St James' Park set to host Newcastle Falcons and Sale Sharks in March

St James' Park is set to host Newcastle Falcons once again
St James' Park is set to host Newcastle Falcons once again
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St'James Park has been confirmed as the venue for the Gallagher Premiership clash between Newcastle Falcons and Sale Sharks to be played on 23rd March.

Earlier,this year, St James' Park also hosted the Premiership game between Newcastle Falcons and Northampton Saints that saw 30,174 people turning up.

The home of Newcastle United - which will also host the 2019 Heineken Champions Cup final in May - also saw three World Cup games - South Africa versus Scotland, New Zealand versus Tonga and Samoa versus Scotland - hosted at the venue during the 2015 edition.

The venue has also been chosen for England's warm-up game against Italy ahead of the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards is delighted for the side to return back to St' James Park.

“It was an incredible experience to be involved in last season’s fixture at St James’ Park and the chance to go there again is another fantastic opportunity for us and our supporters,” said Richards.

“The North East public are renowned for coming out and supporting major events, it will be a real celebration of rugby and to play at such an iconic stadium is a chance not to be missed.”

Newcastle captain Will Welch echoed Richards’ enthusiasm saying: “I’m a lifelong Newcastle United supporter, I’ve gone there regularly from when I was a kid and it’s great that we will have the chance to return to St James’ Park.

“Last season’s game there was one of the stand-out moments of my career, captaining the side in front of more than 30,000 people, and I’m sure there’ll be similar levels of excitement around this season’s fixture.

 

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