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Prince Harry helps launch RWC 2015 trophy tour

Prince Harry helped mark the 100 days until the start of the Rugby World Cup at a launch event in London, ahead of its arrival in the North East.

The Webb Ellis Cup at Twickenham Stadium with Jonny Wilkinson and Prince Harry (right) as part of the 100 day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour of the UK & Ireland. Credit: PA

Newcastle is hosting three matches this October and tourism experts hope the tournament could bring as much as £43 million into the region.

Prince Harry and Former England player Jonny Wilkinson with the Web Ellis Cup during the 100 days until the start of the 2015 Rugby World Cup event at Twickenham Stadium, London. Credit: PA

Prince Harry made a speech the Trophy Tour at Twickenham this morning, alongside England legend Jonny Wilkinson.

Prince Harry talks to school children at Twickenham as part of the 100 day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour of the UK & Ireland. Credit: PA

The Webb Ellis Trophy is coming to the region at the end of next month as part of a nationwide tour.

Rugby World Cup trophy tour officially launched

The Webb Ellis Cup Credit: ITV

The Rugby World Cup trophy tour gets underway today as the countdown until the start of the tournament reaches 100 days to go.

The Webb Ellis Cup enters the North East on July 30 and travels to the following destinations:

  • Close House, Heddon-on-the-Wall - July 30
  • Newcastle City Centre - July 30
  • Alnwick Castle - July 30
  • Tynemouth - August 1
  • Northumbria University - August 2
  • Gateshead International Stadium - August 2
  • The Angel of the North - August 3
  • Darlington Mowden Park - August 3
  • West Hartlepool RFC - August 3

Click the link for more information about the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.


Richards to lead Falcons for three more years

Dean Richards Credit: PA

Newcastle Falcons' Director of Rugby Dean Richards has agreed a new three year contract that will extend his tenure at the club till June 2018.

Richards joined the club in 2012 and in his first season guided the club to promotion back in to the Aviva Premiership.

Season 2013-14 saw the Falcons achieve their aim of staying in the Premiership.

The current season has seen the club already amass more points and tries than the previous campaign as well as a place in the European Challenge Cup quarter finals.

“I’m delighted to have agreed this extension at the club. We are building a strong and sustainable club here at Newcastle and I’m particularly pleased at how the players, coaching staff and off-field staff have bought into our vision. We have come a fair way over the past three years but there is still a great deal of work to do before we start to realise our potential. However I am confident that the club is in good shape and we will really start to see the benefits of a lot of good work over the next few seasons."

– Director of Rugby Dean Richards

We are very pleased that Dean has agreed to continue as Director of Rugby for the next three years. As the most successful Director of Rugby in Premiership history he brings tremendous experience, knowledge as well as a winning mentality to the club. He is central to the continued growth of Newcastle Falcons over what will be a very exciting period for the club game in England. What he understands better than anyone is how to balance the longer term planning with the need to put in the right performance on the next weekend’s game. His work in bringing through quality, young English qualified players is already starting to have an impact performance wise for the first team. Similarly the culture that he has instilled throughout the team and coaching staff is first class and is something will continue to develop and benefit Newcastle Falcons moving forward.”

– Chairman Semore Kurdi

Richards 'delighted' over Powell contract extension

Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards is 'delighted' that centre Adam Powell has committed his future to the club.

The 28-year-old has signed a two-year contract extension with the Falcons, keeping him at Kingston Park until at least 2017.

Director of Rugby, Dean Richards, said:

Delighted Adam's decided to stay with us for another few years.

He's one of these boys who just loves watching rugby, playing it and you can't get him away from the game.

– Dean Richards, Director of Rugby at Newcastle Falcons

Powell signs Falcons contract extension

Newcastle Falcons Adam Powell looks for a way past London Welsh's Seb Jewell (left) and Koree Britton Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Newcastle Falcons centre Adam Powell has signed a new two-year deal with the Premiership club.

The 28-year-old, who joined the Falcons from Saracens in March 2013, will now remain at Kington Park until at least 2017.

Speaking of his new contract, Powell said:

It’s good, I’m happy to have signed for another two years and I’m really enjoying it here at the moment so I’m glad to stay.

– Adam Powell, Newcastle Falcons

Originally signed on a short-term deal until the end of the 2013-14 season, Powell has since made 52 appearances for the Falcons and has become a regular in the first XV.

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Wilkinson in Newcastle for Rugby World Cup countdown

England's Rugby World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson has been back in Newcastle to mark the countdown to next year's tournament.

It's exactly one year to go until St James' Park stages it's first game of Rugby World Cup 2015. New Zealand, South Africa and Scotland are the teams competing in Group matches at the stadium.

Wilkinson, who played for Newcastle Falcons from 1997 to 2009, was at Newcastle Racecourse today.

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