Category: county teams

Charles Stanley as Durham County RFU Sponsor

Durham County are proud to say that Charles Stanley are a leading sponsor of Durham County Representative Rugby teams.

Charles Stanley and Durham County RFU are a great match as both have long and stable track records, having been around since 1792 and 1876 respectively, demonstrating strength and resilience.

Today, Charles Stanley is one of the leading investment management companies in the UK, dedicated to serving the private investor.  The company is proud to be supporting all of the teams representing Durham County and helping them to be the best in their respective age groups.  Like these dedicated players we aim to be the best, focusing on performance and putting our clients and supporters at the heart of everything we do.  

David Hill, Durham County Player Pathway Manager said

“We are delighted to have Charles Stanley on board to support our male and female representative teams and pathway. We have already benefited from some fantastic new playing kit for all age groups. We look forward to growing the partnership over the coming seasons and continuing to develop our sport in Durham County.” 

Durham County RFU U20’s to take on Oxfordshire RFU U20’s in Jason Leonard Under 20’s County Championship

Durham County U20’s host Oxfordshire at home for the 3rd Game of 2018/2019 season at Gateshead RFC Sunday 31st March

The game finished with a win for Durham County, score Durham 52 : Oxfordshire 5.

A Total points of 52 came from the following players – Murray, King, Lawson, Hodgeson, Walton, Holmes (Tries) and Ridley (Conversion and penalty). 

To see more information and the full squad list, please click here

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