The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s is heading to Kingston Park for the very first time and the community team at Newcastle Falcons are pulling out all of the stops to stage an event for the whole family.
Last year Falcons hosted a leg in Darlington, topping the group on the night and breaking The Northern Echo Arena’s attendance record in the process.
And Kingston Park’s 3G pitch promises another night of fast and furious 7s rugby on 22 August, as Falcons entertain Leicester Tigers, Sale Sharks and Worcester Warriors.
Saturday, 22 August – Kingston Park, Newcastle – Kick off 4pm
Leicester Tigers, Newcastle Falcons, Sale Sharks, Worcester Warriors
4pm – Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons
4.25pm – Worcester Warriors v Sale Sharks
4.55pm – Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers
5.20pm – Newcastle Falcons v Sale Sharks
5.50pm – Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks
6.15pm – Worcester Warriors v Newcastle Falcons
“We’re excited to bring the Singha 7s to our home, and welcome three really good sides to Kingston Park,” said Melanie Magee, head of community and marketing at Newcastle Falcons.
“It’s the first time we’ve hosted it on the new 3G pitch so it’s a chance for us to have an early-season party and get as many people along as we can so we can re-engage with our fans and hopefully a few new ones as well.
Tickets for the Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series are now on sale. For full details see premiershiprugby.com/7s
“There will be loads of local clubs there, we’ve also got a touch rugby competition happening beforehand on the main pitch, cheerleaders and a kicking competition including a giant inflatable Singha bottle that should be really good fun with the chance to win some great prizes.
“Most of the squad will be here, with their families, so it’s a great chance to meet some of the players in a relaxed, family atmosphere.
“We’ll keep the party going on into the night as well because we’ll have the England against France game on all the big screens, so people can hang around and watch the match.”
Falcons have twice reached the final of the Premiership Rugby 7s, lifting the trophy when they beat Saracens 31-21 at the Stoop back in 2011.
Last year they topped their group with a 100 per cent record – and Magee believes the shortened code is the perfect way to introduce the entire family to rugby.
“It was a terrific event at Darlington last year, but it’s the start of a really exciting year for Newcastle Falcons. We’ve got three fantastic Rugby World Cup fixtures in Newcastle, a rugby league team on board, and we’ve just bought our ground,” she added.
“The pace of 7s is so much higher than your regular 15-a-side game, and it’s also the chance to see some of the younger players coming through from the academy show what they can do.
“It’s high-scoring so it’s perfect for new fans of the game to come along and have a really exciting day.”