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Team news: Kings of the North

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Leicester Tigers include five summer signings in the matchday squad for Saturday's Kings of the North fixture against Newcastle Falcons at Welford Road (3pm).New arrivals Peter Betham, Greg Bateman, Mike Fitzgerald and Lachlan McCaffrey are all in the starting line-up, with another new arrival, flanker Mike Williams, among the replacements.   Mathew Tait captains the Tigers in the opening home fixture in Kings of the North and fellow England international Tom Croft starts in the back row in his first appearance at Welford Road since January.   Announcing the team, director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: “The squad is a bit more streamlined this week, we’ll have a look at some slightly different combinations and we’ll step up the gametime for a number of the boys, though we have to remember we’re still five weeks away from the start of the Aviva Premiership season.   “Looking back at last week, we had a few opportunities when we could have done something to get more out of the game at Sale and we’ve been working on that. It’s about learning those lessons and improving across the board.”   Home games in Kings of the North are included in Tigers season tickets. For all other supporters, match tickets are available now at the Tigers ticket office. Call in at Welford Road or phone 0116 319 8888 (option 2). The office is open until 5pm Friday and from 9am on Saturday. Or book online any time.   Saturday’s game follows Tigers In The Park, a day of free activities and attractions for all the family based on Nelson Mandela Park opposite the stadium and on the plaza outside the MET-Rx Stand.   Leicester Tigers (vs Newcastle Falcons, Welford Road, Saturday 3pm) 15 Mathew Tait (c) 14 Adam Thompstone 13 Peter Betham 12 Seremaia Bai 11 George Catchpole 10 Freddie Burns 9 Sam Harrison 1 Riccardo Brugnara 2 Greg Bateman 3 Fraser Balmain 4 Mike Fitzgerald 5 Graham Kitchener 6 Tom Croft 7 Lachlan McCaffrey 8 Laurence Pearce                 Replacements 16 Harry Thacker 17 Tiziano Pasquali 18 Sebastian De Chaves 19 Mike Williams 20 Christian Loamanu 21 George Tresidder 22 Tommy Bell 23 George Worth 24 Jake Farnworth 25 Paolo Odogwu Newcastle Falcons: 15 Brett Connon, 14 Tom Penny, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Adam Powell, 11 Dan Marshall, 10 Craig Willis, 9 Ruki Tipuna; 1 Bobby Vickers, 2 George McGuigan, 3 Scott Wilson, 4 Calum Green, 5 Sean Robinson, 6 Daniel Temm, 7 Will Welch (c), 8 Richard Mayhew Replacements: Scott Lawson, Ben Harris, Andrew Foster, Scott MacLeod, Dave Fairbrother, Callum Chick, Ruaridh Dawson, Ali Blair, Jason Tali, Jim Wigglesworth.