Male Player Pathway Consultation boys age groups U14 to U18

Your County Needs You!

We would like to invite all club and school coaches, parents and club officials with an interest in shaping the Male Player Pathway Consultation that is currently being held in relation to boys playing in age groups u14 to u18.

We want you to come along and have your say as part of the current consultation with the RFU. 

Pete Taylor from the RFU will be presenting and facilitating feedback and discussion. 

The agenda for the night is as follows;

  • Clarification of the consultation process 
  • Key aspects of consultation
  • Any key views from the floor based on three key questions
  • Next Steps

This is a great opportunity to come along and help shape the future of our game in our county. 

Venue: West Hartlepool Rugby Club
When: Monday 1st April
Time: 6:30pm meet and greet for a 7pm start. 

If you have any questions please let me know. 

David Hill
Durham Player Pathway Manager
07522 758395

2018/19 Schools Union position holders – Volunteers Needed

Durham County are calling for ERFSU nominations to fill the following positions:

Role When / Where
Blaydon Competitions ManagerBlaydon AGP
South Tyneside/Sunderland Competitions ManagerHarton/Sunderland

For more information please contact me on

Many thanks,

Erin Knotts – DCRFU Administrator

Barnard Castle RFC to host a fundraiser and fun night at Headlam Hall Hotel for the Injured Players Foundation and the County Wellbeing Project

On the 6th of April Barnard Castle RFC are hosting a fund raising night to raise money and awareness for the Injured Players Foundation and the County Wellbeing Project.

Tickets priced at £40 per person, which includes;

  • £10.00 donation to the two charities (IPF and Wellbeing in Sport)
  • A three-course meal, canapes and prosecco on arrival
  • Auction and raffle
  • Dancing to the band ‘Soul Addiction’
  • Special accommodation rate of £99 per couple, including breakfast
  • Also the use of the spa facilities available with accommodation deal

We encourage clubs to spread the word of this event.

I have recently been lucky enough to attend the venue for a taste of the menu, and a walk around the grounds. In my opinion the venue is perfect and has all the elements for a perfect night.

If you have any questions, or would like to purchase tickets to the event please contact David Jackson or Angela on 01325730238   

By Erin Knotts

Durham County announce February Challenge Cup ticket winners as St Johns School YMO’s

St Johns School YMO’s have been named Durham County’s Februarys ‘Story of the Month’ through the Newcastle 2019 European Club Rugby Finals initiative.

Durham County YMO Programme sponsored by Vic Young

St Johns School has been nominated for their team of Young Match Officials. These YMO’s have been taking every opportunity to officiate rugby games as part of their development and training; participating in over 10 officiating events that various levels.

At St Johns school alone, they have 11 children who have worked towards and earned their Level 1 and 7 children who have earned their Level 2 in rugby refereeing. They have all participated and officiated at a vast amount of games since the start of the academic year.

The YMO’s at St Johns have been an integral part of running 5 County schools festivals and have been praised from students, teachers and parents at these events.

The school now have 5 students that have officiated the required amount of games to receive their Durham County YMO Cap and are working under the tutelage of YMO mentors from the Durham Referees Society.

In all of this success, the YMO programme at St Johns School has helped to form links with the wider community, including Durham University.

Well done to all involved with the YMO programme at St Johns, especially the YMO’s for all their hard work!

The Challenge Cup will kick start the Newcastle 2019 European Club Rugby Finals on Friday May, 10 at 7.45pm at St James’ Park, for more information go to:

If you would like to be considered for our next Story of the Month prize through Newcastle 2019, download the nomination form and send it into by the end of each month.

By Erin Knotts

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

Durham County RFU U16 Boys take on Northumberland and Cumbria at Kingston Park

Durham County RFU U16 Boys take on Northumberland RFU U16 Boys and Cumbria RFU U16 Boys at Kingston Park on Sunday 3rd March

Durham County RFU U16 Boys Team

Durham County play Cumbria and Northumberland on Sunday 3rd at Kingston Park ahead of the Falcons V Worcester Warriors game. First KO is at 10am followed by 11:30am. 

All supporters welcome and discounted tickets for players family available via the club connections website –  

Parents to book tickets via and clicking through either their clubs link or the Academy or  DPP link this will allow them to access £10/£5 tickets (they need to create an account to do so).

We wish all players the best of luck!

Durham County host final RugbySafe and Safeguarding Cluster Meeting

RugbySafe and Safeguarding cluster meetings across Durham County

Durham County are due to host the final RugbySafe and Safeguarding cluster meeting at Billingham RFC on Monday 11th March.

With three successful events already taken place, we are calling for all remaining Rugby Clubs to attend the final event.

For more information, click here.

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