Rugby posts to be a legacy of the World Cup

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Budding rugby players are being encouraged to try their hand at the sport ahead of the Rugby World Cup coming to Newcastle.

The city has been chosen as one of the host venues for the 2015 event, with three group games being played at St James’ Park.

After the tournament the posts will be donated to local schools or rugby clubs so they can continue to inspire the borough’s rugby talent

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism

But from Friday, July 31, a rugby goal post will be erected on the Links, Whitley Bay, for 12 weeks in an initiative aiming to leave a legacy of the World Cup.

It coincides with a touch rugby event at Tynemouth Longsands, on Saturday, August 1, featuring mixed teams competing in a small-sided non-contact version of rugby.

There will be a Junior Supporters Club Party, including Newcastle Falcons stars, bouncy castles, sandcastle building competitions and more.

The Web Ellis Trophy – awarded to the winners of the World Cup final to be held at Twickenham – will also make a stop-off at Longsands.

Additional individual posts will be erected at Lockey Park in Wideopen and St Peter’s Playing Fields in Wallsend

The new sporting acquisitions are all part of the national ‘Posts in the Parks’ project that will see 100 rugby posts going up across the country.

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “The World Cup 2015 is much more than a tournament, it’s a real opportunity for us to harness the enthusiasm for rugby and encourage residents of North Tyneside to give it a try and be more active.

“The posts can be used by young and old in the lead-up and during the tournament, and hopefully they will decide they want to continue developing their skills into the future.

“After the tournament the posts will be donated to local schools or rugby clubs so they can continue to inspire the borough’s rugby talent.”

The Rugby World Cup competition takes place from September 18, to October 31.

St James’ Park will play host to three matches: South Africa v Scotland on October 3, New Zealand v Tonga on October 9, and Samoa v Scotland on October 10.

Science Central, on the old brewery site next door to St James’ Park, will be the location for Newcastle’s Rugby World Cup 2015 Official Fanzone.

To view the full Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour schedule at www.rugbyworldcup.com/trophy-tour.