Thursday 24 October 2013 Written by: Adam

The New Zealander undertook the club’s media duties yesterday in the build-up to this weekend’s showdown. And with two victories on the road already in the can, the Falcons need a good home win for the fans according to Russell.

“A win at home will repay the faith that the fans have shown towards us in the last six or seven weeks in the competition,” he said.

“London Irish will bring something different to proceedings, something that we probably haven’t seen from any other team so far this season.

“They have the ability to move the ball across the field and exploit space very quickly – they also have tenacity around the pitch and they’re certainly an aggressive team.

“It’s going to be a real battle out there on Sunday,” added Russell.

Meanwhile it’s been an eventful week for hooker Scot Lawson with the experienced campaigner not only earning a call-up to the Scotland national team, but his wife is also set to give birth to their fourth child this Sunday, the same day the Falcons tackle Irish.

Lawson said: “It’s been a very eventful week of rugby, and now my wife and I are waiting for the birth of our fourth child.

“The due date is Sunday, so hopefully the birth will hold off until after the match with London Irish, and the Falcons can get a good performance this weekend.”

Tickets are available for the game by calling the Falcons Ticket Hotline on 0871 226 6060.