England’s final Quilter International will pit them against Italy in Newcastle as Eddie Jones completes his plans for Japan.
The Italians have famously never beaten England in a 6 Nations encounter, but they pushed them hard in Rome last year and won’t be short of energy, commitment or physicality.
St James’ Park is one of the most iconic football stadiums in the country. The home of Newcastle United, the stadium is renowned for its incredible atmosphere, partisan support and is synonymous with heritage. It was also a venue for Rugby World Cup 2015 and has also been host to Super League’s ‘Magic Weekend’ which means rugby fans from both codes have been a part of its legacy. St James’ Park has been the home of Newcastle since 1892 and will welcome England Rugby with open arms.
Intu Metrocentre is Europe's largest shopping and leisure centre with almost 330 shops including major department stores such as Debenhams, House of Fraser and Marks & Spencer. As well as free parking and late night shopping every weekday intu Metrocentre is home to the only IMAX cinema in the North East and Namco Funscape, which includes bowling, dodgems, soft play and much more. In addition to the huge shopping choice there is also a fantastic range of over 60 restaurants and bars, cafes and coffee shops to relax in during your Rugby World Cup visit to Newcastle.
The Great North Museum incorporates collections from the Hancock Museum and Newcastle University’s Museum of Antiquities, the Shefton Museum and the Hatton Gallery. Highlights include a large-scale, interactive model of Hadrian's Wall, major displays showing the wonder and diversity of the animal and plant kingdoms, spectacular objects from the Ancient Greeks and mummies from Ancient Egypt, a planetarium and a life-size T-Rex dinosaur skeleton. Star objects include a full size model of an elephant, a great white shark, a virtual aquarium, live animal displays, a polar bear, a giraffe and moa skeleton.
Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, Baltic is the biggest gallery of its kind in the world – presenting a dynamic, diverse and international programme of contemporary visual art. Baltic’s programme ranges from blockbuster exhibitions to innovative new work and projects created by artists working within the local community. Visitors can experience innovative and provocative new art, relax, have fun, learn and discover fresh ideas, and complete their visit with a relaxing coffee overlooking the magnificent quayside.
England will relish it as they cement preparations for the big one. Bring it on.