Yorkshire Carnegie will travel to the North East in August to face Darlington Mowden Park at the Northern Echo Arena.

Mowden Park finished as runners up in National Division One behind eventual Champions Coventry and play at their impressive 25,000 capacity home ground.

Mowden welcome James Lowes’ side to the Northern Echo Arena for the first time on Saturday 18th August (3pm Kick Off), as they step up their preparations for the upcoming season.

The two clubs have had close links for a number of years with a number of Yorkshire Carnegie Academy players have spent time at Mowden Park as part of their career development.

Mowden Park Director of Rugby Danny Brown said: “We’re looking forward to a really competitive pre-season as we gradually build up to 2018-19.

“The boys are looking forward to their trip to Hawick for what will be a good weekend for them, and it’s great to welcome Watsonians to the Arena after we played them away last year. Both the Scottish sides will be a good challenge for us.

“The Yorkshire Carnegie game will be a real test for us and one that everyone is looking forward to. They are obviously a top quality side and it should be a good indicator of where we are as a group before the season gets underway 2 weeks later.

“We’ve had a really good relationship with Carnegie over the last 3-4 years, including strong links through dual registered players. We’d like to thank Chris Gibson and his team for facilitating that and for helping to develop the partnership between the two clubs.”

Ahead of their first visit to the Arena, Yorkshire Carnegie Director of Rugby Chris Stirling said: “We are delighted to make the trip up to the Northern Echo Arena to face Darlington Mowden Park. They are clearly a very ambitious club and this will be a good test for our squad ahead of the new Greene King IPA Championship season. The chance to play a friendly at such an impressive venue is a big attraction for us and we are looking forward to the game.”

Tickets for both home games will be available on the day priced at £5 for adults, £2 for concessions and free for U16s.