Durham County Senior Men
This year Durham County play in tier two following a structure change review in 2015 and their season will kick start in May.
The new competition format 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.
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 26 – 8pm @ Maiden Castle
Tuesday, May, 2 – 6.30pm @ Maiden Castle
Thursday, May, 4 – 6.30pm @ Hartlepool Rovers
Thursday, May, 11 – 6.30pm @ Maiden Castle
Thursday, May, 18 – 6.30pm @ Maiden Castle
Upcoming games of the 2016/2017 season:
Durham V Cumbria : on Saturday May, 6 – Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Club – 3pm KO
Staffordshire V Durham – on Saturday May, 13 – Lichfield RFC – 3pm KO
Leicestershire V Durham – on Saturday May, 20 – Oakam RFC – 2.30pm KO
The final of the competition will take place at Twickenham on May, 28
Durham V Cumbria: @Hartlepool Rovers RFC – 3pm KO : Durham 62- 5 Cumbria
Durham ran home a storming victory as they hosted Cumbria in their opening game of the County Championship campaign at Hartlepool Rovers.
Throughout the game, Durham demonstrated their abilties with ease as they repeatedly added to the score board.
Staffordshire V Durham: @ Lichfield RFC – 2.30pm KO: Durham 41- 14 Stafforshire
Durham have got themselves one step closer to Twickenham after a strong performance away to Staffordshire seeing them in the winner takes all game next week against Leicestershire.
It was a strong performance by all but Fraser Wilson shone through with his four tries of the day.
Leicestershire V Durham : @ Oakham RFC – 2.30pm KO: Leicestershire 55 – 14 Durham
Durham Senior had their County Campaign holted by a strong Leicestershire side on Saturday away at Oldham RFC.
Following the hosts victory they will travel to Twickenham for the Final on Saturday before the Premiership Final.