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.
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Kerrie Gosney brings you Sunday night's forecast
Mild but moist air moving in from the southwest over the next few days. Rather cloudy, with the risk of rain
Emergency services were called to an address on Wingrove Road, Newcastle, following a report of a fire at around 2:46am.