Newcastle Falcons welcome Worcester Warriors in the Gallagher Premiership on Friday, in what is a teaser of the EPCR Challenge Cup Pool A opener between the two sides on December 10.
Falcons, who will host the opening EPCR Challenge Cup clash, welcome back England quartet Adam Radwan, Jamie Blamire, Trevor Davison and Callum Chick.
Radwan and Davison come into the starting XV – at wing and prop respectively – with hooker Blamire and No.8 Chick named on the bench.
Newcastle are also boosted by the return of Sean Robinson at lock after a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury, as well as Argentina wing Mateo Carreras and Italy lock Marco Fuser from international duty.
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2008 Challenge Cup runners-up Worcester welcome back a host of international talents for the contest – including Scotland wing Duhan van der Merwe and Tonga No.8 Sione Vailanu.
There are also first league starts of the season for wing Alex Hearle, scrum-half Gareth Simpson and prop Jay Tyack.
Elsewhere, two-time Challenge Cup winners Gloucester Rugby travel to the Coventry Building Society Arena to take on Wasps. England winger Jonny May returns for Gloucester – he starts opposite Ollie Thorley in a much-changed side.