Durham County Senior Men
This year Durham County will continue to play in the two tier structure, getting underway in May 2018.
The new competition format that was introduced following a review in 2015 is as follows: 28 counties have been seeded using the results from the previous three seasons. This has then be divided into three tiers of competition – 12 in one tier, eight in tier two and eight in tier three. Each tier will play a minimum of three games and a maximum of four games to produce three finals, all to be play at Twickenham.
Further to these changes, relegation and promotion will take place every two season.The points accumulated from one season will roll onto the following season.
Tier one – The top tier will be divided into two groups of six, North and South. Each group is then split into two pools of three, playing all three teams in the opposite pool. Each team will have two home matches one season, and one the following season. The top county in the North will play the top county in the South in the Final.
Tiers two and three – Tiers two and three will be divided into two pools of four counties in each tier. The top two counties in each tier will play in a final.
Last year, Durham successful won two out of three of their fixtures, beating Cumbria 62-5 and Staffordshire 41-14 and losing out to Leicestershire 55-14 in their final fixture.
2016/17 team phone: Durham County Senior Men after Cumbria game
Coaches and Managers
Chris Wearmouth of Blaydon – Coach
Andrew Bagget of Blaydon – Coach
Gus Miller of DMP – Team Manager
Stu Darby – Kit Manager
Andy Dixon – Kit Manager
John Dove – Chairman of Selectors
The team selection is made from the main squad the Thursday evening before each fixture of which will be published on here.
Training sessions for the coming weeks are as follows:
Wednesday April, 11 – Get together meeting of players and coaches – Venue TBC
Thursday April, 26 – Training session – 6.30pm – Venue TBC
Thursday May, 3 – Training session – 6.30pm – Venue TBC
Thursday May 10 – Training session – 6.30pm – Durham City RFC
Thursday May, 17 – Training session – 6.30pm – Billingham RUFC
Upcoming games of the 2017/18 season:
Cumbria V Durham : on Saturday May, 5 – Venue & KO TBC
Durham V Staffordshire: on Saturday May, 12 – Durham City RFC – 2.30pm KO
Durham V Leicestershire: on Saturday May, 19 – Billingham RUFC – 2.30pm KO