News Archive

NLD Office Operational Update

December 7th, 2018 by

Please note as of Friday 14th December 2018, your new NLD Office Administrator will be Katherine Wells. Katherine worked as a local newspaper Editor in Scotland before moving with her family to Lincolnshire last year, and is looking forward to working with NLD RFU clubs, volunteers and professionals. She is working alongside Luke until Friday 14th December and will continue to cover Nicole’s maternity leave until October 2019.

Luke leaves us to start a new Sports Development Officer role with Leicestershire and Rutland Sport, the county sports partnership for Leicestershire. Luke would like to thank all the NLD Officers and club volunteers for their support during his time in the role and wishes you all the very best for the remainder of this season and for all future ones to come.

NLD U16’s Squad Update

December 4th, 2018 by

Please see the below message from Adrian Taylor, NLD U16’s Team Manager

“Last night saw 80 players attend the second trial for the NLD U16s and by the end the coaching team were faced with some difficult decisions, overall the standard was excellent and a credit to the Clubs and Schools coaching teams.  Thank you to all who came and remember if you are not selected now we may still call upon you to join  the squad later in the season.”

Updated NLD U16 Squad List

Player Name


Callum Heyes Newark RFC
Daniel Clements Mansfield RUFC
Jack Houston Derby RFC
Charlie Dutton Nottingham Corsairs RFC
Benjamin Hart Lincoln RFC
Joseph Moore Mansfield RUFC
Liam Cooling Scunthorpe RUFC
Finlay Holt Paviors RFC
Joshua White Newark RFC
Lewis Chessum Sleaford RFC
Jake Dunn Derby RFC
Tom Davies Paviors RFC
Bayleigh Steemson Weir Paviors RFC
Joel Naylor Ilkeston RUFC
George Park Kesteven RFC
Jack Hinks Derby RFC
Jay Ecclesfield Scunthorpe RUFC
Thomas Wigglesworth Paviors RFC
Ollie Royer Derby RFC
Ewan Laughton Newark RFC
Vinny Walls Rotherham RFC
Roman Priestley-Nangle Southwell RFC
Charlie Tallis Ashbourne RFC
William Kibble Derby RFC
Jak Pickford Grimsby RUFC
Joseph Kirby West Bridgeford RFC
Daniel Stokes Paviors RFC
Rufus Comasky Melbourne RFC
Josh Clarke Scunthorpe Rugby Club
 Sam Hawkins Kesteven RFC
Jack Taylor Paviors RFC

NLD U18s Midlands Super Sunday – Sunday 16 December 2018

December 4th, 2018 by

The match day programme has now been released for the second Super Sunday U18 games on 16th December 2018 at Welbeck College.


NLD U18s will be playing Warwicks. U18s in the last game of the day with a kick-off at 14:00.


Players will be required to meet at the venue for 12:30 and further details of the match day Squad will be announced in due course.


The venue is:


Welbeck Defence College

Forest Road



LE12 8WD


Players, parents and supporters are requested to allow at least 5 minutes to get through the initial Security. To speed the process up as much as possible, it would be helpful to have photo ID such as a Driving Licence ready for inspection at the gate. The Squad names will be e-mailed through prior to the event which we hope will speed up the entry process.


There will be signposted areas where parents and supporters can gather before and after the match and everyone needs to be aware that they should remain in the designated areas at all times.


NLD U20’s Nomination Process Update

December 3rd, 2018 by

This year’s player nomination process has open for the NLD U20’s Squad. Further information can be found on how to nominate players by clicking here.

Use the player nomination form to confirm your interest in representing NLD U20’s. If you are a coach, please use the coach’s nomination form by clicking here.

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Graeme Gunn, NLD U20’s Team Manager via email: [email protected] or by calling him on 07779596929.

NLD U18s v Staffs. U18s – Super Sunday Match Report

December 3rd, 2018 by



Sunday 03 December saw the first competitive run out for the NLD U18s Squad against a strong and physical Staffs. side at Coalville RFC in the first Super Sunday game of the Midlands campaign.


The Squad have trained hard and worked together to establish themselves as a close knit unit, and this was evident throughout the game.


Having conceded an early try following numerous penalties, the starting 15 showed resilience against a strong Staffs. pack and were rewarded with two tries in quick succession. The first, following relentless pressure on the Staffs. try line and the second following quick ball to the centre field.


The game ebbed and flowed with neither side establishing any real ascendency which was reflected in the score line at half-time at 19-19.


Mandatory changes were made during the interval and, in the opening minutes of the second half, it was clear that the number of changes made had created some initial disruption within the NLD side and Staffs. took advantage of a loss in defensive patterns to take the lead at 26-19.


That was to prove the final score for the Staffs. side as NLD started to re-establish their patterns and introduce some much needed organisation into the defensive line. From that point, NLD began to dominate a tiring Staffs. team and there were a number of tries scored out wide which demonstrated to the watching selectors a wide range of skills across the team.


Relentless work in the breakdown by the Forwards provided the Backs with quick, accurate ball and they were able to continually stretch the Staffs. defence through a combination of quality decision making, accurate distribution and clinical finishing. The final score of 46-26 was a fair reflection of the second half dominance of the NLD players against a hard working and physical Staffs. team.


Head Coach, Stuart Morley, reflected on the day’s performance, with the players contributing to the discussion, and the Coaching and Management Team were impressed with the analysis from within the squad. Everyone involved, while excited by a fine performance and pleasing result, acknowledged that there remained lots to look at in terms of improvement.


The Squad will look to work on those areas requiring better execution at the training session on 10 December, prior to the second Super Sunday event at Welbeck College on December 16.


All in all, a good day’s work from a hard working squad that created an environment for some strong individual performances. As Coach John Jefferson commented; “A  number of players really stepped up today and made a strong case for selection and provided the Coaching Team with a number of very difficult decisions for the next Super Sunday. With the return of a number of players from injury, selecting a starting 15 has become extremely challenging in such a competitive squad.”


Match Report by Lee Slack

NLD U18’s Squad Update

November 27th, 2018 by
The below message has been published on behalf of Lee Slack, NLD RFU Head of Representative Rugby.


Following last night’s training session, the following players have been selected to represent NLD U18s in the first game of the Midlands campaign against Staffordshire.








Elliott CAUNT
















Thomas WIDE


DATE: Sunday 02 December 2018


VENUE: Coalville RFC, Hall Lane, Coalville, Leics., LE67 5PF


MEET AT: 09:00


KICK-OFF: 10:30


Players will be provided with NLD kit and everyone named in the Squad will be required to wear a WHITE SHIRT & CLUB/SCHOOL/NLD TIE for the after-match meal. NLD Ties will be presented after the game to those players representing the U18 Age Group for the first time.


As a CB, we are required to restrict the playing squad to 23 which inevitably means that a number of players miss out this time around. The Coaching Team is very keen to emphasise that there are two more Super Sundays offering further opportunities for the players. This means there will be additional chances for those players not included this time to impress the Coaches over the coming sessions and keep pushing for inclusion in the next match day Squad for the game on Sunday 16 December.


The Coaching & Management Team have been very impressed by the level of commitment and the willingness of the players to learn and the close knit nature within the Squad can only lead to better things.


Best of luck to all involved on the day and all other players and families are encouraged to attend the game and support the squad in the first run out in this year’s Midlands campaign.


Entries for the 2019 NLD U13 Festival are now invited.

November 23rd, 2018 by

Sunday 17th February 2019 – Worksop College

As per the RFU Age Grade Competition Guidelines, the festival will be in a friendly round robin format, medals will be presented to all of the players taking part.

Please click on the following:  NLD U13 Festival Entry Form 2018-19, which you will need to complete and send with a cheque for £35.00, made payable to NLD RFU Ltd and send to:

Northgate Business Centre
38 Northgate
NG24 1EZ

The closing dates for entries is Monday 14th January 2019.

Please note that entries will not be accepted after this date and in the case of withdrawals clubs will not be reimbursed if the closing date has passed. If you are entering multiple teams then the second team will be placed on a waitlist until the closing date. On this date we will then accept as many second team entries as possible on a first come first served basis.

We look forward to welcoming you on the day and if in the meantime we can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to contact the NLD Office on 01636 640800 or [email protected]

NLD Vets 46 – 21 Staffs Vets

November 23rd, 2018 by

On a cold Wednesday evening on the 21st November NLD Vets played Staffordshire Vets at Ilkeston RFC.

NLD’s victory came in a game played in good spirits, with both showing some great attacking flair in addition to trying to exert their physical prowess upon one another.

NLD tries came from Skipper Tim Pritchard, Man of The Match Antony Williams, Alan White, Matt Upton, Mick Tassel, Chris Kirkwood & Karl Ward with a brace. Fly Half Will Moroney, who had a quality game, slotted 3 conversions.

Staffordshire scored 3 cracking tries and 3 conversions.


NLD Junior Finals Update

November 23rd, 2018 by

We are pleased to announce the following venues for this seasons NLD Junior Finals & Festivals:


U13’s Festival Sunday 17th February 2019 @ Worksop College

U14’s Finals Day Sunday 3rd March 2019 @ Derby Rugby Club

U15’s & U16’s Finals Day Sunday 7th April 2019 @ Scunthorpe Rugby Club

U15’s Sevens Festival Sunday 28th April 2019 @ Boston Rugby Club

U16’s Sevens Festival Sunday 5th May 2019 @ Southwell Rugby Club


We would like to thanks all those who submitted tender applications for this seasons events. Without the support of the clubs and schools in NLD, hosting these finals/ festivals events would not be possible.

Drinks In The Car Park Eng V Aus

November 20th, 2018 by

Weather permitting, Tracy and Mike will be doing drinks in Cardinal Vaughan car park at Twickenham this Saturday from 12:45 – 2:15pm.

They’ll be parked just over the bridge near to the front row of cars so hopefully you should see them but feel free to call either of them if you want to check whether they’re there or not and where they are if you can’t find them!

Tracy Edmundson: 07970 727683

Mike Waplington: 07917 182201