News Archive

*Vacancy* NLD Head of Representative Rugby

September 28th, 2020 by

An exciting vacancy has arisen at NLD RFU, as the NLD Head of Representative Rugby.

Full details of the role requirements can be viewed here: NLD-Head-of-Representative-Rugby-1 (2)

All applicants for this post should submit their rugby CV along with a covering letter detailing why they would like to take up the position, to [email protected] before 31st October 2020.


The Erewash Touch Challenge

September 25th, 2020 by

Long Eaton and Ilkeston are hosting the R4R Touch Challenge tournaments through October for Seniors and Colts.

They are looking for two clubs to join them on each day.

Ideally entrants will be able to bring enough players for two teams.

Long Eaton and Ilkeston have confirmed that both Clubs are fully Covid secure and fully risk assessed.

Tournaments will start at 2.00pm and finish approx. 5.30pm.

Any clubs that want to join or have any questions, please message Chris Brookes, or call 07999 494378. Allocation will be on first come first served basis.


Saturday 3rd October @ Long Eaton

Saturday 10th October @ Ilkeston

Saturday 17th October @ Long Eaton

Saturday 24th October @ Ilkeston


Saturday 3rd October @ Ilkeston

Saturday 10th October @ Long Eaton

Saturday 17th October @ Ilkeston

Saturday 24th October @ Long Eaton

NLD Representative on RFU Council

September 4th, 2020 by

It is with regret that Tracy Edmundson has stepped down from her role as one of NLDs’ Representatives on the RFU Council. As a CB we now need to hold an election to find a replacement.

All clubs were emailed earlier in the week with the nomination forms and role description for the position. Nominations are invited before 25th September.

Mike Waplington is happy for anyone interested in the role to contact him on 07917 182201 to discuss it further.

Dr. David Murphy

August 28th, 2020 by

It is with much regret that we learn of the passing of Dr. David Murphy, ex Stamford Rugby captain and President, and Honorary Life Member of NLD since 2006. He was a former Orthopaedic Surgeon and RAF Group Captain and father to Andrew and Jonathon. His grandsons John and Ben still play regularly for Stamford. Dr. Murphy was a very well known and respected player and a friend to many throughout the local world and will be greatly missed.


August 27th, 2020 by
The 2020 NLD RFU AGM will be held on Monday 28th September at 7pm, on a virtual platform due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Any clubs or individual members who would like to attend please get in touch with Katherine at [email protected] for further details.
Likewise, if you are a member and unable to attend please submit your apologies to [email protected]

NLD RFU Update

August 27th, 2020 by

We at NLD all hope that you and your families have kept well over the last few months during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Although the playing of rugby has stopped during lockdown, there has been continued activity between NLD and the RFU to try and find a safe way back to playing community rugby, and you will all be aware through the RFU Community Updates of the stages we need to progress through to get back to normality.

The NLD Office Administrator post has been furloughed since April and we are now making a gradual return with Katherine, back from maternity leave, resuming duties on the reduced hours of 10.30am-2pm on Tuesdays and Fridays for the time being. The telephone number remains the same – 07597 670 743, but the email address has changed. All correspondence to the NLD office must now be sent to [email protected]

Due to her work commitments, Tracy Edmundson has reluctantly made the decision to step down from her role as NLD Hon Sec. Tracy has fulfilled this role for many years and the Board thank her for her support and input into the matters of the CB during this time. We are pleased to advise that Darren Dolby, who many of you will already know as our CB Club Volunteer Coordinator and Safeguarding Manager, has agreed to take on this important role. We would like to welcome Darren to this role and thank him for taking on the pivotal task that being Hon Sec is.

We understand how difficult this year has been for clubs and want to sincerely express gratitude for your understanding as we take things slowly on the path back to playing the game that we love.

NLD Under 20s Squad – 1st March 2020

February 28th, 2020 by

We are really pleased to announce the Nld under 20 squad to play Leicestershire this Sunday 1st March at Leicester Forest, Hinkley Road, Kirby Muxloe, Leicester LE3 3PJ on the 4G. Kick off is 3pm with a meet time of 1pm.




Allen Jasper – West Bridgford

Bennett James – West Bridgford

Ellison Will – Newark

Gallagher Tom – Nottingham University

Holden Ben – Macclesfield

Lucas Max – Melbourne

Morley Jonny – Belper

Purcell Xander – West Bridgford

Rio Nelson Caleb – Nottingham Moderns

Risman Luke – West Bridgford

Sarsfield Josh – Scunthorpe

Suddaby Matt – Melbourne



Cole George – West Bridgford

Dickinson Ben – Melbourne

Hamilton Lewis – Melbourne

Harding Terry Will – Nottingham university

Helliwell Will – Leicester Lions

Key Curtis – Sleaford

Mahmid Reika – Dronfield

Murray Matt – West  Bridgford

Stowe Will – Hull Ionians

Tweedie Fin – Leicester Lions


Travelling reserves

Harry Taylor – Nottingham Trent university

Kristian Powell – Moseley


Matt Derbyshire said “I’m really excited about this local county derby fixture and that we have 11 different clubs and 4 universities represented. Some of the players have been noticed in our previous game against East Midlands and I see it as one of our functions to get as many players in front of the selectors as possible. There are a number of players who will feature this weekend for the first time.”

Would your Club like to host the Junior Finals

February 28th, 2020 by

NLD are now inviting Clubs to tender to host the NLD U14-16 Finals Days during the 2019-20 season.  All of the details regarding hosting the events and the application to do so are available to view click here.

Applications documents should be completed and returned to Sarah Poucher by Friday 6th March.

We are unable to run these events without the support of many clubs throughout NLD and we are really grateful for your continued support.  Hopefully each of the events offer the host club to generate some income through food & bar sales alongside the 50% of the gate fee. 

NLD Junior Finals

U14 Finals  Sunday 26th April 2020 (4 Matches)
U15/16 Finals Sunday 26th April 2020 (4 Matches)



February 19th, 2020 by

The continuing bad weather has caused many issues across the region and has impacted significantly on available playing space for Clubs and Schools alike.

On the basis that it seems unlikely that the existing flooded pitches will have recovered in the coming days, we have decided to hold the next U17s Training Session at:

YMCA Sports Village

Lord Hawke Way

off Bowbridge Road


NG24 4FH

As you enter the facility, the main Sports Centre will be on your right hand side. 


Head towards the top left hand corner of the Car Park and pass under the barrier. The Changing Rooms and Pitches are located by exiting the top right hand corner of the Car Park. Follow the path until you see the Portacabin accommodation.



We appreciate that the session runs a little later than normal and accept this may impact on those travelling further distances. Unfortunately, the lack of grass facility around the area has placed added pressure on the 3G facility, and their is limited availability as the facility has numerous regular bookings.


Any player unable to make the session is requested to contact the Squad Manager (Lee Slack) as soon as possible at:

[email protected]

Sunday 2nd Feb Eastern Counties U16s v NLD U16s played at Gresham School, Holt, Norfolk.

February 18th, 2020 by

The instructions were short and clear in the huddle before kick off, “don’t start slowly”.

NLD playing up quite a slope took this on board and attacked from the whistle.

The first try came from moving the ball quickly out wide to the right and if not for a great tackle by EC the try would of been scored, but quick ball from the ruck went back the other way through the backs and our 13 scored close to the posts which was duly converted. 0-7

The match ebbed and flowed and EC tested the NLD defence several times before from a scrum on our 10m line the No8 picked up going right and again quick recycling saw the ball going left down the backline for our 14 to score in the corner 0-12

Second half saw NLD with the slope but a challenging wind behind them meant kicking saw the ball disappear dead in goal if over hit.

NLD again picked and drove from the base of the scrum with three quick pick & drives up the middle before sending the ball right for our 22 to score, this time with the help of the wind the try was converted 0-19

Not to be over run EC then attacked from the kick off and soon won a scrum in the NLD half, working the ball right from the scrum they scored out wide 5-19

Keeping the pressure on NLD, EC continued to attack but were intercepted by our 11 who passed back inside for our 9 to score 5-24

Not to be overrun EC then scored probably the try of the match from a scrum in their own half they attacked right and scored in the corner. 10-24

With time running out yet another good pick up form 8 saw NLD drive forward, our 6 ripped the ball from the resulting maul and quick ball out to the backs saw our 13 score his second of the game which was converted.

Final score 10-31.

Our last fixture sees us hosting Leicestershire on Sunday 23rd Feb