Houghton out to keep up momentum after promotion success

Houghton (black and white hoops) battle to victory against Seghill on the way to promotion last season
Houghton (black and white hoops) battle to victory against Seghill on the way to promotion last season
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Houghton are looking to boost their playing squads in an important season for rugby – with the new season starting on Saturday.

With England hosting the World Cup this autumn, clubs all over the country are hoping for an injection of interest in the game.

Houghton’s director of rugby, Chris Simpson, said: “We had a successful season last time, and now need to keep up momentum and develop as a team.”

Both Houghton’s senior teams were promoted last season, with the firsts getting ready for a season in Durham/Northumberland Division Two alongside old rivals Sunderland.

The Dairy Lane club’s second team, the Boars, are moving up in the world too, to play in the River Blyth League.

The firsts’ opening game is at home to Barnard Castle at Dairy Lane on Saturday (3pm), with the Boars away to Gateshead.

Senior assistant coach Ryan Pink said: “We have a good set of sociable players.

“Players of all capabilities are catered for and welcomed.

“The senior coaching team are all qualified and we deliver a high quality of training every week.”

Training takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm, with new players welcome.

The club also caters for players from the age of five and anyone interested in getting involved can get more information from the club website houghtonrugby.co.uk