Northumbria Police are warning the public about an extremely busy day on our region's roads today and tomorrow as they prepare to host another two matches of world class rugby.

More than 50,000 rugby fanatics packed into St James' Park to watch Scotland take on South Africa last Saturday thousands more watched the game in the Fanzone at Science Central.

Despite the huge crowds in and around the city the force is proud that there were no rugby-related arrests in the city and minimal disorder.

Police are now fully prepared for another two matches at St James' Park as the stadium hosts New Zealand v Tonga on Friday evening and Scotland v Samoa on Saturday afternoon.

The match last Saturday was a fantastic advert for the region and we were proud to be a part of it. We are excited to host two more matches in the city this weekend but we are expecting the roads in and out of the city to be heavily congestion for lengthy spells. You should plan your journey in advance, leave extra time to get to your destination and remain patient if you get stuck in the traffic. For those who are remaining in Newcastle to watch the game we hope you enjoy the fantastic atmosphere in the city. This is our chance to show the world just how brilliant our region is when it comes to hosting large scale events."

Chief Superintendent Steve Neill, Northumbria Police