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Durham & Northumberland One / Re: Season Restart Poll
« on: August 05, 2020, 12:55:11 PM »
A rather prescient poll.

Confirmed rugby will not restart in September for L3 and below.


Durham & Northumberland One / Re: Season Restart Poll
« on: August 05, 2020, 11:06:42 AM »
Iíve clicked on no chance.

We may, if weíre lucky get a few friendlies in.

I just have an awful feeling weíll hit a second wave/a bad flu season and the government will react accordingly. As yet, the Premier League (absolute W#£@&*! I still canít get over the NUFC issues!) donít even know when fans will be allowed back in stadiums. To me that means we canít be any closer to knowing when rugby will be replayed, if at all.


National Leagues/North One East / Forum Rejig
« on: August 05, 2020, 11:01:54 AM »
Iíve rejigged the forum so that this board is now top of the forum - as this is a higher level of rugby being played!

Iíve also opened this Board to now include National League Rugby (Level Six and above). It would be nice to see more chat from our L6 clubs but also from our national clubs (Billingham, Tynedale, Blaydon, Alnwick, DMP etc). We do like to know how you guys are getting on!

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: RFU Redundancies?
« on: August 04, 2020, 03:31:58 PM »
A real shame.

As a teacher, the work the RDOs do is fantastic and this will hit the development of Rugby in state schools hard. Too many schools either donít have Rugby in the curriculum or PE staff donít know how to teach it properly and as such donít have the energy to teach it and set up fixtures.

In 10 years when we see rugby numbers falling in schools and mini/juniors weíll have a good idea why.

Yes, the RFU have to make tough decisions at present, but itís a shame that developing the community game is more important than spending £40m on corporate hospitality at HQ.

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: RFU league changes
« on: August 03, 2020, 03:25:49 PM »
If this goes ahead, I can see a lot of matches being cancelled.

Further proof that the business of rugby has overtaken the sport of rugby and will continue to focus on the top to the detriment of the game as a whole.

You only have to look at the push of Ringfencing the Premiership and Championship to see what could happen to the game for clubs at the higher levels (3 and 4). This will have a knock on effect to clubs at the lower end of the spectrum.

I quite enjoyed in the podcast the discussion that the push towards a University based system and Ďdraftí at the Championship will make the game more akin to American Football. In the US nobody plays American Football outside of College or the NFL. Could that be the beginning of the end for grassroots rugby if it goes ahead?

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: RFU league changes
« on: August 03, 2020, 11:11:08 AM »
Gave it a listen WP.

Great points made about the RFU North Webinar Ďvotesí that overwhelming went against the introduction of 2nd XVs in the league structure.

Can of worms being opened here by the RFU if 2nd teams join the league structure...

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: RFU league changes
« on: August 01, 2020, 11:23:56 AM »
From the National League forum:

.......in 10 Days time RFU Comps will release the proposed Competition structures for 2021/22

Level 3 will remain 16 Teams (old Nat 1)
Level 4 will be 4 x as close to RFU Divisional (Regions) Leagues with 14 Teams in Each (old Nat 2N & 2S - teams from old Level 5 will be "uplifted" to fill in the gaps with a cascade effect from bottom up to re-balance the lower leagues)

Level 5 will be 12 Team Leagues unless regional variations means more/less teams (old Regional Premier)
Level 6 will be 12 Team Leagues
Level 7 down will be 12 Team Leagues or in some Regions 10 Team Leagues or less

Talk of lower League National Cups comps with  differing structures.

Point 1
2nd XVs of Clubs from Level 3-5 will be allowed to participate in the RFU Leagues with a ceiling of not being able to play higher than Level 7 which will be reviewed after 1st year and which then may rise to Level 6.

Point 2
Don't think this includes any Clubs in the North West outside of the RFU Leagues (ie, Lancashire Lge and North West Lge)

Pretty sure the Clubs in the North rejected Point 1 when the RFU did their "listening surveys" also told that any further planned "discussions" will now NOT take place as planned.

Prove me wrong those in the know........... or wait 10 days!

Other Senior Rugby / Re: Wonder who the club is?
« on: July 29, 2020, 12:30:30 PM »
Some unhappy DMP voices on the National league forum...

Clearly seems to be them - wouldn't be surprised if the club has gone bust.

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: DN1 League Honours Updated
« on: July 22, 2020, 06:18:17 PM »
The entire Northern Division has now been completed after a Wikipedia genius reached out asking for the data, this includes all the leagues in Yorkshire, Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumbria. No wonder thereís been issues in the NW - what a mess it has been ever since it started! Leagues such as North West West 1 and North West East/North 1 etc just make the mind boggle!

Anyway, itís all there now for people to peruse forever and update their own club historyís accordingly. Iím sure our new friends on the forum from Lancs and Cumbria will find it interesting.

This particular wiki genius is wanting to do every league in the country - moving onto London SE next. Thatís some commitment I must say. Well done to him.

Durham & Northumberland Two / Re: DN2 Conferences
« on: July 22, 2020, 09:57:10 AM »
the leagues are to be restructured next season i believe 10 team leagues so again my understanding no promotion or relegation

Whereíve you heard that?

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: Fixtures
« on: July 16, 2020, 11:00:45 PM »
Pretty sure some have explained how much of a nightmare it would be for clubs in South Durham to reach Bennyís. Probably for the best the clubs in the North take the Ďhití.

Medicals, Northern, Novos, Park, Pont and WBR are all very close to each other and close to the A69 (Park and WBR slightly further away but not by much).

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: Level transfer to Yorkshire 1
« on: July 15, 2020, 04:35:17 PM »
A bit of devilment here, how about all in DN1 suggesting Percy Park volunteer to move to Y1. In N1 they traveled all over Yorkshire and know their way around. They should never have been demoted, they are just too good a team, it would also save a goodly number of us from a good stuffing when we play them------ just a thought !

On a serious note, we are all in deep dodah this coming season  with such a dire financial situation in place. It is going to take considerable patience and tolerance to get through it all. There have been some really good comments made in the blogs so if one or two are acted on then hopefully we can resolve it all.

Surely Rockcliff want a chance to play Park three times in a season? You might get an upset?!

When was the last time you beat them out of interest?



Other Senior Rugby / Favourite Rugby Grounds/Clubhouses
« on: July 03, 2020, 11:47:35 AM »
I started a thread on the National Rugby forum asking about oldest clubhouses/grounds in the country. As Novosí clubhouse is pretty old (1928).

I knew ours wouldnít be the oldest around, but I was quite surprised how few clubs still have older/original buildings. Birkenhead Park being one and our very own Sunderland (who hosted an Ashes test back in the 1920s!) built in the 1890s. Percy Park and Westoeís grounds are some of the oldest in the country, for example.

Anyway, I thought weíd try and get a bit of chat going over the summer. Have you got any favourite grounds/clubhouses youíve played at anywhere in the country and why?

It could just be you enjoy the surroundings, the clubhouse, a friendly welcome or the history!

To start it off and Iíll go with Hartlepool Rovers. I love that they still have two old stands and they have an absolute treasure trove of history in one of their rooms. Itís genuinely astounding. Outside the area, I have to say that Scarborough is perhaps the best ground/clubhouse Iíve been to. Youíd think it was a National League 1/Championship set up.

Durham & Northumberland One / Re: RFU Webinar
« on: July 01, 2020, 12:34:03 PM »
Proposed restart league dates from RFU are below.  I think these would apply to all D&N leagues

Window 1. 10 th October
Window 2.  28 th November
Window 3.  6 th February

My bet is Window 3. After Leicester going back into lockdown...god knows where we could be again by October. I hope we're able to start as early as possible, but I just can't see Window 1 happening.

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