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."
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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
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reiterated that there are elements of Gloucester's game that are in good shape at present, that the performance against Bath was a step forward from Newcastle but that individual errors are costing the Cherry and Whites dear.
Centre Matt Scott, a try-scorer in Bayonne last weekend, insists that Gloucester are taking nothing for granted when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Kingsholm on Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm).