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Blaydon RFC 2nd Team County Cup winners County 2nd Team Cup Final
As many people might have expected Blaydon 2nds were too strong for Ryton who are 4 divisons below them in the league structure.

A strong across field wind made it a difficult afternoon with both sides making a number of unforced errors. However the game was much more competetive than the scoreline of 99-12 suggests and Ryton are to be congratulated for never giving up the fight.

Under 15 County Cup Final
The Under 15 County Cup final was held on the 15th March 2015 at Blaydon RFC - See Results of Under 15 Final

The remaining u15 County Cup finals will be held at Westoe RFC on Sunday 29th March.

Shield – Ryton v Barnard Castle kick off 1:00pm
Plate – South Tyneside College v Bishop Auckland 11:00am

County Under15 Training Squad Announced
The County coaches have named their training squad in preparation for games against Cumbria and Northumberland
See the squad and details of the training sessions

Under 15 County Cup Final
The Under 15 County Cup final was held on the 15th March 2015 at Blaydon RFC - See Results of Under 15 Final

Under 13 Finals
The Under 13 County Cup finals were held on the 15th March 2015 at Darlington RFC - See Results of Under 13 Finals

England @ DMP

International Rugby in the North East
A crowd of over 7600 were able to enjoy not one but 2 very entertaining internationals at the Northern Echo Arena home of Darlington Mowden Park RFC.

The first game saw the England U20s Men take on their counterparts from north of the border, Scotland. In a game where England dominated the first half it seemed that an unexpected landside might be on the cards but Scotland regained their composure at the break and dragged themselves back into contension. England's resolve stood firm as Scotland piled on the pressure togain a vital victory and keep their hopes of becoming the 6 nations champions alive.

See match report at RBS 6 Nations

In the second game of the evening England Women faced Scotland Women

It only took 58 seconds for England to get on the scoreboard when local Darlington Mowden Sharks winger Ruth Laybourn went over in the corner. When another local star Tamara Taylor went over 3 minutes later it was clear that the outcome would not be in doubt. England as expected ran out winners, but to Scotland Women's credit they competed throughout the game and made helped make it a very entertaining match for the large crowd. See more....

Darlington Mowden Park RFC deserve to give themselves a pat on the back as they put on a splendid event.
Well done DMP

RWC2015

Under 14 Finals
The Under 14 finals will be held on the 22nd March 2015 at West Hartlepool RFC
See details Under 14 Finals

Under 17 training squad selected
Following a 2nd trial the under 17s Coach has announced his training squad

To see County U17s squad goto County U17s page

Have you seen this sign
This sign has been up for some time but how many people have seen it or even know where it is

To see where the sign is follow the this link

Durham County U20s fail to make final
Durham County U20s travelled to ESHER RFC to take on Surrey in the County National U20 Shield Semi Final on Sunday 15th February. Having made the final last year Durham were keen to go one step further and claim the title. However it was not to be. A number of the players were involved in rearranged league games before they made the long journey south.

The Surrey side were a big physical side that had clearly benefitted from already playing 4 games together whilst Durham had onlymanaged to play one game due to other counties withdrawing from the competition.
In the end Durham were defeated by a stronger side on the day by 54 - 12. Ironically Staffordshire who Durham beat have made it to the final after defeating Hampshire

Match report will follow

On 4th January, Durham travelled to Longton RFC to face Staffordshire and managed to shake off any New Year celebration excesses to come away with a solid win. Final Score: Staffordshire 3 - 29 Durham
See match report.

County U17 Trials
The U17s who have been selected to progress to the 2nd Trial has been announced       See details......

Last Fixtures of the North East & Cumbria round robin games
The last fixtures of the North East & Cumbria round robin games in the National Clubs Girls Cup have now been postponed twice due to weather (Sun 18 Jan & Sun 1 Feb both at Morpeth).  As the top two places in each age group are not yet confirmed, it is only right to play the fixtures. 
Follow this link to see the new arrangements for the round robin games.

Girls selected for North of England Squads
6 Durham girls have been selected for the Under 15 North of England squad and 1 has been selected for the Under 18 Squad
read more....

Durham County Girls play their final fixture
On Sunday 30th November saw Durham County Girls play Northumberland at U15 and U18 levels. The fact that these fixtures took place is a testament to the rapid progress of girls rugby in the County and is a credit to all those involved.

In two very competitive games the honours were split with Northumberland with the Durham U15s winning their match and the Durham U18s loosing out to their northern neighbours. The day was a great success and a very enjoyable day all round

See Durham County Girls U15 match report and links to photo's

See Durham County Girls U18 match report and links to photo's

Jarrovians will hold a U13 and U15 Girls Festival on December 14th. More details to follow

Darlington held a very successful Girls 10s Tournament in October - see a report on the Darlington Festival

Durham U18s vs Cumbria

Durham County U18 Boys
Having come to the end of one of the most exhilarating and successful seasons for Durham County U18's, where they remained unbeaten throughout the CB programme with convincing victories over Northumberland, Cumbria & Yorkshire, the North of England U18 Selectors have announced a squad of 43 players (Including 12 reserves) whom they wish to see at the North U18 Assessment Day at Woodhouse Grove School on Monday 29th December.

In relation to Durham specifically, huge congratulations must go to 6 players who have successfully made the North of England trials; To see who made the trails click here

Durham County U18 remain undefeated

Durham County U18s faced Cumbria in the "Yorkshire Super Sunday Fe

Durham faced Yorkshire at HARTLEPOOL RFC on Sunday 16th November to see who would remain the only undefeated side in the U18 Northern Division

As expected it was a highly entertaining and competive game
and much to the delight of the Durham side, officials and spectators Durham beat Yorkshire 22 -10

Match report to follow

stival" at West Park Leeds on Sunday 2nd November 2014 see match report

Durham County U18s faced Northumberland in the "Durham Super Sunday Festival" at Darlington RFC on Sunday 26th October 2014 see match report

Player Safety
Player safety is paramount and there is currently a major initiative by the RFU to raise awareness of injuries and potential dangers .  The RFU have a course "RFU Immediate Care in Sport - Level 2 Course" running in several locations around the Country in December and the early part of next year.  It is not cheap but if it helps one person it will be worth every penny Click here for details.

Don't be a Head Case campaign
In another player safety initiative is aimed specifically at raising awareness of the dangers of blows to the head and concussion.   Will Halford, Area Training Officer of the RFU gave a presentation at the October Durham County Referee Society meeting - see information

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County Cup Draw
The County Cup draw for the 2nd team cup, 3rd team cup and 4th team shield are available Cup Draws

County Cup draws for the Senior sides are available go to County Cup Competitions
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County Meetings timetable for 2014-2015
A provisional meetings timetable has been drawn up for the coming season Meetings timetable
RFU Council vote for league restructure
The Adult Competitions Review will bring adjustments to the structure of competitive beneath the Championship. Durham clubs voted to oppose the change which will see a flattening of the Leagues below level 4. The changes will come into force in the 2016-2017 season
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Discipline concerns
Following several incidents involving people coming onto the playing area and getting "involved", the discipline committee have issued a letter to all clubs together with a reminder of the regulations. Behaviour of this kind is not acceptable and could have very serious implications for the person and the club
Letter to Clubs reminding them who may be in the playing enclosure

Regulations regarding barriers and the field of play


RFU Courses
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Get up to the minute information on all coaching courses or details for booking go to http://www.rfu.com/takingpart/olcb/coursesearch
RFU Courses
Interested in taking a coaching, refereeing or any other RFU Course. The RFU Training Dept are moving to a new online booking and search system, and the scheme is 100% up and running in Area 6 (Northumberland, Cumbria, Durham and Yorkshire). It will allow Club members and others to search for RFU courses as easily as possible? It will be constantly updated so the information will allow coaches to search for a course any time of day with minimal fuss.

Courses can also book and pay for from the same link. http://www.rfu.com/takingpart/olcb/coursesearch

Get up to the minute information on all coaching courses, and soon referee and medical. It does away with the old paper lists too.