NLD U16’s Nomination, Trial and Selection Process

NLD RFU U16 Squad Nomination, Trial and Selection Process 2018-19

NLD RFU has in place a programme of ‘player identification’ using appointed NLD coaches as well as the ‘Player Development Group’ (PDG). This supported through close liaison with schools and clubs within NLD to ensure that any players deemed to be performing in line with positional expectations at CB level are monitored accordingly.

To be eligible for NLD selection a boy must meet at least one of the following four criteria:

  1. Born within the RFU Constituent Body (‘CB’) of NLD
  2. Be a registered player of an NLD ‘CB’ club
  3. Reside within the NLD ‘CB’ area
  4. Attend a school within the NLD ‘CB’ area

The NLD under 16s squad for the 2018/2019 season (i.e. last seasons under 15s and the new seasons under 16s) will be made up of boys who are eligible from the Leicester Tigers PDG and those who trial successfully. It is therefore important to manage the expectations of players that you nominate, ensuring that they are aware that the process is highly competitive and will require each player to produce their very best at trial and beyond, should they be successful. Please note that boys within the PDG are not selected automatically and players will be selected on current ability and potential.

The first trials will be held on Monday 29th October and Monday 5th November for all players that are not currently involved in the PDG group, due to large numbers last year we are doing the trials in two groups this year’s so players have a greater opportunity. All players who attend this trial must be nominated in advance by their club or school coach and there is a limit of 2 player nominations from any one club or school, preferably one forward and one back. We cannot consider any player for trial that has not been nominated by their club/school coach. All successful players will then be invited to attend the final trial alongside the players from PDG on Monday 3rd December, following which a playing squad will be selected.


The trials will be held at Newark  RFC, the venue for the training sessions & matches will be confirmed shortly.

How to nominate:

Use the following link to complete the nomination document:

Please ensure the document is filled out in full.

 Closing date for nominations is Monday 22nd October.


The season will include the following training sessions and fixtures:

Monday 29th October               Trials – Venue TBC – First group of Club players

Monday 5th November              Trials – Venue TBC – Second group of Club players

Monday 3rd  December             Trials – Venue TBC  – Shortlisted Club players plus PDG

Monday 10th December            Training

Monday 17th December             Training

Saturday 29th December           Training

Sunday 6th January                    Match (Super Sunday – TBC)

Monday 14th January                  Training

Sunday 20th January                  Match Staffs – Home

Monday 28th January                  Training

Sunday 3rd February                   Match  Eastern Counties – Home

Monday 11th February                Training

Sunday 24th  February                Match  Leics –  Away

The selection process and structures season has been extremely successful in recent seasons with an excellent series of match results and, more importantly, a number of NLD boys going on to represent Midlands and England.

All clubs and schools within the NLD region are thanked for their continued support.

If you would like to discuss any of your nominations or have any queries regarding the programme please contact:

NLD U16 Manager – Adrian Taylor   [email protected]