Durham County Cup competition hailed an enjoyable day for Women’s Rugby

Durham County Cup competition hailed an enjoyable day for Women’s Rugby


Durham County Rugby Football Union crown the 2018 Cup and Plate Winners at an entertaining festival of rugby, hosted by Billingham RUFC.  

Yesterday saw around 100 people gather at the Rugby 365 pitch to watch, play and support the Women’s County Cup competition, which saw Sunderland Flames crowned County Cup champions and Hartlepool Rovers take the Plate.

The round robin event, originally set out for five teams saw Darlington, Hartlepool Rovers and Sunderland Flames battle it out for the 2018 titles.

In the opening game, Sunderland Flames set the stage with a 28-0 victory over Hartlepool Rovers, with tries from Clarissa Murphy, Ellie Pigford, Tara Breslin and Steph Maddison, including four from four conversions from Breslin’s boot.

Straight back into action, Darlington prepared for their opening fixture against Sunderland Flames, despite two early unconverted tries from Flames Captain Amber Stonehouse and Nicole Irving, the match remained physical and a battle of the best in the centre of the field.

Darlington used their forward strength to continue through the phases in the 22, before seeing Jess Cheesman over in the corner for the sides first five points of the game.

However, Sunderland remained confident in their ability as they played the ball wide for the last play of the game for Jenny Cox to cross out wide, converted by Breslin to concluded a tough game with a  17-5 win.

But, it was in the final round robin fixture that we saw the try of the game, as Hartlepool Rovers full back, Caitlin Dunn took the ball from the defending 22 to run in under the posts to secure a 7-0 victory for the underdogs.

Caitlin Dunn; Try of the competition


And with a win and loss under their belt, it was Hartlepool Rovers that took to the pitch once more to play first placed Sunderland Flames in the final.

It was obvious that Sunderland had a much tougher fight on their hands heading in to the second meeting, as the side joined the field with an unmatchable sense of achievement and pride.

Sunderland kicked off the game, with the Hartlepool Ladies carrying the ball strong into contact. Just a few minutes in, the Wearside ladies took the lead as Breslin broke the line to score under the posts.

Rovers continued to show their intent throughout with strong defensive pressure, but despite the physicality thrown at the side, Sunderland used the wider channels to pick up the gaps and score another two tries through Jill Riley and Pigford to win the competition 19-0.

The presentation of prizes was carried out by Durham 2018 President, David Sawyer in Billingham’s club house. And, it is questionable if third placed Darlington Ladies were the afternoon’s real winners with a crate of cider awarded to them from Women and Girls Chair, Jan Duncan.

A huge well done to all players that took part in the afternoon’s competition, it was noted as an excellent afternoon of talented rugby!

View the full album of photos from the afternoon, by Sally Evans, here. 

By Clarissa Murphy

Durham City Rugby Club set to launch female section with the help of Durham University Women’s team

Durham City Rugby Club set to launch female section with the help of Durham University Women’s team


Durham City Rugby Club have partnered with Durham University Women’s team to launch a new Women and Girls’ section at the club.  

The aim of the launch with development days is to welcome new females to the game, or returning players in the U15, U18 and Women’s age groups.

Durham University Publicity officer, Lydia Otulakowski said: “We are really excited about this venture.

“And we would love to broadcast its arrival throughout Durham to recruit new girls, to try out this great sport!”

The development days are set to take place on September 16th and September 30th, from 1pm until 3pm.

Each event will conclude the fun filled activity based day with a complimentary BBQ, and of course the bar will be open!

Those attending can even grab a chance to win a free shirt, all you have to do is go along to both sessions.

Does this sound like something that could be a fun opportunity for you, or even your mum, sister, friend or cousin? Well head over to the Facebook event now to keep in touch with all the information for the two days.


By Clarissa Murphy

England Rugby to play Quilter International Test match in Newcastle

England Rugby to play quilter international test match in Newcastle


England Rugby will play in front of a northern crowd for one of three 2019 Quilter International Test matches, as they announce home match in Newcastle.

The Eddie Jones’ side will play their third International test match in the heart of Newcastle at the over 52,000 capacity stadium, St James’ Park.

The match against Italy will be the final of the four warm up matches for the England side, before heading out to Tokyo, ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Preparations will also see the side travel to Cardiff (Saturday August, 17) and play host to Ireland (Saturday August, 24) and Wales (Saturday August, 11) at their home ground, Twickenham.

This will be the first England International fixture in Newcastle, but one of a collection of times that rugby has taken over the city.

Fans and spectators from all over the country, and Italy can expect a warm and welcoming match in the North East with a small chance of sunshine, but prospect for an entertaining and enjoyable visit.

England Head Coach, Eddie Jones said: “Newcastle will be a fantastic host, and we will look forward to playing in front of a great northern crowd.”

The match will take place in just 366 days, on Friday September, 6 2019 at St James’ Park, 19;45pm KO.

Tickets will go on sale later in the year, but you can guarantee to see the game televised on Sky Sports.


By Clarissa Murphy

Mowden Park set to launch a Young Sports Leadership Programme

Mowden Park set to launch a Young Sports Leadership Programme


Darlington Mowden Park have announced that they will host a level one and level two young sports leadership programme from September this year.

The programme is open to anyone, over the age of 12 that are interested in learning valuable communication and leadership skills through the use of sport.

This announcement comes after the hosts experienced a successful pilot programme, during the Summer Activity Programme.

“Mowden Park in the Community are excited to extend this programme, which will incorporate specific volunteering opportunities linked with Mowden Park Match Days and Mowden Park in the Community Festivals.” 

You can find out more about the level one and two qualifications and how to book on, here.

Durham County Age Grade Cup Draw announced for upcoming season

Durham County Age Grade Cup Draw announced for upcoming season


After some delays with the Age Grade County Cup draw, we are pleased to announce the round one fixtures for each age group.

The fixtures are appointed with an on or before date to be played by, it is important that we stick to these date to ensure we remain inside the club approved playing windows for Age Grade, and to ensure we can progress with round two, smoothly.

All results and any issues with play dates are to go through the cup administrator, Peter Greenwell.

Please send a copy of your results to dcrfu@therfu.com for upload to the website and social media.

This year we would really like to encourage clubs to send in pictures of either after match team shots or, in play snaps so that we can curate content online and on social accounts! 

Best of luck, everyone.

U14s         U15s          U16s         U17s          U18s 

Consett Rugby Club U18s reign victorious during tour to America

Consett Rugby Club U18s reign victorious during tour to America


Consett Rugby Club return to the North East as Great Lake Sevens winners after an unforgettable summer tour for their under 18 boys.

Consett RFC visited the Milwaukee and Chicago area for the fourth time with the 2017/18 season U18 Boys for sightseeing, Sevens rugby, music festivals and the first leg of a 15aside fixture against Illinois State Tornado’s.

Consett U18 Boys: The victorious touring team after their victories at Great Lake 7s


Consett U18s reigned Great Lake Sevens Champions during their twelve day stay with five from five victories, including a 45 -7 final result in the competition at Chicago Blaze Rugby Club.

The competition final saw tries from; Daniel Smith (Capt), Oli Bartles Smith, Matthew Lovett, Oliver Smith, Owen Young & Callum Smith.

During their visit to the USA, the Great Lake Sevens was not the only rugby on the agenda, as the North East tourists played in the Lakefront 7s, the largest sevens competition in the USA, followed by the largest music festival, Summerfest and a 15 aside fixture against Illinois State Tornado’s ending 55-14 to the visitors.

David Trott, Chairman and Tour Leader commented on the trip, saying: “These opportunities are really important for keeping the interest in rugby, especially for an age grade that generally struggles to retain players.

“The expectations and pleasure in seeing the players take the field and interact in another countries rugby culture is truly inspiring to both the young adults and coaches, who in some cases have been together for 12 years.

“Now we hope they take to the field as senior players and continue to play rugby for many years to come.”

Across the trip to America, the Consett boys were able to experience a host of attractions off the field as well, including; Lambeau Field, Home of NFL team Green Bay Packers and the Hall of Fames, Summerfest, Raging Waves Water Park, University of Notre Dame tour, Shedd Aquarium, Sky Deck including the glass ledge walk, Chicago Zoo, Fireworks on lake Michigan, Museum of Science, Wrigley field for Major League Baseball, and even a spot of a shopping.

Even with such a spoiling choice, player Matthew Lovett said his highlight was the full access tour of the University of Notre Dame seeing all the sporting facilities.

Lovett added: “To see their indoor training facility, 24 man jacuzzi in the practise locker room, physio room and weights room used by the football team was just amazing.

“The history of Notre Dame and the fighting Irish Football team was truly unforgettable.”

Lambeau Field: Consett U18s tour of the home of NFL Green Back Packers


While, Daniel Smith, U18B Captain, said: “ It was an amazing experience and a one that will never be forgotten.

“Getting to explore new surroundings and magnificent places while meeting new faces was an amazing aspect of the tour.

“With playing rugby came a big challenge which we matched and succeeded in, coming away with a well-deserved victory in the Great Lake 7’s.”

By Clarissa Murphy 

Book Now; Durham County Coaching Conference

Book Now; Durham County Coaching Conference


Durham County RFU have teamed with the Rugby Football Union Staff once again to bring you the 2018 coaching conference.

The conference allows attendees the opportunity to pick one of three workshops to attend. The RFU delivered CPD courses will be; Developing People and Quilter Refereeing Children with Durham County providing a masterclass workshop with guest coaches about selection, the scrum and innovating attack.

You can book NOW online HERE 

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Durham County RFU pledge to become rugby safe as they prepare for launch in clubs

Durham County RFU pledge to become rugby safe as they prepare for launch in clubs


Durham County RFU are preparing to become ‘Rugby Safe‘ through the England Rugby 2018/19 initiative.

This will be officially launched to our clubs and safeguarding officers at the CB Safeguarding conference at Houghton Rugby in September.


The main focus of Rugby Safe is to look at the welfare of all players and the people that are involved in the game; this is supported by the RFU and the CB.

Some of the areas that the Rugby Safe programme will highlight, are; first aid, concussion, provision of activity and more. Through this learning, clubs will be tasked with developing and educating, checking and challenge volunteers.

Chris Simpson, Durham County RFU CB Rugby Safe Lead said: “We plan to launch the programme in the 2018/19 season and we will support clubs to develop their own strategies and policies to ensure that clubs become Rugby Safe.

“This is a really positive step forward in ensuring we are doing all we can to support and protect our players and volunteers throughout the game.”

To find out more, get in touch with us on dcrfu@therfu.com on any of our social accounts!

Durham County Cup Fixtures for the 2018/2019 season have landed

Durham County Cup Fixtures for the 2018/2019 season have landed


Durham County RFU have done the first set of County Cup fixture draws for the 2018/2019 season and you can see them here first.

The first rounds will commence from August, 25 with semi finals dates set for March, 16.

Check them out now…



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