Nick Forbes with Dean Richards

The Journal Opinion: Why the Rugby World Cup can't be just a one-hit wonder

The Journal's opinion column for Friday, November 21, in which we welcome the surging estimates for the Rugby World Cup games in Newcastle

The Webb Ellis Cup during a photocall at Mowden Park, Darlington. New Zealand will be based and train at Mowden Park for 6 days during the Rugby World Cup 2015.

Darlington Mowden Park delight at becoming All Blacks' team base

New Zealand's world champion All Blacks are among the top sides basing themselves in the North East for Rugby World Cup 2015

Tamara Taylor in action during an England Training Session

Tamara Taylor striving for Women's Rugby World Cup glory with England

Today's semi-final with Ireland is all that is on Tamara Taylor's mind as she plots England's path to World Cup glory

The Hilton Newcastle Gateshead hotel

Sarah Stewart: Why Newcastle needs all these new hotels

With 12 new hotels opening across Newcastle and Gateshead, demand for rooms is remaining strong

Danny Care passes the ball during the England training session

Roger Uttley: England deserve respect for New Zealand exploits

Former England captain Roger Uttley weighs up England's selection options ahead of Saturday's second test against New Zealand

Jonny Wilkinson of England

Roger Uttley: Jonny Wilkinson's resilience apparent from young age

Having managed Jonny Wilkinson on his first England tour, Roger Uttley saw the qualities which would make him a global superstar

Ally Hogg of Newcastle wins a line-out

How Newcastle Falcons are winning the numbers game

Virtually safe from relegation on the field and showing promising signs off it, Newcastle Falcons continue to grow firm foundations

Mick Hogan, Newcastle Falcons' commercial consultant

Rugby World Cup tickets a draw for Newcastle Falcons fans

The prospect of World Cup tickets for next year's international showpiece is helping drive the fans back to Newcastle Falcons

Eric Fry of the USA Eagles

USA Eagles prop Eric Fry wings in for Newcastle Falcons

USA international Eric Fry joins up with Newcastle Falcons for next season as they continue to build

Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup at Kingston Park

Young rugby fans get a chance to touch glory ahead of Rugby World Cup

Young players got to pose beside rugby’s greatest prize as the region prepares for the World Cup next year

Nick Forbes with Dean Richards

Rugby fans given first chance to get tickets for Newcastle Rugby World Cup fixtures

The Rugby World Cup, which will see a number of games played at St James’ Park in Newcastle next year, will launch with 500,000 tickets sold through rugby clubs in May ahead of more general sale to the public in September

Robbie Kalbraier

Darlington could get a slice of Rugby World Cup 2015

Darlington's arena passes inspection to become international teams' training base for 2015 Rugby World Cup showpiece

Sinoti Sinoti (R) of Newcastle Falcons tackles Tom Brady of Sale Sharks

Mick Hogan determined to bring the crowds back to Newcastle Falcons

Former Wigan rugby league boss returns to Kingston Park with attendances at the top of his priority list.

Jimmy Gopperth of Newcastle Falcons lifts the Championship trophy

The 10 moments that defined the North East rugby year

Mark Smith selects 10 moments that shaped 2013 in the final Scrumdown of the year

Brett Gosper, Bill Beaumont and Debbie Jevans at the England 2015 Rugby World Cup Ticketing and Times launch

Rugby World Cup 2015 could bring millions of pounds to region

Three competitions in Rugby World Cup 2015 being held at Newcastle's St James' Park are hoped will boost North East economy

Alex Tait

Memories of 2009 fuel Alex Tait's fire ahead of Northampton trip

Newcastle Falcons full-back a Franklin's Gardens winner four years ago.

Councillor Ged Bell, cabinet member for investment and development gives a talk at the RWC 2015 Young Ambassadors Day at Kingston Park

Young rugby players attend Rugby World Cup 2015 ambassadors event

Young rugby players have attended an event for Rugby World Cup 2015 ambassadors at Kingston Park, the home of Newcastle Falcons

Englands Rugby World Cup winng squad

Rugby World Cup set to bring £28m to North East economy

The Rugby World Cup in 2015 is set to boost the North East economy by £28m – double original estimates put forward by civic leaders

Pumas triumph no mean feat

A relatively inexperienced England XV took on the Argentina Pumas hammering them at both scrum and line-out

The Journal competition winners - November

Here are the winners of the latest competitions in The Journal.


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer