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Chat / Scotland v Georgia
« on: October 23, 2020, 07:19:15 PM »
Nice to have some International Rugby on terrestrial TV. Interested to see how Georgia go in these games. I am sure they will want to make a point and put pressure on Italy and the 6 Nations decision makers. Hope they go well.

Ladies Rugby / The return of Women's Rugby
« on: October 06, 2020, 04:03:06 PM »
Womens rugby returns this Saturday. With a new title sponsor, Allianz insurance have agreed a deal with the RFU with the competition now being called the Allianz Premiere 15s. The competition will be played without players being tested for Covid 19. With adapted rules to reduce scrums and mauls.

Chat / S Africa to join 6 Nations?
« on: October 01, 2020, 11:31:55 AM »
Interesting developments with S Africa leaving/kicked out of Super Rugby. With the South African board now not being on the best of terms with N Zealand and Australia will this lead to S Africa joining the 6 Nations. It has a lot of benefits for S Africa most of there top players play in Europe. Similar time zone so S African fans will be able to watch tv games in the afternoon or evening. Most importantly to the S African board I would imagine more money from there share of TV revenue. It maybe that it becomes a 7 Nations but not to sure the clubs will be in favour. So if I was Italy I would be having a few worrying glances over more shoulder.

Chat / Return of Rugby in Scotland (sort of)
« on: September 14, 2020, 02:51:34 PM »
As of today a modified full contact form of rugby is being allowed in Scottish Schools and Clubs. No Scrums or Mauls modified Rucks and Lineouts surely this is a better idea than non contact touch. Ok it's not perfect but surely this would wet people's appetites a little bit and lads would be more likely to play games against other clubs and get club rugby started. Obviously friendlies and not league games. Interested in peoples thoughts.

Other Senior Rugby / 10 a side touch rugby
« on: August 08, 2020, 11:54:51 AM »
The BBC reporting this morning 10 a side touch rugby has been approved by the government for inter club games in August. Then possibly games against other clubs in September. It also says full contact still a long way off

Durham & Northumberland One / Fixtures
« on: July 16, 2020, 10:35:47 PM »
Suprised St Benedicts in the Northern Conference thought it would of been easier and shorter from the South. To be honest haven't checked the mileage so could be wrong, wouldn't be the first time. :o

Other Senior Rugby / Super Rugby back on TV
« on: June 13, 2020, 11:37:25 AM »
It was good to see some live Rugby back this morning with the Chiefs v Highlanders. A very entertaining game aswell. It was also good to see the referee being a lot stricter on offside. The directive in NZ being you must make sure your clearly onside. It was also obvious players had been told to stay on their feet at the ruck keeping their head and shoulders above their waist hope it continues. Also very quick to penalise ball carriers for holding on and rewarding the jackal.

Other Senior Rugby / Law Change Post Protector
« on: May 12, 2020, 06:51:47 PM »
You will now not be able to score a try by placing the ball against the base of the post Protector due to a law change by World Rugby

Durham & Northumberland One / DandN Breakaway league
« on: April 24, 2020, 09:34:31 AM »
While we still have plenty of time on our hands and lots of good discussion. I was just wondering what the thoughts on clubs starting a breakaway league and what the pros and cons are.

Durham & Northumberland One / Breakdown Laws
« on: April 02, 2020, 06:06:50 PM »
Just a one for referee's and coaches.
It may of been missed with all the hullabaloo about final league positions and the terrible ongoing pandemic. But World Rugby released a statement today about reinforcing the existing breakdown laws to reduce the amount of injuries. In short ball carriers releasing the ball immediately, tacklers releasing the ball carrier immediately, rewarding the first player to the breakdown, penalizing players for side entry and going off there feet instead of driving into the ruck. You never know we may get back to some proper rucking.

Other Senior Rugby / HIA protocols
« on: November 19, 2019, 07:26:10 PM »
Just want to clear a misconception up on a couple of occasions this season in games I have been refereeing players have been removed with head injury or possible symptoms of concussion by myself I have then had coaches club physios say they have passed a HIA. Well to clear this up HIAs are only allowed in professional rugby they are not permitted in community rugby no matter what if a player is removed by the referee or by there coach with a head injury or possible symptoms of concussion he can not return under any circumstances hope this clears things up for club coaches Physios to stop any misunderstanding and to keep your players safe

Other Senior Rugby / Credit to there Clubs
« on: September 28, 2019, 07:57:37 PM »
Had the pleasure of Refereeing Blaydon 3rds  v  Durham City 2nds today in what turned out to be a cracking game Durham winning 46 45 with the last play of the game just wanted to congratulate both sets of players for playing fast positive attacking rugby from start to finish with no whingeing played in a great spirit and no little skill both sides a credit to there clubs really enjoyed it today and thought it would be nice to say something positive

Durham & Northumberland Two / Results
« on: September 07, 2019, 07:43:37 PM »
wins for

Durham & Northumberland Two / Junior Rugby growing your club
« on: July 19, 2019, 11:42:13 PM »
Great to see a good club like Winlaton getting there Junior Mini section up and running takes a lot of hard work from good people giving up there time but the rewards are unbelievable both for the coaches in the pride they get from the players they Nuture from little tots to young men and for the future of your club I totally believe that if clubs want to survive in the future  they are going to have to work really hard to produce there own players so any club who hasn't started a junior mini section have a really good think about it and crack on even if you start with only one age group make a start  Very best of luck to Winlaton Minis Juniors

Durham & Northumberland One / Coaching changes
« on: May 07, 2019, 06:35:07 PM »
Horden first team coach and club stalwart Glen Bowman standing down after 15 years good player and good coach best of luck.

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