News Archive

Derek Gee

August 24th, 2017 by


Derek’s funeral / memorial service will take place on Thursday 21st September and people will be welcomed to Keyworth Village Hall at 12.30pm.

It is with regret that we advise that Derek Gee, Past President of Keyworth RFC, passed away yesterday following a short illness.

Derek was a keen supporter of all local rugby, and his company, Security Plus, have been principal sponsors of Nottinghamshire RFU for over 25 years, supporting the Pennant and Knockout Competitions.

Our thoughts and sympathies are extended to his wife, Doreen, and sons Anthony and Philip and their families at this sad time.

Global Law Trials

August 23rd, 2017 by

The World Rugby Executive Committee has approved the addition of six law amendments to the programme of global law trials following positive trials in specific international competitions this year. They will debut in full from 1 August, 2017 in the northern hemisphere and from 1 January, 2018 in the south.

Click HERE for more information.

The amendments, which relate to the scrum (Law 20) and tackle/ruck (Laws 15 and 16), are aimed at making the game simpler to play and referee as well as further promoting player welfare. They have been approved following extensive game data analysis as well as player, coach, match official and union feedback from the tournaments in which these six aspects of law were trialled.

Derbyshire Future in Mind – Mental Health Awareness Workshop

August 23rd, 2017 by

Future in Mind – mental health awareness workshop

A free introductory workshop for voluntary organisations such as sports clubs who work with 5-18 year olds. The session will increase your awareness and understanding of child and adolescent mental health.

When: 21st September, 1.30 to 4.00pm

Where: the Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell

Who: Derbyshire Dales CVS (course coordinator)

Click here for more details.

To book a place on the workshop please complete the attached booking form and return to [email protected]

NLD U14-16 Competition Draws

August 23rd, 2017 by

Please see attached the draw for the NLD U14, 15 & 16 competitions in 2017-18.  Please take a few moments to look at these carefully and if you have any queries then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

NLD U14-16 Draws v5

NLD U13-19 Competition Rules 2017-18 v1

U14 Knockout

We have split this competition into Cup & Shield tiers and it will hopefully be fairly self explanatory on the attached in terms of the format.  In order for the Cup teams to be guaranteed 3 matches like the Shield teams we have included an playoff for these teams on finals day.

We are holding a waitlist for the U14 competition.  Therefore if for any reason you need to withdraw please let us know as soon as possible.

U15 & 16 Pool Competitions

In order to manage the Age Grade Rugby Calendar with the number of teams that have entered we have had to juggle a couple of the dates.  Please make sure you look at these carefully as the is the odd date that may differ slightly from the original calendar.

For the semi finals in the U15/16 competitions the teams will play either home or away which will be confirmed nearer the time.

Important notes:

  • The team listed first in each match will be the home team.
  • Teams can between themselves agree to play the match on an alternative date before the allocated match date.  However both teams must agree to this and NLD must be approached and included in the initial discussion.  The default date will always be the date listed on the draw.
  • We have submitted these fixtures to the NLD Referees Society to request referees.


If you have any questions please contact Nicole Brown [email protected]

NLD Representative Coaching Opportunities

August 23rd, 2017 by

NLD are very excited to invite applications for the NLD U16 & U20 Representative Squad Coaching & Management Teams.

These are fantastic opportunities 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 Squad play in the RFU National U20 County Championship with matches being played in the Spring of each season.  The NLD U16’s Representative Programme runs from November – February with matches being played post Christmas.

Job Descriptions for each of the roles are available below, interested parties should complete and submit the application form to [email protected] by the closing date of Monday 11th September.

NLD U20 Head Coach Job Description
NLD U20 Manager Job Description
NLD U20 Forwards Coach Job Description
NLD U20 Backs Coach Job Description

NLD U16 Head Coach Job Description
NLD U16 Manager Job Description
NLD U16 Forwards Coach Job Description
NLD U16 Backs Coach Job Description

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

Interviews will take place later in September.

Brian Fisher

August 16th, 2017 by


A celebration of Brian’s life will be held at Newark RFC on Tuesday 29th August at 3pm.  All are welcome to attend and as this is a celebration, black dress is not a necessity.

It is with much sadness that we learn of the passing of Brian Fisher, a former Past President of NLD.   In his many years supporting NLD, Brian was a driving force in establishing one of the first Youth Rugby Development Programmes in the country.  Alongside Alan Bragg he helped to secure the funding for the first Youth Rugby Development Officer in NLD and it set the path for what is now arguably one of the most successful Rugby Development Programmes in the World.

Brian, who was 82, was a stalwart of Newark RFC, a former player, administrator and president still heavily involved in present re-development work despite suffering from cancer in recent years.

Besides his passionate support of all things Newark Rugby, Brian also served the area as Chairman of Newark & Sherwood District council.

He leaves a family led by wife Rita, four daughters and nine grandchildren.   The couple recently celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Brian, who was a Senior Partner at estate agents Edward Bailey & Son for over 30 years before establishing his own business, was also a past president of Nottinghamshire RFU.

Our thoughts are with Brian’s family at this difficult time.

Dronfield U15 Coaching Opportunity

August 15th, 2017 by

Dronfield U15 age group have gone from strength to strength over the past 12 months.  However, due to assistant coach George Lewis, having to step down next  season due to work commitments, Head Coach John Smalley needs help to coach this talented squad.

The squad has already produced NLD squad members and numbers about 20 players in total. The squad is just too big for John to coach on his own.

Help on Sunday’s and mid week training on either Tuesday or Thursday needed either on an ongoing basis or for the first couple of months of the 2017-18 season.

Please get in touch with either David Beynon via [email protected] / 07970042334 or John Smalley via [email protected] / 07745 658855.

England Rugby Regulations Update

August 8th, 2017 by

The new England Rugby regulations for the 2017-18 season came into force on 1st August, all of the regulations can be found clicking here.

There are a few key updates that clubs need to keep in mind for the upcoming season.

.       Regulation 15.3.1 (and consequential change to 15.6.3)- amended to permit players to only participate in organised rugby activity from U7s upwards. Previously regulations permitted 6 years old to play competitive matches even if in the U6 age grade.

.       Regulation 15.5.5 – The key change is to permit 17 year old Girls to play up into adult rugby provided the relevant form is completed, a risk assessment is undertaken and the player does not play in the front row of contested scrums. This change mirrors the male provision and ensures an equalitarian approach across both genders.

.       Regulation 15.6.1 – The season dates have been updated.

.       Regulation 15.6.2 – As recommended by the Age Grade Good Practice Group, the activity that is permitted outside of the season has been fundamentally restricted due to the need to address the evidence of increasingly poor practice in this area and the player welfare concerns that players are simply not getting enough rest.  The changes to out of season activity are set out clearly in the redraft, the two key changes being that:

–       U13s and below: no rugby activity, including training and non-contact rugby will be permitted out of season.

–       U14s and above, training and non-contact rugby will not be permitted in June and any form of contact rugby (including 7s, 10s, 12s and training) will not be permitted in May, June and July. Please note however that 17 years old will still be permitted to play up into adult rugby to play contact and non-contact rugby.

.       Regulation 15.6.4 – Redrafted for greater clarity.

.       Regulation 15.6.5 – Amended so that all competitive activity must be played by the May first bank holiday, save that if a competition match is postponed or abandoned due to adverse weather conditions, such match can be played up until the last May bank holiday. Previously, any competitive activity was permitted until end of May. This change is a recommendation of the Age Group Good Practice Group.

.       Regulation 15.8 – amended to give CB approval right over all summer camps, rather than simply those falling outside the guidelines.

RFU Senior Men’s County Championship

August 2nd, 2017 by

Following the challenges of NLD’s 2016-17 RFU County Championship campaign the NLD Board have made the decision to have a year’s sabbatical from the RFU Senior Men’s County Championship competition in order to create a sustainable squad for the future.

We will be working extremely hard throughout the forthcoming months to review the current position and put in place a strong, robust plan to enable NLD to compete successfully in the 2018-19 RFU County Championship.

NLD Head of Representative Rugby Lee Slack said; ‘This was not a decision taken lightly but with the extremely high standard of the RFU County Championship we need to ensure that we are able to produce a squad that can compete on the field and is sustainable for the future.  We will be working with all stakeholders and would welcome any constructive feedback on the programme and how it can be improved.’

All other NLD Representative Squads will continue in 2017-18.

Graeme Gunn Medals at World Transplant Games

July 26th, 2017 by

West Bridgford RFC stalwart & NLD U20 Manager Graeme Gunn has returned home from the 2017 World Transplant Games in Malaga with two bronze medals. This was the first time he has competed in the World Transplant Games since his liver transplant in 2013.

Having his 60th birthday while he was in Malaga made it a double celebration. His family made the trip to Malaga including his daughter Nikki who flew in from Brisbane, Australia. He had a total of 16 family members to support him. #gunnsontour See photo
His medals were for Squash and Mixed Padel Tennis (a blend of squash and tennis). He missed out on medals in the tennis singles and doubles.

He said “I am truly amazed that I have won two bronze medals at such a prestigious event. My thanks must go to Rushcliffe Squash Club, The Rushcliffe Arena Sports Centre and Lady Bay Tennis Club. Finally an enormous thank you to my friend and personal trainer Yusuf Paterson-Mosafeer who enabled me to get to a level of fitness I have not been at for over 10 years.”

The 175-strong Team Great Britain World won a total of 360 medals. Over 50 countries from across the Globe took part in this spectacular celebration of life, with 1000+ transplant athletes and donor families, joining hands to raise international awareness of organ donation.

Transplant Sport is a charity which organises sports and social events for transplant recipients in order to highlight the benefits of organ donation and prove that you can lead a normal and active life again after

The Games aim to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation, encouraging transplant patients to regain fitness, whilst increasing public awareness of the need for more people to sign on the NHS Organ Donation Register, as well as the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Register, and discuss their wishes now with their families.

To join the NHS Organ Donor Register and help save lives call 0300 123 2323 or visit
To join the bone marrow donor register or for further information go to