By James Reid
Durham University Rugby Football Club (DURFC) have announced Steven Colwell as their next president.
The former England Students Rugby manager succeeds the late Fergus King MBE, who passed away in July.
Colwell has held various roles within the England Rugby setup and joined DURFC in 2006 on the recommendation of King and fellow Durham rugby legend Ted Wood.
“I am honoured to accept the role of President,” said the current Bishop Auckland coach. “He [King] was an amazing friend to me for a long time, and the opportunity to build upon his legacy really motivates me.”
Colwell assumes the role at a time of great recent success for the club, who were crowned BUCS Super League Champions for the 2019/20 season.
There have been individual triumphs for the club’s players, too, with recent graduate Fitz Harding signing for Bristol Bears in the summer and current third-year Josh Basham making his debut for Newcastle Falcons in November.
Colwell will continue in his role as head of both men’s and women’s programmes at Bishop Auckland alongside his presidency.