Biarritz away: The statistical preview
• The only previous season when Biarritz Olympique and Newcastle Falcons have met in the Challenge Cup was during the pool stage of 1997/98, with each team winning their home game.
• Biarritz Olympique have only lost two of their 12 home games in the pool stage of the Challenge Cup (won 10), but one of those defeats came in the most recent such match, against Sale Sharks in January 2014 (7-9).
• Newcastle Falcons have won each of their last four away games in the pool stage of the Challenge Cup, their best such run in the competition, after losing the previous six.
• Newcastle Falcons and Biarritz Olympique are two of five teams with a 100% success rate on their own scrum in the Challenge Cup this season.
• Luther Burrell provided two assists in Newcastle’s first game in the Challenge Cup this season, against Worcester Warriors, one of the three players to have made a brace of assists in a game this season (also Benetton’s Callum Braley and Lyon’s Jonathan Pelissie).