DCRFU Club Secretaries  & Coaches


Week 1 – Saturday 4th May 2019-Durham v Lancashire @ Sunderland RFC
Week 2 – Saturday 11
th May 2019- Northumberland v Durham @ Kingston Park
Week 3 – Saturday 18
th May 2019- Cheshire v Durham @ Birkenhead Park RFC
County Final 2nd June 2019 @ Twickenham


We are seeking nominations of appropriate ability players to be part of the County Senior Squad that will compete in Division 1 North of this year’s competition.

 A programme of training sessions is being compiled with sessions at Billingham RFC planned for 7pm till 8.30pm on:

 Wed. 17th April 2019, Tues. 30th April 2019, Thurs. 9th May 2019, Thurs. 16th May 2019.

A further session is to take place at Sunderland RFC on Thurs. 2nd May 2019.

If you have a player/players whom you wish to be considered please forward his name, position, telephone number and email address to John Dove & Gus Miller at the below contact addresses as soon as possible.

John DOVE –     
Gus MILLER (Team Manager) –

Best Wishes and thanks for your help.

John G. Dove
Chairman, D.C.R.F.U. Selectors.
Tel. 07986 326958

Durham County Schools’ Cup competition off to a flying start with 33 schools having entered and 18 events hosted so far across the County

Durham County Schools’ launched their 2018/2019 Cup competition, with the help of Durham County’s Young Match Officials.

One round of matches has already taken place, with 18 events hosted across Durham County. The events have been taking place on Wednesday evenings with school groups YR 7, 8 and 9 all entering teams.

County Schools Cup Competition Winners

Three finals have also been hosted across various venues in Durham County with the schools playing for the Cup, Plate and Shield. The results of the finals are as follows – 

Cup Plate Shield
Year 9 Whitburn Carmel TBC – postponed
Year 8TBC postponed St Johns St Leonards
Year 7Emmanuel
TBC Postponed Our Lady and St. Bede’s

Well done to all the players involved!

These events have not only been successful for the students playing rugby, but also for the Young Match Officials (YMO’s) who have been able to gain valuable experience.

92 Students have completed the Quilter Kids 1st Refereeing for Children and 20 have completed the England Rugby Referee Award through the YMO’s programme.

Students from St Johns School and Durham Johnston Comprehensive School have helped to referee the County Cup games, with great knowledge and confidence. These YMO’s have received support and mentoring from the Durham County Referee Society.

Durham Schools’ Union Young Match Official programme sponsored by Vic Young Mitsubishi Motors’.

Our next round will see the U13/U15 Girls competition return on Tuesday 5th March 2019. The teams will devide between West Hartlepool RFC and Horden and Peterlee RFC. 

By Erin Knotts

Durham County U20’s game rescheduled for Sunday 10th February

Message from Bill Lynch – Manager U20’s

Durham County RFC U20’s are due to take on Staffordshire RFC U20’s in the first fixture of the season.

The game will take place at Billingham RFC on Sunday 10th February and Kick Off at 2:15pm.

Please pass on to anyone who may be involved or intending to attend.

Durham County announce January Challenge Cup ticket winners as Hartlepool Rovers & Horden U14’s

Hartlepool Rovers and Horden U14s have been named Durham County’s January ‘Story of the Month’ through the Newcastle 2019 European Club Rugby Finals initiative.

Hartlepool Rovers and Horden U14’s were nominated as a team that displayed the core values rugby should represent, doing themselves and Durham County proud.

Newcastle 2019 January ticket winners: Horden and Hartlepool Rovers U14’s  

The sportsmanship, attitude and teamwork 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 this year.

At the end of last season, both Hartlepool Rovers and Horden under 13’s where two struggling sides. A lack of numbers meant both teams where at risk of folding.

However, some joined up thinking from both coaches has turned things around and now both teams are flourishing… as one.

Coaches from both clubs worked together for the good of the players, putting any rivalries aside. They made an agreement to combine for the 2018/2019 season. Moving to U14’s they now play 15 a side (a number neither team would have been able to meet alone).

Both teams now enjoy regular joint training sessions and with some clever work buy fixtures secretaries they have a full list of fixtures. One week the team will play as Horden, and the next as Hartlepool Rovers.

None of the players mind what shirt they wear, and neither coach has let personal club pride come in the way of a player centred approach to rugby.

The players have shown all the core values of rugby. They have especially showed teamwork with the two teams now working together as one. Numbers have improved for both clubs, which has strengthened the team.

The players have built a really good relationship and enjoyed a joint Christmas party, they also look forward to an end of season tour.

They are now enjoying regular competitive fixtures and training weekly, the boys are stating to flourish and improve week on week.  

This is a perfect example of two local clubs working together for the good of the players. Without this, there is no doubt that most of these players would have been lost from the game.

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.

International Rugby at Billingham RUFC

On Sunday 17th March 2019 Billingham RUFC will host England U18s vs Scotland U18s.

Billingham are very proud to have been selected to host the future stars of the game and this is an excellent chance to see some top class international rugby. You can purchase tickets via the Billingham website Get Tickets

RugbySafe and Safeguarding cluster meetings across Durham County

RugbySafe and Safeguarding cluster meetings across Durham County


Following on from the success of the Durham CB RugbySafe and Safeguarding launch at Houghton RUFC back in September, we have decided that we will host a number of cluster meetings across the CB in the coming months covering both RugbySafe and Safeguarding in our clubs.

The meetings are design to see how we as CB representatives can help develop player welfare and safeguarding in your clubs. As well as being able to answer any questions you may have, share any models of good practice across the clubs and any updates that we have.

The meetings will take place on the following dates starting at 7pm:

Monday 28th January at Ryton RFC

Monday 11th February at Sunderland RFC

Monday 25th February at Darlington Mowden Park RFC

Monday 11th March at Billingham RFC

If every club could please endeavour to send at least one member to your cluster meeting. If you cannot attend your cluster meeting please try and attend another cluster meeting.

Can we please ask that you respond to stating who from your club will be attending the meeting and at which venue.

In the meantime please do not hesitate to contact either Chris Simpson CB RugbySafe Lead or Paul Geehan Safeguarding Officer

Durham County opens applications for the U17’s Boys upcoming season

Durham County RFU open applications for the upcoming season for U17 Boys  

The new U17’s County Season is nearly underway and we are calling for nominations for this year’s teams. As always we are looking for the best of the best, the player that makes you GASP!

But you don’t have much time to get your entries in.

Due to a tight timescale, the nominations have to be returned by 28th January 2019.

If you have a player in mind, please click here for more information.

Win for Durham County U18 boy’s against Northumberland at Kingston Park

Durham County U18’s Boys win against Northumberland in final fixture 


Durham County U18’s Boys at Kingston Park


On Sunday 13th January Durham County U18 Boy’s played Northumberland in there last fixture of the season at Kingston Park.

Northumberland 22 – Durham 31 

Durham U18’s retained the Watt Davy trophy with a good win over Northumberland.

After a first half of missed chances from Durham, the sides where locked at 12-12 at the break with try’s for Dylan Penny and Captain Shan Ivey. An excellent conversion was then scored, against the wind, from Ralph Makepeace.

The second half Durham took control and eased out to a 31-12 lead with score from Shane Ivey with his second Gabriel Wray and James Pearson with Ralph Makepeace slotting 2 further conversions but the last 10 minutes we took our foot of the gas and to Northumberland’s credit (who kept going guided by their excellent Fly Half) scored 2 well worked try’s, with the last scored right on full time. This gave the game a more balanced look.

Lots of Durham boys impressed over the season and we now wait with anticipation to find out which players will be invited to the North of England Trials.

Best of luck!

Also, a special thank you to the injured players who came and supported the team – Joe Ross and Chris West. 

Well done Durham, a great way to end the season with a win…

A huge thank you for the coaching team for all their hard work throughout the season: 
Chris Webb, 
Tamara Taylor
Daniel Finney 
Dan Burns 
David Hill 


Thank you, 

Phil Lax 

Business Developmet Volunteer Community Club Legacy Programme

Durham County RFU open applications for Business Development Volunteer Programme  

Newcastle Falcons are offering all clubs in Durham County the chance to take part in sports sales training.

“The Newcastle 2019 European Finals Weekend hospitality programme now on sale, this programme attempts to harness the significant interest there will be in these packages to the benefit of local rugby clubs. Every local club has a network of players, volunteers and members that are prominent figures within the local business community.

The aim of the programme is for each club to nominate a potential business development volunteer who will:
• Receive generic sports sales training from Newcastle Falcons
• Specific sales training and marketing materials to gain commission and sell official Newcastle 2019 hospitality packages to your club business networks.

Any club that makes sales will receive 15% commission. 

We believe this is an excellent opportunity for clubs, the workshop will take place on Tuesday 14th January at Durham City RFU.

If you are interested in taking part in this fantastic opportunity to further your clubs development, then please contact us on