From The Editor
A Happy New Year to all from the REFSOC team. The year ahead looks exciting with the main event being the Rugby World Cup in this country in October. The region is hosting games at St James Park and Elland Road (for Yorkshire folk amongst us!) along with the All Blacks using the Mowden Arena as their temporary base.
If the recent Autumn internationals are anything to go by it looks as if it will be another All Blacks title at Twickenham.
We are now over half way through the league programme so it is now becoming clearer who the potential promotion candidates are and who are looking set for “the drop”. Durham City are leading the line for the Durham clubs in Durham and Northumberland One, closely followed by Hartlepool Rovers. Both have relatively young sides and it’s good to see players from previous colts teams taking the step up to First team level at both of those clubs and now forming the backbone of the First XV, along with other clubs in the county.