Newcastle Falcons academy product Will Welch has been named as the captain for a second season in a row.
After helping guide the team to the Championship title last season Dean Richards has handed the captaincy to the 23 year old for the team's return to the Aviva Premiership.
Welch, a former RGS pupil, is entering his fifth season with the club having just signed a two year contract extension.
He'll lead the Falcons out for the start of the new season on Friday 6th September against Bath.
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