County Women

Durham County Senior Women 


The Durham County Womens 2016/2017 season will begin with the first game at the end of April. To enable preparation for the games against, Northumbria, Cumbria and Lancashire players are welcomed to training and trials from end of March.

The regional plate competition will be expanded in 2016/17 to a national competition, this is following feedback and the number of counties who expressed a wish to take part in a national competition.
It is the committee’s intention to continue to look at the competition structures and how best to meet its objective in Season 2017/18.

Below are next season fixtures with some movement between the plate and cup. Where possible the men’s and women’s home fixtures have been mirrored so counties have the opportunity to hold double headers.


Pictured: Durham County Women 2016/2017

Coaches and Managers

David Addison – Head Coach

Chris Marsden – Assistant Coach

Chris Geehan – Assistant Coach

Paul Geehan – Manager


Training will commence from the end of March, where players from across the women’s section in Durham will be welcomed to come along to Hartlepool RFC to impress coaches to earn the honor of representing their County.

Training dates:

Wednesday March, 29 : Open training/trials @ Hartlepool RFC (6.45pm – 8.30pm)

Wednesday April, 5 : Open training/trials @ Hartlepool RFC (6.45pm – 8.30pm)

Wednesday April, 12: Training and trial game @ Hartlepool RFC (6.45pm – 8.30pm)

Wednesday April, 19: Squad training @ Hartlepool RFC (6.45pm – 8.30pm)

Wednesday April, 26: Squad training before the first game @ Hartlepool RFC (6.45pm – 8.30pm)

Training will continue in between games, all traiing sessions are open training sessions and players are encouraged to train and make themselves available for games.

The trial game after two weeks will be a chance for coaching staff to pick a squad but all players are still encouraged to train and if there is enough interest and players, the coaching staff will look to put out a development side.

See main squad of 35 and development squad

Upcoming games for the 2016/2017 season:
The Squad will be announced on a Tuesday night of the week of games ready for Wednesday training sessions.
Pool one:
Northumberland V Durham : Friday April, 28 – Novocastrians  : Northumberland 17- 10 Durham
Durham V Cumbria: Sunday May, 7 – Blaydon Rugby Club : Durham 34- 5 Cumbria
Durham V Lancashire : Sunday, May, 14 –  Darlington Rugby Club, Blackwell Meadows. : Durham firsts 5 – 40 Lancashire firsts, Durham Development 0 – 69 Lancashire Development

Semi Final One:

Winner of pool one  V  Winner of pool two : May 21, 2017 to be hosted by Winner of pool one.


Winner of semi final one  V winner of semi final two

Northumberland V Durham: 17- 10 loss

After a very evenly matched game throughout, the hosts picked up a converted try in the last few moments to deny Durham derby bragging rights and their first win.

Read match report

Durham V Cumbria: 34-5 victory

Durham Women secured their first win of the County Championship and a bonus point as they took on a challenging Cumbria side.  Although it was a confident score for the Durham Women, it was not without a fight as Cumbria challenged the side to the final whistle.

See match report

See match photographs (By Sally Evans of Bishop Auckland Rugby Club)

Durham V Lancashire (Firsts and Development): 40 – 5 loss & 69 – 0 loss

Durham women were denied the next stages of County Campaign after a strong Lancashire side stole the win.

However, aside from the first team game, Durham set two ‘first time ever’ records as seven players recieved their County Caps and they fielded a development team again Lancashire.

See match report

See team sheets


Season 2015-2016


Sunday 15th May 2016 Lancashire Ladies vs Durham Ladies at Liverpool St Helens.  Durham were unable to cope with the strong running Lancashire ladies as they suffered their first defeat in the 2016 County Championship.  The final score which did not really reflect how competitive the game really was ended as Lancashire 54 – 24 Durham.
See match report    see photos

Sunday 8th May 2016 Durham vs Cumbria at Hartlepool RFC kick off 2pm.  Durham come out on top 27-19 with another excellent performance report and photos to follow
See match report  See photos

Sunday 1st May 2016 Northumberland vs Durham at Percy Park RFC kick off 3pm – Durham have to settle for a thrilling draw as Northumberland get late score to make the scoreline 24 -24
See report  See photo’s and  more photos

Upcoming Events

  • January 20, 2018
    • Referee T&D
      7:00 pm

      This will take place at Durham City RFC.

  • January 24, 2018
    • Durham safeguarding meeting
      6:30 pm

      Durham Clubs are invited to Sunderland RFC where Richard Smallbone (RFU Safeguarding Manager) will be in attendance to answer questions and give a talk on safeguarding audits.
      There will be refreshments upon arrival.

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