Newcastle Falcons are delighted to announce that Kingston Park will be staging two landmark internationals, as the club continues to showcase top-class rugby in the North East.
The Falcons will take on a Tonga XV on Tuesday 13 November (kick-off 7.30pm), before the club plays host to England Saxons who line up against Scotland A on Friday 1 February 2013 (kick-off 8pm).
The Tongan national squad will visit Kingston Park as part of a four match autumn tour which sees the Pacific Islanders lock horns with Italy, USA and Scotland.
The match is geared towards enabling the Falcons to continue their momentum toward the RFU Championship crown, while hopefully assisting the Tongan side in raising their profile as they begin their preparations for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Chairman and president of the Tongan Rugby Union and former Falcons player Epi Taione said: “I can’t wait to return to the Toon - my second home. I can promise all rugby fans in the North East a free-flowing rugby game not to be missed.”
Following the Tonga clash, the spotlight will be back on Kingston Park again when England Saxons and Scotland A come to town in the new year.
Taking place on the eve of the RBS 6 Nations opener between England and Scotland, who will compete at the home of rugby for the Calcutta Cup, a string of high profile names will be looking to shine in the North East.
It is a long awaited opportunity for the club to showcase the outstanding Kingston Park facility to a wider audience.
Rob Andrew, former Falcons director of rugby and now professional rugby director at the RFU, said: “The Saxons play an important role in our player development and this, our only home game, will be a good gauge of where the next level of players below the seniors are at.
Kingston Park is a fantastic ground with passionate supporters and I’m sure they will come out in force.”
The announcement of the two internationals comes on the back of the Falcons’ blistering start to their RFU Championship campaign, spearheaded by director of rugby Dean Richards.
Winning all of their first seven games in all competitions, there is a real feel good factor for rugby in the North East and Cumbria at present.
Richards said: “It is fantastic that Kingston Park will be staging two high profile internationals and I am very much looking forward to both occasions.
“It will be great to welcome Epi back to the North East with Tonga next month, and it is the perfect opportunity for families to come to Kingston Park and enjoy top class rugby.
“Tonga will provide us with a strong challenge as we look to continue our momentum in the RFU Championship.”
Tickets for the Tonga match are on sale now by clicking here or by calling the Falcons Ticket Hotline on 0871 2266060 from 10am today. Prices start from £15 for adult standing and £20 for adult seating, with concession prices applicable for senior citizens, students, armed forces personnel and under-16s.
As a thank you to our loyal season ticket holders for their continued support, we are pleased to announce that your season seats will be held for you to purchase until 5pm on October 24, and that you will also enjoy a 50% reduction on the cost of your ticket.