May 2019 will see Newcastle United and St James Park host the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup finals.

Whilst the  2019 Continental Shield competition final will be held at Newcastle Falcons’ Kingston Park.

The city’s joint bid is a partnership between Newcastle City Council, the NewcastleGateshead Initiative, Newcastle United Football Club and Newcastle Rugby Limited.

Newcastle Rugby Ltd managing director, Mick Hogan:

“This is great news for rugby in Newcastle and the wider North East region.

“The European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup are the best clubs and region-based competitions in world rugby and it is very exciting for the city that we have managed to secure the 2019 finals. 

“To be successful in our bid to host these prestigious events is a testament to the already-strong partnership between the Falcons, Newcastle United FC, NewcastleGateshead Initiative and the City Council.

“I must place on record the tremendous work already done by these partners, the support of Premiership Rugby, the Rugby Football Union and the local constituent bodies in helping bring this world class event to Newcastle.”

The Rugby World Cup in 2015 saw St James Park feature sold out matches involving the likes of South Africa, New Zealand and Scotland.