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Rugby World Cup legacy hopes

Scotland supporters enjoy the Fanzone near St James' Park Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Organisations involved in planning Newcastle's role in the Rugby World Cup say the tournament should leave a lasting legacy for the entire North East.

An estimated one hundred thousand visitors were in the city on Saturday for the last of three matches at St James' Park.

Many of the those who came were from overseas, and the hope is that they will return to Newcastle in the future.

Newcastle Falcons managing director, Mick Hogan told ITV Tyne Tees he believes the tournament will be good for the game of rugby in this region.

For the sport, we hope to see more spectators getting involved, more players, more coaches and more referees. From a city point of view, I think it will have a massive legacy as well."

– Mick Hogan, Newcastle Falcons
St James' Park hosted three matches in the tournament Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Newcastle's Tim Krul 'devastated' to miss rest of the season

Newcastle United have confirmed their first-choice goalkeeper Tim Krul will miss the rest of the season with a serious knee injury.

The Dutchman had to be withdrawn after he fell awkwardly during the Netherlands' 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan on Saturday.

The 27-year-old posted on social media that he is, "devastated" he can't play his part on the pitch to help the team turn this season around.

After Newcastle confirmed Krul suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, his teammate Georginio Wijnaldum tweeted to show his support for his friend.

Krul's absence is a huge blow for Newcastle boss Steve McClaren, particularly as second-choice keeper Karl Darlow is also currently sidelined with a foot injury.

Newcastle remain at the of the Premier League, having failed to win any of their first eight games of the season.


Thousands honour GNR runner at the Yorkshire Marathon

There was a minute's applause for David Colley, the man who died while taking part in the 2015 Great North Run, at the start of the Yorkshire marathon.

The 58-year-old collapsed in the last mile of the half-marathon event in September and passed away from natural causes.

His daughters were among the 7,000 people who took part in the event in York.

Mr Colley's daughters ran the marathon to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation. Credit: ITV News Calendar

Newcastle United wait on Tim Krul injury news

Newcastle United have been dealt a blow after their first-choice goalkeeper Tim Krul suffered a knee injury while playing for the Netherlands.

The 27-year-old was forced from the field after he fell awkwardly in the latter stages of Holland's 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan on Saturday.

Credit: PA

Holland head coach Danny Blind reportedly described the injury as "bad" after the match, which was played on the artificial turf of the Astana Arena.

The extent of Krul's injury will not be known until after he undergoes scans. He took to social media to thank his fans for their support.

Newcastle remain at the of the league, having failed to win any of their first eight games of the season.

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