Round 3 Preview: Newcastle Falcons v Saracens
Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia becomes the 36th different venue, and just the second in the USA, to host an Aviva Premiership Rugby encounter.
Newcastle Falcons have won their last four Premiership Rugby matches and have not won five in succession in the competition since 2009.
The last time the Falcons won the opening three rounds of a Premiership Rugby campaign was in 2004/05 – also, the last time they were as high as second in the league going into round 3.
Saracens make their second trip to the USA having beaten London Irish in Harrison, New Jersey, in March 2016.
Saracens have won just one of their last four Aviva Premiership Rugby fixtures overcoming Northampton at Twickenham in the London double-header.
Saracens have won their last seventeen matches against Newcastle in all competitions since the Falcons 13-9 victory at Kingston Park in Aviva Premiership Rugby in February 2009.
Talen Energy Stadium, 5pm EST – Live on BT Sport
Referee: JP Doyle (135th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Dean Richards & Paul Burton.
TMO: David Sainsbury.
Citing Officer: Andy Blyth.
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Updated 18:12 - 3 Oct 2017 by Mark Lucas