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Merit Leagues / Re: Can social rugby survive another season ?
« on: June 22, 2017, 09:35:29 AM »
NRU have brought in a merit league for the teams that struggle with league fixtures - a great initiative. It's one I think they should do for all social teams to be honest.

I'm sure he'll do very well there. Good luck to Winlaton!

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: Paying Players
« on: June 21, 2017, 11:03:30 PM »
Well let them do it. Clubs always did, at least there's rules now that may discourage some?

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: Paying Players
« on: June 21, 2017, 10:42:15 PM »
It is a step in the right direction though. Well done RFU

Other Senior Rugby / Re: Lions tour 2017
« on: June 02, 2017, 09:36:25 AM »
Tomorrow's squad to take on Provincial Barbarians:

S Hogg (Scotland); A Watson, J Joseph, B Teo (all England), T Seymour (Scotland); J Sexton (Ireland), G Laidlaw (Scotland); J Marler (England), R Best (Ireland), K Sinckler (England) AW Jones (Wales, I Henderson (Ireland), R Moriarty, T Faletau, S Warburton (capt), all Wales).

Subs: J George, M Vunipola (both England), T Furlong (Ireland), G Kruis (England), J Tipuric R Webb (both Wales), O Farrell (England), J Payne (Ireland).

Durham & Northumberland Two / Re: DN2 next season?
« on: May 26, 2017, 08:54:42 PM »
Total disregard for DN rugby. It is struggling up here as it is and they've given Blyth two fingers. Here's to even more teams eventually falling out the RFU pyriamid

Chat / Re: General Election 2017
« on: May 26, 2017, 10:54:51 AM »
Latest poll:

CON: 43% (-1)
LAB: 38% (+3)
LDEM: 10% +1)
UKIP: 4$ (=1)

Labour might edge this with 2 weeks to go...

Other Senior Rugby / Re: National Cups 17-18
« on: May 25, 2017, 08:53:36 AM »
Northumberland will most likely be Medicals, Rockcliff, Wallsend

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: Guisborough back in DN1
« on: May 25, 2017, 08:52:42 AM »
I quite enjoy the bus trip  8)

Also if in any doubt, arguably Middlesbrough's greatest achievement was in the Yorkshire Cup Final when they beat Roundhay (now Yorkshire Carnegie) 10-9 in 1976


Durham & Northumberland One / Re: Numbers of Players used a season
« on: May 21, 2017, 02:31:09 AM »
And...the commentary is fantastic. I'm not just saying it because I'm doing it  ;)

Okay. Maybe I am

Other Senior Rugby / Re: Senior County Rugby 2017
« on: May 19, 2017, 12:34:35 PM »
Match footage online

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: Legacy.
« on: May 19, 2017, 12:20:15 PM »
I most certainly didn't forget Guisborough! In fact I'd say it's been my favourite place to visit in recent years.

However, it seems incredibly likely that you will be jettisoned off to Y1 unfortunately. Unless it's Middlesbrough that takes your place instead?

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: Legacy.
« on: May 18, 2017, 01:36:36 PM »
Thanks Rock25. I genuniely do think this is the way forward but unfortunately some people think an extra weekend's bar taking is more important!

If it was to start this season, like you asked. It would look like below (11 clubs in DN1. I've used the assumption that BBOB would still be in the league structure. If not you would shift the bottom team down a league. I also wasn't sure where to put Acklam!)

Durham/Northumberland 1
Durham City      
Barnard Castle      
Horden and Peterlee         
Hartlepool Rovers

Durham/Northumberland 2
Whitley Bay Rockcliff   
Bishop Auckland   

Durham/Northumberland 3
North Shields   
Winlaton Vulcans      
South Shields      
Seaton Carew      
Newton Aycliffe      

Durham/Northumberland 4
Prudhoe & Stocksfield         
West Hartlepool TDSOB         
Hartlepool B.B.O.B.      

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: Numbers of Players used a season
« on: May 17, 2017, 04:59:55 PM »
Of course from memory Medicals would have been DN1/DN2 back in 1996.

The league structure was very different. There would have been a North East 2 and North East 1 above that level which would have had the even 'better players'. The Pilkington Shield that Meds won in 1996 was for the lowest 512 ranked clubs in the country so, yes the standard may not be as good as what Medicals now have.

However, for most clubs, like Mugsy and Dave Barnes have said they would have had smatterings of Senior County players (effectively the equivalent of Premiership rugby now) and they would have been playing against International players up until 1995. So, yes there is swings and roundabouts involved but I would have thought that most junior clubs from current day DN1 would have had some very tasty individuals playing at an amateur level.

Of course post 1995 that began to change as clubs could willingly flaunt the cash as opposed to brown packets in the boots of players before a game...

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: Numbers of Players used a season
« on: May 16, 2017, 11:04:38 AM »
Out of my own interest I just checked how many players Novos used during the first season of league rugby in 1987-88. We used 20. Yes there was only ten games but it's quite staggering really.

We played 37 games in all competitions that year. 7 of the 20 played at least 30 games, with 2 playing all 37 games.

I think it's likely that there's been a cultural shift across the millennial generation...!

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