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NLD U20s Coach Opportunity x 2

January 10th, 2019 by

NLD would like to invite applications for 2 Coach positions in the NLD U20 Representative Squad.

This is fantastic opportunity to get involved with developing some of the best young players that the CB has to offer and be a part of the journey that has seen numerous players from NLD go on to represent Midlands & England.

The NLD U20’s representative squad play in the RFU Jason Leonard Division 1 Championship which runs from February to May.

The job description for the post can be found by clicking here. Interested parties should complete and submit this application form to [email protected] by the closing date of Friday 18th January 2019

For an informal chat regarding the role please contact NLD Head of Representative Rugby Lee Slack on 07739 295182.

Allocation of international tickets to the game

January 9th, 2019 by

The RFU Council recently endorsed changes to the method for allocating tickets to England internationals at Twickenham, to various sections of the game. The new system will be introduced ahead of the 2020 Autumn Internationals, with clubs required to input data via the Team Management tool on GMS across the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons. The RFU will provide updated user guides and FAQs on the Team Management tool, in upcoming Community Game Updates.

Please note that the total number of tickets allocated to each section of the Game and the policy that at least 50% of the tickets for each match are available to the Game, remains unchanged.

From the 2020/21 season, changes are as follows:

1. RFU Voting Clubs
• Every club receives an initial allocation of six tickets (currently it is two).
• Each club with an aggregate total of 30 players or more at U13 and below correctly registered on GMS, will receive an additional two tickets.
• All remaining tickets to be divided between voting clubs, based on the number of matches played by all teams (men and women, U14s to adult) of the club.

2. The 28 Geographic CBs
• Every geographic CB receives an initial allocation of 20 tickets (as is currently the case).
• All remaining tickets to be divided between geographic CBs, based on the number of matches played by their clubs.

3. Referees Societies
• Every society receives an initial allocation of six tickets.

• All remaining tickets to be divided between referees societies, based on the number of matches the society appoints to.

4. Cambridge University, Oxford University and Student RFU CBs and their member clubs
• The allocation of tickets for these three CBs and their member clubs will remain unchanged at this time.

5. The three Armed Services’ CBs and their member clubs
• Each of these CBs have a set number of tickets to allocate to their members.

6. Schools and Colleges that are members of the ERFSU or England Colleges RFU
• The allocation of tickets for Schools and Colleges remains unchanged at this time.
• Schools and Colleges will now be required to demonstrate proof of rugby activity and that tickets are used by an individual who contributes to the rugby activity in that school or college.

In June 2019, we will provide RFU voting clubs, geographic CBs and referee societies with an indicative International ticket entitlement, based on the new process and data collected this season. This will provide an opportunity to compare with current allocations.

For examples of how entitlements will be allocated to the game, together with further information on the endorsed changes to the method, please click here.

NLD U18s Squad Announcement

January 8th, 2019 by

Last night saw the final training session for the U18s prior to the last Super Sunday event this weekend. Following the session and the subsequent Coaches’ meeting, the Squad to face East Mids has been selected:

 

Josh ALTON-SMITH

Lewis BOOTH

James BROGDEN

Elliott CAUNT

Oliver CHESSUM

Sam COLLINS

Taran ELMS

Harry FINNEY

James HARDING

Will HARDING-TERRY

Stan HOARE

Adam HOPKINS

Dan LANGTON

Joe MORGAN

Tom O’BRIEN

Jacob PEARSON

Will SEAGE

James STIMSON

Caius TWEED

 

VENUE: Loughborough University (East Entrance)

PARKING: Car Park 9

MEET: 13:30

KICK-OFF: 15:00

The match will be preceded by a minute’s applause in memory of Chris Hart of Warwickshire, who sadly passed away over the Christmas period.

This match represents the final opportunity for players to impress the Midlands Selectors before the provisional Midlands Squad is named for the initial development day on Sunday 27th January.

While it is always a disappointment to the players not selected, the Coaching & Management Team were keen to emphasise strongly how every player has contributed significantly to the success of the Squad over the previous two games. The cohesion and sense of belonging created by the players with each other has provided a great framework for individuals to thrive within. Everyone involved has been greatly impressed by the way all the players have continued to show commitment, not only to the programme but, more importantly, to each other, which is testament to the character and quality within NLD.

Every member of the Squad can return to their Club with something more to offer and, hopefully, they will continue to progress and challenge for inclusion in the U20s Squad in due course.

For those players not included in the Squad who would like feedback on their performance, please contact Lee Slack who will co-ordinate the requests and pass them to the Coaches for actioning.

We wish all those involved on Sunday all the best for their hopes of making the Midlands Squad and everyone in the Coaching & Management Team would like to pass on their sincere thanks to every player involved during this campaign.

 

Super Sunday 16 December 2018 – NLD U18s v Warwicks. U18s

December 18th, 2018 by

 

Following the deluge around the country on Saturday, it was a great relief to see the sun shining at Welbeck College and a firm pitch for the second Super Sunday matches.

After their successful outing against Staffs. two weeks before, the Squad were excited about matching themselves against the Warwicks. team and they started the game in great style.

Receiving the kick-off, the NLD side showed great composure and patience, moving the ball forward in phase play and finally crashing over the line to score after barely two minutes of play.

The restart by Warwicks. was gathered and returned in much the same manner and the first twenty minutes of the game followed a very similar pattern. With NLD playing a controlled off-loading game, the Warwicks. side found it increasingly difficult to gain any momentum and any forward progress was met with strong and determined defending across the field.

Within the first twenty five minutes, NLD had racked up four tries without a reply from the Warwicks. side and were cruising to an easy win. However, as is often the case, complacency crept into the play and Warwicks. made determined efforts to find inroads into NLD territory with some strong running through the Centres and from Full Back, and the lack of con

centration finally told, when the Warwicks. boys scored a well-deserved converted try right on half time.

With the compulsory changes being made at half time, NLD looked significantly less cohesive during the early part of the second half. Although they remained in control, Warwicks. began to assert some dominance in the break down and ran in a couple of tries with the NLD defence is some disarray. Time to regroup.

After a group huddle and strong words from the players to each other, the team began to re-establish the patterns and shapes from the first half and, again, concentrated on playing sensible rugby with close support and an off-loading game which one of the selectors noted was very hard to defend against.

In the end, NLD ran out winners at 42-22 and a number of players once again impressed and will have to cross their fingers that their efforts are rewarded in the grading.

From a purist’s point of view, the expansive but controlled running game played by NLD in the first quarter was outstanding and demonstrated that, with everyone involved, the whole squad was integral to the success enjoyed on the day.

The Squad have now scored over 80 points in the two Super Sunday games and yet the players wer

e astute enough to point out themselves the areas where they believe there is still room for improvement. Identifying those areas and working hard to correct the small inconsistencies has created a great environment for what Representative rugby is all about – player development.

NLD now have a Christmas break and the final Super Sunday will take place at Loughborough University on the AGP facility with the team playing East Mids. in the final game at 15:00.

Well done to everyone who has contributed so far – the togetherness of the Squad and their willingness to work for each other has been instrumental in providing a platform for individuals to shine upon. That just goes to show what real teamwork can produce!

Best wishes to all players, parents, supporters and Coaches for a great Christmas and a successful New Year!

Lee Slack

 

 

NLD Colts Festival Update

December 13th, 2018 by
The first Colts Festival of the season will take place at Kesteven RFC on Sunday 6th January 2019.
 
All NLD U18 Colts teams are invited to participate.
 
For further information, including how to enter, please contact the NLD Youth Council at [email protected]
 
If your team wishes to attend, please aim to get in touch with the Youth Council by Sunday 23rd December 2018.

Super Sunday 16 December 2018 – NLD U18s v Warwicks. U18s

December 12th, 2018 by

Following the last training session of the year on Monday evening, the following players have been selected in the match day squad for NLD U18s to play Warwicks. on Sunday:

 

Josh ALTON-SMITH

Lewis BOOTH

Sam BOOTH

James BROGDEN

Aidan BUTLER

Elliott CAUNT

Oliver CHESSUM

Noah CLEGG

Sam COLLINS

Joe COUPE

Dan DI MEO

Harry FINNEY

Will HARDING-TERRY

Chris HESLAM

Stan HOARE

Adam HOPKINS

Dan LANGTON

Joe MORGAN

Tom O’BRIEN

Jacob PEARSON

Will SEAGE

James STIMSON

Caius TWEED

 

A number of players produced strong performances against Staffs. two weeks ago and Sunday represents another opportunity to impress the Selectors prior to decisions being made regarding the make up of the Midlands Squad following the final Super Sunday on 13 January 2019.

 

Venue: Welbeck Defence College, Forest Road, Woodhouse, Loughborough, LE12 8WD

 

Kick-off: 14:00

 

Meet: 12:30

 

NLD kit will be provided but warm clothing is advisable for when players are not on the pitch.

 

PLAYERS, PARENTS AND SPECTATORS ARE RESPECTFULLY REMINDED THAT PHOTO ID MAY BE REQUIRED AT THE SECURITY ENTRANCE TO THE SITE. DESIGNATED AREAS FOR SPECTATORS WILL BE SIGNPOSTED AND YOU ARE REQUESTED NOT TO STRAY FROM THESE LOCATIONS.

 

PLEASE ADHERE TO THE 10 mph SPEED LIMIT AND BE PREPARED FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF VEHICLE SEARCHES.

 

WELBECK COLLEGE IS A SMOKE FREE AREA AND SMOKING AND E-CIGARETTES/VAPES OF ANY KIND ARE PROHIBTED ON SITE.

 

ALSO, PLEASE BE AWARE THAT DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE CAMPUS.