McGaffin wins it for Mowden Park

The Northern Echo: FORCING THROUGH: Billingham’s Stuart Anderson about to be brought down by Huddersfields’s Gavin Rhodes

10:59am Monday 14th April 2014

SCRUM half Zylon McGaffin was Darlington Mowden Park’s hero when he scored the essential fourth try in their 26-18 win at Luctonians.

Boro in must-win game to avoid drop

The Northern Echo: BREAKOUT: Zylon McGaffin of Mowden Park makes a break for it during Saturday’s win over Otley

11:14am Monday 7th April 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH need to win their final match at Alnwick, who are four points ahead of them, to survive in North One East after battling to a 19-19 draw at home to champions Cleckheaton.

Injury delay can’t halt the Mowden march

11:16am Monday 7th April 2014

MOWDEN achieved their objective as the top three in National Two North all picked up five points on Saturday.

Mowden need a positive points return

12:40am Saturday 5th April 2014

FIVE points are essential for Darlington Mowden Park at home to Otley today if they are to stay in the frame for promotion from National Two North.

Mayhew signs new deal with Falcons

The Northern Echo: Wilson admits struggling Falcons need momentum

5:50pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

RICHARD Mayhew has signed a two-year contract extension to commit his long-trem future to Newcastle Falcons.

Doneghan believes Mowden can clinch title

The Northern Echo: DETERMINATION: Darlington Mowden Park Ross Doneghan on his way to scoring a try against Leicester Lions

10:50am Thursday 3rd April 2014

HOOKER Ross Doneghan is adamant it will be Darlington Mowden Park claiming the SSE National League Two North title come the end of the season, despite having lost ground on their rivals.

Zylon to leave Mowden for Rotherham

The Northern Echo: ON THE MOVE: Zylon McGaffin

11:12am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

DARLINGTON Mowden Park scrum half Zylon McGaffin has signed to play Championship rugby for Rotherham next season.

Darlington Mowden Park Sharks centre named in England Women's squad

The Northern Echo: FAMILY AFFAIR: Mike and Megan Ellery will both represent England in the Dubai Sevens

3:33pm Monday 31st March 2014

DARLINGTON Mowden Park Sharks centre Megan Ellery has been named in the England Womens sevens squad for the World Sevens tournament in Guangzhou, China, this weekend.

Four to go and four wins needed for Mowden

The Northern Echo: HAVE A GO JOE: Billingham’s Joe Evans is brought down in the 45-43 home defeat by Bradford and Bingley

8:00am Monday 31st March 2014

DARLINGTON Mowden Park will almost certainly need maximum points from their remaining four games after their promotion hopes were dented by a 13-5 defeat at Stourbridge on Saturday.

Late try leaves Falcons in danger

The Northern Echo: RELEGATION BATTLE: Billingham’s Jonny McLaughlin brings down Bradford and Bingley’s Harry Jeffrey during the National Three North fixture

12:31pm Monday 31st March 2014

NEWCASTLE were dragged into an Aviva Premiership relegation dogfight after Josh Drauniniu’s late try handed Worcester their first win of the season at Kingston Park yesterday.

British Lion back home to train future rugby stars is proud of his North-East roots

The Northern Echo: British and Irish Lions rugby union star Geoff Parling goes back to his roots by visiting Stockton Rugby Club where he started his illustrious career by training some of the youth teams. Pictures: Tom Banks

8:00am Tuesday 25th March 2014

Geoff Parling was back on familiar ground recently, as he took a coaching session with the juniors at his former club Stockton. Sports Editor Nick Loughlin went along to speak with a British Lion proud of his roots.

Mowden march on - now for crunch

The Northern Echo: HEADING HOME: Callum McKenzie surges for the line for Mowden against Leicester Lions duiring their comprehensive victory

8:00am Monday 24th March 2014

ON A day when the Lions were easily tamed, the biggest roar from the 720 Mowden fans came when coach Danny Brown almost scored in the final minute.

Frankland inspires Tynedale to victory

The Northern Echo: DETERMINATION: Darlington Mowden Park Ross Doneghan on his way to scoring a try against Leicester Lions

11:07am Monday 24th March 2014

THERE’S no stopping Tynedale try machine Ben Frankland. He’s the centre who joins the back of driving mauls to earn the touchdown and he grabbed two late tries on Saturday to clinch a thrilling 36-35 win at home to Coventry.

Hard to knock O’Driscoll after Ireland swansong

The Northern Echo: SWANSONG: Brian O’Driscoll, Ireland’s captain, is ready to lift the Six Nations trophy after Saturday’s match against France

10:34am Tuesday 18th March 2014

EVEN the most enthusiastic England supporter would struggle to begrudge Ireland an RBS Six Nations title that ushered Brian O’Driscoll into international retirement with a second piece of major silverware to cherish.

England primed for blast at All Blacks

The Northern Echo: ON THE ATTACK: England fly half Owen Farrell tries to evade an Italian tackler

10:53am Monday 17th March 2014

STUART LANCASTER has vowed England will face New Zealand on their summer tour with ‘‘all guns blazing’’, emboldened by the confidence generated by a pleasing RBS 6 Nations.

Durham run out of time and suffer Shield defeat

The Northern Echo: HALTED: Stockton are pegged back by Consett in their 24-39 home defeat

10:48am Monday 17th March 2014

A LATE fightback failed to save Durham Under 20s from a 36-28 defeat in the National Shield final against Surrey at Coventry yesterday.

Vunipola replaces Marler for England’s final game

The Northern Echo: MAYBE BABY: Joe Marler will not available against Italy on Sunday as his partner is expecting their first child and has stayed in London to be present at the birth

10:53am Friday 14th March 2014

MAKO VUNIPOLA will start at loosehead prop for England in Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations match against Italy, due to the unavailability of Joe Marler.

Will Quakers get their way and return to Darlington?

The Northern Echo: UPENDED: Alex Lineton’s progress for Darlington is brought to a halt by Consett at Blackwell Meadows on Saturday

8:00am Monday 10th March 2014

Darlington Football Club's move to the town's rugby club will face its final, and biggest, hurdle on March 24.

Mowden turn it around to keep up the pressure

The Northern Echo: PUSHED OVER: Darlington’s Paul Shepherd is hauled down during their 17-23 home defeat to Consett

8:00am Monday 10th March 2014

DARLINGTON Mowden Park may have lost a little of their cutting edge on the heavier pitches, but their resolute defence is keeping them firmly in a promotion race which will go to the wire.

England gain revenge to take the Triple Crown

The Northern Echo: TRY TIME: Luther Burrell evades Leigh Halfpenny to score his try

11:55am Monday 10th March 2014

ENGLAND won their first Triple Crown for 11 years and stayed on course for the RBS 6 Nations title after Wales wilted in glorious Twickenham sunshine.

Broad misses rest of T20 with injury following defeat

11:53am Monday 10th March 2014

ENGLAND faltered alarmingly to spin on the way to a 27-run defeat in the first Twenty20 international at Kensington Oval.

Italy to be given respect

11:53am Monday 10th March 2014

STUART LANCASTER insists England need to continue to concentrate on their own game rather than worry about other fixtures after their 29-18 win over Wales set up a three-way tussle for the RBS 6 Nations title.

Stockton stalwart forced to quit

8:00am Friday 7th March 2014

MARK Skirving, Stockton Rugby Club's longest-serving captain, has been forced to retire because of a back injury. He has been with the club for 25 years since joining the mini section as a five-year-old.

More than 6 nations at stake insists Robshaw

The Northern Echo: BATTLE CRY: England captain Chris Robshaw accepts Sunday’s meeting with Wales has more importance than just the 6 nations

10:39am Friday 7th March 2014

CHRIS ROBSHAW has demanded England issue a statement of intent against Wales ahead of their meeting in the group stage of the 2015 World Cup.

Kibirige and Wilson represent north in England side

11:21am Thursday 6th March 2014

HOST club pair Zach Kibirige and Scott Wilson are the only players from north of Leicester in the England Under 20s side to face Wales in tomorrow’s Six Nations clash at Kingston Park, Newcastle.

Johnson named on bench for title showdown

The Northern Echo: Tom Johnson

11:19am Thursday 6th March 2014

ENGLAND are set to name Exeter flanker Tom Johnson on their bench for Sunday’s RBS 6 Nations clash with Wales at Twickenham.

Twelvetrees is ready for Roberts clash

The Northern Echo: CRUNCH CLASH: Billy Twelvetrees is looking forward to facing Wales’ Jamie Roberts on Sunday

11:16am Thursday 6th March 2014

ENGLAND centre Billy Twelvetrees is primed for his gainline war with Jamie Roberts after declaring he is expecting the most physical battle he has faced.

Gatland: Davies deserves spot in Wales team

The Northern Echo: Wales' Six Nations win tops the Lions for coach of the year Warren Gatland

11:15am Thursday 6th March 2014

WALES boss Warren Gatland says it was not a difficult decision to recall British and Irish Lions star Jonathan Davies for Sunday’s RBS 6 Nations showdown against England at Twickenham.

Falcons duo leave for Leeds

The Northern Echo: Newcastle Falcons

11:21am Wednesday 5th March 2014

CHRIS PILGRIM and James Fitzpatrick are leaving Newcastle Falcons to join Championship side Leeds Carnegie.

England set their prime targets

The Northern Echo: SETTING HIS TARGETS: Dylan Hartley

10:32am Wednesday 5th March 2014

DYLAN HARTLEY has revealed that England are targeting Toby Faletau, Richard Hibbard and Jamie Roberts as the Wales talismen who must be stopped at Twickenham.

Newcastle Falcons' Brookes is banned for six weeks for ref push

The Northern Echo: Hendon seal home success

10:22pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

NEWCASTLE Falcons prop Kieran Brookes has been handed a six-week ban for pushing referee Greg Garner during Sunday's Aviva Premiership match against Leicester.

Reunion for Durham's Twickenham heroes

6:04pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

THE 25th anniversary of Durham's County Championship win, when they beat Cornwall in the final at Twickenham, will be celebrated at a lunch in the Stockton clubhouse on March 22.

Wales are wary of threat by Brown

The Northern Echo: POWER: Mike Brown

10:39am Tuesday 4th March 2014

LEIGH HALFPENNY readily accepts that England fullback Mike Brown has the ability to ‘‘hurt’’ Wales in Sunday’s RBS 6 Nations showdown.

O’Driscoll sure Ireland’s future is bright

The Northern Echo: RECORD: Brian O'Droscoll

10:37am Tuesday 4th March 2014

BRIAN O’DRISCOLL believes Robbie Henshaw can be Ireland’s next ‘‘seasoned campaigner’’ at outside centre.

England have to win the 6 nations

The Northern Echo: ENGLAND HEAD COACH: Stuart Lancaster

10:35am Tuesday 4th March 2014

HEAD COACH Stuart Lancaster accepts England must win this year’s RBS 6 Nations as they seek to elevate the mounting excitement that has accompanied their progress through the tournament into tangible success.

Great Escape is on for Tynedale

8:00am Monday 3rd March 2014

BEN Frankland continued his remarkable run of scoring for Tynedale as they stepped up their great escape in National One with a 27-5 home win against high-flying Esher.

Mowden dig deep for victory

The Northern Echo: PACIFIC WARRIOR: Talite Vaioleti drives forward for Mowden

11:41am Monday 3rd March 2014

MOWDEN had to dredge the depths of their resolve to tame the Tigers and stay on course for promotion from National Two North.

Make or break for Mowden

12:00am Saturday 1st March 2014

DARLINGTON Mowden Park's strength in depth can be judged from their bench as they begin a tough month of fixtures which will make or break their promotion challenge.

Durham reach Under 20 final

10:42am Wednesday 26th February 2014

DURHAM will face Surrey at Coventry on March 16 in the final of the Under 20s County Shield after beating Middlesex 45-10 at Billingham.

No holding back for Launchbury and team-mates

The Northern Echo: GIVING HIS ALL: England’s Joe Launchbury insists there’s no room for slacking in this set-up

10:12am Tuesday 25th February 2014

JOE LAUNCHBURY insists England will continue to drag opponents into ‘‘dark places’’ as they head into the final rounds of a nail-biting RBS 6 Nations.

Narrow defeats inspired this win, says Hartley

The Northern Echo: OH DANNY BOY: Engalnd scrum half Danny Care dives over for his try

11:55am Monday 24th February 2014

DYLAN Hartley insists a watershed RBS 6 Nations victory over Ireland was forged amid the ruins of recent heroic failures against New Zealand and France.

Falcons fight back to grab losing bonus point

The Northern Echo: FLYING FALCON: Jamie Helleur of Newcastle Falcons surges forward with the ball in the Aviva Premiership match against Northampton Saints at Kingston Park. Photograph by Andrew Bennison for

11:50am Monday 24th February 2014

NEWCASTLE Falcons picked up what could be a crucial losing bonus point through Noah Cato’s try in a spirited but ultimately doomed fightback against Aviva Premiership leaders Northampton Saints.

Relegation threats recede for NE duo

The Northern Echo: DRIVING ON: Durham City's Richie Knowles battles through the Ponteland defence. City won 30-7

11:47am Monday 24th February 2014

TYNEDALE and Billingham eased their relegation worries with crucial away wins on Saturday.

England men missing for Blaydon

12:00am Saturday 22nd February 2014

BLAYDON will be without their three England Counties XV men when they play their rearranged National One match at Cinderford today.

Mowden’s trip to Tigers called off

5:06pm Friday 21st February 2014

Mowden’s trip to Sheffield Tigers last Saturday was postponed, allowing Stourbridge to take over at the top of National Two north with a 38-0 win at home to Leicester Lions.

Mitchell hoping to impress

The Northern Echo: TIME TO SHINE: Cameron Mitchell in action for Darlington Mowden Park earlier this season

5:05pm Friday 21st February 2014

DARLINGTON Mowden Park skipper Cameron Mitchell hopes to have plenty of opportunity to show his paces when he lines up for the England Counties XV against the Ireland Clubs XV at The Northern Echo Arena this evening (7.30).

Jenkins confident of upturn

The Northern Echo: File photo dated 09/02/2013 of Wales' Gethin Jenkins. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday March 5, 2013. Prop Gethin Jenkins has been ruled out of Wales??? RBS Six Nations Championship match against Scotland on Saturday due a calf muscle injur

11:36am Friday 21st February 2014

SENIOR statesman Gethin Jenkins has backed reigning RBS 6 Nations champions Wales to recover from their Dublin debacle and retrieve a campaign that is hovering on the brink.

Mowden skipper relishing England outing

The Northern Echo: HOME RULE: Mowden skipper Cameron Mitchell plays at the Arena tonight for England Counties

4:31pm Thursday 20th February 2014

DARLINGTON Mowden Park skipper Cameron Mitchell is confident a record rugby crowd for The Northern Echo Arena on Friday evening will be a stepping stone to even better things.

History on our side, believes Robshaw

The Northern Echo: UPBEAT: England captain Chris Robshaw says his team are confident ahead of Saturday’s meeting wirth Ireland

10:41am Thursday 20th February 2014

CHRIS ROBSHAW has warned Grand Slam-chasing Ireland that recent meetings between the title rivals prevents England from being intimidated by reputations.

Gatland drops under-par Phillips

The Northern Echo: AXED: Mike Phillips

10:39am Thursday 20th February 2014

WALES boss Warren Gatland pulled no punches after dropping scrum-half star Mike Phillips for tomorrow’s crunch RBS 6 Nations clash against France in Cardiff.

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