New Zealand's world champion All Blacks are among the top sides basing themselves in the North East for Rugby World Cup 2015
New pitch, but still no victory for Newcastle Falcons as Rotherham Titans claim the pre-season honours by a single point
Corbridge the venue on Sunday for an event labelled the biggest schools rugby festival in England.
Former club Rotherham provide the first opposition as Juan Pablo Socino makes his Newcastle Falcons debut.
Plastic pitches are nothing new to Adam Powell, who believes Newcastle Falcons can thrive on their artificial surface this season
Gus Poyet has pleaded for consistency as Sunderland get their Premier League show on the road at West Brom today
A new pitch does not mean Newcastle Falcons' Kingston Park ground will be a picnic for visiting sides, insists Mark Wilson.
On the day Sunderland's Premier League season kicks off at West Brom, Gustavo Poyet laments the fact transfers are still the main talking point.
Tries will come, says Newcastle Falcons scrum-half Warren Fury ahead of the new season
Having spent all summer watching its installation, Newcastle Falcons' players finally got to tread on their new artificial pitch yesterday.