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NLD U20 Rahat Choudhury Into England Counties U20’s

May 18th, 2017 by

NLD are proud to announce that Rahat Choudhury has been selected for England Under 20 Counites side to take on Holland in two test matches in early June.

The side will play their first match on Wednesday, 7 June followed by a second test of Saturday, 10 June against a representative Holland side.

The squad was chosen following the conclusion of the Jason Leonard U20 County Championship as well as a divisional weekend of fixtures held at Chetwyn Barracks in Nottingham.  Rahat represented NLD in their U20 Championship campaign in which NLD went through the Quarter Finals before missing out to Cheshire.  NLD U20 Manager Graeme Gunn commented;

“We are delighted for Rahat, he has worked extremely hard over the last couple of months and we wish him the very best on the tour to Holland”.

“The standard was incredibly high this year which made selection very difficult,” said team manager Chris Brookes.

“We’re very happy with the players we have and can’t wait to start what will be a brilliant tour. To pull on an England shirt and represent your country is a huge honour for these players.”

In preparation for the tour the side played a trial match against our Nottingham Academy, which England won 26-19 in a top quality match. Joining Rahat from Nottingham Academy are Seb Cecil and Josh Nott, making it three into the final squad of 23.

The team will be led by head coach Richie Williams as well as Paul Arnold with three of last year’s squad members returning to this year’s team.

Nottingham Rugby Academy Summer Trials

May 10th, 2017 by

Nottingham Rugby Academy are hosting a summer trial, ahead the 2017/18 season, which will take place on Sunday 11th June 2017, from 9.30am – 1.15pm

The Stratstone Land Rover sponsored Academy has developed a high-quality reputation for nurturing young talent, whilst all squad members continue to play for their ‘home club’.

The Academy side has gone from strength to strength since it was re-introduced back in 2015, having played against several Premiership Academies this season and also hosted England Counties Under-20s in their final fixture of year.

If you are interested in trialling and fulfil some of the following criteria outlined below, please get in touch. Further information, including the location of the trials, will be sent out to all confirmed trialists.

Criteria to trial:

– Under 17, 18, 19 or 20 in the 2017/18 season
– Represented your county or higher
– Been involved in a Premiership DPP or Academy
– Been involved in a Championship Academy.
– Played first team for your University
– Represented a club at Level 6 or higher

In your application please include:

– Your full name
– Your preferred position
– Your age level for the 2017/18 season
– A brief background of your playing experience including school, club & representative honours

For further information, or to send your application, please email Matt Everard (Head Coach) via [email protected] and Academy Manager Chris Brookes via [email protected].

NLD Game Development Conference – Applications Open!

May 8th, 2017 by

The popular NLD Game Development Conference will take place once again this year at Samworth Academy in Mansfield on Saturday 10th June 2017.

We are delighted that Nottingham Rugby Head Coach Ian Costello will be a Guest Speaker.  Many local coaches will have already come across Ian through the successful series of Coaching Clinics run at Lady Bay and will be keen to hear more from him and see how his Coaching Philosophy is put into practice.

The conference will also include sessions on using Video Analysis without spending huge amounts of money on expensive packages and equipment as well as the NLD Young Match Programme.  There will also be a CPD delivered on ‘Managing the Tackle’ which will be delivered by the England Rugby team.

The Conference will start at 9am and will finish by 4pm.  Lunch is included and once again the Conference is very kindly supported by NLD RFU as well as the Sir Anthony Wharton Trust.  We are therefore happy to confirm that the price for the day will remain £10 per person to include lunch!

Places are limited to make sure you book your place today!

Click here to book.

NLD Ladies v Yorkshire Match Report

May 8th, 2017 by

NLD Ladies Match Report

Yorkshire v NLD Sunday 30.4.17

Definition of Teamwork: “the combined efforts or actions of a group of individuals working together to achieve a common purpose or goal”.

NLD Ladies are playing in the RFU National Cup Competition for the first time following last season unbeaten in the Shield Competition. Our NLD Ladies travelled to Yorkshire to play their first round in the Cup which was always going to be a challenge knowing Yorkshire’s strength & depth.

Both teams played from start to finish with determination and ferocity with quick ball, hard play and dogged defending. Although under pressure for much of the match from the more experienced Yorkshire side, who were running well-rehearsed lines through their 10 and 12 and managing to create overlaps on both wings seemingly at will, NLD put up a good fight with the first 20 minutes seeing several turnover ball and penalties in our favour. Scrums were evenly matched throughout the match with no side gaining the upper hand but Yorkshire were able to keep the scoreboard ticking over, aided by some inspired spot kicking, and finished the first half with a comfortable lead. The second half saw much the same with Yorkshire putting NLD under pressure in all areas of the pitch and things were made harder for NLD when 2 infringements resulted in back to back yellow cards and NLD having to play the last 20 minutes with 14 players.

Even though the NLD Ladies were “outplayed” by their Yorkshire counterparts there are many positives they can rightfully take from this match. Their teamwork throughout was outstanding. They always supported each other and competed to the final whistle. At no time did their heads drop or their intensity in contact flag. For a team that has little experience playing at this level they competed with confidence and gave a good account of themselves both on and off the pitch. They have given themselves a solid foundation on which to build.

NLD Ladies have home games on the next 2 Sundays, 7th and 14th May, at Southwell RFC, against Staffordshire and North Midlands respectively. KO 3pm. All visitors and supporters welcome.

Mansfield Girls Triumph in Area 4 Plate Final

May 2nd, 2017 by

Mansfield U15 Girls were crowned RFU Area 4 Plate Winners following a 20 – 15 two game aggregate win over Old Northamptonians.

For a Girls section that has only done U15 Girls rugby for two years, to achieve such a success so quickly in the sections development is a fantastic achievement…and praise should go to the players, coaching staff and club for all the hard work that has been put in.

The 2016/17 season overall has been another massive step forward in the players development with 12 players achieving NLD, 4 players Midlands and 1 player England TDG representation.

The girls section continues to go from strength to strength and the success of this seasons U15 squad sets a strong foundation for the whole of the girls section for next season.

A massive well done to all of the squad.

West Bridgford Players Make the Move to Senior Rugby!

May 2nd, 2017 by

This season saw eleven West Bridgford RFC Colts players transition into Senior Rugby at the club.  All made multiple appearances for the senior section with some also being regulars in the first team.

Continuing with their transition, some players will move onto University Rugby next season with others continuing in the seniors at West Bridgford.

This week Transition Ties were presented to Adam Williamson, George Preston, Rueben Shrestha, Natty Brisco, Jake Hicklin, George Harris,  Rob Towndrow, Elliot Fryer, Matty Barrs, Jack Harmer and Bryn Appleton (not pictured)

Nigel Malik, Head of Colts and Transition at West Bridgford commented “We are pleased to see so many Colts moving into senior rugby. The seniors are very supportive and we have a structure in place to ensure the development and safety of the player comes before any demands of the senior teams. Colts integrate with senior squads in training, building confidence and learning from each other. Players have to be assessed as ready and are managed responsibly”.

If you have players moving from Junior to Senior Rugby within your club you can apply for Transition Ties to recognise this achievement by clicking here.

Derbyshire Finals Day

May 2nd, 2017 by


Derbyshire RFU Finals Day

Saturday 6th May
Very kindly hosted by Ilkeston RFC

Derbyshire RFU Cup Final KO 1500
Melbourne v Glossop

Derbyshire RFU Shield Final KO 1400
Buxton v Bakewell Mannerians

Derbyshire RFU Pennant Final KO 1245
Melbourne Dev v Leesbrook

Derbyshire RFU 2nd Team Cup KO 1200
Derby 2nd XV v Matlock 2nd

NLD Girls Play For Midlands

April 28th, 2017 by

NLD u18 Girls represented Midlands last Sunday, playing at Birmingham Exiles against the North.

All four girls played a pivotal role in what saw the Midlands beat a strong North side.

Jess Weaver – Newark
Maddie Crofts – Newark
Bess Heath -Chesterfield
Lucy Payne – Ashfield

Huge congratulations to all of the Girls!

NLD Junior Finals

April 28th, 2017 by

This Sunday sees the NLD U15 & U16 Finals Day at Derby RFC.

Huge congratulations to all of the teams that have made it to this stage of the competition.

U16 Shield Final KO 11am
Paviors v West Bridgford

U15 Shield Final KO 12.30pm
Newark v Lincoln

U16 Cup Final KO 2pm
Newark v Derby

All are welcome to go along to support the teams on Sunday.  Entry is £3 per adult and U16’s are free.

The NLD U15 Cup Final took place on Wednesday evening at Kesteven RFC with Spalding running out 27-5 winners over Nottingham Corsairs, full report coming soon.


NLD U20’s Into Final Divisional Squad

April 27th, 2017 by

5 NLD U20’s have been named in the 23 man squad to play in the Divisional Festival over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Huge congratulations to:

Dre Clifton Forbes            West Bridgford RFC / Nottingham Academy
James Newman                South Leicester RFC / Nottingham Academy
Dan Salt                              Doncaster Phoenix RFC
Rahat Choudhary              Hinckley RFC / Nottingham University
Harry Graham                   Hartpury College / Nottingham Academy

NLD Honorary Secretary Tracy Edmundson commented; ‘We are delighted to see these players represent NLD at the next level and wish them the very best of luck for the festival’.