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17 year olds playing Senior Rugby

August 13th, 2019 by

17 Year Olds Playing Adult Rugby

The RFU have introduced a new Regulation effective from the start of our new 2019/2020 season, which requires approval from the CB BEFORE a 17- year old can be allowed to play or do contact training with adults.  Hopefully you will already be aware of this, as information was included in the RFU’s July Community Game Update.

This two-step process has been introduced as a result of clarification by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) on safeguarding requirements when underage players play in adult sport.  17-year olds are still considered to be children and this process helps clubs to react to this change and support the appropriate transition to adult rugby.  The RFU recognised that a more robust process was needed to assess both Club and Player suitability, and this process, whilst may initially be time consuming on our hard-working volunteers, will ensure that decisions are player-centred.  Firstly, the Club needs to be approved, and secondly, the Player.  These are separate processes, but Player approval cannot be given until the Club is approved.

This is the same process for both 17-year old boys and girls playing men’s or women’s rugby.


We attach 4 documents :-
1)  REGULATION 15.5 Playing Adult Rugby    2) A Club guide – to assist you to manage the process
3) Club Approval Form 2019                                 4) Player Approval Form 2019


Clearly, time is tight before the start of the season with first league games on 7th September, and we will do what we can to support you in this process.

We are setting up a dedicated email address to help you manage this process which will be communicated out to you in the coming days.

Where a Club wishes to play a 17-year old in an adult side at the start of the season, please complete the Club Approval Form by 31st August, so that Darren Dolby, NLD Safeguarding Manager can authorise it in time.

We are aware that some smaller clubs without a youth section do not have a Club Safeguarding Officer, and that there are others who have not taken the “in Touch” course.  Our RFU Delivery Team have determined that a course will be run before the end of October, to allow all clubs to adhere to this requirement.

Once the Club Approval has been agreed, we will then be in a position to countersign the Player Approval.  We would ask that applications are received by midnight on the Tuesday prior to the Saturday of a game; this will give our volunteers reasonable time to review and approve.

We would recommend that clubs complete forms with “real” signatures, scan and send as PDF documents – please.

We are required to approve in advance – the RFU will not allow us to approve in retrospect.

There may be some clubs who want an U17 to play in a pre-season August friendly – please send forms ASAP if you need this, and we will aim for a swift turnaround.

We would expect clubs to have an official (coach, captain, manager, senior player) with a DBS check for every match (home or away) as a mentor where there is a 17-year old playing, in line with what we would expect with 17-year olds in youth teams.  Where clubs are concerned on player numbers, and in the past have used 17-year olds to “make up numbers”, please be aware that the new “Game On” regulations permit games with reduced numbers below level 9 – hopefully, this will reduce the pressure on premature playing up.

No doubt there will be queries on the process so do please ask any questions – we will do our best to assist with forms or find appropriate personnel to assist with your own club’s processes.  Please do not question us on the RFU’s decision – this process is not optional.

We wish you a great season of rugby.

Updated Age Grade Calendar for 2019-20

August 13th, 2019 by

The age grade calendar for the 2019-20 season has been amended to include some extra dates for the NLD U14-U16 Cup and Shield Competitions. The updated calendar can be viewed here.


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: