Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tiesi Poised for Comeback

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tiesi Poised for Comeback

Article excerpt

GONZALO Tiesi makes his first senior appearance in more than a year as Newcastle Falcons prepare for tomorrow's Aviva Premiership visit of London Irish to Kingston Park Stadium (3.00).

The Argentinian centre (inset) has missed the entire campaign through injury but has returned in time for a game which is expected to see a season-high crowd, Newcastle making four changes from the side which faced Harlequins last time out.

Tiesi and countryman Juan Pablo Socino form a new-look midfield partnership, Tiesi making his playing comeback three weeks ago with a full 80 minutes in the Falcons' bonus-point victory at Gloucester as they secured an Aviva A-League semi-final place.

Simon Hammersley returns at full-back as Alex Tait moves up to the wing, Sinoti Sinoti making way after missing the match through injury.

In the pack there is just one personnel change as Sean Robinson's return to the second row sees Mark Wilson move to the blind-side flank, director of rugby Dean Richards well aware of the stakes as his side aim to take a massive step closer to securing their top-flight status. …

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