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NLD 2nd XV Knockout Competition

August 12th, 2019 by

Following the receipt of expressions of interest the NLD Senior Competitions Committee have decided to run a 2nd XV knockout competition as a trial in season 2019-20.

This will be split into two competitions, the Senior Challenge Shield and the Junior Challenge Shield.

Regulations are still being drawn up for these competitions (these will be circulated and published when ready) but the competitions are generally aimed at players who are not regulars in their club 1st XV.

Match cards will be provided on the website for download and both clubs will need to complete these following the match.

The play on dates have been agreed as the following, but if clubs mutually agree to play earlier or midweek etc. then this will be acceptable.

R1: Sat 21st September 2019

QF: Sat 19th October 2019

SF: Sat 30th November 2019

Finals: Sat 14th March 2020.


The draw for the first round is;

Senior Challenge Shield

Round 1

Melbourne 2 v Derby 2
Ashbourne 2 BYE
Dronfield 2 v Matlock 2
Ashfield 2 BYE
Newark 2 v Market Rasen 2
Lincoln 2 BYE
Mansfield 2 v Casuals 2
Southwell 2 BYE

Junior Challenge Shield

Round 1

Derby 3 v Melbourne 3
Bakewell 2 v Ashbourne 3
Mellish 2 v Ashfield 3
Tupton 2 v Moderns 2
East Retford 2 v Mansfield 3
Gainsborough 2 v Newark 3
Sleaford 2 v Spalding 2
Skegness 2 v Boston 2

Midlands U18s Coaching Opportunity

August 12th, 2019 by


England Counties U18 Midlands Division is seeking to appoint an Honorary Team Manager.





Honorary Head Coach, Divisional U18s Delivery Team.



England Counties U18s Management Team & Coaches; Divisional & CB U18s Management Teams; RFU staff; Academy Managers.



The post-holder will contribute to the planning and delivery of the coaching programme for the season to provide a positive and successful playing environment. Provide high quality coaching to community rugby-based players to enable them to perform at their optimum level whilst enhancing the U18s County programme and club/school rugby.



  • Ensure the RFU’s objectives are achieved for the England Counties U18s programme at Divisional level by supporting the head coach in the preparation of the team’s coaching programme to develop the skills and understanding of the players.
  • Support the head coach in working in conjunction with the Divisional Team Manager & Divisional Chairman of Selectors to facilitate the selection of players from Constituent Bodies in an objective manner.
  • Evaluate all coaching sessions and games with the coaching team and players.
  • Provide constructive feedback to players to enable them to continue with their development.
  • Attend the meetings of the U18s Divisional Delivery Team.
  • Identify highly talented players who have the potential to move to England Counties U18s.
  • Participate in annual review of performance and commit to a programme of development provided by the RFU.
  • Ensure that the coaching and playing squad present themselves as ambassadors for the Rugby Football Union and act within accordance of the Core Values of the sport.



  • A current RFU DBS certificate will be required once appointed.
  • Hold a minimum of a RFU / UKCC Level 3 Coaching Qualification or its recognised equivalent.
  • Demonstrates a track record of personal coach development.
  • Articulates and delivers a clear playing and coaching philosophy that is in accordance with the objectives of the programme.
  • Self-motivated, committed and enthusiastic about coaching rugby union.
  • Has significant experience of coaching young adults at club, school/ college and CB level.
  • Is strongly biased towards a Player Centred in approach to coaching.
  • Creates an environment that balances player development with team performance.
  • Is able to lead & manage people.
  • Is able to articulate and deliver sound coaching processes relative to the programme.
  • Has a sound understanding of the RFU performance pathway for players.
  • Sets high standards of personal accountability, reliability and responsibility for the players and staff.
  • Is able to work effectively with other members of the U18 Divisional Management Team.



  • The post holder is accountable to the England Counties Divisional U18s Team Manager for the successful delivery of the responsibilities as outlined above.


The term for the position is 2 years subject to annual review, with a further two years by mutual consent.

Applications in writing together with a Rugby CV should be sent to:


Name: Nick Dermott – Honorary Team Manager

Email: [email protected]


The closing date for all applications is 23 August 2019. Interviews will take place on 2 September 2019.


For further information and/or an informal discussion please contact: 

Name: Nick Dermott

Title: Honorary Team Manager

Email/Mobile:  [email protected] 07872390202

Job Opportunity at Newark RUFC

July 31st, 2019 by

Lead Therapist – Newark Rugby Club, Midlands 2 East (North)

Job Description – Lead Therapist (part time)
Remuneration – Competitive depending on the experience of the successful candidate
Closing Date for Applications – 31st August 2019

Candidates will require:
• Membership of the HCPC, BASRaT, SST or relevant governing body
• A Degree in Physiotherapy, Sport Rehabilitation, Sport Therapy
• A current first aid qualification

Desirable but not essential:
• A current PHICIS, ATMMiE orLubus trauma qualification
• Previous experience working within a sporting environment

The Role:
• To lead the delivery of all therapy services to the Men’s senior squad
• Attendance at all 1st XV League and Cup games, home and away
• Attendance at all training sessions, Tuesday and Thursday evenings
• To ensure effective soft tissue treatment, rehabilitation and management of injuries sustained by players
• Keep up to date and accurate medical and training records
• Ensure that all coaching staff are kept up to date with player development

The successful candidate will be required to hold an up to date disclosure and barring check.

All communication in relation to applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

To apply, please send your CV and supporting covering letter outlining your suitability for the role to: [email protected]

For an informal discussion prior to application, please call Director of Rugby, Tim Barker on 07920 230563

Popularity of women and girls rugby is on the rise

July 25th, 2019 by

Women and girls rugby in England is going from strength to strength across all levels as a result of the solid progress that is being made against the RFU’s four year women and girls’ action plan, which launched in September 2017.

Women and girls’ grassroots rugby has experienced rapid growth. The RFU, working with volunteers in constituent bodies and clubs, along with other partners such as Sport England, has contributed to this achievement.

Director of Rugby Development, Steve Grainger, commented: “It is pleasing to see the women’s game go from strength to strength across all levels. We have made a concerted effort to ensure that we can sustain this growth during a special time for women’s team sports.

“We are at the mid-way point of this action plan and there has been positive momentum to date. To ensure success in the second half of the plan, we will accelerate our focus on improving and futureproofing the playing offer in line with the wants and needs of women and girls and the expected growth of the game, place a focus on the importance of leadership and advocacy within the female game, and continuing to challenge perceptions to ensure that rugby is seen as accessible for women and girls as it is for men and boys.”

Change in contacts for Senior results and registration queries

July 24th, 2019 by

All clubs are reminded that from this season onwards the contact details for confirming RFU league and knockout results and for registration queries has been changed.


For registration queries contact

Bob Morrison – First Eleven Sports,

RFU Results and Registration Office,

PO Box 3781,



Tel: 01793 677878 (Office)

E-mail: [email protected]


For all game results the home clubs must notify The Midlands Results Service on 0121 663 6631 or text 07797 800102 with the result or update the GMS (to include W/D/L, tries count, bonus points and points for and against) as soon as possible after the game, but before the 5:00 p.m. deadline on a Saturday. When a game is played at any time other than a Saturday afternoon the result must be reported, or the GMS updated, within 30 minutes of the end of the game.

Women’s 1st Team Coaching Opportunity

July 17th, 2019 by

The University of Nottingham Women’s Rugby Union Club are looking for a 1st team Women’s Coach for next season (2019-20).

If you are interested please send your CV and a covering letter to Paul Westgate, Head of Performance Rugby, at the University of Nottingham. Deadline for all applications is Friday 2 August.

For further information please contact Paul.

Email: [email protected]

Mobile: 07976 967977

Electronic Match Card Training

July 16th, 2019 by

Sign up for Electronic Match Card Training is now open here. Dates & locations below and more detailed information for each venue is available when you click through to the sign up page.  Please be aware that there will not be a confirmation email upon completion.


Tuesday 30 July – Blaydon

Tuesday 30 July – Launceston

Wednesday 31 July – Wetherby

Wednesday 31 July – Salisbury

Thursday 1 August – Wigan

Thursday 1 August – North Bristol

Tuesday 6 August – Silhillians

Tuesday 6 August – Cambridge

Wednesday 7 August – Wellingborough

Wednesday 7 August – Tunbridge Wells

Thursday 8 August – Newark

Thursday 8 August – Twickenham


Timing for all sessions will be:

  • 6.30pm meet for 7pm start
  • Finish around 9pm


Priority will be given to those from a men’s level 9 or below team and all women’s team. However, if there is space, then we will accommodate attendees from other clubs, whether they are new MCAs or want a refresher.

Competition Deadlines this Friday, 19th July

July 16th, 2019 by

The entry deadlines for the below competitions are this Friday, the 19th July:

Ladies & Girls wanted at West Bridgford

July 11th, 2019 by

With the season only a few weeks away West Bridgford Ladies & Girls U18s are looking for new players to join their growing squad. The U18s this season will train alongside the ladies’ squad, mirroring the drills and sessions to make it easier for that move into senior rugby.

If you want to be part of the highest placed ladies team in the three Counties then why not come along and give it a TRY. Training starts Thursday 18th July at 7pm – all pre-season training takes place on the Alford Road Playing Fields West Bridgford.

For more information either turn up on the night, or contact Ken James – [email protected]

RFU Community Game Update July 2019

July 10th, 2019 by

The July 2019 Community Game Update contains important information on the following:

  • Launch of new website
  • Age Grade Rugby – Regulation 15 changes
  • Supplemental Ticket Fund 2018-19
  • Indicative International Ticket Allocation
  • Sky 5% price increase
  • Electronic Match Card July/August training sessions
  • Mitsubishi Motors pre-match hospitality – Quilter Internationals
  • Launch of Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign
  • Rugby Safe lead role
  • Aspirational teams review 2018-19


New look website

The new has now launched with a fresh new design putting the user at the heart of all we do digitally. This is a key step in our digital refresh project with our strategic partner IBM.

Our aim is to make it easier for people to find the information they want, wherever they are and to keep them interested in all we do whether they are a fan, player, coach, referee or volunteer.

Further work will continue over the next few weeks to make sure we are ready for the start of the community game season and the Quilter Internationals in August.

We hope you like the new website. Please click here to visit the new site and use the ‘Feedback’ tab on the right hand side of the page if you have any comments.


Age Grade Rugby – Regulation 15 changes

The RFU Council approved updates to Regulation 15 in their June meeting. These are important changes with action required ready for the new season, so please share widely with all those involved in Age Grade rugby across clubs, schools and colleges. They follow feedback from Age Grade players and the wider game, and support the Age Grade philosophy of being player-centred, development-driven and competition-supported. In particular, the Government’s Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) has provided updated advice on 17-year-olds playing adult rugby, which has meant the introduction of a new process. Click here for more information on all the changes to Regulation 15.


Supplemental Ticket Fund 2018-19

The Supplemental Ticket Fund is generated from the sale of commercial and hospitality tickets at major men’s senior internationals at Twickenham Stadium. Every voting member club, Constituent Body and Referee Society receives an equal share of the fund generated each season. The amount due from the 2018-19 season to voting clubs, Constituent Bodies and Referee Societies, is £1,080.73.

The amount will be reduced by each member’s 2019-20 subscription fee and any debts outstanding, with the RFU to establish the final payments made.

Each voting member should receive their payment by 31 July 2019.

We are aware that a small number of Clubs, Constituent Bodies or Referee Societies are not currently set up as a supplier on the RFU system. In order to receive the Supplemental Ticket Fund, each member must be registered on the system. If required, please click here and follow the RFU supplier set up steps.


Indicative International Ticket Allocation

The new method for allocating International tickets will come into effect for the 2021 Guinness Six Nations. Indicative allocations for clubs, which have been derived from the data entered onto the GMS team management module by Friday 17 May 2019, have now been communicated to the international ticket contacts at each club. If you have any questions, please speak to them directly.

As previously advised, your new club allocation will be based on the cumulative number of matches played across the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons. The indicative allocations are a forecast based on one season, your actual allocation will be finalised once the results from the 2019-20 season have been collected.


Sky increases prices for Clubs by 5%

We just wanted to flag that you should have received a communication highlighting that Sky have advised that their prices will increase by 5% with immediate effect.


Electronic Match Card training sessions

After a successful rollout to Level 8 of the men’s game and its introduction into the women’s game, Electronic Match Cards (EMCs) will now be rolled out to Level 12 in the men’s game and Level 6 in the women’s game. To support this, we will be running training sessions across the country to help teams become more confident using the system as Match Card Administrators (MCAs).

The dates and locations for the training sessions are below. More detailed information for each venue is available when you click through to the sign up page.

Tuesday 30 July – Blaydon

Tuesday 30 July – Launceston

Wednesday 31 July – Wetherby

Wednesday 31 July – Salisbury

Thursday 1 August – Wigan

Thursday 1 August – North Bristol

Tuesday 6 August – Silhillians

Tuesday 6 August – Cambridge

Wednesday 7 August – Wellingborough

Wednesday 7 August – Tunbridge Wells

Thursday 8 August – Newark

Thursday 8 August – Twickenham


Timing for all sessions will be:

  • 6.30pm meet for 7pm start
  • Finish around 9pm


Priority will be given to those from a men’s level 9 or below team and all women’s team. However, if there is space, then we will accommodate attendees from other clubs, whether they are new MCAs or want a refresher.

Sign-up details: Please fill in the sign-up form here. Please be aware that there will not be a confirmation email upon completion.

If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to contact [email protected].


Mitsubishi Motors pre-match volunteer hospitality – Quilter Internationals

As part of their partnership with England Rugby, Mitsubishi Motors supports grassroots rugby by recognising and rewarding the thousands of volunteers who are an integral part of the sport through the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme. Club volunteers who already have match tickets are able to register for up to four tickets for pre-match hospitality in the British Airways Fan Village at this summer’s Quilter Internationals at Twickenham.

The aim is to thank grassroots volunteers for their valued contributions to the game so to help us reward as many volunteers as possible, we ask volunteers to only register for one of the matches and not to register if they have attended one of these events before.

We will be serving hot food and a variety of beverages before the Quilter International matches against Wales and Ireland, opening two hours before the match and closing just before kick-off.

In order to reach as many volunteers as possible, please only register for one of the Quilter International matches and do not register if you have attended one of these events before. Tickets are limited and will be cancelled if not accompanied by a name, if you have attended any of the Quilter International 2018 Series / Guinness Six Nations 2019 hospitality before or in the case of registration of more than one match.

To register for tickets, please click on one of the links below indicating the name of each attendee, their club and if any are under 18.


Sunday 11 August, 12:00: England v Wales (14:00 KO)

Saturday 24 August 2019, 13.00: England v Ireland (15:00 KO)


Excitement grows for the Rugby World Cup 2019

To inspire the nation and generate support for the England team, last week England Rugby launched its Rugby World Cup 2019 campaign. Click here to watch the video.

We are preparing new materials to support clubs with their events celebrating the Rugby World Cup 2019. Further information will follow in August.

Please hold Sunday 22 September, when England play Tonga in their opening encounter, as a date to organise events for club members and the wider local community.


RugbySafe Lead Role

The previously named golden role “Medial Officer” on GMS has now been renamed “RugbySafe Lead”. This is to align with and increase awareness of the RugbySafe campaign as well as reflect the wider player welfare remit that is evolving in the game and clubs may want to consider. More information on the role, including an example Club RugbySafe role descriptor with recommended tasks and responsibilities is available on the Being a RugbySafe Club page.

Clubs are encouraged to update the contact details for the RugbySafe Lead on their GMS page. Most CBs now have an active CB RugbySafe Lead in place and will be looking to contact Club RugbySafe Leads to provide local updates and support.


Aspirational Teams Review 2018-19

This season’s aspirational teams’ international tours produced some exciting matches. England Students played two fixtures against France Universities, England Counties U18s toured Ireland, England Counties U20s toured Romania and England Counties played in Georgia. Click here to read the more detailed Aspirational Team review 2018-19.


Forthcoming Events:


10 England Red Roses V France (10.15 pm)

14 New Zealand v England Red Roses (9.00 pm)



09 Community Game Update issued

11 England v Wales Quilter International (2.00 pm)

17 Wales v England Quilter International (2.15 pm)

24 England v Ireland Quilter International (3.00 pm)



06 England v Italy Quilter International, St James Park (7.45 pm)

20 Rugby World Cup 2019 commences

22 England V Tonga (11.15 am)

26 England v USA (11.45 am)



05 England v Argentina (9.00 am)

12 England v France (9.15 am)