Team News: Toby Flood returns for Falcons

Newcastle Falcons welcome back fly-half Toby Flood for Saturday’s Aviva Premiership semi-final at Exeter Chiefs.

The 3.30pm kick-off at Sandy Park sees the three-time title winner playing his first game in six weeks after recovering from a hand injury, hooker Kyle Cooper also returning to the fray in a team showing eight changes from the one which hosted Wasps a fortnight ago.

Sam Lockwood and Scott Wilson come in at prop while Calum Green returns to the second row, Mark Wilson captaining the side in the continued absence of the injured Will Welch.

In the half-backs backs Michael Young partners Flood, Josh Matavesi moving back to inside centre in a three-quarter line which sees Aviva Premiership Player of the Season Vereniki Goneva and Sinoti Sinoti coming in on the wings.

Newcastle Falcons team to face Exeter Chiefs (Saturday, 3.30pm, Sandy Park, live on BT Sport)

15 Simon Hammersley

14 Vereniki Goneva

13 Chris Harris

12 Josh Matavesi

11 Sinoti Sinoti

10 Toby Flood

9 Michael Young

1 Sam Lockwood

2 Kyle Cooper

3 Scott Wilson

4 Calum Green

5 Evan Olmstead

6 Mark Wilson (captain)

7 Gary Graham

8 Ally Hogg

Replacements

16 Santiago Socino

17 Rob Vickers

18 David Wilson

19 Will Witty

20 Nili Latu

21 Sonatane Takulua

22 Juan Pablo Socino

23 Alex Tait


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