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Newcastle and Sunderland on list of potential venues for 2015 Rugby World Cup - council responds.

"I am delighted that Newcastle has made the long list of venues to host the Rugby World Cup 2015.

As shown with the Olympic football, the city council and its partners can deliver world class events which put the city on an international stage and bring huge benefits to businesses, residents and visitors.

We would be delighted to be a part of the Rugby World Cup and look forward to the announcement of the shortlist."

– Leader of Newcastle City Council, Coun Nick Forbes