London Irish have won their last seven encounters with Newcastle since the Falcons’ 9-6 victory at Madejski Stadium in the Guinness Premiership on 12 February 2006.
London Irish’s only defeat in their last four games was 20-24 at home to London Wasps in the LV= Cup on 8 November. The Exiles are unbeaten in the Guinness Premiership since their opening weekend defeat, 14-18, against Saracens at Twickenham on 5 September.
Newcastle Falcons have won their last two matches in the Guinness Premiership, at Bath and at home to Worcester, and have suffered just one Premiership defeat in their last four encounters: 15-22 at home to table topping Saracens on 4 October.
Referee: Martin Fox (52nd Premiership game)