Falcons draw Bordeaux, Newport and Enisei

Thursday 8 June 2017

Familiar opposition for Newcastle in Pool 1 of European Rugby Challenge Cup

Newcastle Falcons European adventures will provide plenty of variety in 2017/18, with the club in Pool One of the competition alongside Bordeaux, Enisei STM and Newport Gwent Dragons.

Drawn in the Swiss city of Neuchâtel by Ieuan Evans and Austin Healey, the pool will see the Falcons resume recent rivalries with the Dragons and inaugural European Continental Shield champions Enisei, having faced the Welsh outfit in season 2014/15 and the Russians in 2015/16.

It also provides a first meeting between the Falcons and Bordeaux Bègles, with the 2000 meetings in the Parker Pen Shield being against CA Bordeaux-Bègles Gironde, who formed the current outfit by merging with Stade Bordelais in 2006.

Getting underway in the second weekend of October, fixtures for the opening games on the road to Bilbao will be confirmed later in the summer, with all three home fixtures included in 2017/18 Season ticket memberships.

2017/18 European Rugby Challenge Cup weekends.

  • Round 1 – 12/13/14/15 October
  • Round 2 – 19/20/21/22 October
  • Round 3 – 7/8/9/10 December
  • Round 4 – 14/15/16/17 December
  • Round 5 – 11/12/13/14 January
  • Round 6 – 18/19/20/21 January
  • Quarter Finals – 29/30/31 March / 1 April
  • Semi Finals – 20/21/22 April
  • Final – Friday May 11, San Mames Stadium, Bilbao.

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