Thunder announce squad for Hemel Stags clash On Field February 1, 2018 Newcastle Thunder continue their preparations for the new Betfred League 1 season this Saturday evening, with a pre-season friendly against Hemel Stags at Kingston Park Stadium (KO 6pm) Having had their first hit out of the year last week against Castleford Tigers, Thunder will be looking to build on the encouraging signs they showed against one of their League 1 fellows this weekend. Boasting a number of familiar faces, former Thunder players Sonny Esslemont, Chris Heil, Ricky Hough and Louis Sherriff could be among the Stags line up on Saturday in what will be Thunder’s final game before they kick off the new season away to West Wales Raiders on February 18. Jason Payne has announced a 21 man squad that boasts 10 local players including Dan Coates, Jed Charlton and Sam Stephenson from Thunder’s U19 academy. Harry Aldous Ben Dent Ali Blair Sam Blake Ben Calland Tyler Craig Tom Capper Dan Coates (Academy) Jed Charlton (academy) Ryan Lloyd Ben Pointer Liam Richmond (Northumbria university) Vincent Rennie Sam Luckley Tom Shaw Niall Sidney Liam Scott Sam Stephenson (Academy) Dan Turland Jake Woods David Weetman Forming part of a double header of rugby at Kingston Park on Saturday, Thunder’s clash with Hemel follows on from the Falcons taking on Gloucester in the Anglo-Welsh Cup at 3pm. For fans wishing to attend both codes games, Falcons match tickets will grant entry to the Thunder friendly, while for those just interested in the league game, tickets can be bought by clicking here, calling 0871 2266060 or by visiting the Kingston Park Stadium box office. Saturday’s friendly is not included on the 2018 Newcastle Thunder season ticket membership package.