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North One / Driffield pig crisis
« on: October 14, 2021, 10:13:55 PM »
Two lady pig farmers have just been interviewed on BBC1 10 o'clock news and one of them was wearing a Driff RUFC hoodie.

Other Senior Rugby / Rugby Development Officer Post
« on: October 04, 2021, 11:50:48 AM »
Scarborough RUFC are recruiting a fulltime rugby development officer. Player preferred but other applications will be considered.

If interested contact admin@scarboroughrugby.co.uk

North One / Rugby Development Officer Post
« on: October 04, 2021, 11:48:32 AM »
Scarborough RUFC are recruiting a fulltime rugby development officer. Player preferred but other applications will be considered.

If interested contact admin@scarboroughrugby.co.uk

North One / League restructuring
« on: September 26, 2021, 07:17:45 AM »
I know generally most people are not supportive of the restructuring of the leagues and especially the drop to 12 team divisions for many.

However, regarding this season in N1E..... what is the actual situation with relegation and promotion? How many up and down, what will the league be called.next season.

I know I should know this but I seem to have read conflicting documents.

North One / Preview and scores Saturday 25t September
« on: September 24, 2021, 01:46:16 PM »
So folks what are your thoughts for tomorrow.

We welcome Morley to Silver Royd on a sold out Ladies Day. I can't remember who the opposition were on the last ladies day but I seem to recall some of the team went home happy!

I expect a close but flowing game.

North One / Saturday 11th Scores
« on: September 11, 2021, 12:50:37 PM »
So before a game is kicked off we hear that:

1) Pock v B&B is as B&B can't raise a side

2) Durham are playing unregistered players!

Interesting start to the season.

Let try and keep scores updated today if we can..

Good luck all.

North One / Today scores
« on: September 04, 2021, 04:28:38 PM »
5 or so mins to go at Driff and it's currently

Driff 24 - 17 Scarborough

Other Senior Rugby / Roll on September...
« on: May 16, 2021, 08:48:56 PM »
Just for info... I will be engaging in rugby chat again in August ahead of the new season.

Hope everyone is well...?

Other Senior Rugby / RIP Ken Anderson - Scarborough RUFC Chairman
« on: February 13, 2021, 06:26:25 PM »
Sadly our Chairman, Ken Anderson passed away peacefully last night after a short illness. Some of you may have known Ken through business or rugby.

The official statement reads:

It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart that we must inform you of the death of Club Chairman, Ken Anderson who died in the early hours of this morning.

Ken played a very active part in the Club's management right up to his death and as well as being the current Club Chairman and a Vice-President, Ken was a former Club President.

Ken had served on the Club's Board for more than 17 years and brought a wealth of knowledge and business experience which helped guide and shape the Rugby Club into what you see today. His passion for the sport of rugby union and for Scarborough Rugby Club will be sorely missed and his contributions to Club life will never be forgotten.

Due to the current national lockdown restrictions we are presently unsure of any further arrangements but will update all members once we have any more detail.

Our deepest sympathy and prayers are extended to Liz and all Ken's family and friends.


The Guardian (a commie rag but a good article)

From top to bottom, rugby union is now staring into the abyss
From the best-run Premiership club to the grassroots, all parts of the game are in peril but not all its ills can be pinned on Covid

There is nothing quite like a pandemic for exposing hard, uncomfortable truths. And, give or take stand-up comedians, nightclub owners and first year university students, few face a bleaker midwinter than sports that live or die by people entering their stadiums each weekend. The word “catastrophe” usually jars in the context of mere athletic pursuits but increasingly, in rugby, there is no ducking it.

It is almost impossible to exaggerate the depth of the abyss into which much of the game – professional and amateur – in Britain and Ireland is now staring. At every level it relies, in sickness or in health, on the top of the pyramid delivering for the benefit of all. So when the Rugby Football Union, until recently the wealthiest union in the world, says a government bailout is needed to prop up the whole edifice a chill shiver should run down the spine of everyone with an oval-shaped heart.

Sport left to sweat on rescue from a half-listening government
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Imagine for a moment that, in addition to the many millions of pounds already lost, the 2021 Six Nations has to be played behind closed doors or cancelled altogether. In some ways the immediate pain it would cause within the elite game is the least of it. Bill Sweeney, the RFU’s chief executive, says there will be a £138m reduction in revenue if no spectators are allowed back into Twickenham before next summer, with the English community game braced for an estimated £86m revenue hit.

To transfer those numbers off a spreadsheet and drop them into real life is to risk a sizeable panic attack. Maybe a few Premiership clubs would be able to soldier on, courtesy of their sugar daddy owners, but a good number are already tottering. The Championship, supposedly the second tier of the English game, already looks doomed, with funding potentially set to be cut from £640,000 per club to £40,000 next season. Below them, dozens of impoverished local clubs with no income will struggle to survive, endangering the long-term supply chain from grassroots to national teams. The fledgling women’s professional set-up, sevens, age-group representative rugby, academies, referees … any number of talented and enthusiastic people have had the rug pulled from under them – or soon will.

The Irish Rugby Football Union’s chief executive, Philip Browne, has already given a stark assessment to an Irish parliamentary committee, suggesting the “very existence of professional rugby” in his country is under threat if fans cannot return in sufficiently large numbers. He revealed the IRFU’s cash surplus of €28m in June was likely to be transformed into a debt of around €10m by next summer and had no hesitation in using the “c” word. “Irish rugby’s net losses in 2020 are catastrophic,” he said. “The rugby infrastructure built over 150 years is under threat.”

Ireland v Wales
 A packed Aviva Stadium watches Ireland take on Wales earlier this year. The IRFU says its net losses this year are ‘catastrophic’. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images
Few in Wales and Scotland would argue differently and even the best-run professional club in England are feeling the intensifying heat. Exeter are essentially a conference and banqueting business with a rugby club attached and are currently losing at least £1m per month. Rob Baxter, their director of rugby, has spent enough time in board meetings to be genuinely alarmed. “It doesn’t take a genius to have concerns. I am a club director so I see the financial predictions, the expectations of what we need crowd-wise, what we need to be taking over the bar etc.

“There is a reality that this cannot go on, if we genuinely as a country want sport and sporting venues to be able to continue and provide what they do for their communities. Sport is a huge part of this country’s culture that we can’t just let slip by without taking some action about it. Let’s hope there is a genuine concern taken by the government in how they aim to help us and how they also aim to get crowds back in as soon as they possibly can.”

Then again, should government bailouts be casually handed to organisations that have previously been awash with money and seemingly put little aside for a rainy day? Should certain administrators have allowed their dominoes to remain so tightly stacked or been so heavily reliant on a golden goose that has now ceased laying? In France this week the vice-chairman of World Rugby, Bernard Laporte, has been questioned by prosecutors investigating possible corruption. In Australia, Qantas has just withdrawn as main sponsor after 30 years, delivering another heavy financial blow to the sport down under. Rugby is in serious strife and not all its woes can be blamed on Covid-19.

Registration/Contact Information AND Miscellaneous Chat / Test
« on: August 10, 2020, 02:53:36 PM »

Other Senior Rugby / Hull Ionians ask for help to avoid closure
« on: July 19, 2020, 07:52:53 PM »
It's very sad to see clubs with very fragile finances in real trouble. Hull Ionions have made a desperate appeal for funds to save their club... The link below allows you to contribute to their £10000k appeal(??? Doesn't seem much..?)

Anyone who cares about Is should make a contribution to allow them to continue trading.

Presumably all paid players have been let go?


North One / Restart of training...
« on: July 06, 2020, 08:39:55 AM »
I'm sure some clubs have already started but Scarborough are starting training on Tuesday in the required small groups.
Didn't seem any point in starting too early...

Anyone underway or due to be soon?

Other Senior Rugby / John Clayton
« on: June 02, 2020, 08:56:25 AM »
Sad news that John Clayton of Hull has died over the weekend following a heart attack. John is known to most of us through his involvement in refereeing and recently refereeing assessment. It was a lovely chap who will probably be known at most clubs.

North One / No rugby till 2021?
« on: April 29, 2020, 08:24:04 PM »
Who actually thinks that rugby will start in September?

I've become more pessimistic about the possibility of that.. obviously none of us know but it would be good to debate the variables...

There is even a possibility of a whole season off...

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