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Durham/Northumberland 1

Durham/Northumberland 1
Sport Rugby Union
Number of teams 14
Country  England
Website clubs.rfu.com

Durham/Northumberland 1 is an English Rugby Union league at the seventh tier of the domestic competition, the top level for local rugby union in north east England. The champions are automatically promoted to North 1 East, a division with a wider geographical area which also encompasses Yorkshire. The runners up participates in a playoff against the 2nd place team from the equivalent regional league, Yorkshire 1, for promotion to North 1 East. The bottom two clubs are relegated to Durham/Northumberland 2.

Clubs

The clubs in this league are mostly amateur clubs with no match fees paid to players. Three clubs reportedly paying their players are Northern RFC, Sunderland RFC & Hartlepool Rovers. The Northumbria University, from Newcastle upon Tyne, have a side mainly containing students. Competing in the league known as Team Northumbria.

Well known clubs competing in Durham/Northumberland 1 include Gosforth RFC who in the '70s enjoyed great success, winning the John Player Cup in 1975/76 and 76/77. Northern RFC, who in the past have produced lots of international player’s. Clubs such as Alnwick RFC, Stockton RFC and Horden RFC have traditionally played in higher leagues and tend to finish towards the top of Durham/Northumberland 1.

Participating Clubs 2013-14

  • Bishop Auckland (Promoted from Durham/Northumberland 2)
  • Blyth
  • Consett
  • Darlington (Relegated from North 1 East)
  • Durham City (Relegated from North 1 East)
  • Gateshead
  • Gosforth
  • Guisborough
  • Hartlepool Rovers
  • Horden
  • Horden
  • Novocastrians (Promoted from Durham/Northumberland 2)
  • Ponteland
  • Stockton
  • Medicals

Participating Clubs 2012–13

  • Acklam
  • Alnwick
  • Blyth
  • Consett
  • Gateshead
  • Gosforth
  • Guisborough
  • Hartlepool Rovers
  • Horden
  • Horden
  • Ponteland
  • Ryton
  • Stockton
  • Sunderland

Participating Clubs 2009–10

  • Alnwick RFC – Northumberland
  • Ashington RFC – Northumberland
  • Consett RFC – Durham
  • Gosforth RFC – Northumberland
  • Hartlepool RFC – Durham
  • Horden RFC – Durham
  • Northern – Northumberland
  • Team Northumbria – Northumberland
  • Novocastrians RFC – Northumberland
  • Redcar RFC – Durham
  • Ryton RFC – Durham
  • Stockton RFC – Durham
  • Sunderland RFC – Durham
  • Wallsend RFC – Northumberland
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