Category: Age Grade News

Durham County coaches announce U15 boys training squad for two representative sides

Durham County coaches announce U15 boys training squad for two representative sides

As the New Year is in full swing, we prepare for new County representatives to take the field.

Durham County U15s set to prepare for their 2017/2018 season.

Match day selection will follow the training session at Darlington Mowden Park on Monday, January, 22.

The teams will be made up from the following players;

Tom Mitchell Prop/Hooker
Jack Dunphy FR/H Durham City
Max Ayers FR Durham City
Matthew Siddle FR Durham City
Kai Leeke FR/Hooker Gateshead
Jack Ward FR/H Ryton
Joseph Gibbons FR
Lewis Pressley FR
Jacob Rowley Hooker/Lock Blaydon


Richie Richardson Lock/BR Blaydon
Dube Thabo Lock/BR Blaydon
Harrison Minto Lock Blaydon
Tyler Hepple Lock/BR/FR Northern
Sam Turnhill Lock/FR Durham City
Oliver Bosanko Lock/BR Durham City
Oscar Arkley Lock Durham City
Jamie Pender Lock/BR
Innes Hill Lock/BR DMP
George Sanderson Lock/BR
Jack Trainer Lock/BR/FR
Adam Thornton Lock/BR/FR
Jacob Newman Lock/BR/FR
Oliver Schiable Lock/BR/FR
Aiden Simpson Lock/BR
Archie Thompson Lock/BR/OB


Lewis Thwaites BR
Ralph Archer BR Durham City
Connor Charlton BR Durham City
Matthew Stevens BR Bishop Auckland
Jacob Feeney BR/FR Sunderland


Charles Siddle IB/9 Westoe
Jaden Robson IB
Elliot Shaw IB
Oliver Turner Blake IB/9
Drew Scott IB/10 Gateshead
Joseph Dufton FH Durham City
LeeJay Robinson FH/OB Gateshead


Ewan Greenlaw Centre/FH Durham City
Michael Graham Centre Durham City
Joseph Cowie Centre Sunderland
Aaron Norman Centre Durham City
Jacob Phillips Centre West Hatlepool
Danny Thompson Centre Westoe
Tristan Sommersall Centre/FH/Wing Northern
Evan Lawther Centre/Wing Blaydon
Jake Anderson Centre/Wing/FB Gateshead


Charlie Bourne OB DMP
Jack Hillary Wing Blaydon
Matthew Kehoe FB/Wing Blaydon
Oscar Jacques OB
Callum Morris OB
Jay Seymour OB
Ben Heighway OB
Jakob Ogundipe OB
Matthew Cooper FB/Wing Durham City
Adam Stormont FB/Wing Sunderland
Oliver Stables Wing Durham City

Best of luck to all the players and the Princes and Bishops in their games, check them out here

NEWSLETTER: Women and Girls January edition

NEWSLETTER: Women and Girls January edition

The Durham County Women and Girls section continue to develop, from the Counties biggest campaign yet to supporting England Rugby’s Inner Warrior campaign.

There is so much that clubs, volunteers and players are now involved in.

Take a look at this months January Newsletter to keep up to date;

December 2017.pdf

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North of England U18 invite eight Durham lads to assessment centre line up

North of England U18 invite eight Durham lads to assessment centre line up

North of England U18 selects have announced the squad invited for trials, and eight Durham County players feature on the line up.

The U18s North Division skills assessment and development day will take place on Sunday, January 28 in West Yorkshire.

Congratulations to the eight lads named, among the 47 players picked for the day;

Alfie Lawson – Hartlepool Sixth Form and Billingham RUFC
Andrew Bain – QE Sixth Form and Darlington Mowden Park
Daniel Chambers – Thorp Academy and Ryton RFC
Edward Anderson – Yarm School and Yarm RFC
Elliott Trott – Emmanuel College
Ethan Hall –  Barnard Castle School and Bishop Auckland Rugby Club
Max Pepper – Barnard Castle School
Ratu Bavadra – Gateshead College and Gateshead RFC


Phi Lax, Durham County U18 Team Manager commented on the players success saying: “We are delighted for the players selected and expect them to continue to express themselves, grasp the opportunity with both hands and push to get into the squad for the games.

“As well, the coaching team would like to congratulate all the U18s for this season, we have played some superb attacking rugby and scored the most points across all the northern counties.

“A great season to be proud of.”

Pictured: 2017/18 Durham County U18s at Darlington Mowden Park for first North Selectors Division Festival

The Durham players will travel to Woodhouse Grove School, Apperley Bridge, West Yorkshire, Bradford, BD10 0NR to continue to showcase their talent on the field.

All players named in the squad should email North Division Delivery Team Manager Stuart Kohler at: to confirm their acceptance of their place by 5pm on Friday, January 12.

Check out the full squad invited from all North Counties here.

Durham County Schools scrum together for relaunch of Cup competition

Durham County Schools scrum together for relaunch of Cup competition


Durham County RFU Schools Union have re-launched the Schools Cup and over a 1000 pupils are playing rugby union, as a result.

The County Schools Cup competition with help from Durham RFU Professional Staff took its makeover around the county, setting up at twelve different rugby clubs from September.

Pictured: YR 10/11 Cup competition round one at Billingham Rugby Club on RFU AGP pitch

Along with its new look, the Cup and Plate competition attracted 35 schools, with a number of those being new faces too.

Among the seven different age group Cup and Plate games, over 1000 children have been able to enjoy rugby union with their school friends.

John Pearson, Durham County RFU Schools Union, Secretary said; “The revitalisation of the Schools Union Sevens and more lately, the implementation of a full range of Boys and Girls Festivals and Cup Competitions, has undoubtedly assisted in breathing fresh air into a moribund organisation.”

The schools Cup and Plate competition with the help of RFU Professional staff has been split into two adjacent tournaments. In round one, the mid Durham and north Durham schools attend one round of age grade fixtures to reserve their position in either the Cup or the Plate final. While in the south, the south east and south west Durham Schools competed against one another to allocate them into their next step of the competition.

The Durham County Cup and Plate finals are set to be completed in the new year.

So far, the U13 and U15 girls have enjoyed a central venue finals event at Darlington Mowden Park, where over 100 girls took part in a series of rugby games for either the Cup or Plate.

This years, 2017/18 U13 winners are; U13 Plate –  Teesdale School, U13 Cup – St. Wilfrid’s, U15 Plate – Staindrop and U15 Cup – St. Thomas Moore.

Pictured: U13 Girls schools at the end of round one at Horden and Peterlee RUFC


As well as the girls competitions, St John’s Catholic Sixth form took on Queen Elizabeth Sixth form in the YR 12/13 Boys final round, for St Johns to be crowned Plate Winners and QE to take home the Cup for 2017/18.

In the new year, the remaining year seven, eight, nine and 10/11 Boys finals will take place across the County to see the completion of the 2017/2018 Schools County Cup at the end of January.

Pictured; YR 12/13 Boys, QE Cup Winners & St Johns Plate Winners with match referee and John Pearson


Pearson commented: “To attract so many schools in the first instance, and provide a number of games at both Cup and Plate level has raised the level of participation in rugby in the schools in the County.

“As well, by using County Society referees for these competitions, we were able to add professionalism to the games and raise the profile of such events that will follow in the future.

“The Cup and Plate events were a great way to show Durham Schools that the Schools Union is here and looking to provide more rugby playing opportunities for them.”

The next stepping stone for the Competition will be to source referees from the Young Match Officials within Durham Schools for future festivals such as the Cup and Plate.

By Clarissa Murphy

Durham County U17M announce training squad for 2018 campaign

Durham County U17M announce training squad for 2018 campaign


As one Age Grade representative side comes to an end, another prepares to begin as the U17 Men name their training squad.

The Durham U17s prepare for the season ahead with their 35 man training squad.

The next training session will take place in the new year at Winlaton RFC on January, 15 from 6.30pm.

Phil Lax, Durham County U17s Team Manager commented on selection saying: “This year has been the most difficult decison for the Durham County Coaching Team.

“The quality in Durham County U17s is outstanding and the coaching team are really excited about the season ahead.”


Making it into this years selection, are as follows:

Forwards                         Club                                   School/College


Charlie Caswell                West Hartlepool

Ethan Hall                        Bishop Auckland                 Barnard Castle School

Harry Thompson              Billingham

Nathan Smith                   Westoe

Owen Chaplin                  Durham City

Luke Hawkins                  Gateshead

Joseph Sawdon               Middlesbrough

Nick Blowey                     Durham City                            Durham School

Conor Martin                   Darlington Mowden Park

Sam Shanks                   Darlington Mowden Park

Shane Ivey                      Hartlepool                                East Durham College

Chris West                       Houghton

Stephen Carrick               Darlington

Will Dexter                        Billingham                                Durham School

Ethan Leddington             West Hartlepool

Joe Berry                          Darlington Mowden Park

Zak Swan                         Westoe



Tom Kell                         Gateshead                                 Emmanuel College

Oliver Connolly              West Hartlepool

Luke Pearson                 Billingham                                   Durham School

Alex Smith                      Durham City                                Emmanuel College

Callum Piert                   Darlington Mowden Park

Callum Robinson                                                               Barnard Castle

Dean Edmundson          Sunderland

Harry Burnard                Billingham

Leon Turnbull                 Billingham

James Pearson              West Hartlepool

Max Thompson              Stockton

Cameron Mather            Gateshead                                 Emmanuel College

Matthew Ward                Durham City

Alex Osifo                       Stockton

Luke Cooper                   Billingham                                 Hartlepool 6th Form

Joe Ross                        Billingham                                  Hartlepool 6th Form

Sam Berry                     Darlington Mowden Park

Sam Douglass              Middlesbrough                              Yarm School


Durham County U18M narrowly miss out on their three from three record in final test against Yorkshire Rugby

Durham County U18M narrowly miss out on their three from three record in final test against Yorkshire Rugby


Durham tally their first loss as Yorkshire serve up a 19-12 victory at West Hartlepool Rugby Club for the final game of the 2017/18 season in difficult conditions.

Pictured: Durham County U18M against Yorkshire 2017/18


The first half, saw early pressure but, wasted chances by the hosts to give Yorkshire the upper hand which they executed with a 12 – 0 lead at the half time break.

In the second half, Durham began to play with tempo and scored a rewarding try through skipper, Alfie Lawson to trail 12 – 7 with a boot from Callum Piert.

Applying the pressure, Durham forced Yorkshire to show their strengths which was evidently, a strong defence.

Taking a turn in the wrong direction, Durham became subsequent to questionable decisions and more points on the board for the visitors.

In an attempt to change their own luck, Max Pepper took a quick penalty and scooped the ball out wide to Zac Ivey to score what was to be, a disallowed try in the corner.

Despite this Durham kept pressing and scored an unconverted try hrough, Harry Beadling.

For both sides, this meant an exciting last five mins on the clock with Durham pushing for the next score and Yorkshire battling for all their worth.

Even with Durham’s best efforts the visitors held out for the win.

Phil Lax, Durham County U18M Manager, said: “ It was an excellent, fast game played in a great spirit.

“Over all it has been a fantastic season, with the lads playing some outstanding rugby and they have been a pleasure to work with.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to our dedicated Coaching Team of Chris Webb, Dave Hill, Steve Passman & Iain Dixon who have been responsible for bringing the best out of the players as individuals and as a team.

“Well done Lads we are all very proud of how well you have represented Durham County.”

Durham County U18M end their 2017/2018 campaign with two from three victories, 102 points scored, 44 points scored against and another year as winners of the Watt Davy Cup.

Team that faces Yorkshire

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Durham County U18M announce squad for final campaign fixture against Yorkshire Rugby

Durham County U18M announce squad for final campaign fixture against Yorkshire Rugby

Durham County U18M welcome Yorkshire this weekend in their final fixture of their 2017/18 campaign where they look to make it three from three for another year.

Durham have dominated their campaign so far with a 52- 25 victory over Northumberland and a 38-0 victory away to Cumbria.

In last years competiton, Durham did not face Yorkshire so this shall be a different test for the side.

The game will take place at West Hartlepool RFC, 2pm KO

Check out the side to take to the field below;


  Forename Surname School Club
1 Ethan Hall Barnard Castle School Bishop Auckland
2 Andrew Bain QE 6th form College Darlington Mowden Park
3 Daniel Chambers Thorp Academy Ryton
4 Shane Ivey East Durham College Hartlepool
5 James Murphy Conyers 6th Form College Billingham
6 Daniel Lax Gateshead College Ryton
7 Edward Anderson Yarm School Yarm
8 Jordan Mckee Yarm School  
9 Max Pepper Barnard Castle School  
10 Alex Smith Emmanuel College Durham City
11 Joe Ross Hartlepool 6th Form College Billingham
12 Callum Piert   Darlington Mowden Park
13 Alfie Lawson Hartlepool 6th Form College Billingham
14 Ratu Bavadra Gateshead College Gateshead
15 Elliott Trott Emmanuel College  


H/FR 16 Kyle Elliott   Durham City
FR 17 Leo Heslop Gateshead College Durham City
  18 Luke Hawkins   Gateshead
  19 Nick Blowey Durham School Durham City
  20 Harry Beadling QE 6th form College Billingham
  21 Ross Craig   Gateshead

 The game will be refereed by; Riki Handa with assistance from: Rebecca Rees & Simon Williams and Sponsored by Charles Stanley Wealth Managers


Best of Luck!

Durham County U18M reign champions once more following Cumbria clash

Durham County U18M reign champions once more following Cumbria clash


Durham County U18 Men took the journey to Bishop Burton College to play Cumbria in the second of the North of England selectors days.

Pictured: Team photo following Cumbria victory


The visitors showed their dominance in a quick running game winning 38-0.

Despite an overpowering display from Durham, Cumbria did not give up on the performance and played with intent throughout.

Phil Lax, Durham U18M Manager said: ” When we relaxed and executed our quick running game, we scored some excellent try’s playing expansive, exciting rugby.

Durham seemed to drop off a little in spells of the second half and were disappointed not to have scored more points.

“But all in all, it was another excellent result and performance from a squad who are growing together.”

Tries on the day came from; Alfie Lawson (x2), Joe Ross, Jack Hudson, Edward Anderson and Kyle Elliott with Callum Piert adding eight points with his boot.

Lax added: “Our energy, work rate and defence was excellent today and the speed we played with was cutting edge on the performance.”

A special mention to travelling reserves, Luke Hawkins ,Leo Heslop, Nick Blowey and Zac Ivey who are very much a part of the success of our group this season.

Lax finished saying: “We recognise we still have things to work on going into the last training session and last game but feel confident in the teams ability.”

Durham are set for their third and final fixture on Sunday, December, 17 against Yorkshire at West Hartlepool Rugby Club.


Durham County Girls prepare to take on Cumbria as they announce squads

Durham County Girls prepare to take on Cumbria as they announce squads

Durham County representative girls sides prepare for their last fixture of the 2017/2018 campaign as they welcome Cumbria on Sunday.

After a mixture of results so far in their campaign, lots of hard work and determination, both sides will look to turn home advantage in to winning advantage.

Take a look at the squads to take to thre field on Sunday at Ryton RFC;

U15G Squad

​​Millie​ ​Swinburne,​ ​Grace​ ​Trimble,​ ​​ ​Abbie​ ​Beattie, Nicole​ ​Johnston,​ ​Ellie​ ​Thirkell,​ ​Jasmine​ ​Hendin,​ ​Keira Throw,​ ​Tamsin​ ​Thompson,​ ​Anna​ ​Scott,​ ​April​ ​Ishida,​ ​Grace Metcalf,​ ​Hannah​ ​Rollingson,​ ​Jess​ ​White,​ ​Megan​ ​Lawrence, Lucy​ ​Capenhurst,​ ​Olivia​ ​Lindsay,​ ​Maddy​ ​Graham,​ ​Faith Spence,​ ​Niamh​ ​Swailes,​ ​Libby​ ​Williams,​ ​Melissa​ ​Saunders and Ellie​ ​Railton

U18​G Squad

Hope​ ​Armstrong,​ ​Maddy​ ​Craggs,​ ​Sophie Derbyshire,​ ​Olivia​ ​Davison,​ ​Meghan​ ​Gardner,​ ​Maisey Lloyd,​ ​Ellie​ ​Pigford,​ ​Dannah​ ​Ryan-Munden,​ ​Mia Simpson,​ ​Kate​ ​Smith,​ ​Sarah​ ​Thear,​ ​Megan​ ​Woodward

Chloe​ ​Broom,​ ​Nina​ ​Buckton,​ ​Georgia​ ​Burnyeat, Eden​ ​Button,​ ​Jess​ ​Clabby,​ ​Olivia​ ​Forester,​ ​Erin​ ​High, Caitlin​ ​Render,​ ​Anna​ ​Tuvotu and​ ​Lucy​ ​Wharrier


Best of luck everyone!

Upcoming Events

  • February 25, 2018
    • U15s Age Grade Cup Semi F2:00 pmThis is the play on or play before date for the U15s Age Grade Cup semi final which will see the winners of the two frames head into a final together.
    • U15s Age Grade Plate Semi F2:00 pmThis is the play on or before date for the Age Grade Plate semi finals. The winners of the games will play one another for the Plate title in the final.
  • February 26, 2018
    • Durham County Schools Union Meeting4:30 pmDurham County Schools Union will meet at Durham City RFC to discuss all things schools rugby and set plans for the next academic year.
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