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Other Senior Rugby / Re: South Leicester rfc
« on: December 02, 2019, 04:59:36 PM »
That's exactly what the forum's for! We need more rugby chat regardless of where or what level it is.

It's a sad indictment of payment in rugby - but some clubs never learn. Indeed they only learn when it's too late.

You can add to the list plenty of clubs who have fallen out of the leagues. Immediately springing to mind are Halifax and Solihull?

Payment really isn't sustainable - even Championship clubs struggle!

Other Senior Rugby / Re: N'land Senior Cup
« on: November 29, 2019, 09:46:00 AM »
Morpeth 11-10 Alnwick

Alnwick missed a last minute penalty

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: RFU league changes
« on: November 27, 2019, 07:48:50 AM »
I did ask in the meeting whether there was any scope for CBs to have some form of devolution for L7 and below. At present, we canít due to North Comp Regs.

That could be one way of the 40 DN clubs coming to a majority vote and solution for the future if the Regs were to change. But the RFU will place their changes first regardless.

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: RFU league changes
« on: November 27, 2019, 07:43:48 AM »
Thereíll be a reduction in games. No doubt about it.

So if you want clubs to tick over, I would argue for something more radical than 12 team leagues as thatís when clubs probably wonít organise other fixtures. And if they donít? Tynedale, Blaydon and other 2nd tams will end up joining the leagues.

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: RFU league changes
« on: November 26, 2019, 12:39:13 PM »

Because thereís too many league games and players instinctively look to those weekends to do something else?

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: RFU league changes
« on: November 26, 2019, 10:35:11 AM »
Interesting proposals.

Clearly players just want to play rugby in whatever form. I was the ONLY player from Durham and Northumberland in attendance. I think that tells you all you need to know.

Players will play. Itís the administrators of (some) clubs that are scared of changes.

Other Senior Rugby / Re: N'land Senior Cup
« on: November 24, 2019, 07:57:16 PM »
Alnwick v Morpeth THIS Thursday for the Final...

Probably the first time the final has ever been held at this time of year.

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: RFU league changes
« on: November 22, 2019, 07:36:38 PM »
I was successful with my application and will be attending the RFU competitions  review on Monday at Blaydon.

Piedpiper has put forward his points. Iíve certainly got my points I wish to raise, along with Novos playersí views.

Would anyone on the forum like to put forward their views that I can hopefully bring up on Monday?! I fear that the North East is regularly forgotten about with these kind of reviews...

Sonspeak now or forever hold your peace. Or better still apply to attend on Monday!

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: RFU league changes
« on: November 21, 2019, 06:03:55 PM »
Iím out of breath after reading that!

Other Senior Rugby / Re: RWC 2019
« on: October 30, 2019, 11:36:33 AM »
Come on. Very quiet in this thread. The 2015 WC which we got knocked out of in the group stages had 3x as many posts!

Weíve reached a final for the first time in 12 years.

A phenomenal performance last week probably sees us as favourites. Can we do it?

Durham & Northumberland One / Cumbria 1
« on: October 27, 2019, 11:16:26 AM »
May as well have a thread on this seeing as one of them will be getting promoted into this league.

At the moment it looks like Cockermouth, Wigton or Whitehaven.

I played at Wigton as a Colt - a great club and not too far away on a bus if my memory serves.

Other Senior Rugby / Re: RWC 2019
« on: October 20, 2019, 11:59:36 AM »
Totally agree Guv; that part of our game is a farce. If we're going to allow the scrum half to put the ball at the no. 8's feet, as is the current directive, what's the point of a scrummage anyway, other than to try to milk a penalty from it?
May as well follow RL, as we have in so many other facets of the game.
I know there'll be front rowers reading this and throwing their hands up in disgust, and I admit I shudder at the thought too, but something radical needs to be done because the time it takes the ball to get back into play is absolutely ridiculous.

Anyone suggest another way to sort it out?

My honest view is simple. The referee must referee the first offence at the scrum. As you say, every single time the ball is fed to the second row. Until they sort this the referees should be calling for a FK (perhaps the law should change to a penalty?!). Perhaps if there was a genuine contest for the ball there would be less wrangling over trying to win a penalty against one another and forcing the scrum to collapse/reset every few minutes.

The benefit of this may see a return to actual hookers and less focus on weight over skill.

Other Senior Rugby / Re: RWC 2019
« on: October 19, 2019, 08:27:52 AM »
The first scrum was called 2 mins into the game after Australia kept the ball for over a dozen exciting phases. For the ball to get back in play it took another 4 minutes due to free kicks and resets. What an utter shambles the scrum has become and it does nothing for inspiring new people to watch the game or take it up.

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: Biggest Rivalries in the league?
« on: October 18, 2019, 02:33:02 PM »
Many of the sides aren't in this league but I'm going with it!

Historically I would say:

Percy Park v Rockcliff. Two huge clubs in the Victorian and Edwardian era. Turning out internationals and exchanging the senior cup between one another. Still have a yearly Boxing day fixture too.
Rovers v West - Similar to above. Rovers were always the bigger of the two clubs before West's rise during the professional era. Still have their boxing day fixture.
Northern v Gosforth - Two clubs with long histories. Not exactly the same fixture any more as the original Gosforth are now the Falcons.
Novos v Medicals - Is there a closer derby. Yes, according to google. It's North Shields v Percy Park. However, I can't imagine those two teams have played each other much in the last 30 years...?
Boro v Stockton. Both historically strong clubs.
Boro v Acklam. Boro play at Acklam Park! Though not sure on the history of their derby fixtures.

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