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Training for Durham Clubs on the new Game Management system (Replacement of Rugby First)
Training on the new Game Management System (GMS) has been arranged for Tuesday August 5th at Darlington RFC.

Whilst all of your current Rugby First data will automatically be transferred to the new system it is really important that you all come and see first-hand the new system, be trained on its functionality and see some of the new benefits it has.

The format of the day will run as follows:
  • From 1pm to 6pm there will be five one hour drop in clinics available for people to come and talk to the system trainers about the new systems and any specific issues you may have.

  • From 7.30-9.30pm there will be a two hour evening launch event covering the key functionality, the benefits and the importance of accurate data
  • Buffet / Sandwiches from 6.30pm
  • 7.30pm start
  • 9.30pm finish
  • Please let Matt Bryan know what time you will be attending
    Durham U18 Summer Squad Training change of venue
    All further DCRFU U18 summer programme sessions will now be taking place at Billingham RUFC (Greenwood Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS23 4BA). Same timings of 10am-12pm will still be applicable.

    Durham County AGM Kevin Bannon - President 2014-2015
    Congratulations to Kevin Bannon who was elected President of Durham County at the AGM on Tuesday 1st July 2014. Kevin from the Westoe Club takes over from John Scott, the 2013-2014 President.

    Kevin has a long rugby history as a player, committee man, referee and advisor. Everyone in the within Durham County Rugby and the Rugby Clubs within Durham wishes Kevin well and hopes he enjoys his year as President.

    Women and GirlsTamara TaylorKaty Mclean
    Katy Mclean and Tamara Taylor who both play for Darlington Mowden Park Sharks have been selected in the 26 strong England Ladies Rugby World squad in France next month. Katy captains the squad and Tamara will hope to make it 3rd time lucky after representing England in 2006 and 2010 world cups.
    The Ladies Rugby just does not stop. Bishop Auckland are organising a tournament for Sunday 13th of July. There will be a Senior Touch Tournament, and under 18's, under 15's and under 13's contact sevens.
    The tournament is open to anyone wishing to attend - Yorkshire, Cumbria, Northumberland all welcome!!

                Rowlands Ladies Sevens

    Under 13 Girls Rugby dispensation
    The RFU Governance Committee have discussed the removal of the dispensation for girls who are Under 13 to play up
    read more ......
    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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    County Cups
    County Cup draws for the Senior sides are now available go to County Cup Competitions
    County Meetings timetable for 2014-2015
    A provisional meetings timetable has been drawn up for the coming season
    Meetings timetable

    Durham County U18s Summer Training Programme
    A provisional U18 Summer Training Squad for the 2014/15 season has been named. Durham have had considerable success at U18 level and with that in mind and the fact the County U18 programme starts at the beginning of the season, the plan is to have a summer training programme so as the players are prepared
    See squad
    see programme

    Durham played Kent in the Bill Beaumont Division 2 Final at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday 1st June
    Durham Team in Final at Twickenham Durham travelled to Rugby HQ full of hope to face Kent, the winners of the Bill Beaumont Division 2 (South) in the early kick off of the day. Despite a great effort the side could not gain enough possession to overcome a strong Kent side
    Durham 23 Kent 31
    See match report
    See photos

    Durham Vs East Midlands
    Durham played East Midlands at Darlington RFC with a place in the final at Twickenham as the prize for the winner. East Midlands had picked a big pack to challenge Durham but in the end Durham were just too strong and came out on top in a very competetive game that was much closer than the final score suggests .
    Durham 24 East Midlands 8
    See match report
    See photos

    Durham vs Eastern Counties
    The Durham Senior County side made the long trip to Bury St Edmunds to face an Eastern Counties team who the previous week had narrowly lost to East Midlands by 1 point. Durham's forward power and pace in the backs proved too much for their hosts.
    Eastern Counties 13 Durham 37
    See match report
    Some photo's kindly made available by Andrew Sarek from Eastern Counties - See Photo's

    Durham Ladies Rugby
    Durham Ladies completed their County Championship programme with a narrow defeat by Northumberland at Hartlepool RFC by 32-27. Whilst that made 3 defeats in the championship, the progress and the development of the Ladies game cannot be measured purely by the end results. The women and girls game in Durham has grown from strength to strength over the season and the County Championship has reflected that progress in the manner and competitiveness in which the side played. The Ladies can be rightly proud of the way they performed.
    See Photo's from Cumbria game where despite having the ball and territory at least 75% of the whole match, Durham lost 41-0. The forwards won almost every scrum no matter whose put in and rucked and mauled their way over Cumbria with ease. Unfortunately, Cumbria’s fast and deft backs made the most of every possible break. With a little more experience in the backs and some work on the handling skills Durham Ladies will be able to forward to more positive results. See Photo's

    Update of Women and Girls rugby calendar See Calendar

    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

    County Calendar
    A list of County meeting is available on the Meetings timetable see meeting timetable

    County youth timetable for season 2013-2014
    Timetable of the County Representative Age grade Rugby from U13's to U20's See timetable

    RFU Courses
    for more details ...

    Get up to the minute information on all coaching courses or details for booking go to http://www.rfu.com/takingpart/olcb/coursesearch

    Women and Girls Rugby
    The ladies section of the game is growing and Bishop Auckland , Houghton and West Hartlepool have joined ladies contingent of Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, Darlington and Sunderland as well as the universities in giving the ladies and girls the chance to play rugby. Ladies Rugby in the North East has for some time been mainly linked with the RFUW Premiership side Darlington Mowden Park Sharks and the likes of names such as Katy McLean who has represented England on so many occasions. This season has seen a real push to develop the ladies game and establish it here in Durham. See Women and Girls Rugby in Durham

    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.