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Redpath welcomes underdog status

Gloucester coach Bryan Redpath is happy for his side to wear the tag of underdogs as they look to arrest a disappointing run of results when they meet Newcastle in the Aviva Premiership at Kingston Park on Friday night.

The sixth-placed Cherry and Whites have won just one of their last six games in all competitions, and their record in the North-East is also poor, having failed to beat the Falcons on their home turf since an LV= Cup tie back in 2007.

"We have nothing to lose. We probably go in as underdogs but I am happy with that - if they are favourites because of their track record against us, then great," he told a press conference.

"We know exactly what they are and what the teams that beat us in the past were. We need to have the same mentality we went to Exeter with, and to be very physical with it.

"Newcastle away is a massive game for us. We can't rely on our home form at the moment, so we have to rely on some of our away results.

"We'd love to have a full bill of health but we're not far short of it and we'll go up there with all guns blazing."

Redpath has made five changes to his side from the defeat to Leicester, among them is the inclusion of Samoa centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, returning from his three-week ban for his latest indiscretions on Twitter.

He partners Mike Tindall, fresh from being reinstated in England's elite squad and having a fine slashed after appealing against the punishments handed down by the RFU following his infamous night out in Queenstown during the World Cup.

James Simpson-Daniel, Tom Voyce, Dave Lewis and Scott Lawson make up the remainder of the quintet restored to the starting XV.

Falcons boss Alan Tait, meanwhile, has made seven changes of his own, including bringing Scotland prop Euan Murray and former Gloucester scrum-half Jordi Pasqualin into his side.


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