Newcastle's director of rugby Rob Andrew has made five changes ahead of Sunday's Zurich Premiership clash against Gloucester at Kingston Park (kick-off 1.15pm).
No.8 Phil Dowson returns in place of Semo Sititi and captains the side, as regular skipper Ian Peel makes way for James Isaacson at loose head prop.
Andy Long comes in at hooker for Matt Thompson, while Scotsman Craig Hamilton takes the place of Geoff Parling at lock.
In the backs Dave Walder makes his first start since January 2 after returning from a knee injury, while Toby Flood is away with the England Under-21 squad having started the last two games in the No.15 shirt.
On the bench there is a much-anticipated return for highly-rated 19-year-old prop David Wilson after nine months out with a knee injury. Wilson has spent the last three weeks on loan to local club, Westoe, coached by Falcons player Joe Shaw and former star Richard Arnold.
Going into the game on the back of last weekend's record defeat at Leicester, director of rugby, Rob Andrew, said: "It was one of those games where the wheels didn't just come off, we lost sight of them completely.
"We can't get too upset about it because we know we had a load of serious injuries, whereas Leicester had hardly anyone out, and as weird as it might sound we've hardly mentioned it this week.
"There are obviously issues from the game that we've looked at, and we had the lads in on their day off doing an extra defence session nice and early in the snow, but we have to keep some perspective. We scrummaged well throughout the game, played well for half an hour, and we have an important match coming up this Sunday.
"We're now back in a genuine international weekend where we have apples against apples - two teams with a lot of guys missing - whereas last week we came up against a full strength fired-up Leicester at Welford Road, so it was apples against pears. Ask most people in rugby and they've all been hammered there, so we just have to move on and start again."
Welcoming Dave Walder back into the starting XV after being an unused replacement last time out, Andrew said: "Dave wasn't quite right when he came on against Wasps, although he did kick the winning penalty admittedly.
"His training is better and his confidence is improving, but at 65-10 last week I didn't think it was worth risking him at Welford Road as there really wasn't anything to gain."
Andrew has resisted the urge to throw new Argentinian signing Galo Alvarez Quinones straight into the match-day 22 after arriving this week, saying: "Galo had a nightmare of a time getting here over the weekend, and when he eventually caught the flight to Newcastle it was diverted to Glasgow because of the snow.
"I met him at the airport at 3am on Monday morning, and he's been training all week in the snow despite the fact that he's hardly ever seen it before. We have to be fair to him and give him time to settle, so maybe the Harlequins game in two weeks is more realistic, as Dave Wilson will probably be away with England Under-21s."
"We've been skating on thin ice in the front row and have asked Ian Peel, James Isaacson and Micky Ward to carry the whole burden," said Andrew.
"Now we have Wilson back, Galo is with us and we've even loaned Ed Kalman to Leeds so he can get some game time.
"We finally have some serious cover in that position, and it means we don't have to do things like compromise Peel by moving him over to tight head during games, although we have been getting away with it largely since Marius Hurter went back to South Africa.
"We gradually have more players coming back from injury, and with our home record this season, as well as the way everyone has trained this week, we're confident we can regain our winning form against Gloucester."
Tickets for Sunday's game are still available by calling 0871 226 60 60, coming to the ticket office in person or by logging on to the club website.
Newcastle Falcons team to face Gloucester:
15 Dave Walder
14 Tom May
13 Mathew Tait
12 Mark Mayerhofler
11 Michael Stephenson
10 Mark Wilkinson
9 James Grindal
1 James Isaacson
2 Andy Long
3 Micky Ward
4 Luke Gross
5 Craig Hamilton
6 Mike McCarthy
7 Cory Harris
8 Phil Dowson (captain)
16 Ian Peel
17 David Wilson
18 Matt Thompson
19 Geoff Parling
20 Semo Sititi
21 Hall Charlton
22 Joe Shaw
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
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Gloucester return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action on Thursday evening with the visit of Stade Rochelais to Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm). Early Bird ticket prices are available until 6:30pm on matchday.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.