Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Around the Clubs

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Around the Clubs

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Byline: By Alan Hedley

Berwick are preparing to welcome the Rugby World Cup.

"We now know that we will have the cup from 9.30am until 9.30pm on Monday, April 18," said club president Jim Greenwood. "We will also be having a large trailer supplied by the RFU which has an exhibition about the cup and this will be parked at the club on the day and available to all visitors.

"We are currently working on a programme where schools and local people can be involved with the visit."

Berwick are planning a host of events to make it a big rugby day. "Our school's liaison officer, Dougie Hall, is working on preparing a series of school visits on the day with, perhaps, school teams playing rugby at the club on the first team pitch sometime during the day," said club spokesman Steve Newman.

"We have always regarded ourselves as a family club and part of the town so we do want to give as many people as possible the chance to see the cup and the travelling exhibition."

Any one wanting more information about Berwick Rugby Club can ring 01289 302141 or log on to www.berwickrugbyclub.co.uk

BOTH Northumberland and Durham held their annual referees' dinners recently and former RFU presidents Danie Serfontein and Derek Morgan were among the guests at the Northumberland event in the Brandling House, which was also attended by the current RFU President Malcolm Phillips.

Malcolm Sharpe received the Brindle Montgomery Award for the referee who has done most for the society.

Durham continued their policy of rotating their dinner around the clubs and went to Blaydon this time. The Bill Doig Trophy for up-and-coming referees went to Rob White. The Whistlers Trophy, awarded to the club where the referees feel they have been best received, went to Hartlepool Rovers. The Terry Stephenson Award for the society's member of the year went to Derek Blake. …

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