Newcastle are missing as many as 10 players and are facing an injury crisis ahead of tonight’s Champions Cup clash against Edinburgh. Mark Wilson is the latest player to be ruled out with an ear infection, joining Kyle Cooper, Sean Robinson, Nemani Nagusa, Michael Young, Will Welch and Joel Hodgson on the sidelines.
It means the Falcons will be without a recognised tighthead prop at Murrayfield this evening as they look to continue their impressive form in the Champions Cup. “We have had three tighthead injuries in the last 24 hours, and with Jon Welsh, Craig Mitchell and Paul Mullen all also unavailable, if these props are unfit we have no tighthead cover,” Newcastle director of rugby Dean Richards said.
“We are in dialogue with EPCR [European Professional Club Rugby] to try to resolve the issue, and that communication will continue.”
Newcastle currently sit top of their Champions Cup group having registered back-to-back wins over Toulon and Montpellier in October, while tonight opposition are second with six points.