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Sunderland make three changes

Dick Advocaat Credit: PA

Dick Advocaat has made three changes to the Sunderland team that lost 3-0 against Manchester United.

The West Ham lineup is unchanged.

Sunderland starting XI:

Pantilimon; Jones, Yedlin, Coates, O’Shea; Cattermole, M’Vila, Toivonen, Lens Borini; Fletcher.

West Ham starting XI:

Adrian; Jenkinson, Reid, Tomkins, Cresswell; Noble, Kouyate, Moses, Payet, Lanzini; Sakho.

'Great atmosphere' as Rugby World Cup comes to Newcastle

In around three hours the first Rugby World Cup game in Newcastle kicks off.

Tens of thousands of fans have converged on the city, and police say the atmosphere has been great so far.

Thousands of fans have arrived. Credit: ITV News
There is a queue for the Fanzone. Credit: ITV News
Fans have arrived with flags... and some special outfits. Credit: ITV News


Rugby World Cup trains delayed by horses

Trains carrying Rugby World Cup fans north to Newcastle have been delayed by up to 40 minutes, because there are horses on the line.

The animals are on the line between Durham and Darlington, and the disruption is likely to continue until at least 2pm.

Virgin Trains has tweeted that the issue affecting East Coast services will "hopefully be cleared up soon".

Springbok fans flocking to Newcastle

Their side may have had a shaky start to the Rugby World Cup, but South Africa's fans go into today's match against Scotland with their trademark confidence.

The Fanzone in Newcastle is already filling up, ahead of the game at St James' Park this afternoon:

The Springboks are confident. Credit: ITV News
Flags from both countries are being waved proudly. Credit: ITV News
The game appeals to all ages. Credit: ITV News
The Springboks are aiming to flood the Fanzone with their colours. Credit: ITV News

Scotland fans out in force for Springboks clash

When it comes to rugby Scotland never shy away from a challenge, and they face a tough test against South Africa today.

The team will be spurred on by thousands of Scotland fans, who have converged on Newcastle in confident spirit:

Scotland fans. Credit: ITV News
The Fanzone is filling up. Credit: ITV News

Rugby fans expected at Newcastle food festival

Thousands of fans are expected to turn out. Credit: Newcastle City Council

Thousands of rugby fans are expected at the Conversion Festival in Newcastle city centre today.

Live music and street entertainment will be spread throughout the area, and will reflect the Scotland and South Africa teams that are battling it out today.

A street food market is also there, with around 30 local traders offering the best the North East has to offer.


Delays for Middlesbrough fans heading to Reading

Middlesbrough FC. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough fans heading to their side's Championship game against Reading today should expect delays.

Cleveland Police are warning the M4 is closed between Junction 12 and Junction 13, to the west of Reading.

They say there will be considerable delays for the foreseeable future.

They're advising people to stay on the M40 and approach Reading from the east.

Rugby World Cup expected to bring £93 million to North East economy

The Rugby World Cup will bring five teams to Newcastle - Scotland, South Africa, New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga.

Supporters have begun arriving from all over the world, bringing with them their passion for rugby.

  • WATCH: ITV News Tyne Tees Correspondent Frances Read looks at the likely impact of the Rugby World Cup at one of the City's main gateways.
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