News Archive

A Lot of Laughs at Lincoln

November 20th, 2017 by

The next stage of the NLD U13s programme saw Lincoln hosting 5 travelling sides from across NLD on Sunday. The event was full of laughs and smiles as the programme saw a variety of abilities and experiences getting game time. The matches were played with the sole aim of providing matches for all of the clubs, no matter their squad sizes and the girls were amazing at mixing together and creating teams. Even with some sides only able to bring 3 girls along this ended with a full regulation sized match giving the girls a taste of what could be at their club with a little bit of recruitment.

NLD would like to thank the clubs who have supported the programme and invite any other clubs who have or are setting up U13s to contact Programme Leader Nick Woodland  for information on how your players and club can benefit from the programme.


Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire Senior XV

November 17th, 2017 by

Derbyshire are due to take on Nottinghamshire at Matlock RFC on Wednesday 29th November in the latest Domestic Unions Match.  Kick of is 7.30pm and all are welcome to come along to support the teams.

Nottingham Trent University Supporting Youth Rugby in NLD

November 16th, 2017 by

Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire & Derbyshire RFU are delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with Nottingham Trent University’s School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment who have come on board to support Colts Rugby in the Three Counties.

This new partnership will expand on the three Colt’s Clusters currently being run throughout NLD that focusses on offering competitive, relevant & engaging rugby opportunities for these target age groups.

The School is a centre of expertise for aspiring and professional designers, property and construction experts, architects and civil engineers but it also has a special affinity with rugby. In the past year, two of their students, Jack Spittle and Alex Goble, have played for Nottingham Rugby’s first fifteen.

Andrew Knight, Dean of the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment commented; ‘“We’re pleased to be supporting youth rugby in our region and surrounding areas. As one of the top 20 universities in the UK for performance sport, we look to inspire sporting potential within our students, and within young people in the community. We look forward to supporting this season through our exciting partnership with the Nottingham, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire Rugby Football Union.”

NLD Honorary Secretary Tracy Edmundson praised the new partnership; ‘This is an exciting step forward in engaging with young people within the Three Counties.  The Colts Clusters have been working well in 2017 and we hope that with the support of the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment we will be able to drive these forward into 2018’.

Nottingham Trent University has been awarded a gold rating in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework – positioning NTU as offering one of the highest quality teaching experiences in the UK, they have also recently been awarded Modern University of the Year 2018 by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

For more information on Nottingham Trent University & the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment see below.

Nottingham College v Welbeck Defence College

November 14th, 2017 by

Nottingham College & Nottingham Moderns combined to play Welbeck Defence College under flood lights on Wednesday 8th November.

Moderns supported the College side to strengthen the team and help to provide college links while developing rugby in the local community. A thrilling, evenly matched game at Nottingham Moderns in Wilford saw over 50 players enjoy a competitive game of rugby which was won by Welbeck with a converted penalty in the last few moments.

For more information on the Nottingham College rugby programme contact Abbi Bladon on abbi.bladon[email protected].

NLD U16 Nominations Open

November 13th, 2017 by

Nomination, Trial and Selection Process

NLD RFU has in place a programme of ‘player identification’ using appointed NLD coaches as well as the ‘Elite Player Development Group’ (EPDG). 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 2017/2018 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 EPDG 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 EPDG are not selected automatically and players will be selected on current ability and potential.

The first trial will be held on Monday 27th November for all players that are not currently involved in the EPDG group. 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. 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 second trial alongside the players from EPDG on Monday 4th 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:

The link to the nomination forms have been sent directly to Clubs & Schools.  If you have you not received this then please email Nicole Brown.

The season will include the following training sessions and fixtures.

Monday 27th November            Trials – Newark RFC
Monday 4th December               Trials – Newark RFC
Monday 11th December             Training
Monday 18th December             Training
Saturday 30th December            Training
Sunday 7th January                      Match (Super Sunday – Leics)
Monday 15th January                 Training
Sunday 21st January                  Match (Staffs – Away)
Monday 29th January                 Training
Sunday 4th February                   Match (Eastern Counties – Home)
Monday 12th February               Training
Sunday 18th February                 Match (Leics Home)

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 Head Coach – Darren Hall   [email protected]

NLD U16 Manager – Adrian Taylor    [email protected]

England v Argentina – Drinks

November 10th, 2017 by

NLD’s RFU Council Members Mike Waplington & Tracy Edmundson will be serving drinks in the Cardinal Vaughan car park tomorrow afternoon before the England v Argentina match.  The drinks will be served from 1pm – 2.15pm so if you’re heading to Twickenham then please drop by to say hello!

They will be near the front, just over the bridge but feel free to call them if you can’t see them, their numbers are as follows:

Mike:  07917 182201
Tracy:  07970 727683

U13 Girls Programme Heads to Melbourne

November 10th, 2017 by

On Sunday the NLD U13 Programme headed to Melbourne, Derbyshire, where 62 girls from across the NLD were able to play matches in a developmental environment. There was a real mix of squad sizes from 3 from West Bridgford to 17 from Mansfield but with everyone pairing up and working together the aim of the programmme, to offer support to all NLD clubs to provide game time for their players, was achieved.

The NLD would like to thank the seven clubs who attended the event and invite any other clubs who have or are setting up U13s to contact Programme Leader Nick Woodland – [email protected] for information on how your players and club can benefit from the programme.

Unity Project

November 7th, 2017 by

During the RFU’s Unity Project, which was a Rugby World Cup legacy pledge to help implement/improve rugby in 17 other countries over a three year period starting in 2013, NLD RFU and Eastern Counties RFU worked closely with Belgian Rugby Union in order to develop Rugby in country.

As a continuation of that project Tracy Edmundson (NLD RFU Council Member and Hon Sec), Alan Royer (Area 4 Area Manager), Scott Johnson (Notts RDO), Roger Pierson (Eastern Counties RU Council Member and Hon Sec) and Chloe McMorran (Suffolk RDO) travelled to Belgium in October 2017 to assist the Belgian Rugby Federation with writing a four year Strategic Plan for their Union.

“Alan, Tracy, Roger, Chloe and Scott gave us the benefit of their field experience in England,” said Nicolas Meeus, secretary of the FBRB.

It was a whistle stop two day visit in which the group worked for many hours with Salvatore Zandona (FBRB President), Jan Coupe (FBRB Vice President), Olivier Wellens (FBRB Vice President), Luc Macharis (FBRB Board member) and Nicolas Meeus (FBRB General Secretary), during which time a great deal of progress was made.  The group will stay in touch and continue to share best practice and keep the project moving forward.


Register Your Warrior Camp NOW!

November 6th, 2017 by
Since launching England Rugby’s Inner Warrior campaign in January 2017, over 7,000 women have picked up a rugby ball as a result of attending over 350 Warrior Camps across the country.

The latest August Warrior Camps saw:

  • Over 2500 Women & Girls take part across approx. 170 camps
  • Over 800 new players

Click here to read highlights from some of the latest camps.

The next phase of Warrior Camps will run from Friday 12th to Sunday 28th January 2018.  As the camps coincide with the new year, the key message around this campaign will be ‘New Year, New You’.

What’s in it for your club?

Your Warrior Camp will receive:

  • Support from local England Rugby staff in the build-up to and during your event.
  • National promotion through England Rugby’s Inner Warrior website ( including sign up options for people to register for your camp
  • Exposure within regional and national media as part of England Rugby’s nationwide communications campaign
  • Access to the England Rugby Brand Centre to design your Warrior Camp club poster/flyer/social media banner. The Brand Centre also provides an event guide to help you plan and run your camp.

There will also be a number of opportunities within each areas for clubs to receive additional resources and giveaways.

Things to consider if you are deciding whether to run a Warrior Camp:

  • Run an event separate to your normal training session
  • What is the best date within the Warrior Camp window for you to run your camp?
  • Who can be on your event team to ensure it’s a successful event?
  • Who else within the club do you need to work with? (Committee? Sponsors? Groundsman? Catering?)
  • If new people join your club as a result of the Warrior Camp, do you have enough capacity to cater for their development?
  • Plan a follow up event to invite those NEW players back.

How to register

  • Agree date and time with the relevant people within your club, including your RDO / CRC
  • Simply click HERE to register your event. This will take less than 5mins if you know the date and time of your event
  • Apply by Friday 17th November in order to be considered for the January Warrior Camp wave. You will be informed by Friday 1st December if your Warrior Camp has been approved.

What happens next?

  • Start planning how you are going to run and promote your Warrior Camp, ensuring the whole club buys into this.  After all, this could result in more members!
  • Think of what will encourage local non-rugby women / girls to come down and have a go. Remember, it doesn’t have to necessarily always be rugby related.
  • Once your event has been accepted as a Warrior Camp, shout about it on social media using our brand assets to ensure as many people across the local community are aware that it is happening.

We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming lots of new women and girls into the rugby family!


Codes of Practice

November 6th, 2017 by

The Age Grade Codes of Practice provide practical support and best practice to those delivering the Age Grade game.

The Codes give practical advice on how to adopt a player-centred and holistic approach to rugby and support the application of Regulation 15.

There are seven codes in total, covering a number of topics ranging from playing and training frequency to the grouping of players and key information on player welfare.

If you are involved with Age Grade Rugby, read and commit to following the Codes of Practice. Then tell others about it. It’s in the interest of our players and their livelong enjoyment of the game.

For more information and to tell us you are in, click here.