Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rugby Union: Tyne Dale Aretop of the Bill; Beaumont to Present Winners with Their Trophy SCRUM DOWN

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rugby Union: Tyne Dale Aretop of the Bill; Beaumont to Present Winners with Their Trophy SCRUM DOWN

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Byline: MARK DOUGLAS

FORMER England and Lionscaptain Bill Beaumont willcrown Tynedale the Divisionthree north champions thisweekend in a coronation ceremonythat will confirm the club as one ofthis season's biggest North Eastsuccess stories.

Tyne have cantered to promotion thisseason, losing once in a leaguecampaign that sees them 25 points clearof nearest rivals Darlington MowdenPark and already preparing for life inEnglish rugby's third tier.

The appearance of Beaumont, whoenjoyed such a decorated career forEngland and the Lions, to present themwith the trophy they clinched six weeksago will be another memorableday in the history of a club on theup.

Beaumont has a long anddistinguished association withTyne's weekend opponents Fylde, where his son Sam plays inthe back row, and he isalso highly-regarded atTynedale Park for his helpwith the Ali Johnsonappeal.

The former Englandlock will also present theTynedale Raiders - theclub's second XV - withthe Candy leaguetrophy after theyenjoyed an unbeatencampaign. "It's a terrifichonour for us for Bill to come andpresent the trophy," said chairman ofrugby John Shotton.

"Bill's a great guy and he didwonderful work for AliJohnson as well, so it willbe a pleasure to welcomehim to Tynedale Park.

"We're actually stillwaiting to hear whetherhe'll be able to presentthe trophy becauseBlaydon sent the wrongtrophy to the RugbyFootball Union to beengraved so it's a matter of getting itback on time. We're hoping that doeshappen because we don't wantanything to spoil our big day."

After such a terrific campaign, thoughts have inevitably turned to nextseason and while the jump up toNational Two represents a big step upfor Tynedale, plans are already underway to make next season a successfulone.

As well as welcoming back influentiallong-term injury victims Jamie Murrayand Greg Irving, Tynedale Park mayagain play host to some of theNewcastle Falcons' promising youngAcademy players.

Shotton said: "National Two will be abig challenge, we know that. …

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