Preview: Durham Senior Men prepare for first fixture of Bill Beaumont Championship as they name squad to face Cumbria
Durham County Senior Men prepare for their first fixture of the 2017/18 season, as they name squad to travel to Cumbria.
The Durham County Men kick start their Bill Beaumont Championship Campaign away at Wigton RFC on Saturday.
Selection follows a excellent turn out at training at Billingham, last night leaving coaches Chris Wearmouth and Andrew Baggett with a number of difficult decisions.
John Dove, Head of selection for Durham Seniors, said: “We had around thirty players in attendance and with a number of other unavailable this week.
“There are players ready to come into consideration in the weeks to come and picking a 22 man squad was never going to be easy.
“A case could be made for all of those involved, to be selected.”
The players to make the journey, are as follows:
|15 CONNON, Max||Carlisle|
|14 HOPLEY, Martin||Billingham|
|13 McPHILLIPS, Jack||Middlesbrough|
|12 YOULL, Peter||West Hartlepool|
|11 MOLONEY, Sean||Middlesbrough|
|10 EVANS, Peter||Billingham|
|9 FINNEY, Daniel||Billingham|
|1 PURKISS-McENDOO, Charles||Harrogate|
|2 WOOD, Chris||DMP|
|3 HUGHES, Michael||Barnard Castle|
|4 WEARMOUTH, Christopher||Barnard Castle|
|6 HODGSON, Ollie||DMP|
|7 BURNS, Daniel||Billingham|
|8 Rob STANWIX||Barnard Castle|
|16 LARDER, Tom||Harrogate|
|17 CLARK, Kieran||Middlesbrough|
|18 KIRTON, Andrew||South Shields Westoe|
|19 Euan TREMLETT||Middlesbrough|
|20 FOLEY, Conner||Middlesbrough|
|21 CHECKSFIELD, Liam||West Hartlepool|
|22 WILSON, Luke||Billingham|
Durham will look to get the Championship off to a winning start to put them in good stead for their remaining fixtures, at home against Staffordshire and Leicestershire.
In the last meeting with Cumbria, the Durham lads reigned winners with a strong 62-5 performance.
Dove added: “With the prize of a final at Twickenham at stake, none of the games will be easy, but Durham will spare no effort in trying to achieve their target.”
By Clarissa Murphy