1. ITV Report

RWC 2015 creating grassroots legacy

In just over two years from now St James' Park in Newcastle will become a Rugby World Cup 2015 venue.

As part of the build up between now and then, an initiative has been launched to help get more children playing the sport. The 'Posts in the Park' scheme will see rugby posts going up in every one of the tournaments host cities.

The first one of ten sets being erected in Newcastle has already been installed at Blakelaw Park. Former England and Newcastle Falcons Fly-half, Dave Walder, held a training session with pupils from Kenton School as part of the scheme. He said:

"This is obviously a football area and there's a lot of football pitches around here but to have a set of rugby post is great and hopefully the guys walking past of the path over there will fancy trying to become a Jonny Wilkinson and drop a goal.

"There's not many rugby posts around so this initiative is hopefully going to give people a visual focus and get them out playing rugby."

– Dave Walder, former England and Newcastle Falcons Fly-half

We also visited Westoe RFC in South Shields to see how grassroots rugby is currently being developed at local clubs in the North East.