Rugby World Cup 2015: Newcastle Host City

For eight days, one of the biggest sporting events in the world makes its home in the North East. New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa and Tonga - along with their fans - will come together in Newcastle to cheer on their team and celebrate sport.

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Rugby World Cup legacy hopes

Scotland supporters enjoy the Fanzone near St James' Park Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Organisations involved in planning Newcastle's role in the Rugby World Cup say the tournament should leave a lasting legacy for the entire North East.

An estimated one hundred thousand visitors were in the city on Saturday for the last of three matches at St James' Park.

Many of the those who came were from overseas, and the hope is that they will return to Newcastle in the future.

Newcastle Falcons managing director, Mick Hogan told ITV Tyne Tees he believes the tournament will be good for the game of rugby in this region.

For the sport, we hope to see more spectators getting involved, more players, more coaches and more referees. From a city point of view, I think it will have a massive legacy as well."

– Mick Hogan, Newcastle Falcons
St James' Park hosted three matches in the tournament Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Newcastle gripped by Rugby World Cup fever

An estimated one hundred thousand visitors flocked to Newcastle for the city's third and final match of the Rugby World Cup.

The majority of fans had travelled down from Scotland, as their team took on Samoa at St James' Park.

Watch Helen Ford's report from the official Fanzone.


The All Blacks spotted leaving Newcastle

Ma'a Nonu celebrated his 100th New Zealand cap with a try as his side wrapped up a clean sweep of group-stage victories by thrashing Tonga 47-9 at St James' Park last night.

The team have been spotted at Newcastle Airport today ahead of their quarter-final match in Cardiff on October 17.

It was four wins from four for New Zealand in the group stage. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
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