Rob Vickers in action against Dragons, who visit Newcastle in round one

European Challenge Cup fixtures announced

Tuesday 22 August 2017

Newcastle Falcons will open their European Challenge Cup campaign at home to Welsh region Dragons on Saturday October 14.

The 3pm kick-off is the first of six European ties, the Falcons having also been pooled with Russian side Enisei-STM and French outfit Bordeaux-B├Ęgles.

Newcastle travel to Bordeaux's Stade Chaban-Delmas for their second game on Saturday October 21 in a 6.30pm French time kick-off (5.30pm UK time).

They then host the same team at Kingston Park on Saturday December 9, with the 3.15pm kick-off being shown live on BT Sport.

Round four sees the Falcons travelling to Wales to meet Dragons on Friday December 15 in a 7.30pm kick-off at Rodney Parade, while the exact dates and times of rounds five and six will not be confirmed until after round four.

Round five will see Newcastle at home to Enisei on the weekend of January 11/12/13/14, with the away leg on the weekend of January 18/19/20/21 (venue TBC).

As in previous seasons, the top team in each of the five pools will go throuugh to the quarter-finals, where they will be joined by the three best runners-up.

All three European Challenge Cup home games are included in the 2017-18 season ticket membership package. To book click here or call 0871 226 6060.

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