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 – Wigton RFC – 64-5 Victory
Durham V Staffordshire: on Saturday May, 12 – Durham City RFC – 2.30pm KO: 99-7 Victory
Durham V Leicestershire: on Saturday May, 19 – Billingham RUFC – 2.30pm KO : 32-10 Victory
Bill Beaumont Division Two FINAL: Durham V Warwickshire @ TWICKENHAM STAIDUM on Sunday May,27: 46 -12 Victory
Cumbria V Durham: Saturday May, 5 @ Wigton RFC: 2pm KO: 64-5 Victory
Durham Men travelled to Cumbria for their opening game of the Bill Beaumont campaign, where they played a strong and expansive game reigning 64-5 champions.
The side welcomed a number of debutants to the team at Cumbria and they seemed to gel well together to perform to their advantages.
Cumbria had experience in the side from previous years, but Durham put in a team performance to play a comfortable and victorious game.
Saturday May, 12: Durham Men V Staffordshire Men @ Durham City RFC; 99-7 Victory
Durham County Senior Men take home crowds by storm as they pick up a 99-7 victory over visitors Staffordshire Rugby at Durham City RFC.
The game was dominated by the Durham play running in numerous tries across the game but not without Staffordshire putting up a fight. Tries came from; Chris Wood, Grant Connon (3), Ollie Hodgson (3), Conner Foley (2), Euan Tremlett, Callum Burke, Peter Howman (2), Talite Vaioleti (2) and Peter Youll with fourteen conversions from the boot of Warren Seals.
Off the field, Durham awarded five of their players with County Championship caps including; Liam Checksfield, Peter Youll, Chris Wood, Andrew Kirkton and Charlie Purkiss-Mcendoo with Callum Whitehead and Peter Homan picking up their debutant ties.
Saturday May, 19: Durham Men V Leicestershire Men @ Billingham RUFC: 32-10 Victory
Durham County Men reign victorious at home to Leicestershire to secure their place in the final at Twickenham Stadium next Sunday.
The Durham Men ran in winners with a 32-10 victory over Leicestershire Men at Billingham RUFC.
Durham demonstrated their talent with a fast paced game, offloading in attack to gain momentum going forward and put the visitors on the back foot.
The hosts played an expansive game with great pressure in defence to limit to oppositions attack.
After winning all three pool fixtures, Durham finished top of the Division Two, Pool one Bill Beaumont Table and will play Warwickshire at Twickenham in the final on Sunday, May 27.
Sunday May, 27: Bill Beaumont Division Two Final: Durham Men V Warwickshire Men @ Twickenham Stadium: 46-12 Victory
Durham County Senior Men reigned victorious over Warwickshire at Twickenham to be crowned Bill Beaumont Division Two Champions 2017/2018.
The North East Men demonstrated their talent early as they kick started the scoring at Rugby HQ, and with clinical skill, speed and tactics they continued to cross the white line.
The day saw tries from; Danny Dixon (2), Sean Moloney (2), Rob Stanwix and Taliete Vaioleti with 16 points from the boot of Josh Bragman.
Off the pitch, the day saw Max Connon and Conner Foley awarded their county caps for five county championship appearances.