Scott, E Kalman, J Dalziel, S Newlands, B McKerchar, S Gray/A Miller, L Kibble/G Townsend.

ALNWICK (away, Gateshead Fell): C Kirtley, A Shell, R Jamieson, J Davidson, I Gray, S Laing, Rob Ord, A Johnson, G Hodgson, A Armstrong, D Gray, J Fernback, D Smith, M Strother, S Archer, D Allen, R Dunlop, M Black.

BLAYDON (home, Leicester Lions): J Clarke, M Hall, C Roe, L Gumbrill, C Stewart, P Clark, D Guthrie, P Altona, P Brady, D Brown, A Wright, S St Bernard, J Kyle, G Charlton, R Windle, M Shaw, S Barber, R Smith, N Gandy.

BLYTH (away, Yarm): S Hall, L Baxter, S Robinson, G Sinton, J Bostock, G Dawson, D Walker, R Sparks, K Barratt, M Stephenson, T Beech, S Henderson, W Davie, J Smith, R Davison. Reps: G Kirkup, G Sutherland, B Smith.

NORTHERN (away, Ryton): A Sutherland, S Kay, D Kay, P James, P Scott, R Thompson, S Stirling, D O'Sullivan, E Halford, L Cowan, A Moore, N Welton, S Turnbull, C Irving, G Hall, G Smith, A Douglas, A Baston, A Cameron.

MORPETH (away, Sheffield Tigers): A Rogers, B Stewart, W Thornton, S Hills, N Harper, T Wilkinson, C Reynolds, S Ramsay, J Thornton, D Dickinson,. D Hotton, J Forsythe, A Hall, I Menzies, R Morrison. Replacements: J Stafford, M Walker, J Cunningham.

NORTH SHIELDS (away, Stockton): P Finlay, K Moat, S McPherson, J Carr, J Deacon, J Thompson, G Crombie, B Lemmons, G Irving, A Cockburn, J McFarlane, J Kenny, B Elliott, B Cliffe, A Burrows. Reps: C Spedding, D O'Connor, I Swinbank.

NOVOCASTRIANS (home, Barnsley): A Walker, S Stewart, C Donabie, S Greetham, R Moat, C Fife, M Williamson, M Finlay, P Douthwaite, R Clarke, D Tate, N Cotterill, S Kelleher, B Merrett, G Evans. Reps: J Desmond, D Addison, M Baker.

RYTON (home, Northern): A Brett, H Convery, B Hanratty, J Kirtley, D Lowes, P McCarten, P Moore, T Oliver, C Oxley, S Parkinson, M Roberts, C Scullion, S Shaw-Kew, D Simpson, S Watson, Adam Williamson, Alex Williamson, J Wright.

SEAHAM (away, Whitby): K Evans, B Morton, S Pattison, S Williams, A Baxter, C Burdess, L Phillips, B Smith T Thynne, C Bell, S Wilkinson, D Drinkwater, A Hogwood, G Lynn, J Dawson, J Hall, R Ramshaw, D George, P Miller, B Bell, D Bell, D Cahill, A Elliott, S Meir, P Price.

SUNDERLAND (home, Consett): R Harrison, A Ross, P Harrison, J Drummond, R Stormont, E Britton, M Watt, M Maher, S Vaughan, R Holbrough, I Dobson, S Graham, M Goforth, S Bellon, M Porter, C Edwards, F Kennedy, J McLennan.

TYNEDALE (home, Macclesfield): W Massey, M Laycock, G Beasley, J Mock, A Day, R Holcroft, R Samson, J Harrison, L Woodhouse, P Southern, A Charlton, B Milburn, D Hardman, G Smith, B Marshall, P Scott, R Hardman, A Murray, S Breaton, S Ridley.


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