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Northumberland Senior Plate (rugby union)

The Northumberland Senior Plate is an annual rugby union competition held between the clubs of the Northumberland RFU which was first played in 2002. It is the second tier county cup for the Northumberland Rugby Union, which includes Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, and Northumberland. The plate was introduced when the gap between clubs became too great after the advent of professionalism in 1995. The competition is open to the 9th-16th best placed clubs in the league pyramid. The current holders are Novocastrians who defeated North Shields 33-30, in the 2018 cup final. All Senior Plate Finals have been played at various venues in the county and takes place on Easter Saturday.