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Katy Mclean says hosting NZ will help 'create a legacy'

South Shields rugby star Katy Mclean has already received an MBE for services to rugby and captained the England team that won the Rugby World Cup in Paris.

Now, she has spoken of her delight in the news that Darlington will host the New Zealand team for the Rugby World Cup next year, which she thinks will be "massive" for the area:

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Darlington to host All Blacks in Rugby World Cup

It's been confirmed that Darlington will be an official team base for the Rugby World Cup in 2015, hosting the All Blacks.

Tyneside's training facilities will be used by the stars of next year’s Rugby World Cup. Four venues in Newcastle and Gateshead, and the fifth in Darlington, have been chosen to host the athletes when the world’s third largest sporting event comes to St James’ Park in 2015.

Councillor Ged Bell, Simon Culley, Councillor Peter Mole, and Judith Doyle
Councillor Ged Bell, Simon Culley, Councillor Peter Mole, and Judith Doyle

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Collingwood extends contract at Durham

Durham County Cricket Club captain Paul Collingwood has signed a contract extension until the end of the 2015 season.

The 38-year-old will continue as captain in four-day cricket.

You're a long time retired and I've still got ambitions to take this team forward.

– Paul Collingwood

Sunderland owner nominates Mike Ashley for ice bucket challenge

Sunderland AFC owner Ellis Short has taken the ice bucket challenge and nominated a trio from North East rivals Newcastle United to do the same.

To the sound of laughter on the video, Short nominated Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley, Manager Alan Pardew and player Jack Colback.

Coldack's departure from Sunderland to Newcastle on a free transfer in June was described by the Wearside club at the time as leaving "a bitter taste".

In his challenge video, Mr Short says he was nominated by Sunderland player Adam Johnson. He reveals that Johnson will be fined by the club for making the nomination with the money being donated to The ALS Association.

Ex-footballer aims to raise £1m with Premier League stadium run

by Phil Roscoe

Former Southampton defender Francis Benali is hoping to raise more than one million pounds for charity by running between every Premier League ground.

The 45-year-old started his 1,000-mile journey from St James' Park in Newcastle this morning. He's due to finish the run at St Mary's Stadium, in Southampton on September 13.

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