Please see attached the first draft of the NLD U14-16 Junior Competitions.
The Finals will take place in one venue as normal and tenders to clubs who would be interested in hosting these will be circulated shortly.
To fall in line with the new Age Grade Rugby regulations we have amended the format of the U14 Competition this season from the previous Mini League to a Knockout Competition. All of these fixtures will be played at the team listed first’s ground apart from the Finals which will all be played at one venue as per a normal NLD Finals Day. In order to give clubs as much appropriate competition as possible we have still split the Cup and Shield and there will be more opportunities for clubs to progress to the Finals with the introduction of a Plate and Bowl competition as well. Please check the dates carefully as the Semi Finals and Finals will be earlier than originally published (although still on original U14 dates), this is to incorporate the additional Finals and so all of the U14’s games will be at one venue.
We will apply to the NLD Referees Society for referees to be appointed to all NLD matches, please make sure you take careful note of the Referees section in the rules and confirm with your appointed referee in plenty of time.
Please make sure you check your fixtures carefully and if you have any queries at all please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Last year we went up to version 10 of the draws so let’s hope we don’t beat that in 16-17!