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Other Senior Rugby / 6 Law Amendments from 1st August
« on: July 23, 2017, 02:49:53 PM »
Here are the 6 law amendments from World Rugby for the new season.

http://www.worldrugby.org/news/266973


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Durham & Northumberland One / Any news?
« on: July 14, 2017, 11:23:30 AM »
Anything to discuss?

Players signed, new coaches, big fallouts........we need something to discuss as the season is only 6 weeks away!

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Durham & Northumberland Three / A Change to the Leagues?
« on: June 02, 2017, 09:03:21 AM »
With Washington and now BBOB dropping out of the league system in the last season or so and several clubs who's first teams not planning to join the league system could the league competitions committees within the regions not come up with an alternative?

I know Yorkshire are having similar problems as well and my suggestion would be this;

For Durham and Northumberland (down to level 9) the leagues at 7 and 8 stay the same at 14 teams. Level 9 becomes a 10 team division providing 18 league games a season. Below that there are currently 2 informal leagues running which are regional, the Northumberland one (Aln, Blyth & Coquet) and the Tees Valley Social League.

Clubs outside the official league system who's 1st teams play can play off against each other the winner gets the opportunity to replace the bottom side in DN3, maybe also as a play off?

If they don't want to go up then the incumbent DN3 side remains there.

My thinking is simple, less rules, no player registration and in DN3 there would be less league games to try and get players to commit too so hopefully producing a more even standard of rugby.


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Durham & Northumberland One / DN1 next season
« on: May 22, 2017, 08:12:26 PM »
Although we still have to find out who will be level transferred I think next season could be the best yet for DN1. I normally don't predict the scores as the season goes on but fancied starting a debate on what we think may happen next year.

Promotion:
Quite a few contenders here but I think Westoe will probably go up, took a year to adjust after several consecutive relegations but grew stronger as the season went on and nearly pulled it off in the play off. Guisborough will do well if they are in this league and they retain a strong squad this season and then you have Barney who will be stronger, wiser and better equipped, Durham City who will be strong as they only just slipped to relegation. If Consett have the same young squad they can also be in the mix along with Boro.

Relegation:
Both promoted clubs might struggle, Redcar are a seriously pacy team but its been a while since they were at this level and Ponteland seem to lack that little bit of extra needed, Gosforth are really erratic formwise and can't see that ending. Both Rovers and Novo's were drawn in last season and I suppose it depends on whether they can recruit or develop some talent in the key areas.


The rest who will cause all sides some major problems who I don't expect to be under pressure or challenging are made up of Horden, Heed, Meds and Stockton. On their day all these teams can turnover any opposition and I don't expect that to change.

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Durham & Northumberland Two / DN2 next season?
« on: May 22, 2017, 07:53:59 PM »
What is everyone's thoughts on the prospects for the league next season? A few new teams have come into the league this year and I can see it being quite interesting. Also we don't know if it's 14 or 15 teams.

Promotion:

Acklam will probably be very close the top, Y1 is a tough league and they faired better than their last venture there. Hartlepool will do well if they don't lose their best players in the close season, very organised and tough to break down. Rock will be there or thereabouts but always seem to lose games they shouldn't and I fancy Whitby if they keep the same squad as they're a year more experienced. Can't see past those four to go up!

Relegation ;

A lot depends on how the promoted sides can adjust, last couple of years Aycliffe have dominated in DN3 but this league is a lot tougher and they won't have their own way, can they adjust to having less ball? Richmondshire came out of knowhere really and don't really know why, will the step up suit them? Sedgefield might find it tougher just because of strength in depth and they have a few teams around them who may pinch a few players or can they attract them to there? Ashington might get drawn in along with Blyth who should be stronger and Winlaton have lost their coaches so may be stronger or weaker? It's never dull at my club.

The middle of the league is going to be a dogfight, the rest are made up of some seriously good sides like Bish, Sunderland, Shields and Darlo and to be honest Acklam aside I think the weakest sides could still do a job on those at the top.

I think this league will be seriously good and competitive in 2017-18, looking forward to it.

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Durham & Northumberland One / Durham Team vs Staffs
« on: May 12, 2017, 07:31:23 PM »
Nice to see 3 lads from last seasons DN1 teams in the squad.

Tom Johnson (Hartlepool) & Andrew Kieron (Westoe) start and Kieran Clark from Middlesbrough is amongst the replacements.

Well done fellas!

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Durham & Northumberland Two / 15 Teams in DN2 next season?
« on: April 30, 2017, 11:22:48 AM »
The ups and downs are now finished so any news on whether there will be 15 in the division next season?

Currently it's;

Acklam, Ashington, Bishop, Blyth, Darlo, Hartlepool, Newton Aycliffe, North Shields, Richmond, Rock, Ryton,  Sedgefield, Sunderland, Whitby, Winlaton

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Game is now being held at Amethyst Park at Consett RFC. Date and time the same.

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Game is now being held at Durham City RFC KO 7.30pm

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North One / Is it 2 or 3 going down this season?
« on: April 05, 2017, 02:17:23 PM »
Asked a few people and nobody seems to know but are Durham City safe?

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Other Senior Rugby / Italian Tactics
« on: February 26, 2017, 03:51:23 PM »
If the tactics Italt used are allowed to become common place the game is finished.

They can't win fairly so they use the rules to create chaos, similar to not competing at the line out. The game might as well become touch rugby that way nobody will get hurt or lose and the worst injury you'll get is a snapped finger nail.

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Durham & Northumberland One / Acklam and Yorkshire 2?
« on: February 20, 2017, 03:41:12 PM »
The same old topic I know but having looked at Yorkshire 1 there is a very strong possibility that Acklam will be relegated. They have had a much better season this time around but will they be welcomed back to DN2?

The reason I ask is that both Whitby and Richmond (Full undeniable Yorkshire clubs) will be in DN2 next season in all likelihood. Would seem fair to make the switch based on the rules for calculating who gets level transferred etc.

Anyone got any news/thoughts on this?

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Other Senior Rugby / Five/Six Nations Internationals who played locally.
« on: February 03, 2017, 05:58:50 PM »
With the Sux Nations starting tomorrow I was wondering how many past players played international rugby while representing local clubs?

Obviously Gosforth pre Falcons would've had loads but there may be some unlikely ones about. Ken Goodall played No8 for Ireland whilst studying at Newcastle Uni and playing for Winlaton Vulcans, did Alan Tomes play for Gateshead Fell while playing for Scotland?

Anybody have any others to add?

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Durham & Northumberland One / High Tackles
« on: January 31, 2017, 07:03:52 PM »
Wanting to keep the debating going and picking subjects that encourage it I've decided to see how we think the "High Tackle" law interpretations have been going?

From my point of view I think its gone well, I've had no incidents or tackles that have required anything other than a penalty so far. Players seem to have taken it on board sensibly and brought their tackles down. Only lazy or tackles with poor technique have been evident so far.

How has everyone else seen it?

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Durham & Northumberland One / Rugby in Hartlepool?
« on: January 29, 2017, 08:14:50 PM »
Can any of our contributors in here comment on the current state of rugby in Hartlepool?

For a town that has always had the highest reputation for the game the impression from the outside is that things are on a downward spiral. I realise the game in general in the counties up here is struggling and wondered if this was the case in the town.

West are going strong but seem to be faltering, Rovers and Old Boys filling two of the bottom three places in DN1, Seaton at the bottom of DN2 and Brigade struggling for a side most weeks. Not forgetting Tech who are back in DN3 as well.

The town always boasted many strong clubs who ran a multitude of sides and were always tough opposition, I always enjoyed visiting for games so its sad to see. 

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