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NLD Provisional U17s Squad v Leics. U17s

May 9th, 2019 by

The current expanded NLD U17s Squad took on Leics. U17s side at Newark RFC on Wednesday 24th April.

In perfect conditions, given the localised thunderstorms and flooding earlier in the afternoon, the match was evenly contested by the two sides with everyone trying their hardest to impress the selectors and press a claim for inclusion in the respective U18s Squads for next season.

From the early exchanges, it became clear that NLD would be the side to play their rugby with more width and ambition, while Leics. sought to dominate the game with their sizeable pack and strong mauling approach. Both methods demonstrated merit with the NLD tries coming from out wide after sustained possession and controlled phase play, in contrast to the Leics. scores which generally came from line-outs and driving mauls.

Both sets of watching Coaches had plenty of opportunity to evaluate the efforts of the players involved and will have gone away better informed when making the final selections for their respective Squads to compete in the Midlands campaign next season.

The sizeable crowd gathered at Kelham Road enjoyed a competitive and well contested game with Leics. running out ‘winners’ by a single score.

Lee Slack

Ladies needed to play for West Bridgford!

May 9th, 2019 by

West Bridgford Ladies RFC are looking to recruit more players for the 2019-2020 season to help achieve their goal of promotion back into the Women’s Championship North League, just one league below the Tyrrells Premier.


West Bridgford ladies (Bees) play in the Women’s Championship Midlands 2 league and are currently the highest placed ladies’ team in NLD.


After a close season in which they finished 3rd in the league, just missing out on the play-offs, the Bees believe they can go on and push for promotion, but this can only be achieved by having a full squad of players; which is where you come in!


They are looking for more ladies to join the squad and help them achieve their dream.


Ken James, West Bridgford RFC said, “If you are interested in playing, whether you are new to the sport, already playing or want to re-start, then please come along. You will not find a better bunch of friendly and welcoming players anywhere. If you’re 17 or older and require more information then please visit our pitchero web-site (West Bridgford RFU) or contact Ken James – email: [email protected] or mobile 07765 305722


“We look forward to seeing you and welcoming you to the Bees!”

Coaches needed at Derby RFC

May 9th, 2019 by

NLD Seniors Fixtures

May 7th, 2019 by

It would be fantastic to see a big turnout to support our NLD Seniors teams in their matches this weekend, so please come down to Newark and show your support.

Saturday 11th May – NLD v Cumbria, Newark RUFC, 3pm KO

Sunday 12th May – NLD Ladies v Hertfordshire, 3pm KO


Support at the men’s away game the following weekend would also be welcomed.

Saturday 18th May – Norh Midlands v NLD, Old Halesonlans RFC, 3pm KO

Oxfordshire v NLD Match report

May 7th, 2019 by

The resurrected NLD Senior XV made the trip to Oxfordshire last Saturday for their opening match in the Sir Bill Beaumont County Championships. The match was played at Oxford Harlequins on a brand new, state of the art artificial pitch.

Both squads had had minimal preparation ahead of the fixture, but the home squad consisted of a lot of players who’d played in previous campaigns and collectively played at one or two levels higher than NLD who’s squad was made up of players from Derby, Paviors, Glossop, Nottingham Uni, Trent Uni and Sheffield Tigers, with the latter players originating from NLD and playing for younger age groups in their youth.

Apart from snow, the day was challenging weather wise with wind, hail and rain accompanying the occasional glimpse of sun, which did not favour NLD who looked to exert forward dominance at every opportunity. It was the visitors who opened the scoring when a very solid scrum allowed captain, and number 8, Phil Eggleshaw to pick from the base, draw the defender and give Paviors team mate Jonty Green the easiest of walk ins to open the scoring. The conversion was missed in to a stiff breeze.

Oxfordshire had a very different game plan looking to offload at every opportunity, a tactic that brought a lot of scrums with the weather making handling difficult but occasionally saw them make some telling breaks that stretched the NLD defence. They equalled the score with a smartly taken try and converted to take a 2 point lead extending it almost immediately when the NLD restart didn’t go 10, allowing a smart break from the scrum to be passed through the hands seeing a score in the corner.

This was a real test of character for NLD who bounced back fantastically getting some phases together and making Oxfordshire scramble hard in defence. With the visitors upping their tempo the home side’s penalty count began to rise and, from one offence, fly half Castledine found a great touch line kick giving NLD a line out in a strong position. A smart catch allowed the visiting pack to set up a strong maul taking the home side back over 10 metres before flanker and NLD man of the match Ollie Collingham broke to score a well taken try. Castledine’s conversion brought the scores level at 12 all.

Oxfordshire made a series of subs to try and gain some parity up front, and a better scrum gave their lively backs a better platform to play off. To their credit they regained the lead with a third try late in the half with a smartly taken conversion in difficult conditions. I’m not sure at this point anyone would have bet on this being the final score of what was proving to be a lively game, high in pace and ambition, but the second half ended up scoreless with both teams frustrated by the constantly changing conditions, a few questionable decisions and without doubt some great defence from both teams.

With a bit more composure NLD should have at least shared the points, and left frustrated at what could have been achieved. However, given the preparation we’d had, it was a great effort in our first game and a team full of relative strangers.

This week NLD welcome Cumbria to Newark’s Kelham Road for a 3pm kick off on Saturday 11th May. It would be great to see a large crowd cheering on the boys.

Ilkeston Coaching Opportunties

May 7th, 2019 by

Ilkeston Rugby Union Football Club (Midlands 2 East (North)), are looking to receive expressions of interest for the following paid positions:


1 x Head Coach

1 x Player Coach (forwards)

1 x Player Coach (backs)


The Head Coach role will need to be qualified to Level 2 RFU Coaching Award standard.

Expressions of interest for player coaches will be openly received and considered on individual merit.

Please contact Steve Quinn, Director of Rugby at [email protected] with your CV and expression of interest.

Coaching opportunity at West Bridgford

May 1st, 2019 by

Forwards coaching opportunity

West Bridgford Rugby Club – Midlands East 1 (level 6).

Applications are invited for a forwards coach with suitable experience, preferably with the RFU Level 2 coaching award or working towards this coaching award.

West Bridgford Rugby club is based at The Memorial Ground, Stamford Road, West Bridgford NG2 6FG.

This is a unique opportunity to be involved with an exciting club that play an expansive style of rugby which delivers enjoyment for all.

Please email Gareth Kerr (head coach) with your details and rugby CV to [email protected]

RFU Refereeing Course

April 30th, 2019 by

There are still spaces available on the England Rugby Refereeing Awards Course to be held at Paviors RFC this month.

For more information, and to book your place, follow this link to the England Rugby website.


Junior clubs and schools!

April 30th, 2019 by

Please take 5 minutes before Friday to complete this survey which asks how you are using the Half Game Rule.


Survey Link: Half Game Survey Link


The survey is open from Thursday 28th of March until Friday 3rd of May.


If you have any problems then please contact:


Email: [email protected];

Phone: 01206 872414



Coaching opportunity at Southwell RUFC

April 29th, 2019 by

Southwell RUFC are looking to recruit a senior teams coach for the forthcoming pre season and season. Interested parties please contact , in confidence, Rick Johnson on 07860637522 or by email at [email protected]  for more details or an informal discussion.