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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 now available Cup Draws
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Durham County U18
Durham County U18s face Cumbria in the "Yorkshire Super Sunday Festival" at West Park Leeds on Sunday 2nd November 2014

Durham County RFU U18 name the match day squad to face Cumbria along with travel and other information see details .

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Durham County U16
Durham County U16s played their 2nd and final fixture of the season against Northumberland at Druid Park on Sunday 19th October 2014. With both sides overcoming Cumbria in previous weeks the game was set to be an interesting encounter and so it turned out to be. The first half saw a committed Northumberland side take the honours but the larger Durham side were surely going to make their mark in the 2nd half and so it proved with the final score 14-32 in favour of Durham     See match report
Durham County Girls
Durham County Girls trial will be held at Ashbrooke Sunderland on Sunday 21st September 2014, starting 1pm and finishing at 4pm see Women and Girls webpage for more details

The Durham Ladies also have their own facebook page - check it out

Durham U18 Training
Important message regarding training and games :- see Durham County U18 web page.

Durham U16 name their first squad of the season
Preparations are now well underway for the 2014 season. Following the first trial a squad has been selected to progress to the second trial, which will take place at EDC Peterlee on Monday, Sept. 8th. See squad....

League Roundup
After just 2 league weekends can you spot the promotion hopefuls and those who fear they are going to be enveloped in a battle for survival see more.....

Katy Mclean, England's victorious Women's Rugby World Cup Captain (right) and England team mate Tamara Taylor attended the Durham County RFU " Valued Volunteer Recognition Evening" at Darlington Mowden Park are pictured with Matt Bryan the Rugby Development Officer with the "cup"

The evening concluded with a dinner and the guest speaker was Mr John Spencer RFU Representative on the IRB and British and Irish Lions Tour 2017 Team Manager

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.

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County Cups
County Cup draws for the Senior sides are now 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
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Women and Girls Rugby
Following the success of England in the Women's Rugby World Cup there is real anticipation that the game in Durham will continue to grow.

Katy Mclean and Tamara Taylor from Darlington Mowden Park Sharks represented England fantastically well in the World Cup and the development of players to this level is important for the future of the game. With that in mind Player Pathway Guidance for the Senior Academy Programme has been made available
The programme is aimed at ambitious players who have the drive and commitment to be the best they can be. The major focus of the programme is on individual skill development and will allow talented players the opportunity to be part of a high intensity training and competition programme.
see Programme Guidance
If anyone fits the bill, club and university coaches can use the attached form to nominate suitable players with potential Trials Nomination Form

Durham U15 and U18's play Cumbria away on the 9th November 2014 and then face Northumberland at home on the 30th November 2014 see the full U15 and U18 County Girl's programme

Update of Women and Girls rugby calendar See Calendar

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 ......

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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.