Category: Women & Girls

England Inner Warrior camps return to Durham County to grow the female game

England Inner Warrior camps return to Durham County to grow the female game


England Rugby launch the return of the ‘Inner Warrior’ camps and, Durham County look to grow their number of Women and Girls players with eight Clubs hosting an event.

The Inner Warrior camps first launched last year, as a campaign by England Rugby to get Women and Girls in to rugby union.

It is the chance to try rugby for the first time or even pick up a ball again after a break.

Warrior camps are the perfect way to get your 2018 goals off to a flying start; say yes to more, improve your fitness, meet new people and more.

Throughout Durham County, there are ten camps taking place across the eight clubs.

First to kick start the camps were, Ryton RFC on Saturday as they welcomed over 20 girls for their taster session with, four new faces.

Pictured; Ryton RFC Inner warrior, 2017/18


Check out the camps up next;


Girls – ages 11 – 17 join the club for a Friday evening of fun, games and non-contact rugby.

Friday, Jan, 19 @ 6pm



Women and Girls – two camps, one evening and all for free.

Friday, Jan, 19 @ 7pm



Women – between ages 17 and 100 come along for a fun morning of rugby! A chance to try something new at the same time as others, and you might even like it.

Sunday, Jan, 21 @ 11am



Girls – ages 11 – 17 welcome to come along to join the team!

Sunday, Jan, 21 @ 1pm



Girls – ages 11 – 17 come along for a night of fun, games and a little bit of rugby!

Wednesday, Jan, 24 @ 7pm



Women and Girls – That means an evening for mums, daughters, sisters, friends, aunties, grandmas and more!

Thursday, Jan, 25 – Girls @ 6pm and Women @ 7.30pm



Girls – Ages 11 – 17 welcome to come along and join a growing girls section at the club!

Friday, Jan, 26 @ 6pm


What are the camps for?

They were designed to introduce you to the sport with ease and lots of fun. Inner Warrior camps are a platform to encourage all ages, abilities and experienced females to get involved.

It is a chance to learn the basics, get an introduction to the contact side of the game but mostly, to have fun!.

Rugby is all about, enjoyment, sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline and respect and this will be shadowed in all of the camps around Durham County and the Country.

After a huge boost of women and girls playing rugby in 2017, England Rugby hope this years, 185 planned Inner Warrior camps across the county will have the same affect.

Since its initial launch, over 10,500 women have attended Warrior Camps nationwide; and of those women, 3,500 had never picked up a rugby ball before.

As a result of the camps, a high interest from women and girls rugby echoed, resulting in an influx of players joining 41 new contact rugby club teams in 2017.

As well, women’s rugby continues to show its worth as it breaks records – female participation in rugby has increased 215% since 2013, making it one of the fastest growing team sports for women in England.

Still got more questions? Check out the poster below for all you need to know…


Be a apart of the continued growth in Durham County and sign up to your #InnerWarrior camp now!

New year, new coaching goals: Newcastle Falcons coaching masterclass

New year, new coaching goals: Newcastle Falcons coaching masterclass


The Newcastle Falcons have teamed up with Durham County RFU and RFU professional staff to bring you some coaching masterclasses from our, Tyneside Falcons players.

As the masterclasses are set up through England Rugby, they will add on to your growing coaching license upon completion.

All you have to do is sign up online and go along to learn more!

falcons masterclass


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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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!

Vaccancy: Rugby Safe Manager

Rugby Safe Manager Wanted


Durham County Rugby Football Union are looking for a Rugby Safe Manager, if you are passionate about making rugby safe then you could be just who we are looking for!

Check out the role below and get in touch at: for more information;

CB Rugby Safe Manager

Update: Check out the latest Durham County Girls Calendar

Update: Check out the latest Durham County Girls Calendar 

As the season is in full swing, festvials, fixtures, schools games and Natwest Competitions are seeing lots of female players across Durham getting to experience rugby!

Check out the latest Durham County Girls Calendar and make sure you have the dates in your clubs diaries to attend as much as possible, even if it is to support and spectate!

Durham Girls Calendar's 2017-18


Durham County U15 Girls announce squad to face Yorkshire

Durham County U15 Girls announce squad to face Yorkshire


Durham County U15 Girls prepare to welcome Yorkshire U15G as they name their squad.

The girls will take to the field this Sunday for the first of three games in their 2017/2018 campaign.

Players that have been selected from the training squad are as follows:

Codie Bates West Hartlepool RFC
Jess White Ryton RFC
Abbie Turnbull Horden and Peterlee RUFC
Ellie Thirkell Horden and Peterlee RUFC
Niamh Swailes Ryton RFC
Grace Metcalf Ryton RFC
Tamsin Thompson Horden and Peterlee RUFC
Hannah Rollingson Ryton RFC
Abbie Beattie Hartlepool Rovers RFC
Katie Johnson Ryton RFC
Millie Swinburn Barnard Castle RFC
Lucy Capenhurst Ryton RFC
Anna Scott Ryton RFC
Maddy Graham Ryton RFC
Nicole Johnston Hartlepool Rovers RFC
Jasmin Hendin Horden and Peterlee RUFC
Keira Throw Horden and Peterlee RUFC
April Ishida Ryton RFC
Megan Lawrence Ryton RFC
Amy Kirby Hartlepool Rovers RFC
Grace Trimble Hartlepool Rovers RFC
Lucy Simpson Ryton RFC

Well done to everyone selected and best of luck 

The next game will see the Durham side play locals, Northumberland at Tynedale on November, 19 at 2pm.

Durham County U18 Girls prepare for Yorkshire clash as they name squad

Durham County U18 Girls prepare for Yorkshire Clash as they name squad

Durham County U18 Girls take on Yorkshire this Sunday in their first of three fixtures in the 2017/18 campaign.

The game will kick off at 2pm at Darlington RFC, Black Meadows.

The team is as follows:

Hope Armstrong Horden and Peterlee RFC
Maddison Craggs Horden and Peterlee RFC
Olivia Davidson Bishop Auckland RFC
Sophie Derbyshire Hartlepool Rovers RFC
Meghan Gardner Darlington Mowden Park
Maisey Lloyd Horden and Peterlee RFC
Ellie Pigford Horden and Peterlee RFC
Dannah Ryan-Muden Horden and Peterlee RFC
Mia Simpson Darlington Mowden Park
Kate Smith Ryton RUFC
Sarah Thear Ryton RUFC
Megan Woodward Bishop Auckland RFC
Alysha Bell Darlington Mowden Park
Chloe Broom Horden and Peterlee RFC
Sophie Brunskill Bishop Auckland RFC
Nina Buckton Horden and Peterlee RFC
Georgia Burnyeat Ryton RUFC
Eden Button Bishop Auckland RFC
Jess Clabby Ryton RUFC
Olivia Forester Houghton RFC
Molly Hadfield Bishop Auckland
Caitlin Render Horden and Peterlee RFC
Lucy Wharrier Horden and Peterlee RFC

Best of luck to you all and enjoy wearing the Durham jersey.

To find out more about the U18s 2017/18 campaign see here

Durham County Women and Girls proudly release their first monthly newsletter

Durham County Women and Girls proudly release their first monthly newsletter


The womens game has been growing for some time now and Durham County are proud to demonstarate that growth as they release their first montly newsletter.

There are clubs across the County doing great things for the Women and Girls game and that has been captured by, Sally Evans of Bishop Auckland in this newsletter.

Since the Womens’ Rugby World Cup, the season has taken off back home and we have seen 53 new women into the game through our Inner Warior events across the region.
We are moving with the game!

Take a look at the first edition and do not miss out on your say, email in if you have something to add for the next one!

County Girls and Ladies Newsletter Sept 2017.pdf

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As well as the first ever newsletter, we now have a Women and Girls dedicated map to help you navigate your way around the Durham County based teams and see what they can offer you!

Check it out here

Durham County U18s announce training squad following trials

Durham County U18s announce training squad following trials


Durham County U18 Girls held their trials on Sunday for all nominated players to showcase their talent.

Darlington Rugby Club welcomed a record number of girls for the U15 and U18 trials.

This year, Durham County Coaches held two coaching camps throughout the summer for any players to attend to get a taste for county level.

Following nominations from clubs and schools, players were invited to the first trial session to demonstrate their abilities in a round of five 15 minute games of rugby.

Congratulations to the following girls that will continue to battle for places as we approach games.

Well done to all that attended and got involved!


First Name



Hope Armstrong Horden & Peterlee
Alysha Bell DMP
Chloe Broom Horden & Peterlee
Sophie Brunskill Bishop Auckland
Nina Buckton Horden & Peterlee
Georgia Burnyeat Ryton
Eden Button Bishop Auckland
Jess Clabby Ryton
Abbie Corrigan Horden & Peterlee
Maddison Craggs Horden & Peterlee
Olivia Davison Bishop Auckland
Sophie Derbyshire Hartlepool Rovers
Olivia Forester Houghton
Molly Gardener Horden & Peterlee
Megan Gardner DMP
Molly Hadfield Bishop Auckland
Erin High Sunderland
Maisey Lloyd Horden & Peterlee
Fiona MacFarlane Bishop Auckland
Evie Peacock Barnard Castle
Ellie Pigford Horden & Peterlee
Caitlin Render Horden & Peterlee
Dannah Ryan-Munden Horden & Peterlee
Mia Simpson DMP
Kate Smith Ryton
Lauren Swales Hartlepool Rovers
Sarah Thear Ryton
Anna Tuvotu DMP
Lucy Wharrier Horden & Peterlee
Megan Woodward Bishop Auckland

Upcoming Events

  • January 20, 2018
    • Referee T&D
      7:00 pm

      This will take place at Durham City RFC.

  • January 24, 2018
    • Durham safeguarding meeting
      6:30 pm

      Durham Clubs are invited to Sunderland RFC where Richard Smallbone (RFU Safeguarding Manager) will be in attendance to answer questions and give a talk on safeguarding audits.
      There will be refreshments upon arrival.

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