Palatinates take on Exeter tonight – show your support!

Durham University Rugby Club face their historic rivals Exeter in tonight’s annual charity rugy match. This promises to be a great game with top university players battling it out on the pitch and raising money for charity.

DURFC Durham students Palatinates rugbyJoe Burdis, Rugby Club Captain, explains why tonight’s match is one not to miss!

“The rugby clubs annual charity match has been running for over 5 years now; and has always been one of the main events in the University calendar. It’s our best attended match of the season, and a real celebration of university sport, all in a aid of a good cause. This year we’re taking on Exeter, one of our biggest rivals, so there’s some added intensity.

The match is in aid of Sport in Action Zambia; it’s a great charity which supports orphans and street children in Zambia. It provides education, food and a route to achievement through sport, for vulnerable children. The charity match usually helps raise enough money to help feed 500 children and staff for a year; as well as helping with the upkeep of a school, including replacing ovens, mattresses, and watertanks. Many Team Durham students and staff members have visited the Fountain of Hope, which the project supports, in the past; and can attest to the significant impact this event has on vulnerable young lives.”

DURFC Durham rugby PalatinatesEnjoy a great night of sport!

Joe is encouraging the Durham community to get behind the team and help them break the record for the highest number of spectators. “The highest attendance we have reached in the past is 4,000, and it would be great to match that. The last few years we have consitently hit around 2,000 spectators, and this year we really want to surpass that. Everyone in the club has put an exceptional amount of effort into promoting the event, selling tickets, and putting together promotional posters and films to spread the word about the match, and the charity. Loughborough hold the current record for attendance at a BUCS Super Rugby match, with 3,500; and I know that everyone in Team Durham loves the chance to beat Loughborough, so 3501 is a target we’d love to hit!”

As well as the rugby, there will be music and entertainment to create a lively atmosphere and help the crowd get behind their team and cheer tham on.

Colin Markham, 1st XV Captain

Colin Markham DURFC Durham student rugby“BUCS Super Rugby is now heading into its 3rd year of existence and every year it is becoming more competitive and more exciting. Increased exposure through various media outlets means the best rugby players at university-level are given a stage to express themselves every week. Representing DURFC in BUCS Super Rugby is a huge honour to me, and every player that takes the field – for a club with so much history and tradition to be competing in one of the most enthralling leagues in the country epitomises what Durham University is about.”

Historic rivalry

“Matches between these teams have always been high paced and a thrilling spectacle to watch. To have Exeter (last year’s league winners) at home in front of a bumper crowd at Hollow Drift will be no different. As players, we can’t wait to get out there!”

Meet the team

Hugely excited to announce our 23 for tomorrow’s Charity Match at Hollow Drift. Looking forward to seeing everyone down there – with over 1,500 tickets sold so far, it’s not one to miss. Good luck boys. #BleedPalatinate #WhenISeeYouDurham

Posted by Durham University RFC on Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Team Durham student rugbyWhat are your goals for the season as a team?

With Durham’s track record of success in rugby it’s all to play for this season. We’re taking every game as it comes – focusing on our performance and doing our job to the best of our abilities. If we can do this, we should be challenging at the top end of the league.

Ones to watch…?

We have a great team with lots of talented players, but for toinight’s game Colin reccomends keeping an eye out for George (Fitz) Harding in the forwards – he’s a live-wire that will want to create something from nothing.

In the backs: Matt Welsh is an excellent performer. An electrifying runner in attack and hits hard in defence.

Team Durham DURFC -v- Exeter, Kick off 6:30pm

VenueDurham City Rugby Club, Hollow Drift, Green Lane, Durham
Tickets – £3 on the gate

Joe Burdis

Joe Burdis

Joe Burdis is studying Philosophy and Politics here at Durham and is a member of Trevelyan College.
He is Durham Rugby Club Captain 2018/19.
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