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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All Blacks coach impressed by North East sports venues

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.

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