The Newcastle Falcons, the newest member of the RFU Championship after being relegated from the Aviva Premiership at the end of last season are set to have that ‘Friday feeling’ after they scheduled the bulk of their home games at Kingston Park for the end of the so-called working week. The Falcons will be playing 11 games in the RFU Championship at home and except the home game against London Scottish on the 23rd of December; all other matches will be played on the Friday nights, with kickoff at 8pm.
However, it is still being believed that television commitments could still bring about a change in that number. But the consensus is that Sky Sports’ coverage of the second tier of professional rugby in England is very low and as a result, might not bring about much change. The one game that has been selected for live coverage on Sky Sports is the game between the Newcastle Falcons and the London Scottish, when The Falcons will take on The Exiles away from home.
The Doncaster Knights will be the first visitors to Kingston Park of the RFU Championship, with the match taking place on the 14th of September. It will be the second visit of The Knights to famous arena after they play a friendly against the Newcastle Falcons on the 11th of August as part of their pre-season schedule. Moreover, August 11th is also going to provide a double header for The Falcons as they take on The Knights at 1pm, before facing the Leeds Carnegie at 5.30pm.
And exciting changes are expected at The Falcons with Dean Richards set to charge of the side in August and the Heineken Cup being played at the club, which will be used to blood in the fringe players to the side.