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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.


June 30th, 2017 by

The annual NLD AGM took place on Monday evening at Newark RFC.  A copy of the minutes from the meeting are available to download here.

A number of awards were presented on the evening to Club & Individuals who had stood out in 2016-17.

League Presentations
M2EN – Melbourne
M3EN – Lincoln
M4EN – Long Eaton
M5EN – Skegness

Domestic Unions Trophy
Derbyshire RFU

NLD Awards

Volunteer of the Year
Matt Derbyshire

Outstanding Achievement of the Year
Tupton RFC

Spirit of Rugby
Mansfield U11’s

Ashbourne RFC Colts

NLD Presidents Cup 2017
Jeff Mapp presented to the President’s Cup to Long Eaton RFC for their achievement of being unbeaten in 2016-17 and for their hard work in growing the club.

England Rugby Mitsubishi Awards 

Pete Haskell – Mansfield RFC
Syd Harris – Mellish RFC

NLD Services to Rugby Awards
Awards were given to the following people for their Service to the Game. they were nominated by their Domestic Unions.

Graeme Gunn – NLD & West Bridgford RFC
Mick Webster – Bakewell RFC
Chai Uawithya – Rolls Royce RFC

Pictured: Top – NLD President Jeff Mapp with Melbourne RFC Head Coach Matt Derbyshire.  Bottom – NLD President Jeff Mapp presenting Derbyshire RFU’s Russ Boyack with the Domestic Unions Trophy.

Calling All Lincolnshire Clubs!

June 27th, 2017 by

NLD RFU are now inviting tenders for clubs to host the 2018 NLD Knockout Finals Day on Saturday 28th April.  The opportunity to host rotates around, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire & Derbyshire on a 3-year cycle and for this season the venue will be in Lincolnshire.

Clubs in Lincolnshire interested in hosting the Finals should complete the attached Host Tender and return to [email protected] by 31st December 2017.

NLD Senior Competitions Committee Minutes

June 19th, 2017 by

The NLD Senior Competitions Committee met on Monday 12th June 2017, a copy of the minutes from the meeting are available to view here.

The next meeting is scheduled to be held on Monday 2nd October 2017.

NLD Senior Knockout Competition Draw

June 19th, 2017 by

Please find below the draw for the 1st round of the Shield, Plate and Vase plus the QF draw for the Cup.

Note that the “play-on” dates for the various rounds are;

Round 1:              26th August (note that for clubs not involved in league matches this may be moved to 2nd September by mutual agreement of both clubs and prior notification to the Competitions Secretary)

Quarter Final:    7th October

Semi Final:         18th November

Finals Day:          Sat 28th April 2018 (venue to be nominated by Lincs)

Cup (QF)

Market Rasen V Derby
Ilkeston V BYE
Dronfield V Glossop
Scunthorpe V Paviors

Shield (R1)

Buxton V Bakewell
Ashbourne V Matlock
Spalding V Kesteven
Sleaford V Stamford
Southwell V Lincoln
Newark V West Bridgford
Casuals V BYE
Belper V Mansfield

Plate (R1)

Bourne V Skegness
Grimsby V Boston
Ollerton V East Retford
Worksop V BYE
Long Eaton V Stamford College OB
Moderns V Mellish
Ashfield V Tupton
Amber Valley V Chesterfield

Vase (R1)

Cleethorpes V BYE
Gainsborough V Barton & District
North Hykeham V BYE
Keyworth V Horncastle
Meden Vale V Mansfield Woodhouse
Bingham V Nottinghamians
Cresswell V Hope Valley
Leesbrook V Castle Donnington

It is expected that there will be some disruption caused by some clubs progress in the RFU knockout but this will be managed on a case by case basis.

Match cards and regulations for the competitions can be found here.

Lincolnshire Senior Competitions

June 13th, 2017 by


1st Round: to be played by 1st January 2018

Kesteven v Market Rasen & Louth

Sleaford v Grimsby

Scunthorpe v Stamford

Lincoln v Spalding


Preliminary Round: to be played by 1st October 2017

Barton & District v North Hykeham

Boston v Cleethorpes  

1st Round: to be played by 1st January 2018

Horncastle v Barton & District OR North Hykeham

Stamford Colleges OB v Boston OR Cleethorpes

Bourne v Deepings

Gainsborough v Skegness

Finals to be played on Monday 7th May 2018

Venue T.B.C

Arrangements for the Junior competition will be notified to clubs in due course

A copy of the rules can be downloaded here.


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 Senior Knockout Finals Day

April 27th, 2017 by

The NLD Senior Knockout Finals Day takes place this Saturday 29th April at Chesterfield RFC.  Welcoming teams from throughout all corners of the Three Counties it promises to be an excellent day of rugby.

Vase (11:30 kick-off)
Bourne v Keyworth

Plate (12:30 kick-off)
Buxton v East Retford

Shield (13:30 kick-off)
Melbourne v Stamford

Cup (15:30 kick-off)
Derby v Glossop

The gate will open before the first game and all are welcome to come along and support the teams.  Tickets are available on the gate, £4 per adult (over 16), under 16’s are free.

NLD Senior Competitions Committee Minutes

March 30th, 2017 by

The NLD Senior Competitions Committee last met on Monday 20th March 2017.  A copy of the minutes are available to download here.

NLD Youth Structured Season 2017-18

March 18th, 2017 by

Please see attached the NLD Age Grade Calendar which has just been signed off by the RFU.  The calendar fits within the RFU Age Grade Rugby Guidelines, more information on these can be found here.

NLD CB 2017-18 Age Grade Playing Calendar v4

Entries for the NLD Competitions / Festivals etc will all open in due course.

If you have any queries then don’t hesitate to get in touch with Nicole Brown – [email protected].