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Overview | Tigers head north to Falcons

Leicester Tigers head to the North East this afternoon for their first league trip to Newcastle Falcons in over three years.

Tigers legend Dean Richards is in charge of the Falcons for one final time at home following the announcement that he will step down as director of rugby at the end of the season.

Leicester have not traveled to Kingston Park in Premiership action since April 2019, with the final trip scheduled for Christmas 2020 having been canceled during the pandemic.

They made the trip earlier this season in the Premiership Rugby Cup, however, when hooker Archie Vanes claimed two tries alongside Kini Murimurivalu and Hosea Saumaki in a 28-36 loss in the pool stages.

In team news announced on Friday, head coach Steve Borthwick brings Nic Dolly, George Martin and Nemani Nadolo to his starting lineup, with Cameron Henderson returning to the squad.

Richards includes former Tigers hooker George McGuigan, the scorer of 14 Premiership tries so far this season, on the front row in a week that has featured a call-up to the England training squad. Another former Tigers forward, Logovi’i Mulipola, is named as a substitute while scrum-half Michael Young returns from injury for his first appearance of the season.

Heading into the Round 25 weekend, league leaders Tigers are already assured of a semi-final home game, despite leading the Gallagher Premiership table by just four points Saracens, second, and there is a group of clubs always in search of the best. four places with just two games to go.

Previewing Saturday’s game, Tigers second rower Harry Wells said: “Newcastle are a dangerous team and we have seen in the Premiership Cup that they can score points.

“It’s a huge week for them with Dean Richards’ final home game and they’ll want to give him a massive start to get them emotional.”

The Tigers have lost just two of their last nine Gallagher Premiership games but both were away from home, at Saracens in Round 19 and Harlequins in Round 23.

Wells, who is one of five squad members this weekend who played that April 2019 game at Kingston Park, added: “We’re definitely going one week at a time, we’ve been doing it for the whole season and there’s no reason to change anything now. That’s how we do it.”

Falcons head coach Dave Walder said: “Everyone is delighted to be playing against Leicester – a team who have had a dramatic turnaround over the last year. They are top of the league and have a very clear identity of how they want to play the game under Steve Borthwick, so it’s a big challenge in our last home game to test us.

“As a group we are desperate to put on a good show as this is our last game at home.

“Leicester taught us a lesson at home in January when there was a deluge of rain 15 minutes before kick-off, and the best half-backs in the league, playing behind a dominating pack, played the conditions perfectly. They played their identity, and it worked well for them all season.

“Everyone knows what he’s going to bring, so it’s a matter of first trying to stop them and then implementing our own style and strengths.”

The clubs have met 64 times with Leicester winning 47-14 by Newcastle and three draws. This is the 25th meeting at Kingston Park, where the Tigers have won on 14 previous trips.

The Tigers will wear the club’s changing colors of white, black and orange at Kingston Park.

The referee is Mr Anthony Woodthorpe, in his 11th Premiership game in charge.

Tickets for Saturday’s game are available from the Falcons.

Live coverage of the game is available via PRTV. Buy a Match Pass for £4.99. Click here for more details.

Or you can keep up to date with events using the club’s Matchday Live service on the app and website. And be on the lookout for full post-match reactions on the club’s website and social media.

The Tigers return home in Round 26 when the Wasps are visitors to Mattioli Woods Welford Road on Saturday June 4 and also have a draw at home in the semi-finals on Saturday June 11. Tickets and matchday hospitality for both matches are generally on sale now.

Round 25

Friday: Bristol Bears v Exeter Chiefs, Wasps v Sale Sharks

Saturday: Bath Rugby v London Irish (3:00 p.m.), Harlequins v Gloucester Rugby (3:00 p.m.), Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers (3:00 p.m.), Saracens v Northampton Saints (5:30 p.m.)

Round 26

Saturday June 4 (all at 3:00 p.m.): Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins, Gloucester Rugby v Saracens, Leicester Tigers v Wasps, Northampton Saints v Newcastle Falcons, Sale Sharks v Bristol Bears, Worcester Warriors v Bath Rugby.