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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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Rugby World Cup: Official announcement soon!

Cameras are poised at St James' Park ahead of the official announcement Credit: ITV News

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.

Grassroots clubs delighted Newcastle will host Rugby World Cup

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."

– Paul Varley

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Newcastle to host World Champions New Zealand

World Champions New Zealand will be coming to St James' Park for one of three Rugby World Cup 2015 matches being hosted in Newcastle.

The All Blacks will face Tonga at the stadium on Friday 9th October 2015. The other two games will see Scotland take on South Africa on Saturday 3rd October 2015, and Samoa on Saturday 10th October 2015.

St James' Park is one of eight football stadia to be selected as Rugby World Cup 2015 venues.

Will the Rugby World Cup come to the Toon?

St James' Park in Newcastle which could be the venue for the 2015 Rugby World Cup Credit: ITV News

An announcement will be made soon as to whether Newcastle will host the Rugby World Cup 2015.

St James' Park has been shortlisted as a venue for 3 matches.

Newcastle City Council says it would provide a huge boost for the region.

The decision follows the city's role in the London 2012 Games when Olympic football matches were played at the stadium.

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