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Sunderland RFC on crest of a new era – as Ashbrooke go back to the future

Ambitious Sunderland RFC are looking to the past for inspiration as they build for the future.

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Rugby: 2017-18 fixtures for Sunderland, Houghton, Seaham, Durham City and Horden & Peterlee

The fixtures are out for the 2017-18 rugby season, with a September 2 date for most clubs.

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Sunderland U16s, back row: Tye Hanlon, Aidan Wayman, Dylan Harvey, Brad Wall, Michael Holder, Luke Carroll, James Usher, Ben Gilby, Matthew Sanderson, Reece Thompson, Fletcher Jackson, Owen Langley, Shumirai Katerere. Front row: Lewis Stockdale, Josh Pool, Devrim Koca, Dean Edmundson, Farai Chikumbirike, (capt) Ben Hutchinson, Moses Jeyakumar, Brad Lindsay, Nathan Scott.

Sunderland RFU Under-16s defeat Gateshead to secure Durham County Plate success

A jubilant Sunderland RFU U16s signed off their regular season with silverware, lifting the Durham County Plate with a 25-13 victory over Gateshead on Sunday.

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Sunderland (red, yellow and black hoops) make a move against North Shields on Saturday. Picture by Tim Richardson

Stalwart Peter Carter bows out of Sunderland in style, with try and a win

Veteran lock Peter Carter captained Sunderland to a 36-12 victory over North Shields in his final first-team appearance of his career.

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Sunderland U16s win a line-out in their 64-10 Durham County Plate semi-final victory over Acklam RUFC at Ashbrooke last Sunday.

Sunderland looking to continue fine run with derby victory over South Shields

Buoyed by back-to-back league victories, Sunderland make the short journey to South Shields on Saturday hoping to continue their winning run.

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Newcastle's winning bid team

North East to stage European rugby's showpiece finals in 2019

Newcastle has won the rights to stage European rugby's showpiece finals in 2019.
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Sunderland (black) try to break clear against Whitley Bay Rockcliff. Picture by Tim Richardson

Sunderland suffer another narrow defeat to promotion-chasing Rockcliff

Fine margins in attack and lapses in defensive concentration cost Sunderland in a narrow 20-15 defeat to Whitley Bay Rockcliff at Ashbrooke on Saturday.

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Sunderland Flames' Clarissa Murphy takes on Birkenhead Park in last week's abandoned 5-5 clash at Ashbrooke

Impressive Sunderland Under-14s succumb to first defeat of the year – as Gateshead edge thriller

Impressive Sunderland Under-14s lost their first game of the year in an entertaining 26-20 reverse to Gateshead at Hill View on Sunday.

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Sunderland Seconds Ryan Gibson breaking through the Stockton defence last weekend.

Sunderland looking to get back to winning ways against high-flying Ponteland

There is no let up for Sunderland this weekend as they return to league action against high-flying Ponteland on Saturday.

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Newcastle Falcons set for huge crowd against Exeter Chiefs on Friday

Newcastle Falcons are on course for their biggest crowd of the season against Exeter Chiefs on Friday night, having already seen their Aviva Premiership home gates up 18.3% on the same games last season.

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Rugby Union: Four-try Archie leads the way for Ashbrooke youngsters

Sunderland RFC’s youngsters had two wins out of three at the weekend.

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Denny Solomona scores a try for Castleford Tigers at this year's Magic Weekend

Hat-trick for Newcastle as Magic Weekend returns to St James’s Park

A Grand Final rematch will provide the highlight of Betfred Super League’s 11th Magic Weekend in 2017, which will again be held in Newcastle.

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Sunderland Rugby Football Club’s under 10 team enjoy playing host to festival

Sunderland Rugby Football Club’s under 10 team enjoy playing host to festival

Sunderland Rugby Football Club’s under 10 team played host to a rugby festival with 12 clubs attending.

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It’s all go at Ashbrooke for Sunderland Rugby Club

Youngsters are being invited to try their hand at rugby with special sessions at Sunderland Rugby Club.

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Chance for women and girls to get into rugby – with World Cup winner Tamara Taylor

Sunderland Rugby Club are hosting a Pitch Up and Play event for girls and women at Ashbrooke on Sunday.

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South Yorkshire rugby

Tries from Dixon and Steel, but Seaham lose out on opening day

Seaham succumbed to a 29-12 defeat in their first game of the new Durham/Northumberland Division Three season on Saturday.

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The campaign, by Wooden Spoons, has begun.

Sunderland rugby player becomes face of national campaign for Wooden Spoon

Today, with just under two weeks to the Paralympics, Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, launches its wheelchair rugby campaign – Supporting Tomorrow’s Superstars.

Great Britains Danielle Waterman brushes away Canadas Ghislaine Landry (left) to score a try

Olympic heartache for South Shields star Katy McLean

South Shields star Katy McLean suffered Olympic heartache after Great Britain could only finish fourth in the women’s rugby sevens tournament.

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Katy Mclean

Olympics: Katy Mclean to play for bronze medal after rugby sevens heartache

Katy Mclean will tonight be playing to bring a bronze medal back to the North-East after Rio heartbreak.

Great Britain's Emily Scarratt, looks on after scoring a try during the  rugby sevens match against Canada

Rio Olympics: Katy Mclean stars as Team GB reach rugby sevens semi-final

Katy Mclean is on course for an Olympic medal after inspiring Great Britain into the semi-finals of the Olympic rugby sevens event.

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