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Reports this morning say that top level Rugby League will be making an appearance at St James Park at the end of this season.
The home of Newcastle United is already scheduled to be staging Rugby Union World Cup matches next October (2015) but now the other Rugby code is said to be going to be on display in May 2015.
The Chronicle are reporting that official confirmation will come this week that St James Park will host the ‘Magic Weekend’ for Rugby League next year.
Starting in 2007, each season Rugby League has chosen a non-traditional Rugby League venue to host an extra round of matches featuring all 12 Super League clubs, all taking place over one (magic) weekend.
Previous hosts have been Cardiff and Edinburgh’s Murrayfield, while Manchester City’s Etihad has hosted the last two Magic Weekends.
The move is likely to be linked to longer term ambitions of spreading the Super League into the north east, following the previous failure with Gateshead Thunder back in the 90s.
Thunder now exist as a semi-professional team, under the ownership of Newcastle Falcons.
The Magic Weekend is said to be scheduled for May 2015 and if so, the only weekend available after the end of the Premier League season is the 30th/31st May, though technically it could be possible on the weekends of 2nd May and 16th May when United have away matches.
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