Club News


Durham v Blaydon U16s

BRFC U16’s Progress into the Quarter Final of the County Cup

On Sunday 29th September in terrible weather conditions Blaydon U16s took on Durham RFC U16s away from home at Hollow Drift, Green Lane.

Blaydon found themselves a try down in the first 3 minutes with a well worked move from Durham on the right wing, which was converted. However, the Blaydon forwards started to dominate the breakdown, resulting in Mark Kelly peeling off a maul which left him 1-1 with the Durham fullback, who he rounded with ease. The forwards continued to dominate the breakdowns which resulted in the backs getting their hands on the ball more. A well worked slam move resulted in Will Hindle (centre) finding space between the Durham back line and crossing over the try line. The conversion was missed, so Blaydon were 12-7 up. With half time approaching Blaydon gave away a penalty allowing Durham to kick over the posts to make it 10-12 going into the break.

Blaydon again dominated the breakdown, and the line speed of the Blaydon backs were forcing the Durham players to make mistakes. After a near identical move from the backs (slam ball), Will Hindle went over again to make it 10-17 (conversion missed). This got Blaydons tails up and we scored again with some good work from the backs on the left wing, resulting in the fullback Chris Tolchard going over in the far left corner making it 10-22 (conversion missed). Durham started to pile pressure on Blaydon to get back into the game. Blaydon turned over the ball and tried to kick it away to clear their lines, but it was blocked by an incoming Durham player resulting in a try. The score now was 15-22 (conversion missed). Durham had a new lease of life and started to pressurise Blaydon, but just couldn’t get the better of Blaydon at the break down. After going through about 4-5 phases, the forwards retained the ball well, resulting in a powerful run by Micky Rewcastle (no8) to smash over the line from 10yards out to make it 15-27. After this, Durham were a bit down hearted and were forced into silly mistakes because of the pressure they were being put under when they had the ball. Blaydon retained possession and the ball was worked from the centre of the pitch to the right wing, where the Blaydon winger was tackled. The Blaydon forwards quickly protected the ball and seeing an opportunity, Nathan Lowes (front row!!) ran 20 metres to score into the far right corner. Score 15-32 (conversion missed).

Blaydon U16s now face Sunderland RFC in the Quarter Final on Sunday 17th November at home and it would be fantastic to see a good crowd at Crowtrees to support the lads (Many thanks to Gary Barnes for providing an excellent match summary).

Mark Kelly
Will Hindle x2
Chris Tolchard
Micky Rewcastle
Nathan Lowes

Chris Tolchard

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U15 Girls Rugby

Junior Girls Rugby Update at Blaydon RFC

The U13s Squad were playing in a festival away at Bishop Auckland and they teamed up with Barnard Castle to make up a team of ten. This was their first game of rugby and judging by Jenna Dale’s summary they were fantastic!! The team played brilliantly. They passed the ball, tackled well and the rucks were spot on. All the girls played incredible and should be very proud of what they have achieved today, loads of positives to take into the season ahead.

THE U13s only have a squad of 8 players at present so if you know any girls in school years 7 and 8, who may be keen to give rugby a go please get in touch.

U13 Girls Rugby Team

On Sunday the club hosted an U15 Girls Rugby Festival with 126 players taking part, with teams from Ryton, Blaydon and combined teams made up of Billingham/DMP, Horden/Hartlepool Rovers, Stockton/Barnard Castle and Houghton/Gateshead. A summary from Damien Ameer Beg, who has been fundamental in bringing the girls team together is detailed below.

First thing I want to say is WOW WOW WOW. The girls were absolutely amazing, the jump from under 13s to under 15s is huge, but our girls showed how hard work and fitness paid off.

I’m not going to talk scores as I’m not concerned about them, yesterday was about the making of a team, a team that’s only been together roughly 6/7 months (actual playing time). The girls attitude, aggressive play and effort was fantastic, they all put in a 100%, which showed on the pitch. The runs were strong determined and direct, the handling to keep the ball alive was really pleasing to see, the scrums held strong and the jumping at the line out was some of the best on show, but it was the tackling that stood out. Time and time again both myself and Paul mentioned to the girls that we thought their defending with everything they had was outstanding. Yes there’s plenty to work on but their is also plenty to work with.

We tried to exploit teams weaknesses with ball in hand against the opponent by creating go forward ball, either through pick and go or good footwork. We just need to work on our rucking as it was susceptible to an attack through the middle in numbers.

I thought Georgia D did a great job as captain, her team talks and motivational input was first class. Plenty of the girls played on despite carrying injuries, which is again detriment to their attitude and desire.

Lastly I would like to thank Chris Millican, Paul Foster, Paul Vinnicombe, Tim Murphy and of course Sharon Reed for all their help on the day, a great team effort, thank you.

U15 Girls Rugby

It is with great sadness Blaydon RFC announce the loss of one of our rugby family: John Brennan

John Brennan 1941 – 2019

John sadly passed away in hospital last Wednesday 11th September 2019 after a short illness and will be missed by his many friends at Blaydon where he had reported rugby matches for local newspapers during the past 40 years.

No matter how badly Blaydon had played, John had always by skillful use of words, to make it sound possibly much better than it actually had been.

John will be much missed by all his friends in the back of the stand where every second Saturday the world was put to rights particularly in respect of Blaydon’s current form.

Our condolences are send to his wife Valerie and family at this very sad time.

Details of funeral arrangements will be announced later when available.

Jim Huxley

RFU Visit

The RFU Board visit Blaydon RFC

Blaydon RFC was honoured to be chosen by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) Board to visit our Club prior to the England Quilter International match against Italy, being held at St James Park on 6th September.
The Board visited Blaydon Club on Thursday 5th September to take in All Schools activity on the AGP, as well as taking the opportunity to engage with Blaydon’s girls team, our new Academy squad and the full club squad, before the RFU and Blaydon RFC jointly hosted a dinner with representatives from various rugby functions within Durham RFU.
We thank the RFU for what is a real honour for Blaydon RFC and we hope everyone enjoyed their visit to Blaydon RFC.

More images are available on the BRFC Facebook Page

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Durham County RFU Newsletter

Durham County Rugby Union (CB)

Good morning Clubs,

Durham County RFU now have a DCRFU Newsletter that will be uploaded to the Durham County website and circulated on 3 monthly basis.

We ask that Clubs could also share this with their Club contacts, and share on their own website. The link to find the Newsletter is –

If you have any questions, or have an event or news story that you would like to be added to the Newsletter, please contact

Many thanks

Erin Knotts
DCRFU Administrator

Blaydon RFC, in collaboration with RFU introduce Walking Rugby on AGP at Crowtrees

‘Walking Rugby’ is increasing in popularity, improving fitness levels in a safe environment and enjoying the social activity around it. The game is mixed gender, suitable for ex-players, players rehabilitation or non-players who want social exercise and for all abilities.
Take a look at the overview on video click here

Past Players also welcome: 

Just when you thought your rugby career may come to an end one day, ‘Walking Rugby’ steps in as a real consideration for people who want to:

  • Rekindle past friendships with teams mates
  • Join new teams and build that camaraderie only taking part in a team can achieve
  • Meet new friends with like minded people
  • Get out the chair, do some exercise and have a pie & pint/gin/prosecco


As the name suggests, running is forbidden as is passing the ball higher than shoulder height. There are also no high tackles – or indeed any tackles – and, crucially, no contested scrums, rucks or mauls.
Instead players are allowed to hold onto the ball for no more than three seconds before passing, keeping the pace moving and giving the other team an opportunity to intercept. No running allowed.


Walking Rugby complements the other rugby variants we offer at Blaydon, with O2 Touch and contact rugby also available. Walking rugby is for anyone and over. Sessions are adapted to cater for all backgrounds and experiences of Rugby. Veterans of the game are welcome as are newcomers.


Your first two sessions are free, to introduce you to the sport, after that:

  • the one hour session on Thursday morning is free as its sponsored by RFU
  • the evening session which will take place at 6pm on either Tuesday night will have a nominal charge (£3) per person to cover the hire of the AGP and provision of certified coach to run the session.


All equipment is provided. Participants must wear suitable clothing, bring some water and as sessions will take place on artificial grass pitch; moulded, plastic or metal stud boots are required.


The Walking Rugby sessions will be delivered by a RFU certified coach who will use the rules of Walking Rugby developed by Age UK.
Coaches received Older Peoples Champion training developed by Age UK. This is a condition of delivering Walking Sports. The feel of the sessions will be very much social and fun, whilst providing physical activity. Sessions will last one hour.

Blaydon U11s

BRFC U11’s Season Update

The Blaydon U11s rugby team have had a great season. New players have joined, we’ve all worked hard and gained new skills, had a lot of fun and built a good team spirit. We always welcome new players, no matter what level of experience and ability they have, as long as they want to enjoy playing!! The U11’s now train at BRFC on a Wednesday night from 6pm and the coaching team has been increased this season with the addition of Jonathan Chapman and Peter Newton, who will assist Doug and Craig most weeks. We are all looking forward to the season ahead and can’t wait to get started in September. If you know anybody about to start in Year 6 at Junior School please have a word and see if they’ve considered giving rugby a go, this would be appreciated. Many thanks the BRFC U11’s

Blaydon U11s

Blaydon online club shop for Macron Clothing launched

Junior & Senior clothing ranges available for delivery to the club (FOC) or your home (P&P applies)


Blaydon RFC Bars are Public Bars, everyone welcome

Opening hours:

Monday 7pm till 10pm
Tuesday 7pm till 10pm
Wedensday 6pm till 10pm
Thursday 6pm till 11pm
Friday 6pm till 11:30pm
Saturday Noon to 11:30pm
Sunday Noon to 5pm (later if Function booked)