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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

Durham County players announced in England Counties squad ahead of Romania Tour

Durham County players announced in England Counties squad ahead of Romania Tour


Durham County and Mowden Park triplet announced in the England Counties squad to tour to Romania.

England Counties Team Manager, Matt Long has confirmed a squad of 29 players to travel to Romania for the team’s three match tour.

The first game will see the side kick off with a warm up game on June, 1 against CSM Bucharest, followed by fixtures against Romania U23s and Romania A on June 5 and 8.

The three players that will make their debuts for England are; Ollie Hodgson, Warren Seals and Grant Connon.

(Left to Right: Photo Credit: DMP Pitchero; Grant Connon, Ollie Hodgson and Warren Seals)


The announcement comes ahead of the Bill Beaumont County Championship Division Two final at Twickenham on Sunday.

Throughout Durham’s Championship campaign, the Darlington Mown Park players have all made their impact to the sides success with three appearances from Hodgson, two from Connon and one from Seals with a total of five tries and thirteen conversions between them.

The players selected in the squad, represent a range of clubs and counties from across the country. As well as their fixtures, England Counties will be undertaking outreach work in Bucharest to help grow the game in Romania.

“We’re incredibly excited about the opportunity to tour Romania,” said Long.

“Representing your country is an unforgettable experience and for many of the players involved on the tour it will be the pinnacle of their rugby careers.

‘’Following up on a previous visit by England Counties in 2015, we are expecting a series of physical games which will test the new England Counties squad’’

England Counties will be hoping to continue their success from their last tour in Spain, having finished it unbeaten.

Other players that make up the squad feature from Counties including; Cornwall, East Midlands, Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, Leicestershire, North Midlands, Surrey and Yorkshire.

Durham County RFU wishes England Counties the Mowden lads the best of luck whilst on tour.


By Clarissa Murphy

Durham Senior Men victorious over Leicestershire to win the league and claim their spot in Twickenham Final

Durham Senior Men victorious over Leicestershire to win the league and claim their spot in Twickenham Final

Durham County Senior Men secure their spot at the Home of Rugby, Twickenham Stadium following their win over Leicestershire.

The Durham Men welcomed Leicestershire to the RFU 365 artificial grass pitch at Billingham for an exciting and fast paced game of rugby, ending 32-10 to the hosts.

One minute silence: Durham and Leicestershire aligned for a minutes silence in memory of Thomas Howard and Tom Baty.


Captain Peter Evans opened the scoring with the first of many points from his boot with a penalty in front of the posts to lead 3-0 in the eighth minute.

Just a few tackles, line breaks and off loads later, Leicestershire evened the score with a penalty through their fly half, Ricky Alley.

Taking back their lead, Durham’s Chris Wood tallied the first unconverted try on the board as he crossed over in the left hand corner to lead 8-3.

Durham began to find their feet going forward and demonstrated some great attacking play as their offloaded before contact, putting the visitors on the back foot.

At fly half, Evans controlled the game well with his boot relieving any pressure put on them in their half.

In the forward pack, Durham carried the ball well to allow the attacking line to reset at each play, to play their expansive game.

Down the left wing Sean Moloney added the last score before the break with an unstoppable try, breaking free of the defensive line, Evans conversion added security to lead 15-3 at half time.

Returning to the field, Durham maintained their posture and stuck at the task at hand as Conner Foley intercepted the visitors attack to run in under the posts for an easy converted try for Evans.

The visitors remained in the game despite the 22-3 deficit, forcing the Durham Men to be clinical in their defence to withstand their powerful forwards.

Durham’s final try was scored by Daniel Dixon with another bursting attack, finishing under the posts for Evans boot to add a further two points.

Leicestershire’s persistence and evident strengths finally made their mark on the board with a score from second row Chris Arnold, converted by Alley to trail 29-10.

Just moments before the final whistle, Captain Evans sailed his fifth and final ball between the posts with a penalty to see in a 32-10 victory.

Gus Miller, Durham County Senior Men Manager, said: “It was a hard fought game, as all three have been.

“But, it was a great game to conclude the championship, win the league and secure our spot at Head Quarters, with.

“Leicestershire were strong up front, with a tough pack but we stuck at the task and remained within our game plan to claim the victory.”

Durham Senior Men will hold their final training session on Thursday evening at Billingham RUFC ahead of Sunday’s match.

Miller added: “The players have come through the set up at all levels and their hard work has paid off.

“We would like to thank all the players, clubs and volunteers within the County that have contributed along the way.

“We would love as many supporters to come along and share this rare opportunity with us and see us step out at Twickenham Stadium.”

Durham Senior Men will play Warwickshire in the Division Two Final at Twickenham on Sunday May, 27 at 5.15pm.

The game will be broadcast live HERE, and if you are interested in tickets, please contact John Dove.


By Clarissa Murphy

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