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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