New Zealand boss Steve Hansen has praised the sporting facilities available to his side in preparation for their Rugby World Cup match in Newcastle.
The All Blacks have been training at Darlington Mowden Park ahead their game against Tonga at St James' Park on Friday night.
Speaking at New Zealand's Team Announcement today, the Head Coach was very complementary about his team's training base and Newcastle's host venue.
The Magpies have moved to allay any worries about the pitch at St James' Park following the Rugby World Cup matches.
Officers have thanked rugby fans from across the world and local people after Newcastle successfully hosted three World Cup matches.
Scotland are into the World Cup quarter-finals, but only after a nerve-shredding 36-33 win over Samoa in Newcastle.