Date Change for County U18 session

Statement for the date change;

The planned County U18 session for the 19th has to be moved by one week to the 26th of November.

The session will be at Darlington Mowden Park with 6.45pm registration for a 7pm start.

The reason for the move of the session is to ensure we comply with the annual RFU calendar of events and not have any activity out with our allotted time for this years u18 county sessions. Please confirm that you can make this date and we will confirm the location in the next few days.

Thanks for your understanding.


U18 Management team

Durham County RFU Office temporarily closed

Durham County RFU Office temporarily closed

Due to the departure of our Admin and Media Officer, the office will remain closed until further notice.

We are currently undergoing the necessary steps to replace the full-time role and we appreciate your patience while we do this.

We will look to appoint an appropriate candidate by the beginning on November, circumstances dependant.

If you have any issues or questions, please contact Robin Wannop; (

Durham County announce first Challenge Cup ticket winners as West Hartlepool U15s

Durham County announce first Challenge Cup ticket winners as West Hartlepool U15s


West Hartlepool U15s have been named Durham County’s September ‘Story of the Month’ through the Newcastle 2019 European Club Rugby Finals initiative.

West Hartlepool were nominated as a team that displayed exceptional core values of the game on multiple occasions.

Newcastle 2019 September ticket winners: West Hartlepool U15 Boys


The sportsmanship and respect that the young rugby players have demonstrated has won them, 20 free tickets to the European Challenge Cup Final at St James’ Park in May next year.

In recent weeks, West Hartlepool have been complimented from other clubs both on and off the field.

One club spectator, said: “A couple of the young lads were lovely to my three year old daughter.

“She was on the pitch after the first team game and the lads were brilliant with her. They made sure they were careful and gave her a ball to play with, and passed their ball to her in-between their own passing game.

“They even helped her to kick the ball. They are an absolute credit to the club.”

But, the young West lads have also been noticed by Acklam Rugby Club for their sportsmanship on the field.

In a recent fixture against Acklam U15s, the coaches made the decision to mix up the teams to let everyone enjoy the game.

Yet, with a clear advantage to staying as a team for the score line, the lads mixed teams without hesitation.

Acklam Age Grade Chair, Len Taylor, said: “The West U15 team and coaches, are true rugby men.

“We would like to say a huge thank you, you have a great team and your help with numbers and willingness to play mixed teams, meant a lot!”

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 Clarissa Murphy

Durham County RFU open applications for the upcoming seasons U18 Boys

Durham County RFU open applications for the upcoming seasons U18 Boys


Durham County Rugby Football are pleased to announced that they are accepting nominations for this seasons U18 Boys players.

But, you only have SIX days to get your entries in to our Pathway Manager, David Hill.

Due to a tight timescale, the nominations have to be returned by October, 24 and the first session will run on October, 28.

We wish you all the best of luck and hope to see lots of talent in the squad, again this year!

You can take a look at the nominations letter, here! 

Durham County Schools’ Union Young Match Officials Programme proudly sponsored by Vic Young Mitsubishi Motors’

Durham County Schools’ Union Young Match Officials Programme proudly sponsored by Vic Young Mitsubishi Motors’


Durham Schools’ Union have partnered with Vic Young Mitsubishi Motors’ to increase the number of Young Match Officials in the County.

Durham are pleased to announce one of their new sponsorship partnership with Vic Young car dealership, which will help the Schools’ Union provide referee qualifications and support for hundreds of young rugby ambassadors.

The Young Match Officials Programme has been designed to recruit school pupils to become level one and level two qualified referees.

Vic Young, Managing Director of the Dealership, said: “I have had many years’ of experience in rugby throughout the North East.

“And, I take pride in ensuring young people of the area take the opportunity of a well-balanced environment which I believe the rugby community offers to them.”

This opportunity will work with a cluster of affiliated Durham Schools’ to begin with, to provide Rugby Football Union accredited Quilter Kids First Refereeing courses and Refereeing the 15-aside game courses. The level one qualification will enable the pupils to referee up to U13, while the level two covers all ages.

YMO: Match Official shirts for Young Rugby volunteers

Young added: “At the risk of sounding corny, the people of the North East have been very generous with their support for the business in the last 45 years, and this is our way of putting something back!”

As well as opening the door to more young rugby volunteers and adding value to their rugby experience, this programme will also welcome Durham County Referee Society Mentors to shadow the rugby ambassadors and improve their confidence and knowledge of the game.

Durham is not only the first Schools’ Union to lead on such a programme, thanks to their sponsorship deal but they will also be the first to offer ‘Referee Caps’ to pupils that join the programme.

The referees will be invited to officiate at Durham Schools’ fixtures such as the County Cup and local festivals. By attending the events, they gain points in the YMO Schools’ table and Schools’ could be in with a chance of winning and RFU equipment pack.

John Pearson, Former Schools’ Union Secretary, said: “The average referee age in Durham, is ageing and this programme will enable us to challenge that by supporting a new feed of young ambassadors.

“This will hopefully invite more than just rugby players to the programme, and instead increase the pool of people involved in the game in the area.

“It is just the beginning of a fantastic opportunity for Durham Schools.”

If you would like to learn more about refereeing, please check out the latest course dates near you, or get in touch with Durham County at

Keep an eye out for more news on our YMO programme, and another monetary award confirmed, this week!

By Clarissa Murphy

Durham Schools’ Cup competition off to a flying start thanks to over 100 female players and sponsors Vic Yound Ltd

 Durham Schools’ Cup competition off to a flying start thanks to over 100 female players and sponsors Vic Young Ltd. 


Durham County Schools’ launched their 2018 Cup competition with over 130 girls playing rugby, and six brand new young match officials refereeing.

The Schools’ Union hosted the first of many competitions of the year, for the U13 and U15 girls schools’ teams in the County at West Hartlepool RFC, yesterday.

But, it was not only an exciting day of rugby with an impressive 96 tries, it also saw six of our newly qualified Young Match Officials take up the whistle and run four pitches of competitive rugby.

Students from Durham Johnston and St John’s Catholic Academy were part of the first wave of the Durham Schools’ Union Young Match Official programme sponsored by Vic Young Mitsubishi Motors’.

The afternoon of rugby saw three pitches of U15 girls rugby in action, while the U13s tackled it out in a pool of four on the bottom two pitches, seeing the competition off to a successful start with 15 games of rugby played.

Our next round will see the YR 12/13 Boys competition return to West Hartlepool while the YR 10/11 Boys divide between the North and South AGP pitches at Blaydon and Billingham, next Wednesday afternoon.

Take a look at the fabulous pictures captured by photographer, Sally Evans, HERE.

By Clarissa Murphy 

Durham Representative Committee launches new County Coaches application process

Durham Representative Committee launches new County Coaches application process

Durham County RFU are pleased to announce a new application process open to anyone that wishes to be a representative coach. 

We take great pride in our County Representative teams, and thanks to our valued volunteers we have not been short of our success.

Our most recent, saw our Senior Men make it all the way to the Bill Beaumont Division Two Final at Twickenham in May, beating Warwickshire to be titled the 2017/18 Champions.

But, we are always looking for new coaches, volunteers and members to join the programme and build on our success.

So, if you think this could be your next challenge, or you just want to get involved in some way then check out the following role descriptions and  APPLY ONLINE HERE before Oct, 31.

Please be aware that our coaching programmes run at different times in the year; U15 Male (Feb – March), U16 Male (Jan -March), U17 Male (Jan – April), U18 Male (Oct – Jan), U15 Female (Feb – March), U18 Female (Jan – March).
U20 Men, Senior Men, Senior Women (April – May).


As well as our county programme, we also have a talented players programme called DPP for ages U13 – U15 males. If you wish to get involved in that, please contact David Hill: 

Durham County RFU have teamed up with Newcastle 2019 to offer a ‘Story of the Month’ prize

Durham County RFU have teamed up with Newcastle 2019 to offer a ‘Story of the Month’ prize


Durham County Rugby Football Union are pleased to announce that they will be giving away 20 free tickets to the European Champions Challenge Cup Final, each month.

This prize scheme comes after teaming up with team Newcastle 2019 and Newcastle Falcons, to offer our volunteers, players, coaches, and referees an opportunity to win this great prize.

And to win, it is so simple. All you have to do is tell us YOUR story! We want to hear stories from our clubs, schools and members, about whatever you think makes you stand out from the rest.

To enter, download the form below and return your nomination with all details and pictures included to us at: DCRFU@THERFU.COM

We are still accepting September entries, until October 11th due to the delay with announcing this, so please get in touch ASAP.

story of the month

Durham County Rugby Football Union are teaming up with Newcastle Falcons, in conjunction with to bring you a ‘Story of the Month’ Award. Do you know a veteran that has been with your club for as long as the club has been around? Maybe, you have a whole family playing rugby wi…

By Clarissa Murphy 

Newcastle 2019 officially launches with guest speakers Dean Richards and Vincent Gaillard

Newcastle 2019 officially launches with guest speakers Dean Richards and Vincent Gaillard


Newcastle 2019 officially launched the European Finals with a breakfast morning for local businesses and community groups at St James’ Park.

The European Rugby Championships 2019, which will see the Heineken Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup finals played for among 52,000 people, officially launched this morning with guest speakers. Businesses and representatives enjoyed insight from; Dean Richards, Newcastle Falcons Directory of Rugby, Vincent Gaillard, CEO for European Professional Club Rugby and Sarah Stewart, CEO of NewcastleGateshead Initiative.

The Rugby Championships will bring the best of club rugby to St James’ Park, but the publicity for the City does not end there as 105 stations will broadcast the Final event including NBC.

Dean Richards said: “It is the best club competition in the world, so whatever way you look at sport you picture being among the best.

“So for Newcastle Falcons, it is great to be able to be up there and competing with the best.”

The competition is split into five pools of teams with host city, Newcastle Falcons featuring in pool five alongside Edinburgh Rugby, Montpellier and Toulon.

Richards added: “It is not an easy pool to be in, as are any of the pools, but there is a lot of excitement in the squad about the teams we are playing.

“Each team can perform and win, on their day.”

This is not Richards first experience of the European Championships, as he has led pool four team Leicester Tigers to victory on more than one occasion.

Richards commented on the competition saying; “Since my experience with Leicester Tigers, the competition has grown and the interest around it has as well.

“It is an unbelievable competition which creates an incredible atmosphere, and a real bond between the team and fans.”

For Newcastle, this is two of four major rugby sporting events set to take place in the City in 2019. Before the finals, the Falcons will return to St James’ Park for another ‘Big One’ event and in September 2019 England will face Italy before flying out to Japan for the World Cup.

Sarah Stewart commented: “We have made a big shift from being a football city, to a rugby one as well and that is through these world-class sporting events.

“This was the obvious next step following on from the Rugby World Cup, we are an iconic destination that can offer a great fan experience.”

The Newcastle Falcons will open their European Champions campaign against Montpellier on October, 21 at home.

And with 30,000 tickets already sold for the Heineken Champions Cup Final, you need to buy your tickets for both events, now!


By Clarissa Murphy


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