Althoguh I am not a big rugby union fan, Newcastle do have a good rugby union team, who play in Englands premier rugby league. They are called the Newcastle Falcons, and also have the David Beckham of rugby union...his name is Johny Wilkinson...and is amongst the best players in the world!
Equipment: When watching Newcastle play you might need ear plugs because of the noise! A rain jacket, because of the unpredictable wether...but mostly, money to buy food and drinks and pay for entrance to the Falcons.
The club famous for Rob Andrew & giving Johnny Wilkinson his start, the Falcons are a respectable rugby team, although their track record doesn't always reflect this...