Sunderland's Stadium of Light is one of the region's sporting venues named today as potential venues to host Rugby World Cup matches.
We're delighted that Sunderland has made it onto the long-list of potential venues to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Sunderland has an excellent track record in delivering a wide range of major events and a fantastic reputation for the warmth of our welcome and the passion we have for sport.
A final decision on which venues will host Rugby World Cup matches in 2015 will be made early next year.
More top news
A warning has been issued about the potential health risks of buying counterfeit cosmetics online, after reports of being sold from Durham.
Sixty one decorated sculptures went under the hammer in a Grand Auction at Sage Gateshead on Tuesday night.
ITV Tyne Tees caught up with the new Queen of the Jungle as she arrived back to Newcastle airport.