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Medicals RFC

Medicals RFC
Full name Medicals RFC
Union Rugby Football Union
Founded 1898
Location Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Ground(s) Heaton, Newcastle (Capacity: 1000)
Captain(s) England TV's Jon Barclay
League(s) Durham & Northumberland 1
Official website

Medicals RFC is a rugby union club in Newcastle Upon Tyne who have been in existence since 1898. They currently play in the Durham/Northumberland 1 league having been promoted from Durham/Northumberland 2 in the 2009-10 season.

Medicals RFC are most famous for the 1995-6 side that reached the final of the RFU Pilkington Shield at Twickenham and won the trophy – beating Helston RFC, Cornwall 16 v 6.

The uniform of the Club is maroon jerseys with white collars, white shorts and maroon stockings with white tops.

Medicals RFC History

The club was formed in 1898 as the Durham University College of Medicine R.F.C. Medicals RFC was then elected a senior member of the Northumberland Rugby Union in 1920.

A Junior Club between 1934 and 1937 when they were again elected a Senior Member of the N.R.U. They were Senior Cup Winners in 1922, 1923, 1952 and 1953.

Notable players

The Club has produced five Internationals:

  • England Dr EE. Chapman, 1910-14. (The first man to score a try and kick a goal at Twickenham)
  • England Dr R. Armstrong, 1924.
  • England Dr Stephen Peel, a wartime cap.
  • England W.G.D. Morgan, 1960-61.
  • England O.W.N. Caplan 1978.

Trialists also include Dr G.C.Taylor, Mr G. Scott-Page and Dr Maurice Jones.

RFU Presidents

Medicals RFC also has the honour and distinction of having two members elected to the position of President of the RFU

  • England Mr D.D.Serfontein, 1992-1993.
  • England Mr W.G.D. Morgan 2002-2003

Pilkington Shield (1996)

The finest hour of the clubs achievement was on 4 May 1996 Twickenham, winners of the National Junior Club Knock-out Competition, The Pilkington Shield. Medicals RFC beat Helston RFC (Cornwall) by 16 points to 6.

Current Information

Currently, Medicals RFC play in Durham/Northumberland 1. Recently Medicals RFC have been successful within the Durham & Northumberland league competitions:

  • Northumberland Senior County Plate Champions 2011-2012
  • Runners up of Durham & Northumberland 2 in 2009-2010 Season. (Promotion)
  • Champions of Durham & Northumberland 3 in 2006-07
  • Winners of the County Challenge Shield in 1999-2000 Season.
  • Champions of Durham & Northumberland 1 in 1998-99 Season

All of the latest information can be seen at the clubs website:

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