POLL: Pick your Bath Rugby XV to take on Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park

Bath Rugby travel to Newcastle Falcons on Friday hoping to secure their spot in the Premiership play-off places before embarking on four weeks' of cup action.

Director of rugby Todd Blackadder will be without the likes of Taulupe Faletau, Charlie Ewels and long-term injured Henry Thomas, Matt Banahan and Dan Bowden.

He may look to shuffle his pack and tweak his backline for the tough fixture at Kingston Park, where Bath lost their first league match of 2016.

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It all started so well against Exeter Chiefs at the Rec last time out. The Blue, Black and Whites put in an excellent first-half display to build up an 11-0 lead at the break, but it wasn't quite enough as the Chiefs nicked a win thanks to a late brace from substitute James Short.

Bath had to go down to 14 men after losing three props to head injuries, with Nick Auterac already ruled out for the trip to Newcastle as a result.

The coaches are monitoring Nathan Catt and Max Lahiff after they came off in the first half on New Year's Eve.

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How many changes do you think the coaches should make? Should powerful Kiwi Robbie Fruean make his first-team debut?

Select the team you would like to start using our quick and easy poll below.

We'll publish the fans' selection on Thursday morning and the official 23-man squad will be announced at noon that day.

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