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Brian Fisher

August 16th, 2017 by

It is with much sadness that we learn of the passing of Brian Fisher, a former Past President of NLD.   In his many years supporting NLD, Brian was a driving force in establishing one of the first Youth Rugby Development Programmes in the country.  Alongside Alan Bragg he helped to secure the funding for the first Youth Rugby Development Officer in NLD and it set the path for what is now arguably one of the most successful Rugby Development Programmes in the World.

Brian, who was 82, was a stalwart of Newark RFC, a former player, administrator and president still heavily involved in present re-development work despite suffering from cancer in recent years.

Besides his passionate support of all things Newark Rugby, Brian also served the area as Chairman of Newark & Sherwood District council.

He leaves a family led by wife Rita, four daughters and nine grandchildren.   The couple recently celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Brian, who was a Senior Partner at estate agents Edward Bailey & Son for over 30 years before establishing his own business, was also a past president of Nottinghamshire RFU.

Funeral details will be posted here as soon as they are known.

Our thoughts are with Brian’s family at this difficult time.

Dronfield U15 Coaching Opportunity

August 15th, 2017 by

Dronfield U15 age group have gone from strength to strength over the past 12 months.  However, due to assistant coach George Lewis, having to step down next  season due to work commitments, Head Coach John Smalley needs help to coach this talented squad.

The squad has already produced NLD squad members and numbers about 20 players in total. The squad is just too big for John to coach on his own.

Help on Sunday’s and mid week training on either Tuesday or Thursday needed either on an ongoing basis or for the first couple of months of the 2017-18 season.

Please get in touch with either David Beynon via [email protected] / 07970042334 or John Smalley via [email protected] / 07745 658855.

England Rugby Regulations Update

August 8th, 2017 by

The new England Rugby regulations for the 2017-18 season came into force on 1st August, all of the regulations can be found clicking here.

There are a few key updates that clubs need to keep in mind for the upcoming season.

.       Regulation 15.3.1 (and consequential change to 15.6.3)- amended to permit players to only participate in organised rugby activity from U7s upwards. Previously regulations permitted 6 years old to play competitive matches even if in the U6 age grade.

.       Regulation 15.5.5 – The key change is to permit 17 year old Girls to play up into adult rugby provided the relevant form is completed, a risk assessment is undertaken and the player does not play in the front row of contested scrums. This change mirrors the male provision and ensures an equalitarian approach across both genders.

.       Regulation 15.6.1 – The season dates have been updated.

.       Regulation 15.6.2 – As recommended by the Age Grade Good Practice Group, the activity that is permitted outside of the season has been fundamentally restricted due to the need to address the evidence of increasingly poor practice in this area and the player welfare concerns that players are simply not getting enough rest.  The changes to out of season activity are set out clearly in the redraft, the two key changes being that:

–       U13s and below: no rugby activity, including training and non-contact rugby will be permitted out of season.

–       U14s and above, training and non-contact rugby will not be permitted in June and any form of contact rugby (including 7s, 10s, 12s and training) will not be permitted in May, June and July. Please note however that 17 years old will still be permitted to play up into adult rugby to play contact and non-contact rugby.

.       Regulation 15.6.4 – Redrafted for greater clarity.

.       Regulation 15.6.5 – Amended so that all competitive activity must be played by the May first bank holiday, save that if a competition match is postponed or abandoned due to adverse weather conditions, such match can be played up until the last May bank holiday. Previously, any competitive activity was permitted until end of May. This change is a recommendation of the Age Group Good Practice Group.

.       Regulation 15.8 – amended to give CB approval right over all summer camps, rather than simply those falling outside the guidelines.

RFU Senior Men’s County Championship

August 2nd, 2017 by

Following the challenges of NLD’s 2016-17 RFU County Championship campaign the NLD Board have made the decision to have a year’s sabbatical from the RFU Senior Men’s County Championship competition in order to create a sustainable squad for the future.

We will be working extremely hard throughout the forthcoming months to review the current position and put in place a strong, robust plan to enable NLD to compete successfully in the 2018-19 RFU County Championship.

NLD Head of Representative Rugby Lee Slack said; ‘This was not a decision taken lightly but with the extremely high standard of the RFU County Championship we need to ensure that we are able to produce a squad that can compete on the field and is sustainable for the future.  We will be working with all stakeholders and would welcome any constructive feedback on the programme and how it can be improved.’

All other NLD Representative Squads will continue in 2017-18.

Graeme Gunn Medals at World Transplant Games

July 26th, 2017 by

West Bridgford RFC stalwart & NLD U20 Manager Graeme Gunn has returned home from the 2017 World Transplant Games in Malaga with two bronze medals. This was the first time he has competed in the World Transplant Games since his liver transplant in 2013.

Having his 60th birthday while he was in Malaga made it a double celebration. His family made the trip to Malaga including his daughter Nikki who flew in from Brisbane, Australia. He had a total of 16 family members to support him. #gunnsontour See photo
His medals were for Squash and Mixed Padel Tennis (a blend of squash and tennis). He missed out on medals in the tennis singles and doubles.

He said “I am truly amazed that I have won two bronze medals at such a prestigious event. My thanks must go to Rushcliffe Squash Club, The Rushcliffe Arena Sports Centre and Lady Bay Tennis Club. Finally an enormous thank you to my friend and personal trainer Yusuf Paterson-Mosafeer who enabled me to get to a level of fitness I have not been at for over 10 years.”

The 175-strong Team Great Britain World won a total of 360 medals. Over 50 countries from across the Globe took part in this spectacular celebration of life, with 1000+ transplant athletes and donor families, joining hands to raise international awareness of organ donation.

Transplant Sport is a charity which organises sports and social events for transplant recipients in order to highlight the benefits of organ donation and prove that you can lead a normal and active life again after

The Games aim to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation, encouraging transplant patients to regain fitness, whilst increasing public awareness of the need for more people to sign on the NHS Organ Donation Register, as well as the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Register, and discuss their wishes now with their families.

To join the NHS Organ Donor Register and help save lives call 0300 123 2323 or visit
To join the bone marrow donor register or for further information go to

Nottingham Rugby Coaches CPD

July 25th, 2017 by

Ian Costello and his Nottingham Rugby coaching team would like to invite all rugby coaches to attend a special, behind closed doors, Coaching CPD Session, which will be held at Lady Bay on Thursday 10th August 2017 and will form part of the team’s preparations for their pre-season fxiture against Newcastle Falcons, taking place two days later.

This is an open invitation to all coaches working at any level within the game and is being offered free of charge.

The outline of the programme is as follows:
10.00am – Arrival & Registration / Tea / Coffee in the Marquee
10.30am – Coaches Briefing & Discussion
11.00am – Watch Coaching Session from Pitchside
12.30pm – Debrief with Coaches and Senior Players in Marquee

NLD U14-16 Competition Entries Open

July 21st, 2017 by

Entries are now open for the 2017-18 NLD U14-16 Competitions!

Please see attached the updated competition rules along with the entry form, by entering you agree to abide by the rules so please make sure you read them first!!  The closing date for entries is Friday 4th August 2017.

 NLD U13-19 Competition Entry Form 2017-18

NLD U13-19 Competition Rules 2017-18 v1

NLD CB 2017-18 Age Grade Playing Calendar v4

NLD U14 Competition Format

The U14 competition will be run in the same format as in 2016-17.  It will be a tiered waterfall competition and full details will be circulated once entries are confirmed and we know exactly how many teams have entered.

NLD U15 & U16 Competition Format

The format for the U15 & U16 competitions will be as previous years with a Cup and Shield competition.  The number of rounds in each competition will be determined by the number of clubs that enter.

U15-16 Semi Finals

The winners of each pool and the best runner up of the three pools will go through to the semi-final draw. The draw will seed the two teams from the same pool in opposite semi-finals the remaining two teams will be drawn into the remaining places. In the event of 4 pools the top team from each pool will be entered straight into the semi-final and a straight draw will take place.  The Semi Finals will be only one game and the team drawn first will be given the home advantage.
Once entries have closed we will aim to have the fixtures circulated as soon as possible so that clubs can plan for the season.

Leicester Tigers Coach Development Event

July 20th, 2017 by

Leicester Tigers are offering a fantastic opportunity for Coaches to attend an Academy U18 Coach Observation Session on Saturday 12th August 2017.

For more information please see below.

Run an Inner Warrior Camp at YOUR Club!

July 10th, 2017 by

Since the successful launch in January and the recent campaign in May. The work to attract more women to contact rugby has certainly proved to be a success!

*   Over 2500 Women & Girls took part across approx. 150 camps

*   Over 1000 new players attended

*   See snapshot of some of the successes here – Inner Warrior Round Up May 2017

And so, to build on this we are now running another Inner Warrior Camp campaign from Fri 18 Aug to Sun 3 Sep.  This is also during the Womens World Cup so a great time to recruit new players to your team!

What’s in it for your club?

Your Inner Warrior Camp will receive:

*   Support from local England Rugby staff in the build-up and during your event.

*   National promotion through England Rugby’s website including sign up options for new people.

*   Links to a national campaign across England Rugby channels and press that will be re-launched just ahead of all events.

*   Access to the England Rugby Brand Centre to design your club poster/flyer/social media banner and use the event guide with England Rugby imagery and phrases.

*   There will be opportunities in each area for certain events to be supported with further resources once the applications are in.

What do I have to do to register?

*   Simply click HERE to register your event This link will go live this Friday 23rd June. This will take less than 5mins if you know the date and time of your event

*   You MUST apply by Fri 14  Jul

What does the club do next?

*   Start planning how you are going to run and promote your Inner Warrior Camp, ensuring the whole club buys into this.  After all, this could result in more members!

*   As mentioned above, this coincides with the Women’s Rugby World Cup. So think of opportunities around fixtures etc.

*   Think of what will encourage local non-rugby women / girls to come down and have a go – not necessarily always rugby related!!

*   Once your event has been accepted as an Inner Warrior Event, get it on social media and ensure you share it regularly with as many local groups as possible

We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming lots of new women and girls into the Rugby Family!

DPP Coaching Opportunities

July 11th, 2017 by