• York St John won all three Netball fixtures at this year's Clash of the Minsters

    York beat Sunderland to Clash of Minsters crown

    October 4, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    University of Sunderland suffered defeat in the Clash of the Minsters as York St John were crowned 18-8 winners. The annual curtain-raiser to the university sporting year took place in York with both universities competing across 26 sports and it was the home side who comfortably won in the end. […]

  • Sunderland RFC's tribute to John Drummond. Picture credit: John Drummond Trust

    Sunderland RFC tribute strip for John Drummond

    September 15, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Sunderland RFC have unveiled a rugby strip for this season to commemorate John Drummond who sadly lost his battle with bowel cancer in August at the age of 33. Having played for Sunderland RFC during his time at Sunderland University, he was highly regarded as a vital player, and a caring person. A […]

  • Thunder had a solid start to their season but haven't kept up their form. Picture: Twitter @ThunderRugby.

    Thunder drop out of playoffs after loss to Whitehaven

    May 10, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Newcastle Thunder’s slide down the table continued at the weekend as they were beaten 34-20 by Whitehaven at the Recreation Ground. Scott McAvoy scored twice for the hosts while Steve Roper kicked four goals from five attempts as the Cumbrian club secured revenge against Thunder, who beat Carl Forster’s side […]

  • Newcastle Thunder have made a solid start to the season but were worked hard on Sunday.

    Thunder look to stop rot away at Whitehaven

    May 5, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Newcastle Thunder will look to end a three game losing streak in all competitions when they travel to Whitehaven this weekend. Mick Mantelli’s side lost two matches against North Wales Crusaders – one in the league and the other in the League 1 Cup – before suffering a heavy defeat in […]

  • Newcastle Thunder have made a solid start to the season but were worked hard on Sunday.

    Newcastle Thunder outclassed by high flying Raiders

    April 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Newcastle Thunder were beaten 50-6 against Barrow Raiders at Kingston Park in the fifth round of League 1 matches on Friday. Barrow had eight different try-scorers in a great performance from Paul Crarey’s side while Tom Shaw’s 55th minute converted try represented the only points Newcastle could muster. Thunder were down to […]

  • Kingston Park is home to Newcastle's League and Union teams.

    Thunder play host to joint-top Barrow Raiders

    April 14, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Newcastle Thunder’s Good Friday fixture sees Barrow Raiders travel to Kingston Park, hoping to extend their winning start to the season. Barrow are second in League 1, but have the same amount of points as table-toppers Toronto Wolfpack. They beat Workington Town 26-10 in round four while Thunder were handed their […]

  • Newcastle Thunder have made a solid start to the season but were worked hard on Sunday.

    Double trouble for Thunder as Crusaders triumph again over Newcastle

    April 11, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Newcastle Thunder were beaten by North Wales Crusaders for the second week in a row, this time at Queensway Stadium in Wrexham on Sunday. The Crusaders ran out 30-14 winners after overturning an 8-6 half-time deficit. Mick Mantelli’s Newcastle side were outscored five tries to three and they will be […]

  • Newcastle Thunder have made a solid start to the season but were worked hard on Sunday.

    Thunder looking for revenge against Crusaders

    April 7, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Newcastle Thunder return to league action on Sunday as they look to exact revenge on North Wales Crusaders, who knocked the North East club out of the League 1 Cup last weekend. The Thunder have won all three of their opening league matches this term and are fourth in the […]

  • Fans in the stands await the start of the match at Kingston Park.

    Thunder exit League 1 Cup after loss to Crusaders

    April 5, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Newcastle Thunder’s League 1 Cup campaign came to an abrupt end on Sunday as North Wales Crusaders triumphed 24-16 at Kingston Park. Crusaders second-rower Jack Houghton scored twice while Tommy Johnson put in an inspired performance to send the visitors into the semi-final and leave Thunder licking their wounds. Newcastle had […]

  • An aerial view of St James' Park in Newcastle.

    Newcastle set to host the European Club Rugby finals in 2019

    April 4, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    A large outcry for more high-profile rugby matches in the North East has been met with the news that Newcastle is set to host the European Club finals in 2019. The finals include the European Rugby Challenge Cup and the Champions Cup. Newcastle have had great success with both the […]