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European Trophy Tour comes to Rockcliff Rugby Club

By Martin Train

As part of the 3 week tour, the trophies will be at Rockcliff Rugby Club on Sunday April 14th from 10.30am to 12 noon.

Rugby fans will be able to get up close to the prestigious Heineken Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup trophies as they complete their tour of the region in North Tyneside.

Karl Briggs, Director of Rugby at Rockcliff, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for sports lovers, and rugby fans in particular, to see at first hand some iconic silverware and get their pictures taken with it.

“It is also an opportunity for people who have not been to Rockcliff recently to see how much the club has grown with our refurbished clubhouse and brand-new £1 million artificial pitch.

“We are always looking for new players from 5 to 50 plus years of age so people can go tour website For details.”

Taking place over the weekend of 10-11 May 2019, Newcastle is hosting the Greatest Weekend in Rugby. It kicks off at St James’ Park with the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final on Friday 10th May (kick off 19.45) followed by the Heineken Champions Cup Final on Saturday 11th May (kickoff 17.00)

During the Trophies Tour fans will have the chance to win tickets to the Challenge Cup Final on Friday 10 May by getting the best selfie with the trophies and sharing them on social media (Twitter and Facebook) with the hashtag #Newcastle2019TrophiesTour.

Mick Hogan, Newcastle 2019 event director, said: “In the build-up to, and during the Newcastle 2019 Finals, we are looking to engage with a wide range of communities in the region and the Trophies Tour is a crucial part of this. As well as the rugby community, we want to attract new people to the sport and build excitement for what promises to be the greatest weekend in rugby.

“Both the Heineken Champions Cup and the European Rugby Challenge Cup trophies are very prestigious and impressive. We’re sure they will generate tremendous interest and will draw in large crowds to see the two trophies. As well as drumming up excitement for the Newcastle 2019 Finals, we want to showcase our wonderful region to fans from all over the world.”

Newcastle 2019 is the fastest-selling Heineken Champions Cup final ever, with fans waiting for news of a further, limited release of tickets on general public sale as allocations for fans of finalist clubs are being re-assessed throughout the season. Tickets for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final are also showing healthy sales and it is on course to be one of the most attended finals ever.

For more information about local activity around Newcastle 2019 and to buy tickets, please visit

Updated 13:48 - 9 Jun 2019 by Andrew Sugden

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