Newcastle played down fears that England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson will be sidelined for any length of time after he was substitued with neck injury last weekend.
Wilkinson needed prolonged treatment in the second half of Newcastle's 13-8 defeat by London Irish in the Guiness Premiership and although he played on, he eventually went off with 12 minutes to go.
Falcons boss Steve Bates said he expects Wilkinson to be fit to face Leicester next week along with England duo Toby Flood and Jamie Noon, who missed today's game with ankle injuries.
"Jonny got a bang on the head and felt a bit of a stinger down one arm," said Bates. "He seemed fine at the end of the game, but he was a little bit woozy and the doctor has been having a look at him and we think he'll be fine."
The Falcons face Worcester in the European Challenge Cup semi-finals on April 25, with a place in the final and a shot at Heineken Cup qualification at stake.
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.