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Jonny Wilkinson comes to Newcastle

onny Wilkinson during the Heineken Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

Rugby World Cup 2003 winner and England Rugby 2015 ambassador Jonny Wilkinson is in Newcastle to mark one year to go until the first Rugby World Cup 2015 match, South Africa v Scotland, is played at St James' Park.

The one year to go milestone also coincides with the city hosting their regional 'Try Outs'; the selection events for 'The Pack', the 6,000 Rugby World Cup 2015 volunteers that will help to welcome the world to England and the Game of rugby next year.

Jonny Wilkinson will be in attendance at the event, along with the Webb Ellis Cup, to meet volunteers and experience the selection process first hand, having helped launch the search for the volunteers back in February.

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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:

Jonny Wilkinson plays last ever professional game

One of England's greatest ever players, Jonny Wilkinson, is due to retire from professional rugby union as the 2013-14 season ends today.

Jonny Wilkinson lines up a penalty for the British and Irish Lions in 2005 Credit: David Jones/PA Archive

Wilkinson started as a teenager with Newcastle School of Rugby and rose through the ranks to win the World Cup with England in 2003, scoring the winning goal in the last minute of extra time against Australia in the final.

His final match for Toulon in the Top 14 final against Castres takes place tonight in Paris.

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Jonny Wilkinson wants 6,000 Rugby World Cup volunteers

Charging ahead: Jonny Wilkinson wants 6,000 volunteers for the Rugby World Cup. Credit: PA

Jonny Wilkinson has backed a campaign to get 6,000 volunteers for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, which will be held in England.

The former England fly-half said that the volunteers would be "so important" to the running of the competition. He added that the experience would be a a "privilege" and a "bonus".

The scheme hopes to build on the Games Makers that were used so effectively in the London 2012 Olympics.

England 2015 will be held in just 581 days.

Will Welch remains as Falcons captain

Will Welch remains as captain Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Newcastle Falcons academy product Will Welch has been named as the captain for a second season in a row.

After helping guide the team to the Championship title last season Dean Richards has handed the captaincy to the 23 year old for the team's return to the Aviva Premiership.

Welch, a former RGS pupil, is entering his fifth season with the club having just signed a two year contract extension.

He'll lead the Falcons out for the start of the new season on Friday 6th September against Bath.

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