Update: Check out the latest Durham County Girls Calendar

Update: Check out the latest Durham County Girls Calendar 

As the season is in full swing, festvials, fixtures, schools games and Natwest Competitions are seeing lots of female players across Durham getting to experience rugby!

Check out the latest Durham County Girls Calendar and make sure you have the dates in your clubs diaries to attend as much as possible, even if it is to support and spectate!

Durham Girls Calendar's 2017-18


Durham County U18M make a exceptional start in front of North of England selectors

Durham County U18M make a exceptional start in front of North of England selectors


Durham County secure a 52-25 victory over rivals Nortumberland in the first of their 2017/18 fixtures.

Pictured: Durham County U18M at DMP for Northern Counties Festival


On Sunday, Durham travelled to hosts Darlington Mowden Park for the U18 Counties Northern Festival involving Cheshire, Cumbria, Lacashire, Northumberland and Yorkshire.

The Durham Festival at the Northern Echo arena was a great success with all the teams playing thrilling rugby in front of North of England selectors.

For Durham, it took the first quarter to find their stride as they opened the game as an unsettled side.

Throughout the match, the unbeaten side ran in an impressive eight tries, with Max Pepper, Alfie Lawson, Elliot Trott and Jack Hudson all crossing the line and points from the boot of Callum Piert and Hudson.

Phil Lax, Durham County U18s Manager said: “There was lots of really impressive performaces indivdually by the Durham boys, but our collective team spirit was superb and set the platform for us to show our potential.

“A huge thank you to the team at Darlington Mowden Park RFC headed up by David Hill for hosting such a professional and well organised event.

“And a big thank you to John Denham the President of Durham County RFU for coming along to support the event.”

Following on to the field after Durham, Cheshire missed out by one point to Yorkshire with an end score of 41 – 40 while Lancashire took home a comfortable 41 – 10 victory against Cumbria.

The next game for the Durham U18M is Sunday, December, 3 at 2.15pm KO against Cumbria at Bishop Burton College for another North Selectors day.

NEWSLETTER: Durham County Schools Union show progress with latest newsletter edition

NEWSLETTER: Durham County Schools Union show progress with latest newsletter

Durham County Schools Union continue to take steps in the right direction as their latest newsletter shows.

Schools around Durham County have been sending in their success stories about schools rugby, take a look at them here and see this terms need to know information and MORE

Durham County Schools Union Newsletter OCT.V1 .pdf

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Durham County U15 Girls announce squad to face Yorkshire

Durham County U15 Girls announce squad to face Yorkshire


Durham County U15 Girls prepare to welcome Yorkshire U15G as they name their squad.

The girls will take to the field this Sunday for the first of three games in their 2017/2018 campaign.

Players that have been selected from the training squad are as follows:

Codie Bates West Hartlepool RFC
Jess White Ryton RFC
Abbie Turnbull Horden and Peterlee RUFC
Ellie Thirkell Horden and Peterlee RUFC
Niamh Swailes Ryton RFC
Grace Metcalf Ryton RFC
Tamsin Thompson Horden and Peterlee RUFC
Hannah Rollingson Ryton RFC
Abbie Beattie Hartlepool Rovers RFC
Katie Johnson Ryton RFC
Millie Swinburn Barnard Castle RFC
Lucy Capenhurst Ryton RFC
Anna Scott Ryton RFC
Maddy Graham Ryton RFC
Nicole Johnston Hartlepool Rovers RFC
Jasmin Hendin Horden and Peterlee RUFC
Keira Throw Horden and Peterlee RUFC
April Ishida Ryton RFC
Megan Lawrence Ryton RFC
Amy Kirby Hartlepool Rovers RFC
Grace Trimble Hartlepool Rovers RFC
Lucy Simpson Ryton RFC

Well done to everyone selected and best of luck 

The next game will see the Durham side play locals, Northumberland at Tynedale on November, 19 at 2pm.

Durham County U18 Girls prepare for Yorkshire clash as they name squad

Durham County U18 Girls prepare for Yorkshire Clash as they name squad

Durham County U18 Girls take on Yorkshire this Sunday in their first of three fixtures in the 2017/18 campaign.

The game will kick off at 2pm at Darlington RFC, Black Meadows.

The team is as follows:

Hope Armstrong Horden and Peterlee RFC
Maddison Craggs Horden and Peterlee RFC
Olivia Davidson Bishop Auckland RFC
Sophie Derbyshire Hartlepool Rovers RFC
Meghan Gardner Darlington Mowden Park
Maisey Lloyd Horden and Peterlee RFC
Ellie Pigford Horden and Peterlee RFC
Dannah Ryan-Muden Horden and Peterlee RFC
Mia Simpson Darlington Mowden Park
Kate Smith Ryton RUFC
Sarah Thear Ryton RUFC
Megan Woodward Bishop Auckland RFC
Alysha Bell Darlington Mowden Park
Chloe Broom Horden and Peterlee RFC
Sophie Brunskill Bishop Auckland RFC
Nina Buckton Horden and Peterlee RFC
Georgia Burnyeat Ryton RUFC
Eden Button Bishop Auckland RFC
Jess Clabby Ryton RUFC
Olivia Forester Houghton RFC
Molly Hadfield Bishop Auckland
Caitlin Render Horden and Peterlee RFC
Lucy Wharrier Horden and Peterlee RFC

Best of luck to you all and enjoy wearing the Durham jersey.

To find out more about the U18s 2017/18 campaign see here

Durham County Coaches and Referee mentor evening sets the way for the future

Durham County Coaches and Referee mentor evening sets the way for the future


Durham County Rugby Football Union opened the door to coaching and refereeing pathways last night at Durham University Business School.  

Since the recent appointment of Coaching Forum Chair, Laura Lines, Durham has begun to look at different ways to support coaches and referees.

One of the first ways to do this involved clubs being invited to the Business School for a coaching and refereeing mentoring evening.

Volunteers kick started the night with debate about “What do we need now, to perform at our best” fuelled by Lines.

Discussions reached lots of common ground broadening across items such as; club support, local courses, clear pathways to areas such as DPP and County coaching and of course, everyone’s favourite – communication.

Lines added: “It is great to have people in the same room, sharing ideas and starting to create a platform which we can move forward with.

“The idea of the coaching forum is to be able to provide support for club and county coaches, but to also develop potential coaches and this mentoring evening was a great way to kick start that process.”

Coaches and referees spent the second half of the evening learning various mentoring techniques with delivery from RFU Training Manager, Alan Moses.

The concept of mentoring is that when club and county coaches are qualified, they can mentor potential coaches to expand the number of volunteers at our disposal.

Following the conclusion of the evening, the 16 volunteers present were tasked with identifying and mentoring one person back at their own club.

As well, it seems that the coaching forum is set to grow as two volunteers showed interest in joining Laura Lines in her work.

The CCC and CrefC night seems to have occupied its purpose as John Dye from Seaham Rugby Club positively reported: “Thank you for the meeting tonight, it was a much needed nudge for me as I have had lots on at work and only scraped the surface this season of the responsibility I took on last year.

“I have already had discussions with two of our club committee members tonight to get some much needed structure with regards to coaching support and coaching pathways.”

We hope that there will be many more positive outcomes like this from other clubs around the county as the work continues.

By Clarissa Murphy

Durham U18M name North Division team to face Northumberland

Durham U18 Men name North Division team to face Northumberland

Darlington Mowden Park RFC welcome six counties to the Northern Echo arena on Sunday for the Northern Division games.

Durham will host Northumberland in the first fixture which will kick off at 10.45am followed by, Cumbria V Lancashire at 12.30pm and Cheshire V Yorkshire at 14:15pm.

All games will be watched by North selectors to enable them to see all of the players at one venue.

The team to face Northumberland is as follows:

1 Ethan Hall Barnard Castle School Bishop Auckland
2 Andrew Bain QE 6th form College Darlington Mowden Park
3 Daniel Chambers Thorp Academy Ryton
4 Shane Ivey East Durham College Hartlepool
5 James Murphy Conyers 6th Form College Billingham
6 Daniel Lax Gateshead College Ryton
7 Edward Anderson Yarm School Yarm
FR 8 Niall Pace Durham School Durham City
9 Max Pepper Barnard Castle School
10 Jack Hudson Barnard Castle School Darlington Mowden Park
11 Joe Ross Billingham
12 Callum Piert Darlington Mowden Park
13 Alfie Lawson Hartlepool 6th Form College Billingham
14 Cameron Mather Emmanuel College Gateshead
15 Elliott Trott Emmanuel College


H 16 Luke Hawkins Gateshead
FR 17 Rob Finn QE 6th form College Darlington Mowden Park
18 Nick Blowey Durham School Durham City
19 Harry Beadling QE 6th form College Billingham
20 Jordan McKee Yarm School
21 Ross Craig Gateshead
22 Zac Ivey East Durham College Hartlepool
23 Ratu Bavadra Gateshead College Gateshead

Results: YR 9 Schools Cup round one round up

Results: YR 9 Schools Cup round one round up

Durham County Schools Union have relaunched the County Schools Cup and this week saw YR 9 Boys take the field.

Across the two venues, Blaydon RFC and West Hartlepool, 16 schools took part.

Well done to all those that took part and we hope it was an enjoyable afternoon for all!

Take a look below to see who wiill progress to the Cup and who will play for the Plate…


English Martyrs 3 3 0 0 9 0 9 13
Egglescliffe 3 1 0 2 2 4 -2 5
OLSB 3 1 0 2 4 7 -3 5
Dene 3 1 0 2 3 7 -4 5


High Tunstall 3 3 0 0 12 1 11 13
Hummersknott 3 2 0 1 8 3 5 9
Ian Ramsey 3 0 1 2 2 9 -7 2
Longfield 3 0 1 2 2 11 -9 2


St Leonards 2 2 0 0 8 1 7 2 8
Emmanuel 2 1 0 1 3 4 -1 0 4
St Aidan’s 2 0 1 1 2 5 -3 0 3
Thorp Academy 2 0 1 1 1 4 -3 0 3


St Thomas Moore 2 2 0 0 11 2 9 1 7
Durham Johnston 2 1 0 1 9 3 6 1 5
Lord Lawson 2 1 0 1 8 9 -1 1 5
Wellfield 2 0 0 2 1 15 -14 0 2


CUP @ Blaydon RFC on 17/01

High Tunstall, Hummersknott, English Martyrs, Egglescliffe,St Leonards, St Thomas Moore, Durham Johnston, Lord Lawson

PLATE @ Hartlepool RFC on 17/01

Our Lady and St Bede, Dene Community, Ian Ramsey, Longfield, Thorp Acadmey, St Aidan’s, Emmanuel, Wellfield



01/11/2017 Y8 2pm arrival, 2.30pm KO Ryton RFC Stockton RFC

Durham Schools County Cup makes an impressive return

Durham Schools County Cup makes an impressive return


Durham County Schools Union have re-launched the Schools County Cup with the support of RFU professional staff and it is off to a flying start.

Pictured: U13s Girls Schools Cup at Horden and Peterlee RUFC


So far, the U13 girls, U15 girls and YR 10/11 Boys have taken to the field to play for their spot in either the final round of the Cup or the Plate.

All the events have been popular with schools, encouraging some schools to enter that would not always get involved in organised fixtures.

John Pearson, Schools Union Secretary, said: “It is great to see lots of schools entering, after all it is our aim to get more schools playing more rugby so this can only be a positive.

“The rugby has been entertaining to watch so far and we look forward to what else is to come”.

In the Girls events at Horden and Peterlee RUFC, in the U13s competition we saw entries from; Dene Community, Staindrop, Academy of Shotton Hall, St Wilfrid’s and Our Lady and St Bede. Throughout the action packed round robin, there were over 20 tries scored by new, experienced and developing players.

Heading into the Cup, we have Dene Community and St Wilfrid’s, while Staindrop and Academy of Shotton Hall play for the Plate.

Over in the U15s category, the girls were turning it up a notch with an impressive 49 tries scored across the afternoon. After two close pool groups, the next round is set to see; St Thomas Moore, Harton and Teesdale battle it out for the Cup and Staindrop, St Roberts of Newminster and Durham Johnston play for the Plate.

Kick starting the Boys split events were the YR 10/11 Boys with the South event at Billingham RUFC gathering five schools and the North event at Gateshead RFC hosting six.

Pictured: YR 10/11 boys at Billingham RFC (By Vicki Harrison)

Finals day for the YR 10/11 Boys will be an entertaining one as High Tunstall, St Martyrs, St John’s Catholic College, Thorp Academy, Durham Johnston and St Thomas Moore will play for the Cup, while, Staindrop, Woodham, Emmanuel College, Lord Lawson and St Roberts of Newminster go head to head for the Plate.

Check out more photos from the Billingham event here

The Cup final will be played at Darlington Mowden Park and the Plate at Blaydon RFC on Wednesday, November, 29 from 3.30pm.

Next up is the YR 9 boys at Blaydon RFC and West Hartlepool RFC on Wednesday with a record 20 schools attending across the two events.


Durham County U18 Men announce training squad ahead of campaign

Durham County U18 Men announce training squad ahead of campaign


Durham County U18 Men are set to begin squad training as they name this years players that will fight for match day places.

Well done to all those that were nominated and congratulations to those that progress to proudly present our County!

Player                            Club                                School/College

Leo Heslop                   Durham City                  Gateshead College

Kyle Ellliott                   Durham City

Luke Hawkins               Gateshead

Andrew Bain                Darlington MP                 QE College

Daniel Chambers         Ryton                                Thorp academy

Ethan Hall.                    Bishop Auckland             Barnard Castle School

Rob Finn.                       Darlington MP                QE College

Jack Pearson                 Yarm                                 QE College

Shane Ivey                     Hartlepool                       East Durham College

Nick Blowey                   Durham City                    Durham School

James Murphy              Yarm                                 Conyers 6th form

Isaac Hodgson              Billingham                        Hartlepool 6th form

Eddie Anderson           Yarm                                   Yarm School

Jordan McKee                                                          Yarm School

Daniel Lax                     Ryton                                  Gateshead College

Sam Kitching                Hartlepool

Harry Beadling             Billingham                         QE College

Niall Pace                      Durham City                     Durham School


Max Pepper                                                              Barnard Castle School

Ross Craig                    Gateshead                          Joseph Swan Ac

Jack Hudson                Darlington MP                    Barnard Castle School

Callum Piert                Darlington MP                 

Alex Smith                   Durham City                        Emmanuel College

Zac Ivey                        Hartlepool                           East Durham College

Ratu Bovare                Gateshead                            Gateshead College

Alfie Lawson               Billingham  

Antun Wilson                                                           Yarm School

Elliott Trott                                                               Emmanuel College

Joe Ross                       Billingham

Cameron Mather       Gateshead                           Emmanuel College



The squad named above will next together on Monday, October, 23 at Darlington Mowden Park from 7.30pm where coaches will be looking out for the first match day squad team.

Durham County welcome Northumberland for their first fixture on Sunday, October, 29 at DMP.

For those selected, you can now buy your County kit at this link!

To find out more about this years training and fixtures, look here.


Upcoming Events

  • November 29, 2017
    • Yr10/11 Schools County Cup (F)
      3:00 pm

      The Yr 10/11 Boys Schools County Cup final will take pllace at Blaydon RFC and DMP where the top place and bottom place from each event will play one another.

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