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Prince Harry helps launch RWC 2015 trophy tour

Prince Harry helped mark the 100 days until the start of the Rugby World Cup at a launch event in London, ahead of its arrival in the North East.

The Webb Ellis Cup at Twickenham Stadium with Jonny Wilkinson and Prince Harry (right) as part of the 100 day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour of the UK & Ireland. Credit: PA

Newcastle is hosting three matches this October and tourism experts hope the tournament could bring as much as £43 million into the region.

Prince Harry and Former England player Jonny Wilkinson with the Web Ellis Cup during the 100 days until the start of the 2015 Rugby World Cup event at Twickenham Stadium, London. Credit: PA

Prince Harry made a speech the Trophy Tour at Twickenham this morning, alongside England legend Jonny Wilkinson.

Prince Harry talks to school children at Twickenham as part of the 100 day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour of the UK & Ireland. Credit: PA

The Webb Ellis Trophy is coming to the region at the end of next month as part of a nationwide tour.

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Rugby World Cup trophy tour officially launched

The Webb Ellis Cup Credit: ITV

The Rugby World Cup trophy tour gets underway today as the countdown until the start of the tournament reaches 100 days to go.

The Webb Ellis Cup enters the North East on July 30 and travels to the following destinations:

  • Close House, Heddon-on-the-Wall - July 30
  • Newcastle City Centre - July 30
  • Alnwick Castle - July 30
  • Tynemouth - August 1
  • Northumbria University - August 2
  • Gateshead International Stadium - August 2
  • The Angel of the North - August 3
  • Darlington Mowden Park - August 3
  • West Hartlepool RFC - August 3

Click the link for more information about the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

Tim Krul tweets picture of fan in shirt he threw into crowd at last game of the season

Fan in Tim Krul's shirt Credit: @timkrul @Beefy1234K

Tim Krul certainly seems happy that his shirt has found a happy home in Newcastle United fan Keith Roberts.

Keith tweeted the Newcastle keeper this picture a couple of weeks ago on 26 May and the player has responded today saying: "Last game of the season I threw my shirt in the crowd haha pleased it fits (sic)".

The tweet, sent an hour ago, has had more than 500 retweets.

Steve McClaren: career timeline

Steve McClaren Credit: PA

It's not the first time he's lead a North East football team and this quick overview of his football coaching career starts with his early noughties tenure on Teesside.

Will he be back in 2015? Newcastle United fans and more are eagerly awaiting an announcement that could land today but since McClaren returns from his holiday later tonight, chances are we'll find out tomorrow.

  • Middlesbrough FC: Carling Cup winners 2004
  • UEFA cup finalists 2006
  • England: Head coach 2006
  • Sacked 2007
  • Twente FC: Dutch champs 2010
  • Derby County: sacked May 2015
  • Newcastle United: appointed June 2015?
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