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Friday 16th October 19:00 GMT


The Newcastle Falcons will look to end a run of opening weekend defeats in the Aviva premiership that now stretches back to 2007, when they face visitors, Gloucester Rugby, at Kingston park on Friday Evening. The last time the Falcons enjoyed victory on the opening weekend of the season, was when Sale Sharks were the visitors to their North East home, and were beaten by 33-12.

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If the Falcons can end that woeful start of season record, they will also record a second successive win in the Premiership, having been victorious of in the last game of the 2014/15 season, beating Harlequins by 37-21. It is 12 months since the Falcons knew what it was like to register back to back wins in the tournament. Gloucester's own record when it comes to start of the season fixtures, is barely better than the Falcons. The last win for the Cherry and Whites on opening weekend, was back in 2009, when they beat Bath at Kingsholm.

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The Falcons may have only beaten Gloucester Rugby in one of the last five clashes between the clubs, but hey have only lost once to the West country outfit on home soil since 2008. With Gloucester's record away from their Kingsholm home being dreadful through 2015, it looks likely that it will be the Falcons who improve their start of season win record. The Cherry and Whites have not won on the road in any competition since they beat Brive in the Challenge Cup in mid-January.

Posted: 21st November 2014


Having started the season with four successive defeats in the Aviva Premiership, Newcastle Falcons looked feted to yet another long hard relegation battle. However, having brought that losing streak to an end, when they defeated bottom of the table London Welsh at the Kassam Stadium, they followed up with a win at their own Kingston Park ground against the Exeter Chiefs.

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Their winning run came to an end last weekend at the Rec when they were beaten 14-23 by Bath, whose win lifted them into third position in the table. Friday's visitors to Newcastle Falcons are Gloucester who make the long trip to the North East from the West Country. Quins were also beaten last weekend, when they slip what looked a winning position at Kingsholm against Harlequins, collecting just a losing bonus point as the fell to a 15-22 defeat.

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The two clubs met three times last season, having clashed in the Anglo-Welsh Cup as well as the Premiership, with the Cherry and Whites of Gloucester Rugby being successful on each occasion. Quite astonishingly, the Newcastle Falcons will be seeking to win back to back matches at their own Kingston Park in the Premiership for the first time since March 2009.

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Posted: 16th October 2015

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