Newcastle Falcons have recorded two victories so far this season, beating Sale at Kingston Park and Gloucester at Kingsholm. The Falcons have lost two of their last three home matches, to Sale at the end of last season, and to Leicester in round four of Aviva Premiership Rugby.
Bristol Rugby have now lost their last six matches in all competitions and last weekend were held scoreless at home for the first time since Cardiff Blues visited the Memorial Stadium in the European Cup in January 2008. Bristol’s most recent away victory was at Doncaster in the first leg of the Championship Final in May whilst they have not won on the road in Aviva Premiership Rugby since a visit to Newcastle in March 2008.
Bristol won the most recent encounter between the two clubs, 19-14 at Kingston Park in the Championship in April 2013. Bristol have been victorious on four of their last six visits to Newcastle. Wayne Barnes moves ahead of Dave Pearson into 2nd place in the all-time Premiership Rugby referees list, leaving only Chris White ahead on 190 matches refereed
Kingston Park, 3pm
Referee: Wayne Barnes (172nd Premiership game). Assistant Referees: Peter Allan & Steve Lee. TMO: Sean Davey.