Vickers returns for Falcons

Newcastle are boosted by Rob Vickers' return from suspension for Friday night's Premiership clash with Sale at Kingston Park.

Tom Bedford replaces wing Alex Tait as the Falcons' only other change from their Worcester trip six days ago.

Sale, smashed 45-9 at home by Saracens a week ago which prompted the exit of coach Tony Hanks, hand call-ups to centre Johnny Leota and back-row forward Richie Vernon. Luther Burrell and Mark Easter drop to the bench.