- Newcastle to host trio of European finals
- Successful bid was supported by RFU
Newcastle will host the European Champions Cup, Challenge Cup and Continental Shield competition finals in May 2019.
Newcastle United’s St James’ Park will stage both the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals, while the home of Aviva Premiership side Newcastle Falcons - Kingston Park - will host the European Rugby Continental Shield final on 10th/11th May 2019.
The city’s bid, backed by the RFU, is a joint partnership between Newcastle City Council, NewcastleGateshead Initiative, Newcastle United Football Club and Newcastle Rugby Limited.
“This is great news for rugby in Newcastle and the wider North East region,” said Newcastle Rugby Ltd managing director, Mick Hogan. “The European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup are the best clubs and region-based competitions in world rugby, and it is very exciting for the city that we have managed to secure the 2019 finals.
“To be successful in our bid to host these prestigious events is a testament to the already-strong partnership between the Falcons, Newcastle United FC, NewcastleGateshead Initiative and the City Council.
“I must place on record the tremendous work already done by these partners, the support of Premiership Rugby, the Rugby Football Union and the local constituent bodies in helping bring this world class event to Newcastle.”
St James' Park has a capacity in excess of 52,000 and successfully staged a trio of major international matches during Rugby World Cup 2015, with capacity crowds drawn to the city for games involving New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Tonga and Samoa.