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Rugby in Town.
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Been going to put this up for a while but I decided to wait till it actually arrived in town and then see what it brought along.

The Rugby World Cup 2015, probably the biggest sporting event likely to hit this region in our lifetimes.
Lets face it, we aint going to see a football one here are we! Corruption in the game (and it WILL continue) will see to that.

Anyway, whether your a fan of the game or not, you must know it's going on.
And my God, how good was it to be in town on Saturday and sample how they do it with oval balls!
First of all, we are lucky enough to have 2 of the top 3 teams in world rugby gracing our stadium, a stadium that looks like a proper sporting venue for the tournament by the way. All of the tat we have on show at our games is covered over.
We had South Africa on Saturday and we then get New Zealand on Friday. The rugby equivelant of us getting Argentina and Spain in the football. As I said though, that's never going to happen.
Scotland also cross the border for 2 games.

So Saturday saw the first game in SJP between South Africa and Scotland and tickets sold out very quickly. They cost between £75 and £150 by the way!
All the talk in the build up was about how 100 000 Scots were expected in the city. Amazingly, when we got in to town there were at least as many green shirted Springbok fans.
Not being lucky enough to get a ticket we headed to the "fanzone" set up on the derelict brewery site. An indoor and outdoor area, with bars a plenty as well as fairground rides, rugby merchandise, kids rugby arena and food stalls. Incredible is all I can say.
4 huge screens to watch the games on and around 10 000 people in there before and after the game, with thousands staying in to watch who didn't have tickets.
We watched 3 games there and spent 7 very enjoyable hours amongst a great mix of fans from all over the world. Jesmond to Johannesburg.
We staggered out at 10.30 with the only blights on the day being a defeat for England and a minor scuffle between some over excitable fans. Very much a small affair and quickly sorted.

So if anyone is in need of a welcome break from the football, get yourself along on Friday or Saturday. You really won't be disappointed.
It may not be our first choice sport, but they certainly know how to do things right. Newcastle as a host city have done themselves proud and the feedback from fans and rugby hierarchy has been excellent.
I'm sure when the tournament returns here we will be on the list of chosen cities once again.
"We are not a stepping stone, we are Newcastle United. Every player should be honoured to wear the shirt of this club" Rafa Benitez.
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Rugby in Town. - by SirLes9 - 05-10-2015, 10:16 AM
RE: Rugby in Town. - by Ciatmol - 05-10-2015, 10:46 AM
RE: Rugby in Town. - by Sir Kevin Keegan - 05-10-2015, 04:58 PM
RE: Rugby in Town. - by Tinyclanger16 - 05-10-2015, 07:36 PM
RE: Rugby in Town. - by positive pedro - 05-10-2015, 08:52 PM
RE: Rugby in Town. - by bluebayou - 09-10-2015, 09:35 AM
RE: Rugby in Town. - by SirLes9 - 06-10-2015, 07:55 AM
RE: Rugby in Town. - by SirLes9 - 09-10-2015, 09:17 AM
RE: Rugby in Town. - by SirLes9 - 09-10-2015, 10:05 AM
RE: Rugby in Town. - by SirLes9 - 09-10-2015, 09:00 PM
RE: Rugby in Town. - by KMK - 09-10-2015, 09:18 PM
RE: Rugby in Town. - by Mick - 11-10-2015, 04:46 PM
RE: Rugby in Town. - by Tinyclanger16 - 11-10-2015, 06:39 PM
RE: Rugby in Town. - by Mick - 12-10-2015, 08:56 AM
RE: Rugby in Town. - by SirLes9 - 12-10-2015, 10:16 AM

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