Category: Schools News

LIVE: We are here to connect your Schools and Clubs through the new MAP!

LIVE: The Durham County Schools Union Map for Schools and Clubs 

We have launched the Schools Union map to help clubs and schools interlink and provide as much information as possible for YOU to take advantage of. The aim is to help parents, players and teachers connect with their nearest club teams at age grade level to get children making an easy and fun transition into the game. We will look to develop this map further with as we add more schools, more details and get more of you using it! We hope it is a helpful tool!

Durham County Schools Union Schools and Clubs

This map is to help navigate Durham County Schools Union affiliated schools as well as other rugby playing schools with their local clubs in Durham. If you would like to add your school to the map please get in touch with us at: We hope you find this very helpful and it leads clubs to schools and schools to clubs to expand the link between the two and get more children enjoying playing rugby!


Durham County Schools Union: Update three

Durham County Schools Union: Update three 

This terms Durham County Schools Union Update includes; success stories, sevens competitions, a chance to have your say and of course, most important the launch of our Schools Union MAP!

The Map is a great tool to use to connect schools and clubs with one another, providing contact details and information about the club, we look to build on this platform as we add more schools and more contact details for schools.

Please share the map and encourage people to use it to find out more!


Durham County RFU look to empower the youth of game with the help of RFU staff

Durham County RFU look to empower the youth of game with the help of RFU staff


Durham County RFU are forming  a ‘Youth Council’ to empower the next generation of the game and grow the game from its roots.

By creating a Youth Council, a group of selected individuals will be responsible for; growing the game, representing the County and being ambassadors for the the game we love… RUGBY!

The posts are open to members from clubs, schools, universities, colleges and more.

For more information and how to apply see the forms below. Candidates will be invited to a selection day on April, 26 from 4pm.

Are you right for the job?
Terms of Reference - DCYC - Edit
Think it is for you? Fill out the application form below

Return your application by midnight March, 31 to Matt Bryan, Durham RDO:

Download the application here 

Durham Youth Council Application Form (2)
Code of Conduct 
Code of conduct - DCYC - edit


We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you!


Durham County Schools Union: An exciting U14s tournament

Durham County Schools Union: An exciting U14s tournament 


Over ten Durham County Schools gathered at Egglescliffe School to play in an ‘exciting’ U14s Sevens tournament.

After a successful start to the sevens tournament with the U18s, Durham County Schools Union volunteers continue to provide competitive tournaments for each age grade.

Pictured: Durham County Schools U14 Sevens


The U14s seven’s was described as an “exciting and demanding day for all the participants,” said John Pearson, Durham County Schools Union Secretary.

The Eleven participating schools played in three pools of four, giving each school at least three games to play. The three top winners from the pools proceeded to the semi-final with a fourth, being promoted by means of having the best points scored percentage.

Pictured: Durham County Schools U14 Sevens


In the semi final, Barnard Castle had a victorious 17 -5 game against hosts Egglescliffe while on the other side of the pitch,  Emmanuel took on Durham School losing 26-5.

Proceeding to the final, Barnard Castle were the only team to mark the scoreboard with a convincing 27-0 victory over Durham School.

Pearson added a special thanks to Egglescliffe School for hosting at late notice and to the Durham County Schools Union committee members making the festival both possible and a success.

Schools involved include: Durham School, St Johns Catholic School and Sixth Form, High Tunstall, Lord Lawson, Barnard Castle School, Kepier School, Emmanuel College, Egglescliffe, Manor CA, Durham Johnston and Grindon Hall.


The next Schools Sevens tournament is: the U16s which is to take place at Barnard Castle School on Wednesday, March 8 from 1.30pm.

Schools Union: Schools U18s launch start of sevens tournaments

Durham County Schools Union Sevens Tournament launches


U18s: In action at Yarm School

Durham County Schools Union launched their first of six, seven’s schools tournaments yesterday at Yarm School.

There were six teams involved in various matches, with two teams from Barnard Castle School, one each from, Durham, Yarm, Lord Lawson and Emmanuel.

All of the teams had a fair chance at game time playing three matches each. The winning teams of the first rounds continued to play the winning teams of each game and the losers of the first games played the other losers from each game.

Durham School came out winners of the Cup after beating Barnard Castle School in the last game where it was all to be played for.

U18s: In action at Yarm School

John Pearson, Durham County RFU Schools Union Secretary said: “It was a well organised event and the lads seemed to enjoy themselves despite it being a bit on the cold side.

“Various School teachers involved in the Schools Union voluntarily got stuck in to help organise these events and it is thanks to them they are a success.”

The next Seven’s games are as follows:

U14 – @Yarm on Tuesday February, 28

U16 – @BCS on Wednesday March, 8 

U15 – @Durham School on Tuesday March, 21

U12 – @Durham School on Thursday March, 23

U13 – @BCS on Thursday March, 30

Durham U16s training squad trimmed ready for Yorkshire game

Durham U16s training squad trimmed ready for Yorkshire game


After hours of deliberation the extremely difficult task of selecting a 29 player training Squad for the game with Yorkshire has been completed.
The coaching team will then have to select a playing 23 with two travelling reserves.

The training squad is:

1.Ethan Hall – Barnard Castle School
2.Luke Hawkins – Gateshead RFC
3.Charlie Caswell – West Hartlepool RFC
4.Nick Blowey – Durham City RFC
5. Fred Lockwood – Barnard Castle School
6. Stephen Carrick – Darlington RFC
7. Will Dexter – Billingham RFC
8.William Elliott – Durham City RFC
9. Zak Swan –
10. James Borthwick – West Hartlepool RFC
11. Conor Martin – Darlington Mowden Park RFC
12. Josh Hanson -Durham City RFC
13. Shane Ivey (C) – Hartlepool RFC
14. Sam Gate – Billingham RFC
15. Ryan Andrew Walsh – Billingham RFC
16. Chris West – Houghton RFC


17. Max Pepper – Barnard Castle School
18. John Guy – Westoe RFC
19. Caleb Ellis –
20. Luke Pearson – Billingham RFC
21. Alex Smith – Durham City RFC
22. Cameron Mather – Gateshead RFC
23. Mathew Price – Barnard Castle School
24. Sam Wilson – Billingham RFC
25. Sam Douglass – Middlesborough RFC
26. Leon Turnbull –
27. Joe Ross – Billingham RFC
28. Max Thompson – Stockton RFC
29. Ethan Crawford – Bishop Auckland RFC

Manager, Phil Lax said:  “Well done to all the players selected and you owe it to the guys that didn’t quite make it to work as hard as you can to justify your selection.”

The final match day 23 man squad will be announced next week.

Training will also take place at Ryton RFC on Monday, 13 and Friday, 17 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm

To see more on the U16s see here 

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Durham U16s: Teams announced to face Northumberland

Durham County U16s face Northumberland this Sunday (05/02) in their 2016/17 County campaign.

Durham U16s: Away to Cumbria team huddle

The teams to face the Northumberland Jacobite’s and Reivers are: 


Durham County Princes:1pm kick off

1. Ethan Hall – Barnard Castle School
2. Luke Hawkins (Vice Capt) – Gateshead RFC
3. Charlie Caswell – West Hartlepool RFC
4. Nick Blowey – Durham City RFC
5. Freddie Lockwood – Barnard Castle School
6. Stephen Carrick – Darlington RFC
7. Will Dexter – Billingham RFC
8. Will Elliott – Durham City RFC
9. Luke Pearson – Billingham RFC
10. Alex Smith – Durham City RFC
11. Cameron Mather – Gateshead RFC
12. Matthew Price – Barnard Castle School
13. Sam Wilson – Billingham RFC
14. Nick Ingram – Durham City RFC
15. Sam Douglass (Capt) – Middlesborough RFC

16. Harry Thompson – Billingham RFC
17. James Borthwick – West Hartlepool RFC
18. Rob Hardy – Barnard Castle School
19. Conor Martin – Darlington Mowden Park RFC
20. Leon Turnbull – Durham City RFC
21. Dylan Jones – Billingham RFC
22. Fletcher Jackson – Sunderland RFC
23. Joe Ross – Billingham RFC
24. Callum Piert – Durham City RFC

Durham County Bishops: 2.30pm Kick off
1. Ben Cooper – Darlington Mowden Park RFC
2. Joe Sawdon – Middlesbrough RFC
3. Josh Hanson – Durham City RFC
4. Owen Clarke –  Stockton RFC
5. Adam Brown – Darlington Mowden Park RFC
6. Thomas Jowett – Darlington Mowden Park RFC
7. Henry Fulford – Middlesbrough RFC
8. Shane Ivey (Capt) – Hartlepool RFC
9. Max Pepper – Barnard Castle School
10. Callum Pascoe – Westoe RFC
11. Luke Cooper – Billigham RFC
12. Johnny Guy – Westoe RFC
13. Max Thompson (Vice Capt) – Stockton RFC
14. Ethan Crawford – Bishop Auckland RFC
15. Farai Chikumbirlke – Sunderland RFC

16. Tom Hanson – Durham City RFC
17. Sam Gate – Billigham RFC
18. Jake Morrison – Billingham RFC
19. Reece Thompson – Sunderland RFC
20. Ben Feetham – Westoe RFC
21. Ryan Walsh – Billingham RFC
22. Tom Kell – Gateshead RFC
23. Tom Thornton – Billingham RFC
24. Joseph Hogan – Durham City RFC
25. Caleb Ellis – Barnard Castle School

All players to arrive for the games in number ones, shoes (no trainers) black/grey trousers (no jeans) white shirt and County Tie (if you have one) or club/school tie.
Also bring County playing white shorts and maroon socks plus any county warm up kit.

Goodluck lads!

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