Newcastle Falcons have confirmed Fraser McKenzie is returning to Edinburgh, the club where he began his career. McKenzie, who joined Newcastle a year ago, requested the move in order to enhance his international career for Scotland. He has agreed a two-year deal.
Newcastle Falcons have had a setback in their bid to reach the knock-out stage of the European Challenge Cup.
Falcons lost to French side, Brive, by 9 points to 7 at Kingston Park tonight (Thursday).
Around two and a half thousand supporters at Kingston Park watched a frustrating match.
Falcons scored the only try of the game, but Brive went through thanks to three penalties - in a match of inconsistent refereeing decisions.
With the qualifying group tight, tonight's tie was effectively a 'winner takes all' contest for a place in the Quarter-Finals.
Brive now head Pool 3, with one round of games to play.
NEWCASTLE FALCONS 7 BRIVE 9
Newcastle Falcons travel to Exeter in the rugby union premiership this afternoon after a fortnight of European rugby.
After a fortnight of European rugby, the Newcastle Falcons are back to business in the Premiership, away to Exeter this weekend.
Exeter have established themselves in the top flight since promotion a few years ago and now compete at the top level of European rugby.
Director of Rugby Dean Richards said Exeter provide a decent blueprint for what the Falcons could also achieve.
Kick off times for the Rugby World Cup games to be held at St James's Park in 2015 have been announced.
October 3, 1700: South Africa v Scotland
October 9, 2000: New Zealand v Tonga
October 10, 1430: Samoa v Scotland.
Click here for a full list of fixtures and kick off times.
Newcastle Falcons' Director of Rugby, Dean Richards, says he's looking forward to his side's match against Northampton Saints this weekend.
Newcastle Falcons academy product Will Welch has been named as the captain for a second season in a row.
After helping guide the team to the Championship title last season Dean Richards has handed the captaincy to the 23 year old for the team's return to the Aviva Premiership.
Welch, a former RGS pupil, is entering his fifth season with the club having just signed a two year contract extension.
He'll lead the Falcons out for the start of the new season on Friday 6th September against Bath.
Newcastle Falcons are to return to the Aviva Premiership next season after a 49-33 aggregate win over Bedford Blues in the RFU Championship final tonight
Newcastle Falcons captain Will Welch says winning promotion is the club's "main objective" and it doesn't matter how they achieve it.
The Falcons face Bedford Blues in the RFU Championship Playoff Final first leg tonight, with the return leg at Kingston Park on May 29th. Speaking ahead of the tie, Welch says the end result is all that matters.
He said: "We said from the beginning our main objective is just getting promotion and however we do that it doesn't really matter to me, we've just got to get up there."