Newcastle Falcons won their most recent Aviva Premiership Rugby fixture, 16-11 at Worcester on October 5, a second victory in the tournament since they were promoted at the end of last season. The Tynesiders have lost their last three Premiership encounters played at Kingston Park, since they beat Sale Sharks there, 22-19, in March 2012.
London Irish have recorded three straight victories in all competitions against Harlequins, Italian side Prato and Portuguese outfit Lucitanos. The Exiles only victory away from home in their last six trips in the Premiership was 20-18 at Worcester in round two.
Newcastle's 19-10 win in February 2012 was their first over London Irish in six encounters. The Irishmen's only victory at Kingston Park since 2008 was 46-12 in the Premiership in September 2010.