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Aviva Premiership Preview: Newcastle Falcons host Worcester Warriors at Kingston Park
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Worcester's search for victory takes them to Kingston Park on Sunday as the Warriors take on Newcastle Falcons in an Aviva Premiership basement battle.
Dean Ryan's side are in the midst of a 21-match winless run which stretches back to last season, albeit they came agonisingly close to ending their woeful form last time out.
An injury-time try from Jake Cooper-Woolley drew the scores level at Sixways last Friday night, before former Warrior Andy Goode held his nerve with the conversion as London Wasps snatched victory at the death.
Worcester are not consigned to relegation yet, though, and a trip to face 11th-placed Newcastle, who sit 12 points ahead of them, will be viewed as an ideal opportunity to buck their losing streak.
The Falcons have managed just four wins in 17 this term and themselves have lost their last 11 Premiership outings.
Peter Russell's side will fancy their chances of returning to winning ways on Sunday after ending on the wrong end of a 10-try thriller against Gloucester at Kingsholm last weekend.
Falcons scored five tries against the Cherry and Whites but were 40-33 losers at full time, although they did claim two bonus points to strengthen their bid to avoid relegation.
Gonzalo Tiesi will captain Newcastle at Kingston Park - the Argentina international centre, who penned a new deal on Tyneside earlier this week, leads out the Falcons in the absence of the injured Will Welch.
Mark Wilson makes a welcome return to the back-row, replacing Welch, while there are two changes in the backline with impressive scrum-half Warren Fury and winger Sinoti Sinoti handed starts.
Meanwhile, Rob O'Donnell is the lone change to Ryan's starting line-up as they continue their seemingly doomed bid to retain Premiership status.
The tighthead steps in for Euan Murray, who misses the game due to religious reasons. Loan signing Jerome Schuster is named among the replacements - Schuster could make his Warriors debut after joining the club from Leicester Tigers last month.
Newcastle: 15 Tait, 14 Cato, 13 Tiesi, 12 Barnes, 11 Sinoti, 10 Godman, 9 Fury, 1 Vickers, 2 Lawson, 3 Tomaszczyk, 4 Macleod, 5 McKenzie, 6 Wilson, 7 Saull, 8 York
Replacements: 16 McGuigan, 17 Strain, 18 Wilson, 19 Tomes, 20 Mayhew, 21 Blair, 22 Hodgson, 23 Fitzpatrick
Worcester: 15 Pennell, 14 Drauniniu, 13 Grove, 12 Fatiaki, 11 Lemi, 10 Lamb, 9 Jonny Arr, 1 Fainga'anuku, 2 Creevy, 3 O'Donnell, 4 Percival, 5 Galarza, 6 Williams, 7 Betty, 8 Thomas
Replacements: 16 Shervington, 17 Andrew, 18 Schuster, 19 Taulava, 20 De Carpentier, 21 Hodgson, 22 Mieres, 23 Symons
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Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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