County U16s

Durham County Under 16s 

The Durham County U16’s start their campaign for the 2017/2018 season in the New Year.

Before the team selection process, the U16s completed training/ assessment sessions the same as the other County teams to enable the coaching team to see who out of the nominated players should be invited to represent the County.

After the assessment process the U16s were thinned out to pick a large training squad for the Princes and Bishops representative sides. A match day 23 will be picked for both sides following the first squad training session.


Coaches and Managers 

Nick Wade – Lead Backs Coach

Dan Finney – Support Backs Coach

Nigel Aucott – Lead Forwards Coach

Dan Burns – Support Forwards Coach


Phil Lax – Team Manager

David Hill – Programme Lead

Squad training sessions:

Friday January, 12: Squad Training @ Darlington Mowden Park (6.30pm -8.30pm)

Monday January, 15: Squad Training @ West Hartlepool RFC (6.30pm -8.30pm)

Monday January, 29: Squad Training @ Winlaton Vulcans RFC (6.30pm -8.30pm)

Monday February, 12: Squad Training @ Darlington Mowden Park (6.30pm -8.30pm)

Friday February, 16: Squad Training @ Ryton RFC (6.30pm – 8.30pm)

See selected training squad

Upcoming games for the 2017/2018 season 

Cumbria V Durham @ Penrith RFC (2pm KO)  PP – Sunday, Feb 25 @Penrith RFC : Cumbria 36 – 15 Durham Princes // Cumbria 29 – 33 Durham Bishops 

Sunday February, 4: Durham V Northumberland @ West Hartlepool RFC – 2pm KO : Durham Princes 12 – 17 Northumberland Reivers Loss // Durham Bishops 19 – 20 Northumberland Jacobites Loss

Sunday February, 18: Yorkshire V Durham @ Keighley RFC  – 2pm KO : 22- 18 victory 


Durham Princes V Northumberland Reivers // Durham Bishops V Northumberland Jacobites: 17-12 Loss // 20-19 Loss 

David Hill, Programme Lead commented on the games, saying: “We are proud of every single one of the lads today.

“Rugby is all about being gracious in defeat and humble in victory, and that we were.

“It was great to see the lads displaying the core values of the game.

“Turning up to wear the county jersey with pride and supporting their team mates, it was awesome.

“They are a great bunch of players and coaches to work with.”

See squads selected to face Northumberland

Princes team picture 

Bishops team picture 

Yorkshire V Durham @ Keighley RFC: Sunday February, 18 – 2pm KO: 22-18 victory 

Team sheet 

Pictured: Durham V Yorkshire team photo


Durham U16M took on Yorkshire away at Keighley RFC where they reigned victorious with a score line of 22-18.  

Despite and early and controlled lead by Yorkshire, Durham closed in on triumph in the final five minutes.

Tries on the day came from; Matthew Ward, Sam Berry and Max Rafferty with two points from the boot of Harry Leyland. 

Full report

Cumbria V Durham: Sunday February, 25 @ Penrith RFC: Cumbria 36 – 15 Durham Princes // Cumbria 29 – 33 Durham Bishops 


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