Newcastle Falcons must rely on Cornish Pirates victory to avoid relegation

Bottom-placed Newcastle must wait until the end of the month to know if they will be in the Aviva Premiership next season.

If Cornish Pirates beat London Welsh in the two-leg Championship final play-off on May 23 and 30, Newcastle will survive because the Pirates do not have a 10,000-seat stadium needed to meet promotion criteria.

Waiting game: Alastair Hogg and his Newcastle teammates could still survive

Waiting game: Alastair Hogg and his Newcastle teammates could still survive

In the semi-fnals the Pirates beat Bristol 63-53 on aggregate and London Welsh beat Bedford 30-27.


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