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This page has been specially designed and written for those pupils doing the Belfast Telegraph cross-curricular project themed on the Rugby World Cup

Eleven cities across England and Wales have been selected to host matches at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. We are looking at them all and this week focus on Newcastle and Milton Keynes.

Newcastle is in the north east of England. It is famous for loving its football, but the city was proud to host World Cup games at St James' Park, home of Premier League outfit Newcastle United.

One of its most well known landmarks is the Tyne Bridge, which crosses the River Tyne and links Newcastle and the nearby Gateshead. The Bridge was built by Dorman Long and Co. from Middlesbrough who later built Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia.

Also worth seeing is Newcastle Castle and Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children's Books, showing how books are made and how they can be enjoyed.

A short distance away from Newcastle is the Angel of the North sculpture. It is made from 200 tonnes of steel with a wingspan of 54 metres and is a huge attraction in the area.

A host of famous sportspeople and celebrities come from Newcastle, including Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, previously in the band Girls Aloud and now a judge on The X-Factor.

St James' Park: Capacity: 52,409

Milton Keynes is in Buckinghamshire and 45 miles away from London. It is described as a 'new town' in England.

This is because in the 1960s, the British government decided a host of 'new towns' were needed to relieve the housing congestion in London.

One site was in north Buckinghamshire and became known as Milton Keynes. It proved to be a popular host for World Cup games at Stadium MK, where football team MK Dons play their home games.

Milton Keynes has a hugely successful theatre and a Museum that was founded in 1973.

It also has a popular lakeside destination Willen Lake with many activities including water sports, fishing and cycling.

Other attractions enjoyed by families include Gulliver's Land Theme Park with its rides and shows for children and Milton Keynes Parks.

Stadium MK: Capacity: 30,717

Name: Dan Carter

Country: New Zealand

DOB: 05/03/82

Height: 178cm

Weight: 96kg

Dan Carter is the playmaker for New Zealand and considered one of the greatest rugby players of all time.

The out-half has scored more points in Test match rugby than anyone else in the history of the game. He wears the number 10 shirt and is often described as the 'perfect 10' for his ability to kick penalties, conversions and drop goals and also score and create tries.

Carter was in the All Blacks squad when they won the World Cup in 2011 and has high hopes of inspiring his country to another success in the tournament when he and his team-mates take on Australia in this year's final on Saturday at Twickenham.

Carter started playing rugby when he was just five and has worked hard to improve ever since.

Aged 21, he made his international debut in 2003 and scored 20 points against Wales. It was a sign of things to come.

Later that year he played in his first World Cup and two years later he started to dominate the game, breaking a New Zealand record when he scored an incredible 33 points in a 48-18 victory over the British and Irish Lions.

He has continued to score points galore and is now well past 1,500, way ahead of all his rivals. He also has more than 100 caps.

At club level Carter made his provincial debut for Canterbury 13 years ago and one year later joined Super Rugby side Crusaders, where he enjoyed much success.

After the World Cup, Carter will join French club Racing Metro and become the highest paid player in the game.

Name: Adam Ashley-Cooper

Country: Australia

DOB: 27/03/84

Height: 182cm

Weight: 98kg

Adam Ashley-Cooper was the hero for the Australia team in their 2015 World Cup semi-final win over Argentina. He scored three tries as the Aussies made it into the final against New Zealand.

Throughout his international career, which began in 2005, Ashley-Cooper has been a versatile performer playing at centre, wing and full- back.

Known for his reliability to deliver important tries, he scored five of them at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

He also rarely misses games. Between 2009 and 2011 for instance out of 42 Tests for Australia, he only missed one.

In 2004 he joined club side the Brumbies, making his debut for them a year later.

In 2011 he joined Waratahs and when the World Cup is over he will move to French side Bordeaux.

Pupil profile

Name: Daniel Hann

Age: 9

School: Round Tower Integrated Primary School, Antrim

Which sports do you like to play and to watch?

I like to play and watch football. My favourite team is Barcelona. I am part of the school football club.

Of all the countries in the Rugby World Cup, which one would you like to visit and why?

I would like to visit USA because there are loads of places to go and see such as the Statue of Liberty.

Which country do you think will win the Rugby World Cup?

I would have liked South Africa to have won because I have a friend at school whose family are from South Africa.

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