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Durham County opens applications for the U17’s Boys upcoming season

Durham County RFU open applications for the upcoming season for U17 Boys  

The new U17’s County Season is nearly underway and we are calling for nominations for this year’s teams. As always we are looking for the best of the best, the player that makes you GASP!

But you don’t have much time to get your entries in.

Due to a tight timescale, the nominations have to be returned by 28th January 2019.

If you have a player in mind, please click here for more information.

Win for Durham County U18 boy’s against Northumberland at Kingston Park

Durham County U18’s Boys win against Northumberland in final fixture 


Durham County U18’s Boys at Kingston Park


On Sunday 13th January Durham County U18 Boy’s played Northumberland in there last fixture of the season at Kingston Park.

Northumberland 22 – Durham 31 

Durham U18’s retained the Watt Davy trophy with a good win over Northumberland.

After a first half of missed chances from Durham, the sides where locked at 12-12 at the break with try’s for Dylan Penny and Captain Shan Ivey. An excellent conversion was then scored, against the wind, from Ralph Makepeace.

The second half Durham took control and eased out to a 31-12 lead with score from Shane Ivey with his second Gabriel Wray and James Pearson with Ralph Makepeace slotting 2 further conversions but the last 10 minutes we took our foot of the gas and to Northumberland’s credit (who kept going guided by their excellent Fly Half) scored 2 well worked try’s, with the last scored right on full time. This gave the game a more balanced look.

Lots of Durham boys impressed over the season and we now wait with anticipation to find out which players will be invited to the North of England Trials.

Best of luck!

Also, a special thank you to the injured players who came and supported the team – Joe Ross and Chris West. 

Well done Durham, a great way to end the season with a win…

A huge thank you for the coaching team for all their hard work throughout the season: 
Chris Webb, 
Tamara Taylor
Daniel Finney 
Dan Burns 
David Hill 


Thank you, 

Phil Lax 

Date Change for County U18 session

Statement for the date change;

The planned County U18 session for the 19th has to be moved by one week to the 26th of November.

The session will be at Darlington Mowden Park with 6.45pm registration for a 7pm start.

The reason for the move of the session is to ensure we comply with the annual RFU calendar of events and not have any activity out with our allotted time for this years u18 county sessions. Please confirm that you can make this date and we will confirm the location in the next few days.

Thanks for your understanding.


U18 Management team

Durham County RFU open applications for the upcoming seasons U18 Boys

Durham County RFU open applications for the upcoming seasons U18 Boys


Durham County Rugby Football are pleased to announced that they are accepting nominations for this seasons U18 Boys players.

But, you only have SIX days to get your entries in to our Pathway Manager, David Hill.

Due to a tight timescale, the nominations have to be returned by October, 24 and the first session will run on October, 28.

We wish you all the best of luck and hope to see lots of talent in the squad, again this year!

You can take a look at the nominations letter, here! 

Durham Representative Committee launches new County Coaches application process

Durham Representative Committee launches new County Coaches application process

Durham County RFU are pleased to announce a new application process open to anyone that wishes to be a representative coach. 

We take great pride in our County Representative teams, and thanks to our valued volunteers we have not been short of our success.

Our most recent, saw our Senior Men make it all the way to the Bill Beaumont Division Two Final at Twickenham in May, beating Warwickshire to be titled the 2017/18 Champions.

But, we are always looking for new coaches, volunteers and members to join the programme and build on our success.

So, if you think this could be your next challenge, or you just want to get involved in some way then check out the following role descriptions and  APPLY ONLINE HERE before Oct, 31.

Please be aware that our coaching programmes run at different times in the year; U15 Male (Feb – March), U16 Male (Jan -March), U17 Male (Jan – April), U18 Male (Oct – Jan), U15 Female (Feb – March), U18 Female (Jan – March).
U20 Men, Senior Men, Senior Women (April – May).


As well as our county programme, we also have a talented players programme called DPP for ages U13 – U15 males. If you wish to get involved in that, please contact David Hill: 

Durham County Sevens Winners receive silverware and a ticket through to National Final

Durham County Sevens Winners receive silverware and a ticket through to National Final

Billingham Men and Sunderland Ladies represented Durham County in the Regional RFU Sevens competition at West Park Leeds RFC.

After topping their groups and winning their finals at the Durham County 7s tournament at Billingham, the hosts Men and Sunderland Ladies were invited down to the regional competition.


In the Ladies competition there were a number of drop outs leaving the Flames to play Preston Grasshoppers, Harrogate Ladies and West Park Leeds in a round robin event.

Across on the other pitch, the Billingham Men took to the field against Mighty Peth, Northern Assassins, Ilkley and International Gents.

Both the Billingham Men and the Sunderland Ladies came away winners on the day.
The ladies won the Regional Plate final 34-14 against Preston Grasshoppers, while Billingham Men won two out of three pool games to face International Gents in the cup Final. Despite a 29-17 defeat to International Gents, as Cup runners up, Billingham will travel to the England Rugby 24/7 National Final at Bath at the end of the month.

Billingham Men pick up runners up prize in Cup Final


Scorers across the day came from a number of players within the Flames including; Becky Robson, Clarissa Murphy, Jenny Cox, Karen Donkin, Kirsty Paterson, Olivia Davison and Steph Maddison, while all of the Billingham Men players picked up a try too.

Peter Evans, Billingham Men’s Coach, said: “Everyone scored on the day, but a special mention goes out the youngsters, 18 year old Alfie Lawson and 17 year old Joe Ross.

“They both stood up well on the senior stage and performed for the benefit of the team.”

In the Ladies competition, last year’s champions West Park Leeds went on to win the cup final against Harrogate.

Evans added; “It is a fantastic achievement for a young bunch.

“We played against regular 7s squads who are put together from far and wide, with much more experience in the shorter game than us.

In our cup final we were down to nine men, due to injuries and anyone who has played 7s will know it is a squad game and it was hard work out in the heat.

“Fortunately as we all play regularly together and have a tight squad we managed to get up to speed quickly and turn things around.

“The trip will give some of the lads who have not played on a bigger stage the experience and exposure which will benefit them in the long run.”

The National Final will be played via an online stream, with a total of eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams competing to be named the best amateur Sevens side in the Country.

Durham County RFU would like to wish the best of luck to Billingham in the final event.

View the pictures from the Durham County Sevens qualifier by Sally Evans, here. 

By Clarissa Murphy

Durham Men triumphant at Twickenham to take Bill Beaumont Division Two Championship title

Durham Men triumphant at Twickenham to take Bill Beaumont Division Two Championship title 

Durham County Senior Men claim the Bill Beaumont Division Two Championship title in a 46-12 victory over Warwickshire at Twickenham.

CHAMPIONS: Durham Senior Men lifting the Bill Beaumont Division Two plate at Twickenham


The Durham lads kicked off the game heading into the opponents half with the first of many strong carries from Danny Dixon.

Showing their abilities early, Euan Tremlett and Sean Moloney wormed their way through the Warwickshire defence with speed and agility putting the Warwickshire side on the back foot.

Despite a failed sixth minute attempt for the posts, Josh Bragman boot kick started the scoring with a 3-0 lead in the thirteenth minute.

Warwickshire’s first sight of the Durham’s half came in the 20th minute with a kick for touch seeing Durham steal the first of several defensive line out ball through Dixon and Tom Larder.

The first promising break for the posts came through Durham’s Ralph Appleby, but lost in the offload, Warwickshire were on the attack.

The leaders second appearance on the board followed another break through the defence, coming from Martin Foley, stopped short of the line it was down to Bragman to add a penalty to lead 6-0.

A change from the bench saw Peter Homan making instant impact as he sent Jack McPhillips over, but with the try disallowed the Durham side set up again in the 22 with a carry from Callum Whitehead creating the platform for wide attack. Conner Foley set the back line away with Dixon out wide to make the last carry over the line for a converted try by Bragman to conclude the first half scores at 13-0.

Returning the field, the North East guests were straight back on the board with a driving maul leading the way for Dixon to cross over for a converted try by Bragman.

As momentum continued to build, Durham played their fast paced attacking game with Hopley, McPhillips and Luke Wilson expanding out wide, as play jolted at the 22, it quickly switched wings with Moloney crossing over in the left corner to extend the lead to 27-0 through Bragman’s boot.

Durham’s dominating lead fired the opposition away in the 56th minute as they retaliated with pressure in the 22 resulting in one unconverted try and a converted try to trail 27-12 as Appleby took to the sin bin.

Remaining focused with the prize at stake, Durham’s Rob Stanwix, Larder and Kieran Clark put strong tackles in to end any Warwickshire chances of attack.

The dominating Durham side continued to play the quick, fiery game that had proved dividend throughout to secure a further two converted tries through Moloney and Stanwix before the side were forced into phase ball on the ten metre line setting Taliete Vaioleti up for the final try of the game, converted once more by Bragman to conclude champions with a 46-12 reign over Warwickshire.

2017/2018: Durham Senior Men and staff outside the Spirit of Rugby, Twickenham


Chris Wearmouth, Durham Senior Men Captain said: “We are over the moon as a team, it is a great achievement for us and a fantastic occasion.

“To play at Twickenham is the pinnacle of county rugby, and we thank the RFU for that opportunity.

“We had a great squad out today and they have all brought into the Championship which has made the win possible.

“Personally, I played here three years ago and we lost so to come here today and right the wrong is something we will never forget.”

Pictured: Coach Andrew Bagget with Manager Gus Miller with Championship Plate, and Coach Wearmouth with team photo presented by the RFU

In addition to picking up the Championship title, Max Connon and Conner Foley were both awarded their County caps for five Championship appearance.

A video of the trip to Twickenham will follow in the coming weeks, so keep a look out!

By Clarissa Murphy

Preview: Durham Men prepare for Bill Beaumont Division Two final at Twickenham

Preview: Durham Men prepare for Bill Beaumont Division Two final at Twickenham


Durham County Senior Men announce the squad to face Warwickshire in the Bill Beaumont Division Two final at Twickenham.

Following three graceful and hard fought victories, the Durham Men have earned their spot at the home of rugby, on Sunday.

The side topped the table in pool one with fourteen points after a 64-5 victory over Cumbria, a triumphant 99-7 reign over Staffordshire and a hard fought 32-10 win over Leicestershire.

Throughout the Championship, players have made appearances from across the County including; Barnard Castle, Billingham, Darlington Mowden Park, Hartlepool, Hartlepool Rovers, South Shields Westoe and West Hartlepool.

2017/18 squad: team photo against Cumbria


Gus Miller, Durham County Men’s Coach said: “We have had three tough games, but we have gone out and stuck to our game plan and the results have followed.

“The Leicestershire game was a great end to the pool fixtures, it was hard fought and a great note to end on heading into Twickenham.”

Durham’s finalists opponents for Sunday completed their Championship in pool two with three victories over; Hampshire, Somerset and the North Midlands.

The team to take the field at Twickenham is;
1. Michael Hughes (Barnard Castle)
2. Tom Larder (Harrogate)
3. Ralph Appleby (DMP)
4. Chris Wearmouth – Capt (Barnard Castle)
5. Talite Vaioleti (DMP)
6. Callum Whitehead (Hartlepool Rovers)
7.  Euan Tremlett (Middlesbrough)
8. Danny Dixon (Billingham)
9. Connor Foley (Middlesbrough)
10. Josh Bragman (DMP)
11. Sean Moloney (Middlesbrough)
12. Peter Youll (West Hartlepool)
13. Jack McPhillips (Middlesbrough)
14. Martin Hopley (Billingham)
15. Max Connon (Carlisle)

16. Kieran Clarke (Middlesbrough)
17. Charlie Purkiss McEndoo (Harrogate)
18. Andrew Kirton (South Shields Westoe)
19. Rob Stanwix (Barnard Castle)
20. Callum Burke (DMP)
21. Peter Homan (Middlesbrough)
22. Luke Wilson (Billingham)

Travelling Reserves

23. Tom Johnson (Hartlepool)
24. Ryan Foreman (Hartlepool Rovers)


Durham will begin their trip south on Saturday afternoon for an overnight stay ahead of the fixture.

The North East side will round off the day of events at Head Quarters as they follow the Barbarians match and kick off at 5.15pm. The match will be available through live stream on

By Clarissa Murphy