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NatWest RugbyForce 2019 Launches

November 8th, 2018 by

NatWest RugbyForce is back for 2019 with clubs now invited to register online. This season, NatWest RugbyForce weekend will take place across 22 and 23 June 2019, and promises to be another great event bringing the rugby family and local communities together.


The programme offers a unique and carefully crafted programme for grassroots clubs across the country, including a wealth of advice and support to ensure that clubs can thrive as strong and sustainable businesses as well as on the pitch.


It has never been easier to access support from NatWest RugbyForce, and the rewards for registering include:


  • the opportunity for 425 clubs to receive support packages of £500, NatWest RugbyForce t-shirts and additional promotional materials
  • the opportunity for six further clubs to receive a grant of £3,000 and a legend visit
  • online toolkits
  • marketing and communication advice for clubs
  • exclusive NatWest RugbyForce offers


Registration to be a part of the NatWest RugbyForce 2019 weekend is open until 17th March 2019. To register your club, simply click here, before completing and submitting the provided form.


More information about the selection process and judging criteria can be found in the NatWest RugbyForce FAQs below.


Register Your Club




November 2nd, 2018 by

Please Note The NLD U18’s training due to be held at Newark RFC on Monday 5th November has been cancelled.

If you have any questions regarding the matter please make contact with Lee Slack, NLD U18’s Manager, on 07739 295182.

NLD U16 Trial Update

October 30th, 2018 by
The following message has been composed by Adrian Taylor, NLD U16’s Team Manager:


Thank you to the 80 players who took part in the first round of the NLD U16s trials, we were very impressed with the standard. Thank you to the parents for bearing with us on a cold frosty evening. Please find below a list of those who are invited to the second stage on Monday 3rd Dec 2018 at Newark RFC where they will be joined by the PDG players.


Player Name



Callum Heyes Newark Toothill
Harry Adlington Scunthorpe Rugby Club Frederick Gough
Oliver Summerland Ashfield RUFC Ashfield, Kirby in Ashfield
Barney Miller Southwell RFU Lincoln Minster School
Iwan Hutchings Dronfield RUFC All Saints RC High School, Sheffield
Kory McInnis Scunthorpe RUFC The St Lawrence Academy
Max Chambers Long Eaton Rugby Club West Park School
George Park Kesteven King’s School Grantham
George Coen Newark Stamford School
Charlie Davies Nottingham Corsairs Loughborough Grammar School
Jak Pickford Grimsby rufc Havelock academy
Joseph Kirby West Bridgeford Worksop College
Jack Taylor Paviors Joseph Whitaker School
Finlay Holt Paviors Samworth Church Academy
Elliott Squire Paviors RFC
Thomas Andrews Long Eaton Rugby Club Friesland
Jay Ecclesfield Scunthorpe RUFC St Bede’s CV Academy
Llyod Cameron Buck Lincoln RFC King Edward VI Grammer
George Hotchen Boston Rugby football club Skegness Grammar
Euan Owen Sleaford Carre’s Grammar School
Noah Berry-Frith Matlock RFC Anthony Gell
James Holden Derby RFC Derby Grammar School
Joshua White Newark RFC Stamford School
Lewis Chessum Sleaford Carre’s Grammar School
Cameron Pinnick Quarrydale Academy
Christian Ulebegor Ashfield RUFC Quarrydale, Sutton in Ashfield
Daniel Stokes Paviors King’s School, Grantham
Alfie Manders Ilkeston RUFC St John Hougton


If you have any questions relating to this article please make contact with Adrian directly: email: [email protected] phone: 07983 364410.

Match Report: NLD Vets v Lincs Senior XV

October 29th, 2018 by

An enjoyable and competitive game took place at Kesteven Rugby Club on a dark autumnal Tuesday evening. NLD Vets exerted dominance over the Lincolnshire Senior XV at the set piece and in the more forward dominated areas of the game. However, the youthful Lincs side capitalised on any mistakes, both quickly and effectively, with scores out wide

At 70 minutes the game was 36-24 in favour of the Lincolnshire side. Unfortunately a couple of injuries leading to several positional changes for the NLD Vets in the final few minutes of the match allowed Lincolnshire to run in a further 4 tries.

Fine performances by the those on the NLD Vets side included Gaz Daykin Prop Belper, Stu Parker Lock Ollerton, Phil Harrison Lock Tupton, Ben Newton Openside Ilkeston, Niel Corry Replacement Back row Goole, Tim Pritchard Blindside and Cpt Mansfield, Will Moroney Stand Off Dronfield, Greg Hill Centre Pavs and Karl Ward Full Back Market Rasen.

NLD U18’s Squad Important Notice!!!!!!!!!

October 29th, 2018 by
Please Note The NLD U18’s training due to be held at Newark this evening (29/10/2018) has been cancelled.
N.B. The NLD U16’s trial, at the same venue, is going ahead as scheduled.

Notts Vets V Lincs Vets 24/10/2018

October 29th, 2018 by

On the evening of Wednesday 24th October Nottinghamshire Vets played Lincolnshire Vets at Southwell RFC.

Nottinghamshire won 39 19 in game that showcased the spirit of rugby in addition to supporters being treated to some great tries scored by both teams.

Nottinghamshire tries came from Captain Greg Hill, Eric Cranmer, Tim Pritchard, Chris Wildgust, Paul Rich, Gaz Dakin and Dave Ruzica. Conversions by Matt Upton.

Man of the match went to Andy Jaques.


NLD U18s Squad Warm Up Match

October 22nd, 2018 by

As the NLD U18s Squad continues to take shape, there will be a warm-up game against Leicestershire U18s on Sunday 28 October 2018 at Belgrave RFC, Thurcaston Road, Leicester, LE4 2QG

Kick-off: 14:00

Players are asked to meet at the ground for 12:30.

Following this game, a reduction in numbers will produce the final squad who will contest in the Midlands campaign, starting on the 2nd  December 2018 .


Notes To Players:

NLD kit will be provided. However, players are reminded to bring appropriate kit to stay warm as we will rotate players throughout the session.

If anyone is unavailable or injured, please advise the Squad Manager, Lee Slack ([email protected]) as soon as possible.

Touchline October 2018

October 22nd, 2018 by

The October edition of Touchline is available to view online using the following link:

NLD Senior KO Comps Update

October 12th, 2018 by

The draw for the next round of the NLD Senior Knock Out Comps has been made.

Matches are to be played on 10th November 2018.

Any clubs with RFU matches will have the NLD fixture deferred to the next available date. Alternatively, a double headed can be played if preferred.


Stamford V Lincoln
Spalding / Sleaford V Newark
Ilkeston V Long Eaton
Bakewell V Casuals



Grimsby V Bourne
Boston V North Hykeham
Worksop V Ashfield
Moderns V East Retford



Stamford College OB V Bingham
Corsairs / Keyworth V Gainsborough
Leesbrook V Meden Vale / Amber Valley
Crusaders / Nottinghamians V Bye

NLD U16’s Nomination, Trial and Selection Process

October 9th, 2018 by

NLD RFU U16 Squad Nomination, Trial and Selection Process 2018-19

NLD RFU has in place a programme of ‘player identification’ using appointed NLD coaches as well as the ‘Player Development Group’ (PDG). This supported through close liaison with schools and clubs within NLD to ensure that any players deemed to be performing in line with positional expectations at CB level are monitored accordingly.

To be eligible for NLD selection a boy must meet at least one of the following four criteria:

  1. Born within the RFU Constituent Body (‘CB’) of NLD
  2. Be a registered player of an NLD ‘CB’ club
  3. Reside within the NLD ‘CB’ area
  4. Attend a school within the NLD ‘CB’ area

The NLD under 16s squad for the 2018/2019 season (i.e. last seasons under 15s and the new seasons under 16s) will be made up of boys who are eligible from the Leicester Tigers PDG and those who trial successfully. It is therefore important to manage the expectations of players that you nominate, ensuring that they are aware that the process is highly competitive and will require each player to produce their very best at trial and beyond, should they be successful. Please note that boys within the PDG are not selected automatically and players will be selected on current ability and potential.

The first trials will be held on Monday 29th October and Monday 5th November for all players that are not currently involved in the PDG group, due to large numbers last year we are doing the trials in two groups this year’s so players have a greater opportunity. All players who attend this trial must be nominated in advance by their club or school coach and there is a limit of 2 player nominations from any one club or school, preferably one forward and one back. We cannot consider any player for trial that has not been nominated by their club/school coach. All successful players will then be invited to attend the final trial alongside the players from PDG on Monday 3rd December, following which a playing squad will be selected.


The trials will be held at Newark  RFC, the venue for the training sessions & matches will be confirmed shortly.

How to nominate:

Use the following link to complete the nomination document:

Please ensure the document is filled out in full.

 Closing date for nominations is Monday 22nd October.


The season will include the following training sessions and fixtures:

Monday 29th October               Trials – Venue TBC – First group of Club players

Monday 5th November              Trials – Venue TBC – Second group of Club players

Monday 3rd  December             Trials – Venue TBC  – Shortlisted Club players plus PDG

Monday 10th December            Training

Monday 17th December             Training

Saturday 29th December           Training

Sunday 6th January                    Match (Super Sunday – TBC)

Monday 14th January                  Training

Sunday 20th January                  Match Staffs – Home

Monday 28th January                  Training

Sunday 3rd February                   Match  Eastern Counties – Home

Monday 11th February                Training

Sunday 24th  February                Match  Leics –  Away

The selection process and structures season has been extremely successful in recent seasons with an excellent series of match results and, more importantly, a number of NLD boys going on to represent Midlands and England.

All clubs and schools within the NLD region are thanked for their continued support.

If you would like to discuss any of your nominations or have any queries regarding the programme please contact:

NLD U16 Manager – Adrian Taylor   [email protected]