Category: Women & Girls

Durham County RFU are seeking nominations for Women’s Senior Rugby



We are seeking nominations of appropriate ability players to be part of the County Senior Squad that will compete in the Gill Burns Women’s county competition.

 A programme of training sessions is being compiled with sessions at Hartlepool RUFC – Mayfield Park, Easington Rd, Hartlepool TS24 9BA

The sessions will take place 7pm till 8:30pm every Wednesday, with the first session starting Wednesday 20th March 2019.

Please contact Paul Geehan on 07854978358

Newcastle Falcons are hosting a meeting to discuss Women’s and Girls Rugby in the North East

Durham County are calling all Women’s and Girls representatives to attend the following meeting.

We have the following information from Jan, the Women and Girls representative for Durham County. Could you please pass this information on to the appropriate person/persons in your club. 

Just a head up that Newcastle Falcons are holding a meeting to discuss Women’s and Girls rugby in the North East and have asked that we invite all clubs with female teams along for a discussion. 

We now have a further information from Mick Hogan as the to the nature of this meeting and can only ask that as many of you as possible attend or get someone from your clubs to attend on your behalf. 

Mick has provided us with the following information: ”Yes its very much on our thinking to develop an elite Women’s team at Falcons. But we want to do it in a manner that complements all the work currently going on across the region for Women and Girls. How we do it in a way that further promotes the game in the region and is in no way to the detriments of any existing club. It’s also important that if we get to the highest levels we do it in the right way by earning any such place.” 

The meeting is in the Tap & Tackle bar on February 27th at 6:15pm, we understand this is sort notice but think it will be in the interest of Durham County Clubs to get as many representatives there as possible. 

If you require any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us on

Durham County RFU open applications for the upcoming seasons U15’s & U18’s Girls

Durham County RFU open applications for the upcoming seasons U15’s & U18’s Girls 

The new Girls County Season is nearly underway and we are calling for nominations for this year’s U15’s and U18’s teams.

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

Due to a tight timescale, the nominations have to be returned by January, 18th.

We have a brand new festival format this season that will see full XV, 7’s and X7’s rugby available to make sure we maximise the opportunities to develop our sport.

If you feel you are coaching a player that has the skills, the tenacity and ambition to take part and have fun with an amazing group of players then please send the following information to –

Full Name, DOB, Club, School/College, Position 1, Position 2, Favourite game – Full XV, 7’s or X7’s.  

Coaches supporting comments to support your applications. 

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

If you have any questions please contact David Hill, Player Pathway Manager on or directly on 07522758395

Durham County Schools’ Union Young Match Officials Programme proudly sponsored by Vic Young MG Motors’

Durham County Schools’ Union Young Match Officials Programme proudly sponsored by Vic Young MG Motors’

Durham Schools’ Union have partnered with Vic Young MG Motors’ to increase the number of Young Match Officials in the County.

Durham are pleased to announce one of their new sponsorship partnership with Vic Young car dealership, which will help the Schools’ Union provide referee qualifications and support for hundreds of young rugby ambassadors.

The Young Match Officials Programme has been designed to recruit school pupils to become level one and level two qualified referees.

Vic Young, Managing Director of the Dealership, said: “I have had many years’ of experience in rugby throughout the North East.

“And, I take pride in ensuring young people of the area take the opportunity of a well-balanced environment which I believe the rugby community offers to them.”

This opportunity will work with a cluster of affiliated Durham Schools’ to begin with, to provide Rugby Football Union accredited Quilter Kids First Refereeing courses and Refereeing the 15-aside game courses. The level one qualification will enable the pupils to referee up to U13, while the level two covers all ages.

YMO: Match Official shirts for Young Rugby volunteers

Young added: “At the risk of sounding corny, the people of the North East have been very generous with their support for the business in the last 45 years, and this is our way of putting something back!”

As well as opening the door to more young rugby volunteers and adding value to their rugby experience, this programme will also welcome Durham County Referee Society Mentors to shadow the rugby ambassadors and improve their confidence and knowledge of the game.

Durham is not only the first Schools’ Union to lead on such a programme, thanks to their sponsorship deal but they will also be the first to offer ‘Referee Caps’ to pupils that join the programme.

The referees will be invited to officiate at Durham Schools’ fixtures such as the County Cup and local festivals. By attending the events, they gain points in the YMO Schools’ table and Schools’ could be in with a chance of winning and RFU equipment pack.

John Pearson, Former Schools’ Union Secretary, said: “The average referee age in Durham, is ageing and this programme will enable us to challenge that by supporting a new feed of young ambassadors.

“This will hopefully invite more than just rugby players to the programme, and instead increase the pool of people involved in the game in the area.

“It is just the beginning of a fantastic opportunity for Durham Schools.”

If you would like to learn more about refereeing, please check out the latest course dates near you, or get in touch with Durham County at

Keep an eye out for more news on our YMO programme, and another monetary award confirmed, this week!

By Clarissa Murphy

Durham Schools’ Cup competition off to a flying start thanks to over 100 female players and sponsors Vic Yound Ltd

 Durham Schools’ Cup competition off to a flying start thanks to over 100 female players and sponsors Vic Young Ltd. 


Durham County Schools’ launched their 2018 Cup competition with over 130 girls playing rugby, and six brand new young match officials refereeing.

The Schools’ Union hosted the first of many competitions of the year, for the U13 and U15 girls schools’ teams in the County at West Hartlepool RFC, yesterday.

But, it was not only an exciting day of rugby with an impressive 96 tries, it also saw six of our newly qualified Young Match Officials take up the whistle and run four pitches of competitive rugby.

Students from Durham Johnston and St John’s Catholic Academy were part of the first wave of the Durham Schools’ Union Young Match Official programme sponsored by Vic Young Mitsubishi Motors’.

The afternoon of rugby saw three pitches of U15 girls rugby in action, while the U13s tackled it out in a pool of four on the bottom two pitches, seeing the competition off to a successful start with 15 games of rugby played.

Our next round will see the YR 12/13 Boys competition return to West Hartlepool while the YR 10/11 Boys divide between the North and South AGP pitches at Blaydon and Billingham, next Wednesday afternoon.

Take a look at the fabulous pictures captured by photographer, Sally Evans, HERE.

By Clarissa Murphy 

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 RFU have teamed up with Newcastle 2019 to offer a ‘Story of the Month’ prize

Durham County RFU have teamed up with Newcastle 2019 to offer a ‘Story of the Month’ prize


Durham County Rugby Football Union are pleased to announce that they will be giving away 20 free tickets to the European Champions Challenge Cup Final, each month.

This prize scheme comes after teaming up with team Newcastle 2019 and Newcastle Falcons, to offer our volunteers, players, coaches, and referees an opportunity to win this great prize.

And to win, it is so simple. All you have to do is tell us YOUR story! We want to hear stories from our clubs, schools and members, about whatever you think makes you stand out from the rest.

To enter, download the form below and return your nomination with all details and pictures included to us at: DCRFU@THERFU.COM

We are still accepting September entries, until October 11th due to the delay with announcing this, so please get in touch ASAP.

story of the month

Durham County Rugby Football Union are teaming up with Newcastle Falcons, in conjunction with to bring you a ‘Story of the Month’ Award. Do you know a veteran that has been with your club for as long as the club has been around? Maybe, you have a whole family playing rugby wi…

By Clarissa Murphy 

Durham County Cup competition hailed an enjoyable day for Women’s Rugby

Durham County Cup competition hailed an enjoyable day for Women’s Rugby


Durham County Rugby Football Union crown the 2018 Cup and Plate Winners at an entertaining festival of rugby, hosted by Billingham RUFC.  

Yesterday saw around 100 people gather at the Rugby 365 pitch to watch, play and support the Women’s County Cup competition, which saw Sunderland Flames crowned County Cup champions and Hartlepool Rovers take the Plate.

The round robin event, originally set out for five teams saw Darlington, Hartlepool Rovers and Sunderland Flames battle it out for the 2018 titles.

In the opening game, Sunderland Flames set the stage with a 28-0 victory over Hartlepool Rovers, with tries from Clarissa Murphy, Ellie Pigford, Tara Breslin and Steph Maddison, including four from four conversions from Breslin’s boot.

Straight back into action, Darlington prepared for their opening fixture against Sunderland Flames, despite two early unconverted tries from Flames Captain Amber Stonehouse and Nicole Irving, the match remained physical and a battle of the best in the centre of the field.

Darlington used their forward strength to continue through the phases in the 22, before seeing Jess Cheesman over in the corner for the sides first five points of the game.

However, Sunderland remained confident in their ability as they played the ball wide for the last play of the game for Jenny Cox to cross out wide, converted by Breslin to concluded a tough game with a  17-5 win.

But, it was in the final round robin fixture that we saw the try of the game, as Hartlepool Rovers full back, Caitlin Dunn took the ball from the defending 22 to run in under the posts to secure a 7-0 victory for the underdogs.

Caitlin Dunn; Try of the competition


And with a win and loss under their belt, it was Hartlepool Rovers that took to the pitch once more to play first placed Sunderland Flames in the final.

It was obvious that Sunderland had a much tougher fight on their hands heading in to the second meeting, as the side joined the field with an unmatchable sense of achievement and pride.

Sunderland kicked off the game, with the Hartlepool Ladies carrying the ball strong into contact. Just a few minutes in, the Wearside ladies took the lead as Breslin broke the line to score under the posts.

Rovers continued to show their intent throughout with strong defensive pressure, but despite the physicality thrown at the side, Sunderland used the wider channels to pick up the gaps and score another two tries through Jill Riley and Pigford to win the competition 19-0.

The presentation of prizes was carried out by Durham 2018 President, David Sawyer in Billingham’s club house. And, it is questionable if third placed Darlington Ladies were the afternoon’s real winners with a crate of cider awarded to them from Women and Girls Chair, Jan Duncan.

A huge well done to all players that took part in the afternoon’s competition, it was noted as an excellent afternoon of talented rugby!

View the full album of photos from the afternoon, by Sally Evans, here. 

By Clarissa Murphy

Durham City Rugby Club set to launch female section with the help of Durham University Women’s team

Durham City Rugby Club set to launch female section with the help of Durham University Women’s team


Durham City Rugby Club have partnered with Durham University Women’s team to launch a new Women and Girls’ section at the club.  

The aim of the launch with development days is to welcome new females to the game, or returning players in the U15, U18 and Women’s age groups.

Durham University Publicity officer, Lydia Otulakowski said: “We are really excited about this venture.

“And we would love to broadcast its arrival throughout Durham to recruit new girls, to try out this great sport!”

The development days are set to take place on September 16th and September 30th, from 1pm until 3pm.

Each event will conclude the fun filled activity based day with a complimentary BBQ, and of course the bar will be open!

Those attending can even grab a chance to win a free shirt, all you have to do is go along to both sessions.

Does this sound like something that could be a fun opportunity for you, or even your mum, sister, friend or cousin? Well head over to the Facebook event now to keep in touch with all the information for the two days.


By Clarissa Murphy

Mowden Park set to launch a Young Sports Leadership Programme

Mowden Park set to launch a Young Sports Leadership Programme


Darlington Mowden Park have announced that they will host a level one and level two young sports leadership programme from September this year.

The programme is open to anyone, over the age of 12 that are interested in learning valuable communication and leadership skills through the use of sport.

This announcement comes after the hosts experienced a successful pilot programme, during the Summer Activity Programme.

“Mowden Park in the Community are excited to extend this programme, which will incorporate specific volunteering opportunities linked with Mowden Park Match Days and Mowden Park in the Community Festivals.” 

You can find out more about the level one and two qualifications and how to book on, here.