Newcastle Falcons have confirmed their takeover of rugby league club Gateshead Thunder, uniting professional rugby in the North East.
The decision was announced at a press conference this afternoon.
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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.
The Newcastle Falcons are at home against the Sale Sharks in the rugby union Premiership this evening.
It is a crucial clash between two teams in the wrong half of the table. The Falcons are looking for a double, having won away at Sale last September.
Kick-off is at 7.45pm. You can find out more here.
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.
Newcastle Falcons have made it into the finals of the JP Morgan Premiership Rugby 7's this evening. They will travel to Bath to compete with Leicester, Worcester, Gloucester, Harlequins and Saracens for the title.
The Rugby World Cup is coming north in 2015.
St James' Park has been named as one of 13 venues that will host matches in two years' time, and the line-up is mouth-watering.
Simon O'Rourke went to the launch event in Newcastle.
A press conference is about to get underway in Newcastle which will officially unveil the city as a host for 2015 World Cup Rugby.
St James' Park will be the venue for 3 matches. Teams playing at the stadium include the current World champions New Zealand.
Hosting big names like New Zealand and South Africa in Newcastle during the Rugby World Cup in 2015 will be a great boost for local clubs, according to Paul Varley, who is Chief Executive of Newcastle Falcons and also a coach at Northern RFC in Gosforth.
"It is going to be such a great festival of rugby. And it is still two and a half years away as well, which means grassroots clubs have got time to plan.
"It is a great opportunity for all the kids to get involved, and really drive participation in the sport, absolutely."
Newcastle's three Rugby World Cup games should raise the profile of the sport in a region dominated by football, according to many of those who play it.
Alex and Benedict from Newcastle School for Boys said they hope the event will be a boost for grassroots rugby in the North East.