Newton Aycliffe Rugby Union Football Club has announced a change in leadership for the upcoming 2024/25 season, marking a new chapter in the club’s storied history. This transition not only represents a change in personnel, but also signifies a broader shift in the club’s identity and ambitions.
Taking the helm as Captain is Jason, whose journey with NARUFC embodies the spirit of personal growth and adaptation that the club seeks to foster. Jason’s rugby career has been marked by transitions – from his early days as a Bishop Auckland youth player to his time in the back row at Nottingham Trent University and various Midlands teams. His most recent and, perhaps, most impressive transition came last season when he converted to the hooker position, a move that paid dividends as he clinched the Players’ Player award and earned a starting cap for the Durham Counties Select XV.
Jason’s connection to NARUFC runs deep with family ties. On his appointment as Captain, Jason said, “It’s an absolute honour to have my name etched as captain of a club that’s been close to my heart since I was a young boy.” Jason remarked, “I grew up watching my dad take the pitch hundreds of times in the infamous green, maroon and gold. I’ll give this opportunity everything I’ve got.”
Alongside Jason, Josh steps into the role of Vice Captain, bringing a wealth of experience from his diverse rugby background. Josh’s journey through the sport has been one of constant evolution, from his youth at Darlington RFC to age-grade rugby with the Newcastle Falcons and numerous county caps. His ability to play across multiple positions, at various levels of the game, makes him an invaluable asset to NARUFC, embodying the versatility and adaptability that the modern game demands.
Josh’s enthusiasm for his new role is palpable. “Having joined the club last season, it was obvious from the get-go that the club had something different about it,” he stated. “There’s a togetherness here, with shared ambitions and I’m looking forward to working with everyone at the club.”
The appointment of Jason and Josh to leadership positions reflects NARUFC’s commitment to nurturing talent and recognising potential. Their diverse experiences and shared passion for the club promise to bring fresh perspectives and renewed energy to the team.