England confirm historic first test in the north east as part of World Cup warm-up - Ruck

England confirm historic first test in the north east as part of World Cup warm-up

England will play a home Test match in Newcastle for the first time as the part of three 2019 Quilter Internationals.

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 11 August, KO 14:00) and Ireland (Saturday 24 August, KO 15:00) at Twickenham Stadium before heading to the 52,345-capacity St James’ Park in Newcastle for their final warm up match against Italy (Friday 6 September; 19:45) before the squad flies to Tokyo.

Preparations will also see England travel to Cardiff for an away fixture against Wales (Saturday 17 August, KO TBC).

This will be the first England fixture in Newcastle and the first time a match featuring England has taken place outside of Twickenham since the team’s final Rugby World Cup 2015 pool fixture against Uruguay which was held at Manchester City’s stadium.

England have played in games away from Twickenham before. In 2009, a team captained by Steve Borthwick beat Argentina 37-15 at Old Trafford – the second time England had visited the home of Manchester United – after a 1997 Test there against New Zealand. And in 1998, England played international qualifiers against Italy and the Netherlands in Huddersfield.

‘Great northern crowd’

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.”


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.”

All England home matches will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. Tickets will go on sale later in the year and to be at the front of the queue when tickets go on sale, fans should join The England Rugby Club here. For hospitality at Twickenham Stadium contact go here.

More information about hospitality packages at St James’ Park will be available soon. To register your interest, please email [email protected].

2019 Quilter Internationals 

England v Wales – Twickenham Stadium, London (Sunday 11 August 2019, KO 14:00 on Sky Sports)

England v Ireland – Twickenham Stadium, London (Saturday 24 August 2019, KO 15:00 on Sky Sports)

England v Italy – St James’ Park, Newcastle (Friday 6 September 2019, KO 19:45 on Sky Sports)

Away match

Wales v England – Principality Stadium, Cardiff (Saturday 17th August, KO TBC)

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