The rugby union World Cup – and legend of the sport Jason Leonard – are coming to Hartlepool next week.
The double boost will happens on Monday at West Hartlepool Rugby Football Club from noon to 3pm.
The club’s new £900,000 clubhouse will be opened by Jason – one of the stars of England’s 2003 World Cup-winning team.
Club secretary Graham Frankland said: “It was a very special moment when we were named as one of the very few clubs that would host the cup.
“To get this opportunity is amazing and to open the clubhouse while the trophy is here will be a fantastic occasion.”
The tour of the cup, officially known as the Webb Ellis Trophy, is already under way in the North East following a 12-month journey around the world.
“It visited Hadrian’s Wall, where the Ermine Street Guard Roman Re-enactment Society carried the flags of 20 nations participating.
It marks the countdown to the Rugby World Cup 2015 opening ceremony which takes place at Twickenham Stadium on September 18.