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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!

NLD Girls 10s Festival – Entries Open!

May 31st, 2017 by


On Sunday 24th September 2017 the 3rd annual NLD Girls 10’s Festival will be taking place at Newark RFC.  It’s a great way to start the season with an action packed afternoon welcoming teams from all corners of NLD and neighboring CB’s as well.


We want to make this year the biggest and best yet and are looking for Teams of 10-15 players to compete in the U13, U15 and U18’s. Clubs may enter more than one team in any age group and if you are just starting out why not come along and mix it up with another club!

  • No team entry fee.
  • Car parking admission £3 per adult.
  • Chance to win a pair of Twickenham tickets for a 2017 Autumn International game.
  • Refreshments available throughout the afternoon.
  • Age Group Winners and Runners-up Medals.

To enter teams must complete & return the registration form by 1st August 2017

NLD Girls 10s Entry Form

Registration forms to be returned via email to: John Payne

For more information contact John on:  07732 498827   email: [email protected]

Arrival from 13.00
Changing rooms available from 13.30
Coaches briefing 13.30
Games start 14.30
Presentation 17.30

NLD Girls & Women Coaching Opportunities

May 26th, 2017 by

NLD are pleased to invite applications for Assistant Coaches & Managers for the NLD Girls & Women’s Programme for the 2017-8 & 2018-19 seasons.

This a great opportunity to get involved with some of the most talented female players within NLD.

NLD U13 Assistant Coaches
NLD U15 Assistant Coaches
NLD U15 Manager
NLD U18 Assistant Coaches
NLD U18 Manager
NLD Women Assistant Coaches
NLD Women Manager

The Girls CB programme starts in September and runs until December. The NLD Women’s programme starts in February and runs until May. There is a possibility of an extended programme for U18 and Ladies age groups, (to be confirmed). Coaches are expected to comply with current RFU regulations and work as part of a team within NLD to provide a stimulating and challenging environment for players of all ages and to develop their playing skills and abilities. Our ethos is to encourage player development and not “win at all costs”.

Please take the time to complete this form in full giving a detailed account of previous coaching experience and qualifications. All applications will be considered on merit. An ideal candidate will have experience of coaching within the relevant age group(s) and possess a current L2 RFU coaching qualification or higher. When completed, please return this application form via email to Nicole Brown [email protected]

Application Form


The deadline for applications is 9th June 2017.

Applicants will be informed of the panel’s decision via email no later than 18th June. Successful applicants will be invited to interview at NLDRFU offices in Newark week commencing 26th June.

For more information on any of the roles or for an informal chat please contact Neil Clack on 07734 179339.



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.

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!

Newark U15 Girls Crowned Midlands Champions

February 15th, 2017 by

Newark Girls U15 have been crown Midlands (RFU Area 4) champions for a 3rd year running.  They now progress to the 3-way Northern Area Final on 9th April to face the winners of Areas 5 and 6 (yet to be determined).

The winner of Northern Area Final progresses through to play the Southern Champions in the National Final.  A title Newark are looking to retain, having beaten Winscombe RFU in the 2016 final.

Newark Girls Winners at Sports Awards

February 8th, 2017 by

Newark RFC Girls section took two awards at the recent Sports Awards.

Mark Dobb

Mark Dobb was awarded Community Coach of the Year for his work with the girls rugby at Newark. Their success as U15 National Champions in 2015-16 and his work to promote girls rugby at Newark along with going above and beyond the role of a coach when one of his players, Victoria Lyon sustained a life changing life injury following a car accident in November 2015.

The Newark u15 Girls squad won Junior Team of the Year for their success as National Champions 2016 and for the love and support they showed selflessly for Victoria after her accident.

More information on the awards can be found via by clicking here.

Newark Girls Team of the Year

NLD Girls Into Midlands Squads

February 8th, 2017 by

Following on from an excellent representative campaign in the Autumn a number of NLD Girls were to trial for the Midlands Squad.  Out of 30 girls selected for the u15’s team, 11 were from NLD with Abbey Hammond still to trail as she was injured on trial day.

Abigail Tolson – Boston
Alice Marriott – Newark
Emily Bingley – Mansfield
Erin Horne – Newark
Georgina Tasker – Mansfield
Jessica Brown – Newark
Maddy Coy – Newark
Heidi Seaton – Mansfield
Evalina Watkins – Newark
Louis Markland – Mansfield
Rebeccah Church – Chesterfield

The U18’s also have excellent representation in the Midlands squads with 3 girls being picked to go through.

Lucy Payne – Ashfield
Megan Warsop – Ashfield
Maddie Crofts – Newark
Jess Weaver – Ashfield

The selectors have said the standard was very high and decisions were tough, the girls were a credit to NLD and their clubs, we wish them well as they continue their journey.

NLD U15 Girls Match Reports

December 14th, 2016 by

NLD U15 Girls V North Midlands V Staffordshire

The NLD squad gathered for the last set of fixtures of the CB programme at Syston RFC hoping to finish on a high and maintain their 100% record.

First up came the North Midlands side who had just played their first match against Staffs and looked ready and up for the game. NLD crossed the North Mids try line within the first three minutes with a try from Abigail Hammond which was duly converted by Brown but they looked out of sorts and the intensity that was on show a few week ago against Staffordshire was missing.  North Mids were quick to the breakdown and were strong going forward but space out wide was obviously available the NLD girls just weren’t using it.  NLDs defence was strong however and some dogged forward work started to pay dividends, creating turnovers and taking ball against the head in the scrum, the backs started to profit off this and two quick tries from Jessica Brown, one from an interception and the other from a quality direct line that scythed through the defence took the score to 17 – 0 at the half.

After half time and a request from the coaches to focus on going forwards and to settle down into the game NLD started to exert some pressure on the North Mids side, North Mids were tiring slightly but were still putting in some good tackles and working well at the breakdown.  However they were unable to capitalise on this as the NLD Girls just kept hold of the ball. The NLD forwards started to boss the play a bit more and some great direct running at pace broke the gain line on numerous occasions, tries for Maddy Coy and Molly Thornton followed some great work down the outside channels by Heidi Seaton. The game was finished when prop Emily Bingley found herself in the position every front row player dreads, through the defensive line, no defenders in front of you, but a 70m run to the posts.  She duly finished the sprint to the line and the game ended with a final score of 41 – 0

Next came Staffordshire, NLD had played Staffs a couple of weeks ago and have probably been the strongest opposition the NLD had met so far. True to form Staffs started strongly but seemed to be missing their main strike runners from the previous encounter, although were still a very strong sde. NLD again were a little slow starting and a few knock ons and wayward passes stopped attacks in their tracks.  The forwards rumbled the ball towards the Staffs line and Heidi Seaton picked the ball and drove over the line for the first of her two tries in the first half. At half time NLD were 10-0 up and again needed to focus.

The back row had played exceptionally well as had the front with Rebecca Church thriving in her new role as a Loose Head prop, they were starting to tire however but thankfully there was a good bench to go to and the coaches could make the necessary changes.

The second half became a battle in the trenches with the cold and tiredness starting to take its toll on the players and little mistakes creeping in.  Staffs came back in full force and stated to work towards the outside channels with their runners, some great cover tackling by the wingers of Hammond and Roberts ended the attacks and the forwards then swooped in to counter ruck and forced turnovers. A quick tap penalty from NLD found Abigail Hammond in space for a simple run in.  Staffs still wouldn’t give up and gain mounted a wave of attacks and the NLD defence started to bend but didn’t break, again a series of penalties relived the pressure and allowed NLD to take the ball back down to the other end of the pitch to give Abigail Tolson her first try for the CB. Final score was 22- 0

The end of a fantastic CB programme where the NLD U15s finished undefeated and only conceded one try. The thanks for all the hard work and commitment shown came from the coaching team and all the girls involved in the playing squad and the development side should be massively proud of what they have achieved. We can only hope they take this passion and dedication back to their clubs and continue their development as rugby players.

Report:  NLD U15 Head Coach Neil Whitehead

U15 Development Squad v Staffordshire 

The Development Squad had the chance of a second game this programme with a return fixture against the Staffordshire Development Squad, having already met them at Litchfield in a very entertaining game which they won.  Numbers were low but the girls attending were very upbeat and keen to enjoy another game.

Early play saw the game swing from end to end with great defence from both teams and Staffs were first on the score sheet as NLD let their guard down to concede a try under the post. The score woke NLD and several flowing moves and great interlink between the girls saw them get close several times but great defence from Staffordshire held them at bay.  Staffs continued to attack and several strong tackles held them out for a period before they broke the defence and ran in another couple of tries.

NLD responded with a try before half time to go in 10 points down but with heads high and looking for the go forward play that had been pushed as part of the programme. The second half saw several players stepping up and making try saving tackles ,rucking and mauling with added vigor thus controlling much of the play giving a couple of missed try scoring opertunities from spilled balls and being held up over the try line. Eventually pressure payed and tries flowed and NLD ran out 25-15 winners in a good spirited game which was a pleasure to watch with two evenly matched teams

Bonser   1
Thompson  1
Mosley   1
Fowler   2

Great finish to another successful development programme which was generally well supported and players moved between the squads during the season . Thank you to all the girls that fully committed to this and it showed in the games.

Report: Neil Speechley

NLD Girls Round Up 2016

December 14th, 2016 by

The girls NLD season has come to a close, with plenty of highs, some lows and some new starts.

The U13’s have started afresh with a new coaching team, led by Nick Woodland, working within new RFU directives. The numbers have been steady but not as strong as in previous season so there is some work to do there. The U13 season continues with the Round Robin events.

The NLD U15 Playing Squad has maintained their 100% record for the 3rd year in a row. The U15 Development Squad won both their encounters with Staffordshire despite the opposition having far more players. The bridge between the Development and playing squad has worked much better this season with several players proving their worth and being moved up to represent NLD. This is something we will look to continue to develop next season.

The U18’s won an oustanding game against Staffordshire on home turf, the squad’s first win in 3 years. We always knew this season was going to be a challenge for the U18’s losing the more experienced players to Senior rugby.  Despite the hard work and dedication of the squad, low numbers, inexperience and injuries inevitably took their toll and despite closely fought matches the tries didn’t quite come. Next season we will have a core of 3rd year players and some outstanding talent coming through from the U15’s so the U18’s will no doubt be building on this year’s experience.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the number of people who have coached, completed paperwork for, organised their club venues, hosted and generally volunteered their time, knowledge and skills to allow the girls to play rugby and to the clubs that have supported NLD Girls Programme. I want also to thank NLD for their continued support of the girls programme. The biggest thank goes to you the players and your parents who take you to training and taxi you around the Midlands to stand in a cold, wet muddy field for 3 hours at a time. Wonderful. Good luck to all those players who have been selected for Academy Trials. Don’t worry you will be contacted directly by the relevant Age Group Managers.

We are looking to build the NLD “Girls Only 10’s Festival” next season, 300 girls sound too much? We are also looking into an NLD Girls tour to Ireland that incorporates the Womens Rugby World Cup Finals in August 2017 so keep watching!

Neil Clack – NLD Women & Girls Chairman