Pirates and the Community

Clems Pirates are known in the North East for their sheer enthusiasm, terrific tours and their fundraising efforts.

Started by brothers Andrew and Stephen Oxenham as a single rugby match to celebrate Stephen’s 40th birthday, Clems Pirates is now a fine example of veterans rugby and was affiliated in 2000 to Durham RFU. With the help of their generous sponsors, over 150 players have represented the club at home and abroad.

The first tour was to Edinburgh and since then they have played around the globe including: South Africa, Germany, Argentina, Uruguay, Holland, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Nice, Cuba, Spain, Kuala Lumpur & Singapore, Palma & most recently back to Hong Kong. The Pirates toured to Windhoek, Namibia in May of  2014, playing ‘The Namibian Legends XV’ & were treated to one of the most memorable tours on & off the Park. We toured to Colombo, Sri Lanka in May 2018.

Whilst on tour they don’t just play rugby but present local schools with kit and other goodies. Back home Clem’s Pirates have donated in terms of kit & fundraising, a total of almost £60,000 to good causes, including charities such as, Cystic Fibrosis, St Cuthbert’s Hospice, the North East Air Ambulance, Help for Heroes, Tabitha’s Toys, CRUK, Marie Curie, The Bubble Foundation, The British Legion, The Sea Cadets and most recently The John Drummond Trust.

So support us if you can.

For more information on fixtures and players look on Durham Rugby Club or take a peak at the Gallery for some on and off the pitch rucks.