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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WATCH: how will Hogg and Laidlaw perform?

Stuart Hogg and Greig Laidlaw are set to play starring roles in Scotland's World Cup match against South Africa today.

That's according to fans at the ground, who think the Scottish Borders pair could make the difference for Scotland:

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'Great atmosphere' as Rugby World Cup comes to Newcastle

In around three hours the first Rugby World Cup game in Newcastle kicks off.

Tens of thousands of fans have converged on the city, and police say the atmosphere has been great so far.

Thousands of fans have arrived. Credit: ITV News
There is a queue for the Fanzone. Credit: ITV News
Fans have arrived with flags... and some special outfits. Credit: ITV News

Rugby World Cup trains delayed by horses

Trains carrying Rugby World Cup fans north to Newcastle have been delayed by up to 40 minutes, because there are horses on the line.

The animals are on the line between Durham and Darlington, and the disruption is likely to continue until at least 2pm.

Virgin Trains has tweeted that the issue affecting East Coast services will "hopefully be cleared up soon".

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Springbok fans flocking to Newcastle

Their side may have had a shaky start to the Rugby World Cup, but South Africa's fans go into today's match against Scotland with their trademark confidence.

The Fanzone in Newcastle is already filling up, ahead of the game at St James' Park this afternoon:

The Springboks are confident. Credit: ITV News
Flags from both countries are being waved proudly. Credit: ITV News
The game appeals to all ages. Credit: ITV News
The Springboks are aiming to flood the Fanzone with their colours. Credit: ITV News

Rugby fans expected at Newcastle food festival

Thousands of fans are expected to turn out. Credit: Newcastle City Council

Thousands of rugby fans are expected at the Conversion Festival in Newcastle city centre today.

Live music and street entertainment will be spread throughout the area, and will reflect the Scotland and South Africa teams that are battling it out today.

A street food market is also there, with around 30 local traders offering the best the North East has to offer.

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