Join RPA Women’s Player of the Year at the Referees’ Society Annual Dinner

Join RPA Women’s Player of the Year at the Referees’ Society Annual Dinner


The Referees’ Society are set to welcome guests from around Durham County for the Annual Dinner at Newton Aycliffe Rugby Club in October.

Among the referees’, guests and players will be Durham County RFU President, John Denham and RPA Women’s Player of the Year, Red Rose- Tamara Taylor as guest speakers.

Tamara has just returned from her nine month contract as a full time 15s England Player competing in the Sixt Nations, Summer Tour and the Women’s Rugby World Cup so it is guarenteed to be an insightful evening.

Get your tickets now as they are limited and will run out!

Durham County Girls look for mini red roses to join representative sides

Durham County Girls look for mini red roses to join representative sides

Pictured: Durham County U15s team 2016 17


As the Red Roses have set the way with their World Cup Campaign in Ireland in August it is hoped many mini red roses will join Durham County in this years U15 and U18 representative campaign.

The Red Roses may have narrowly missed out on retaining their World Cup title but they did not fail to inspire hundreds of females across the country!

Durham County U15s and U18s are looking to see the talent showcase on Sunday, October, 1 at their first trials of the season.

But, before that we need coaches to nominate all those worthy mini Red Roses! This can be done by filling out and downloading this form and sending it to:

Remember to consider the tough criteria before nominating to save dissappointment!

Best of Luck!

Durham County U18s Boys on the hunt for nominations

Durham County U18s Boys on the hunt for nominations


Pictured: The U18s Team from 2016/17 season


As the Durham County representative teams are getting ready for the 2017/18 season, the U18s boys are looking for this years nominations.

Trials are only a short while away and the County Coaches are on the look out for this years rugby stars to join them!

Coaches, players or team managers can nominate players by following the instructions in this letter  and contacting Phil Lax but remember that competition is fierce and coaches are after quality not quantity!


Denham’s Durham Destinations LIVE NOW

Denham’s Durham Destinations LIVE NOW


Durham County Rugby Football Union now have their new 2017/18 President, John Denham in post and to continue on from former President, Tony Wilson’s good work, Denham will be making trips to see you around Durham.

Denham’s Durham Destinations will be a monthly upload to keepy you up to date on where he has been visiting to show the Counties support to its clubs.

Do not forget you can book in your appointment too.

Check out here what he has been up to since his posting in July!



Darlington Rugby Club Ladies grasp Cup title in final while Bishop run away with the Plate

Darlington Rugby Club Ladies grasp Cup title in final while Bishop run away with the Plate.

Four Women’s teams in Durham County went head to head in the County Cup to see Darlington Ladies crowned Champions on Sunday.

Pictured by Sally Evans: Darlington Celebrating winning County Cup


Ladies from Bishop Auckland, Darlington Ladies, Hartlepool Rovers and Sunderland Flames all gathered at Black Meadows to see who would take the County Cup and Plate.

Ahead of kick- off, all players and coaches gathered across the pitch to hold a minute silence for recently passed player of Darlington RFC Ladies, Lyndsey Burns more commonly known to friends as Percy.

Pictured by Sally Evans: Minute silence in memory of Percy


In the first round of games, group A; Darlington and Hartlepool Rovers played one another and in group B; Bishop Auckland played Sunderland Flames.

Pictured by Sally Evans: Rovers v Darlington

Pictured by Sally Evans: Bishop v Sunderland scrum










With the conclusion of two positive games of rugby the decision was made and Bishop Auckland were set to face Hartlepool Rovers with Darlington and Sunderland heading over to the main pitch to battle it out for number one spot.

As current title holders, Sunderland Flames were keen to obtain the trophy against fellow friends and league associates, but as Darlington stepped out for only the second time without dear friend Percy, they too had a reason to deliver.

Pictured by Sally Evans: Darlington v Sunderland in the final


After a gruelling and physical opening to the game, Darlington scooped up a loose ball in their 22 to see them over the line for a 7-0 lead. Despite strong efforts by Sunderland moving forward they just feel short of a score as the game ended with Ali Bell of Darlington kicking into touch inside the ten metre line of their own try line.

Across the fence, the contest for the Plate was a much higher score with Bishop winning 38-5. Rovers made their way on to the board with try scorer Natasha Kennedy while Bishop saw Hannah Mulholland score a hattrick and four conversions, Chloe Allison cross over twice and full back Amie Bell add one.

Pictured By Sally Evans: Bishop Auckland team with County Plate


Jan Duncan, Durham County Women and Girls Chair said: “It was a great day and all teams had new people in which is great.”

This Sunday, Darlington Ladies and Sunderland Flames head into league action in Women’s Championship North Two with Sunderland playing hosts to Sefton Ladies and Darlington welcoming newly promoted ‘Women’s Team of the Year’ Barnsley Ladies.

For Bishop Auckland and Hartlepool Rovers it is another week to prepare as their league action in Women’s NC North Two East starts on Sunday, September 17 where Bishop travel to Morpeth and Rovers tackle their first ever league match against Novocastrians II away.

See more photos of the day

By Clarissa Murphy

Durham County Cup Results so far…

Durham County Cup Results so far…

After the first weekend of the Durham County Cup, games have taken place for the Intermediate Cup, Junior and Plate!

Check out the latest results..


To find out more keep up to date here

Enter now: Women’s County Championships

Women’s County Championships

Entries are now being taken for the Women’s County Championship and you only have nine days to get them in!

It is hoped to follow in previous year’s footsteps and provide a great day of entertaining rugby!

For more information and how to enter, check out the poster!



Billingham Rugby Club welcome England’s most capped player, Jason Leonard to officially open their newly laid Artificial Grass Pitch.

This  Saturday, Bilingham Rugby Club are holding the grand opening of their RFU Rugby 365 Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) with the help of OBE and former England Player, Jason Leonard.

Although the pitch has already had its christening of rugby boots since being laid, the club are welcoming; families, friends, players and spectators to enjoy the official opening.

Billingham were selected as the first Area Six club to trial the RFU Rugby 365 AGP in the 100 clubs across England. The pitches are part of the Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy seeing over £50m investment across four years around the country.

The aim of the pitches is to allow rugby to be played 365 days a year without weather permitting the game we love. This will mean we can play more rugby, more often especially as the weather in the North East can be very fluctuant.

As part of the agreement for holding an AGP pitch at the club, Billingham RFC will also be accessible to; surrounding rugby clubs, organisations, schools and more through an online booking system with fees as low as £24 per hour for some participants.

Jason Leonard, aka ‘The Fun Bus’ will open the pitch from 12pm followed by an open Q&A session.

On the day, there will be lots to enjoy including; a bouncy castle, outdoor bar, all day rugby and more.

Running of events:

11am – 1pm: Under 17s Tournament involving local clubs

12pm – 12:15pm: AGP Official opening by Jason Leonard OBE

1pm – 2pm: Durham County Women V Yorkshire County Women 3pm – 4.30pm: Billingham RUFC V Otley RUFC friendly



By Clarissa Murphy

Hartlepool Rovers hail first female coaching camp a success

Hartlepool Rovers hail first female coaching camp a success


Hartlepool Rovers Women and Girls first coaching camp has been hailed a huge success with a high volume of females in attendance.

Pictured: Hartlepool Rovers Women and Girls at coaching camp


Hartlepool Rovers ran a two day coaching camp for players with the help of guest coaches, Phil Wallis and Jon Benson, RFU Community Rugby Coaches.

Although the camp was an open invitation event it seemed to attract only Rovers Women and Girls – but that was not a problem as 20 girls and around 25 Women turned out.

Darren Smith, Women and Girls Coach said; “This was a great opportunity for us to really focus on areas we would not normally have the time to do.

“We were able to split the ladies and girls up across the two days and focus on principles of play and problem solving in game focused scenarios.

“Importantly, we were also able to micro coach some areas such as: scrummaging, technique and set back plays.”


Pictured: Micro coaching with DMP Player and Rovers Coach, Emily Hunter

Aside from the practical based coaching, players were given theory sessions looking at referee signals and laws of the game to improve their understanding of the game.

Smith added: “The camp was a huge success with all the participants coming away from it having learnt a lot about rugby but also having had a really good time as a squad.

“Players were able to get to know each other as well as the game of rugby which is equally important for a new team such as ours.

“It was an intense couple of days but it has put us in a better position for the upcoming season in a league.”

Pictured: Rovers Girls receiving coaching from Darren Smith


It was not all hard work and concentration for the Rovers Women and Girls as they washed the day down with a water fight.

Although Coach Darren Smith has recently returned from his own coaching camp alongside Eddie Jones, England Rugby Coach he welcomed the help from RFU guest coaches adding that their skill and experience gives the ladies a new voice and ideas.

It was not only a weekend of learning for players as the Rovers coaches were able to spend quality time together sharing ideas and working closely to help continue to build the foundations of the teams.

Pictured: Rovers Ladies game scenarios with Coach Phil Wallis


After such success in their first year, Smith claimed that the camp will most certainly return next year.

The camp adds another bullet point on the list of things the Rovers Ladies have completed to raise the profile of their team.

Smith added: “We normally train on weekday evenings when the club house is closed so hosting the camp at the weekend was a chance to show our success to regulars who were able to see the number of women and girls at the club.”

Hartlepool Rovers play their first pre-season friendly on Sunday, 13 at home against Sunderland Flames and open their doors once again for their Inner Warrior camp on August, 23.


By Clarissa Murphy

Could you join the road to playing Internationally for Scotland

Could you join the road to playing Internationally for Scotland?


Scotland Exiles are looking to guide potential players through the different pathways to potentially play international rugby.

This could be you if you have Scotish roots, whether they be direct or through a generation.

Check out this great opportunity below and get that email sent today!

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