For more information regarding the NLD U17/18 Squads contact Squad Manager Lee Slack.
The NLD U17 Squad are selected in January with a view to forming the majority of the following season’s NLD U18 Squad. Players who have been previously involved in the NLD U16 Squad are invited to trial along with players who have been nominated by their Clubs and Schools. Once the squad has been selected they have a training calendar and some friendly matches before the end of the season in preparation for the step up to U18 level.
The NLD U18’s programme which takes place in August – December is announced at the end of the previous season and is made up of players from the NLD U17’s. The squad plays in the RFU County Championship Competition which gives young talented players the opportunity to play representative rugby at CB level and beyond. Players who impress the watching selectors will then have further chances to play at Midlands and even England.
Position Specific Criteria
An insight into the Positional Criteria used during assessment and selection for NLD / Midlands is available to view here.
The programme for 2016-17 is available to download here.