Following government advice today, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) will suspend all rugby activity in England, at both professional and community level, including club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses from Tuesday 17 March until Tuesday 14 April, subject to continued review.
The decision has been taken following government advice in the interests of players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider rugby union community.
Where possible, players at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.
We will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to the season in the coming weeks
On Sunday 5th May 2019 Hartlepool RFC celebrate their 125th Anniversary. To celebrate this great Milestone the club will face a side put together by County President David Sawyer from the clubs based in the South of the County. Hartlepool have had a good season in Durham/Northumberland 2 and will want to round off the season on a high.
On Saturday 27th April a Durham President’s XV selected from Clubs mainly from the North of the County will face a Teesside Barbarians side at Darlington Mowden Park 12 noon kick off. Following this game Darlington Mowden Park 1st XV will face Bishop Stortford in their final game on the season
Some of you may have noticed some discussions regarding what happens when a team has to go to uncontested scrummages due to either and injury or a yellow or Red card being shown to a front row player. Unfortunately like with other points of law there seems to be a range of opinions from the sidelines but as the man in the Middle the referee should be clear.
This is the scenario that started the discussion. Fortunately the referee on the day got it right.
This was a level 7 game (D&N1), and both sides had one front row replacement.
Team A substituted (tactically) their tight head in the 1st half.
The replacement tight head was subsequently injured in the second half.
He was duly replaced by the starting tight head, as per regulations.
However, this player (starting tight head) was then sin binned for 10 minutes.
The referee allowed Team A to keep 14 men on the field (as it was the 2nd occasion), but went to uncontested scrums.
He required both teams to have 8 forwards in these scrums.
Promotion and relegation review 2016-2017
As you would expect most of the promotions and relegations have been decided but there are one or two that are going down to the wire fixtures left which should provide an interesting end to the league season. Throw in the odd play off and there is still plenty to talk about.