Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Seghill Back from Brink Even Stronger; SCRUM DOWN

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Seghill Back from Brink Even Stronger; SCRUM DOWN

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Byline: MARK DOUGLAS

THEY'VE had to begin again at the bottom of the pile, but the rebirth of Seghill RFC is one of the feel-good stories of the North East rugby season.

After being forced to drop out of Durham and Northumberland Three last season after player numbers dwindled, the future of the Cramlington area club, set up in 1921, was in genuine peril.

A summer of regrouping and badgering former players to rejoin the club helped resurrect competitive rugby at Welfare Park - and director of rugby Chris Jenkins and first-team coach Paul Quick are leading the team's charge back up the leagues.

Having started again in Northumberland County League 3B, Seghill have made a positive start with three impressive wins and just one reverse.

Even more encouragingly, they're regularly fielding two sides - with many players who've graduated from the club's youth section featuring for the senior teams.

"It's been pleasing to see the way the club has rallied around and we're delighted to be back playing competitive rugby and having a real go," Jenkins said.

"I think there was a bit of disillusionment that had crept in. Financially we weren't in too much trouble but players were dropping out.

"There's a lot of travelling playing in Durham and Northumberland Three and we had a core of senior players who were coming to the end of their playing careers and couldn't make the commitment required. So the club took the decision, however difficult it was.

"So we sat down and put in plenty of hard work to get our numbers up. We managed to recruit a few new faces and got a few of our ex-players to come out of retirement and play for us again. And, fingers crossed, so far it has worked."

Seghill sit third in Northumberland County League 3B, behind Medicals II and Ryton III, and Jenkins believes they do have the ability to maintain their strong start to the season. …

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