News Archive

West Bridgford RFC Donate Kit to Uganda

August 19th, 2014 by

West Bridgford’s Mike Powell, arranged last season for old West Bridgford RFC kit to be shipped to a club who have very few resources.

entebbemongers1Mike’s brother is currently working with Entebbe Mongers RFC in Entebbe, Uganda, and while he has some very talented and keen young players many of them do not have the basic essentials to enable them to play the game.  Old shirts, shorts, rugby balls and boots are all in short supply and any that are made available are put to extremely good use.

Mike’s brother said ‘The kit that you gave me has been brilliant.  My total available resources amount to 2 balls, a scrum machine and padding for the posts on match days.

All my tackle bags are broken and my rugby balls are burst as they don’t last long here due to the pitch and atmospheric conditions.

Second hand boots and rugby shirts / shorts are priority. At least 50% of the team turn up for training with old T Shirts and inadequate footwear. The old strip you gave me has been brilliant as you see from the photos I have sent.entebbemongers2

I coach a 12 year old (who only looks about 9) called Bukke who has a wicked pass on both hands and a sidestep Barry John could only have dreamt of, but he’s nothing more than a street kid dressed in rags and bare feet. His mate Edgar drop kicks from 30 metres without boots and also has great hand skills.’

It is great to see the West Bridgford hoops being put to good use in other less fortunate countries.

NLD have also recently made a donation of kit with some playing shirts being en route to India.  If your club has any spare playing items that you would like to donate get in touch with Mike Powell and he will be able to arrange this for you.

NLD’s Graeme Gunn Brings Home the Medals!

August 18th, 2014 by

NLD U20’s Manager Graeme Gunn from West Bridgford has just returned from the British Transplant Games (BTG) in Bolton with 4 medals! He received a liver transplant 15 months ago and this is his first BTG.

graemegunnmedal“Graeme said he was over the moon with his medals – Bronze in Tennis, Squash and Badminton and Silver for Table Tennis. He said “It was really inspiring to compete with so many amazing people who have been through the same as I have. This really was a competition to celebrate the gift of life for all these athletes.”

The British Transplant Games encourages those who have received a transplant to lead active and healthy lives while showcasing the benefits of transplantation. The aim of the charity Transplant Sport (TS) who organize the BTG, is to raise awareness of the need for more people to sign on to the NHS Organ Donor Register. In the UK, 10,000 people are waiting for a life saving transplant, and 3 die each day waiting.

Over 700 athletes from 55 transplant units across the UK who have all received a life saving organ transplant took part. Aged from 2 to 82 they competed in 20 different sports including archery, athletics, golf, squash, snooker, tennis, cycling and swimming. Competition was fierce, but the athletes have already won the race for life – winning a medal is simply a bonus!

Selection for Team Great Britain will take place after these games, and the successful athletes will compete at the World Transplant Games in Argentina next year.

1200 supporters turned up to cheer on the athletes over 4 days at the Westfield Health British Transplant Games. The event is managed by Montgomery Leisure Services (MLS), in partnership with the charity Transplant Sport UK (TS).

Chair of Transplant Sport (TS), Andy Eddy, himself a liver transplant recipient, says ’These are truly the friendly Games, demonstrating the success of transplantation, the joy of being alive and the opportunity to give thanks to the Donor families. We encourage everyone to discuss their wishes about organ donation with their families, without which, none of us athletes would be here to compete to the best of our abilities’

To find out more about the Westfield Health British Transplant Games please visit

Calling all Clubs for Good News!

August 12th, 2014 by

The RFU are always looking for clubs ‘Good News’ stories to feature in their Touchline publication which is also published on the brand new website.  So if there is something interesting happening at your club why not put together a short article to send through to the NLD Office ([email protected]), include some photographs and we will submit it to the RFU on your behalf.  We will also post stories on the NLD Website, Twitter and Facebook.

This is a great way to raise the profile of NLD clubs so don’t be shy and submit your stories!

Keep an eye out for Tupton RFC who feature in the September issue of Touchline too!

Tom Hunt – Funeral Arrangements

August 11th, 2014 by

It is with great regret that we have learned of the tragic death yesterday of Tom Hunt of Lincoln College in a car accident. Tom was just 19 years old.

I had the pleasure of managing Tom on the NLD u16 tour to South Africa in 2011 and he was a fantastic lad with a great personality. Tom was a real team guy, a valued tourist who did everything asked of him and was a wholehearted, committed and talented rugby player. The tributes paid to him by his many friends on Facebook say it all really and he will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.

Our sincere condolences and thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Update 13-08
Tom’s funeral will be held on Friday 22nd August at 2.15pm at St Peter’s Church at Woodall Spa.

Mike Waplington
RFU Council Member
Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire & Derbyshire Rugby Football Union Limited.

Will Allman Features in Saints Sevens

August 8th, 2014 by

The Northampton Saints line up for the Premiership Sevens Finals tonight includes one very familiar name.  Starting his rugby career at Melbourne RFC Will Allman progressed through the club at Mini & Junior level.

He continued his excellent form for NLD U16’s and impressed the Midlands Selectors before being invited into the England set up.  He played three matches for England South last season and featured in the Trent College Plate Victory at Twickenham earlier this year.

Will now plays for the Northampton Saints Academy and will feature in a strong Saints line up for this evenings finals.

For the full squad please click here.

New Rules of Play – U11 & Below

August 7th, 2014 by

We are pleased to confirm that NLD will be continuing to build on the New Rules of Play foundations by implementing the rules across all clubs within the CB at U11 and below for the 2014-15 season.

Copies of the rules for U10’s & U11’s are available to download below.

U10 NRoP

U11 NRoP

For more information on New Rules of Play visit the RFU Website.

Talented Coaches and Participation Coaches Programmes (Notts)

August 7th, 2014 by

Please see details of the 2014/15 Talented Coaches Programme that Nottinghamshire County Council run each year.  This programme has successfully run for the past six years, supporting over 100 coaches across the county.  It looks to support the most promising coaches over a 12 month period developing knowledge, skills and experience to further their coaching career.   The deadline for applications is Monday 1st September.

Nottinghamshire County Council have also developed a new coaching programme called the ‘Participation Coaches Programme.’  It costs £30 but it will give each coach 20 hours of CPD and resources. Rushcliffe can nominate up to 5 coaches for the course so if there is a coach that would be interested in applying for this programme, please email Amy Carter by Wednesday 20th August – she will then send you a nomination form which will need to be completed by Wednesday 27th August.

If you have any questions regarding any of the two programmes, please contact Pete Forster at Nottinghamshire County Council on 0115 9774403 or email [email protected].

RFU National Youth Council

August 5th, 2014 by

The RFU is on the search for a team of passionate 16 – 24 year olds who will form the new National Youth Council. This is an opportunity for young people in rugby to volunteer at a national level influencing how the RFU supports the 16 – 24 age group. Applications are open now and more information can be found here. The closing date for all applications is: 15th August 2014.

Successful applicants will be chosen at a selection day held at Twickenham Stadium on Friday 29th August 2014. To be eligible, applicants must be available on the selection day as no other assessments will be held.

Benefits to the young volunteer:

Being on the National Youth Council is an exciting opportunity to get involved in the RFU on a national level and also learn lots of new skills to develop professionally and personally. The benefits of being a Youth Council member are:

  • Acting as a consultative body for the RFU and development of the game
  • Access to events and conferences
  • Opportunity for learning and development
  • Increased leadership, communication, teamwork and decision making skills
  • Being a part of the RFU and working with RFU colleagues
  • Opportunity to influence provision and support for young people in rugby
  • Help the RFU to achieve their overall objectives and mission
  • CV building

Who are they looking for:

  • Actively involved in rugby
  • An inspiring ambassador for England Rugby
  • Experience within rugby union in a leadership capacity or as a role model for young people
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Willingness to learn and develop yourself
  • Ability to self-motivate with strong initiative and good organizational skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team and
  • Ability to travel independently

How to apply:

Complete the application form on the RFU website found HERE and return to Jenny Box [email protected] by midnight 15th August 2014. You must be able to attend a selection event at Twickenham Stadium on Friday 29th August 2014. If you are under 18 years old, you will need your parent’s / guardian’s consent to apply.

Find out more HERE

NLD Website Relaunch!

July 31st, 2014 by

We are delighted to welcome you to the brand new NLD website!  We hope that this site will provide you with all of the information that you are looking for while being informative and easy to navigate.

We are sure there will be areas that we can improve in the coming weeks so if you have any feedback then don’t hesitate to get in contact.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with all of the latest news and events around NLD!

NLD Announce W&G Coaching Teams for 2014-16

July 31st, 2014 by

NLD are pleased to announce the NLD Coaching teams for the U13,15,18 and Ladies Squads for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

NLD Head of Game Development Dan Sutton said ‘We have been delighted with not only the number of coaching applications but also with the high quality of coaches.  I would like to thank everyone for their applications, there were some difficult decisions that had to be made but the Women and Girls game within NLD has a fantastic set up and we are really excited about the future.’

NLD Ladies
Head Coach – Dan Edson
Assistant Coach – Simon Stuart
Assistant Coach – Andy Dowling

NLD U18’s
Head Coach – Roy Reeve
Assistant Coach – Neil Whitehead
Assistant Coach – John Payne / Neil Speechley*

NLD U15’s
Head Coach – Martin Kerrigan
Assistant Coach – Mark Dobbs
Assistant Coach – Neil Speechley / John Payne*

NLD U13s
Head Coach – Peter Haskell
Assistant Coach – Bob Truswell
Assistant Coach – Adrian Taylor

* Denotes 1 season appointment

For more information on Women & Girls rugby within NLD click here.