Tuesday 05 August 2014 Written by: Adam

Falcons’ legends past and present will once again grace the Kingston Park pitch next year, following the announcement today that Newcastle Falcons will be staging a Legends game as Rugby World Cup 2015 rolls into the North East next October.

The match will see a Falcons legends versus a Southern Hemisphere legends squad on October 2nd, the day before South Africa face Scotland in the first World Cup match to be played at St James’ Park.

In what is hoped will be a must see event, former Falcons winger Michael Stephenson and lock Carlo Del Fava are the first two “Legends” to confirm their participation.

Lock Del Fava, who was forced to retire mid way through season 2013/2014 said: “It’s a great opportunity to be involved and to come back to Kingston Park but to be involved in the teams, which are likely to feature players who are past heroes of myself will be a great experience and privilege.”

“It’s great timing to have the match the day before the South Africa v Scotland match and will really help get the fans into Kingston Park, share in a great Rugby World Cup experience whilst also helping the Falcons Community Foundation and Wooden Spoon.”

Stephenson said: “It will be a great build up to the World Cup game on the Saturday and will be great to get some ex players here. All the boys that I’ve spoken to are really keen to get involved and help out and have a bit of a catch up,”

He added: “It will also be great to do some good for Wooden Spoon, a charity that I have been connected with since I finished playing Rugby. It’s known as the children’s charity of rugby and all the money that will be raised will be spent on disadvantaged children in the region.”

With a large number of travelling fans expected to be in the area to watch the three group games taking place that week, it is hoped that Kingston Park will be full to the rafters, giving everybody the opportunity to embrace the carnival atmosphere surround Rugby Union’s showpiece tournament.

Steven Savage of Newcastle City Council said “It’s an ideal start for the World Cup where we will have families and children who will be introduced to the sport at the Legends game, as well as past supporters and current supporters and many of the visiting fans. It will be very important to make these supporters the rugby fans of the future”

Ticket details for the game will be announced in the very near future and with takings for the game being distributed between the Falcons own registered charity, the Falcons Community Foundation and Wooden Spoon charities, the match will see the club and its supporters ensure legacy projects from the 2015 World Cup will benefit the community well after the tournament is over.