Rotherham withdraw from August 13 double header

Monday 4 July 2016

Rotherham Titans will now not be playing their proposed pre-season friendly at Newcastle Falcons.

The Greene King IPA Championship side had been due to form part of a double header at on Saturday August 13 at Kingston Park Stadium, with the Falcons also facing Doncaster Knights the same day, but Rotherham have informed the Falcons they will not be fulfilling the fixture.

The Doncaster game will still go ahead as a standalone match at 3pm that day, director of rugby Dean Richards saying: “The Knights will provide robust opposition in what will be our penultimate pre-season friendly.

“Doncaster were worthy finalists in last season’s Championship and showed by beating Bristol away in that final what a dangerous side they can be. And whilst it is a little disappointing that our plans for a double header have not proved possible, we will still enjoy a testing fixture against a very capable Knights team.”

Entry for the Doncaster friendly is included as part of the 2016-17 season ticket package. Adult and concession tickets for non-season ticket members are priced £20 for premium seating and £10 for standard seating, with all under-16s tickets priced just £5. Only the West and East Stands will be open for this fixture. Season ticket members in the North and South Stands will be accommodated in the West Stand.

The visit of Doncaster Knights forms the second of the Falcons’ confirmed pre-season friendlies, which begin against Nottingham at Darlington Mowden Park’s Northern Echo Arena on Saturday August 6.

Tickets for the 3pm kick-off are priced £10 adults and £5 juniors, and will be available shortly. Newcastle Falcons season ticket members are advised that this game is not included as part of their package. The club have secured the centre block of seats, with fans able to book in this section by calling 0871 226 6060. Tickets in other blocks are also available via Darlington Mowden Park, both in advance and on the day.

These games are preceded by the first competitive rugby action of the season when the Singha Premiership 7s Series comes to Kingston Park Stadium on Saturday July 30.

The Falcons are pooled with Sale Sharks, Worcester Warriors and Leicester Tigers, with adult and concession tickets priced £20 for premium seating, £10 for standard seating and £5 for under-16s. To book call 0871 226 6060.

Newcastle will also play an away friendly in the last week of August, details of which will be announced in due course, while the Aviva Premiership fixtures for 2016-17 will be announced this Thursday (July 7).

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