The Falcons’ only victory over London Irish since 2006 was in this equivalent fixture at Madejski Stadium last year.
London Irish have won their last two games at Madejski Stadium against Ospreys in the European Cup and Northampton in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. The Exiles have lost their last six matches in Aviva Premiership Rugby since their 39-26 home win over Sale on 31 October.
Newcastle Falcons’ six game winless run in all competitions came to an end at home to Exeter in the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Sunday. In Aviva Premiership Rugby Newcastle have won just once since round two: 12-6 against Gloucester at Kingston Park on 21 November.
Referee: Martin Fox (63rd Premiership game)