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  1. North East RL

    The North East Rugby League are pleased to welcome both the Edinburgh Eagles and the Stathmore Silverbacks into the NERL family!! They will both be entered into the NE cup, take par in the Dacia 9’s tournament and play a series of friendly/merit games against North East opposition In another positive more to help strengthen ties between the region and Scotland we will also be welcoming a Scotland u16’s side into the u16’s cup All Fixtures will be released next week
  2. Newcastle Thunder Academy

    We have an u15’s and played them against Barrow
  3. Newcastle Thunder Academy

    Some more evidence that the game is growing in the North East Three Thunder academy aides took to the field today and played some outstanding rugby, and picked up three wins!! nearly 500 supporters at Kingston Park today to witness the games Thunder U16 Development 32-24 Barrow Raiders Thunder U16 Scholarship 26-24 Widnes Vikings Thunder U19 Academy 24-18 Wakefield Trinity
  4. A league of 8 teams then a few teams playing series of merit games, including some teams putting out a second team
  5. 10 local players to start for Newcastle on Saturday night

    They will be based out of Walbottle in the West end of Newcastle
  6. 10 local players to start for Newcastle on Saturday night

    Absolutely, the game is growing at a fast rate in the area, we have three new local clubs starting this year. Yarm Wolves from the Teesside area entered last year with u14’s, they loved the sport so much they now have u9,12,14 and 16’s, we have a new club all the way up in Alnwick and the West Newcastle Magpies who are also Launching this year We have teams like Cramlington Rockets who have won their first two rounds of the National Cup and now face Thatto Heath in the next round And at Open Age we have clubs like Whitley Bay Barbarians who will be returning, and an invite has been sent up to Scotland for the two Scottish clubs to come down and play merit format friendly games and play in the cup it looks like player registrations in the north east will be up over 5% this year and the target is to average over 1,000 at thunder games It’s hard not to be positive about the North East at the moment
  7. Newcastle thunders squad against Hemel Stags will feature 10 local based players with 3 players from the U19s academy making first team debuts A tremendously positive stat that shows the good work that’s going on within the academy and the local clubs in the area.
  8. 2017: The Year North East Rugby League Was Rocking It’s been a historic year for rugby league, England’s first appearance in 22 years and six-point loss in the World Cup Final marking a landmark closing of the gap between them and eventual champions, Australia that made many of the public sit up and take notice. In Super League too, Castleford Tigers first ever appearance in the Grand Final at Old Trafford in October had neutrals enthralled and was further proof that it is not just the Wigans of the world that can challenge for silverware. While overcoming an experienced Leeds Rhinos side proved a step too far for Castleford, there was at least one side famed for their orange and black strips that found themselves lifting a trophy that day. Tucked away in the Captain’s Suite before kick off, Cramlington Rockets cemented their place as one of the UK’s best sports clubs when it was crowned national community club of the year at the RFL’s Community Awards. The scale of this achievement should not be underestimated. No club from outside the sport’s traditional Yorkshire & Lancashire heartland has ever won this award, an achievement made even more special given they were runners up the previous year. The North East and Northumberland in particular is blessed to have the Rockets in its midst for both the kudos of having a nationally leading club as a close neighbour, but for the energy and enthusiasm they bring to their community work, a reminder of what sport is really about. Its a club that has literally rocketed from nowhere, moving to Northumberland in 2009 when there was no rugby league played anywhere across the county to now, with over 230 players from the ages of two to adults and over 30 schools playing regularly. A lack of history has unshackled the club from tradition and allows them to constantly innovate. The creation of its own community department, the only amateur rugby league club in the UK to do so, has been the greatest spark and a key reason for their success at the RFL awards. Since launching in 2014, it now reaches 30,000 people a year, a figure some professional clubs would be happy with and is set to continue to grow as they mastermind the creation of a second Northumberland club, Alnwick Bears, in 2018. The man leading that charge is Community Manager, Steve Beaty, an original Rocket as a teenager that, having learnt his craft is now considered one of the sport’s leading community engagement strategists. Alongside Beaty is club Chairman, Jeff Ball, himself a national award-winning volunteer whose desire to push the club forward is best summed up with his motto “just because we are amateur, doesn’t mean we are not professional.” The arrival of Magic Weekend on Tyneside in 2015 allowed the Rockets a platform to showcase themselves and 2017 was no different. As well as selling over 700 tickets for the St James’ Park carnival of rugby league, an unbeaten treble-winning season for its U16s, winning the North East U12s Cup, and its 1st team reaching its first ever Grand Final were just some of the highlights for this ambitious club. What sets the Rockets apart is how they focus not on results but the experience everyone has with them, proven by over 50 Rockets were able to take part in on-field activities at Magic Weekend and the club touring the Super League trophy to 5,000 children in 48 hours. Being a member of Cramlington Rockets has become central to an enjoyable family life for hundreds of people. It would be remiss to not look beyond Cramlington however, when looking for examples of progress in the North East game. Throw a stone in any direction and you’ll hit an exciting, developing story. A significant chunk of the Rockets’ treble-winning U16s found themselves part of the Newcastle Thunder Academy, taking the number of Rockets involved across the U16s, U19s and College sides to over 30. The development pathway for junior rugby league players has subtly developed into one of the best across any sport in the UK, one that is already starting to reap rewards locally, such as the U19s becoming the first League One Academy to beat a Super League Academy side, two of these ‘Thunder Rockets’ making their England youth debuts in the summer and Cramlington-born academy prospect, David Weetman signed first team terms for 2018 with Newcastle Thunder. In both the last two cases, the proud coach with a hand in their journey was Jordan Robinson, Newcastle Thunder’s general manager and another of the gems of a volunteer that Cramlington Rockets can call upon. The region is blessed with many figures like Robinson, himself a national recognised community coach in 2017, that are dedicated to growing the game. One that deserves particular mention is Thunder Head Coach, Jason Payne. Appointed as interim coach midseason after the departure of Mick Mantelli with Thunder floundering mid-table, the ex-captain powered the Kingston park-based side up the table, their season ending with defeat in the Kingstone Press League One Play-Off final, an unthinkable position to achieve at the start of his tenure. Payne clearly has the winning touch, given he is also head coach of current national champions, Northumbria University. Throw in the retention of League One Young Player of the Year, Lewis Young, the permanent appointment of Payne as Head Coach, and the ambition of owner Semore Kurdi that is seeing Newcastle Falcons enjoy their best season for a decade, and Newcastle Thunder are ones to watch in 2018. In fact, it is not just Thunder you should be watching in 2018, it is the whole of North East rugby league that deserves your attention, be it regional champions, Wallsend Eagles making their debut in the Challenge Cup - the first North East side to do so, Gateshead Storm looking to build upon their best ever season in the National Conference or Whitley Bay’s girls section that is edging closer to being the best in the country. With the amateur leagues boasting more teams than ever before and participation numbers growing when so many other sports are seeing figures slip, the grassroots is ripe for further success. Fans of the professional game also have Magic Weekend returning in May for a record fourth time, preceded by a visit of ex-world champions, Bradford Bulls to Newcastle Thunder as a Friday night curtain raiser. If you can’t wait until May, you can find Castleford Tigers playing Thunder in a pre-season friendly on January 27th, one of the benefits from the twinning of the two-clubs. Being their first game since defeat at Old Trafford, the Super League Grand Finalists will be hoping to match the same level of success as their fellow-orange wearing peers in Cramlington.
  9. Hi, If you contact our academy manager he will be able to give you some advice we have a really good link up with Northumbria uni, we currently have 11 players from our u19 academy and first team that play & study at Northumbria
  10. Newcastle and Castleford Dual Reg link agreed

    How about no?
  11. Newcastle Thunder will enjoy dual registration terms with Castleford Tigers in 2018 after the 2017 Super League grand finalists and North Eastern League 1 outfit continue to forge closer links. Under the terms of the agreement, Thunder will join Championship side Halifax as a club where players from the top flight stable can gain match fitness and game time, in addition to forging stronger links between the two clubs. Becoming dual registration partners is a relationship that Thunder head coach Jason Payne and Tigers head coach Daryl Powell have been cultivating for a number of months and a process which saw Cas’ senior squad use Kingston Park Stadium as a venue for a training camp earlier in the summer. Having witnessed first-hand the quality of the facilities and environment that exists at Thunder and with the agreement now confirmed, it is a partnership that Payne is excited by and one that he says will add further to his club for 2018. Payne said: “I’m really delighted Cas and Thunder have become dual registration partners and I’m looking forward to building the relationship over this year and hopefully, in the longer term too. “We spoke with Steve Gill and Daryl Powell about working together which led to their training camp which allowed us to show off what we have to offer for their players. “It’s an exciting opportunity. It gives us options to strengthen our squad during the season if we need to and also, it allows us to welcome in the attitudes, structures, and ethos from a Super League side and grow ourselves through that.” Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell said:“I’m delighted that we have developed this relationship with Newcastle. We spent time at their facility last season and it is outstanding. “Their coaching team are quality and focused on developing players which will be great for our young players, playing for them. League 1 is a tough competition which will give our players a great platform to perform in and obviously we believe our players will benefit Newcastle’s drive for excellence in the 2018 season.”
  12. League 1 2018

    10,200 the best we have got so far was 3,033 against York in 2016
  13. League 1 2018

    The Magic Weekend just got bigger!!! Newcastle Thunder v Bradford Bulls Friday 18th May 19:45 At Kingston Park
  14. Things we can learn for 2021

    I think it should be 4 groups with top 2 going into the 1/4 finals The draw could be seeded just like the Football WC based on rankings example could be pot 1 Australia, New Zealand, England, Tonga pot 2 Samoa, PNG, Fiji, Ireland pot 3 Scotland, Lebanon, Italy, France pot 4 Wales, USA, Canada, Cook Islands This could be done at a proper live draw ceremony a good 16 months in advance and the draw could end up something like this Group A England Fiji Scotland Canada Group B Australia Samoa Italy Cook Islands Group C New Zealand PNG Lebanon Wales Group D Tonga Ireland France USA