St. James’ Park to host England rugby international
St. James’ Park has been confirmed as the venue for England’s rugby union international fixture against Italy in September 2019.
The match will be part of the Quilter Internationals and will be the first ever home Test match for England in Newcastle.
It will also be the first time a match featuring England has taken place in the country outside of Twickenham since the team’s final Rugby World Cup 2015 pool fixture against Uruguay, which was held at Manchester City’s stadium.
Eddie Jones’ side will play four warm up matches as part of their final preparations before the team depart for Japan.
England’s 2019 Quilter Internationals see them take on Wales (Sunday 11th August, 2pm) and Ireland (Saturday 24th August, 3pm) at Twickenham Stadium before heading to the home of Newcastle United for their final warm up match against Italy (Friday 6th September; 7:45pm) before the squad flies to Tokyo.
St. James' Park has excellent rugby pedigree, having hosted Rugby World Cup games in 2015 and a number of other major events across both codes
Preparations will also see England travel to Cardiff for an away fixture against Wales (Saturday 17th August, kick-off TBC).
All England home matches will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
England head coach Eddie Jones said: "These Quilter Internationals will be extremely important to the squad’s final preparations before we head out to Japan.
"It is great news to be able to take England to another part of the country and Newcastle will be fantastic hosts like they were for the matches here in 2015. We will look forward to playing in front of a great Northern crowd."
Lee Charnley, managing director at Newcastle United, said: "We are excited to have brought another high profile rugby event to St. James’ Park and to the city, and look forward to hosting Eddie Jones and his team before they embark on their trip to Japan."
The stadium has also hosted Aviva Premiership rugby union, with Newcastle Falcons defeating Northampton Saints 25-22 in front of a crowd of more than 30,000 in March 2018
Cllr Kim McGuinness, Cabinet Member for Culture Sport and Public Health, said: "I am delighted that England have chosen to play their last game before heading off to Japan in Newcastle at St James’ Park.
"The game is a significant addition to the sporting legacy of the city and recognises our ability to stage top class international sporting events."
Tickets will go on sale later in the year.
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"Newcastle will be fantastic hosts like they were for the matches here in 2015. We will look forward to playing in front of a great Northern crowd."