Newcastle beat London Irish 15-11 at Madejski Stadium at the end of November and have not completed a Premiership season’s double over the Exiles since 2001/02.
Newcastle Falcons have slipped to three straight defeats since their 20-3 home victory over Petrarca Padova in the Amlin Challenge Cup on 22 January. The Falcons have not won at Kingston Park in the Guinness Premiership since London Irish were the visitors on 22 November.
London Irish are winless in their last six matches in all competitions since a 23-19 home victory over Saracens in the Guinness Premiership on 27 December, whilst the Exiles most recent away win in the competition was 16-0 at Bath on 28 November.
Referee: Andrew Small (39th Premiership game)