News Archive

NLD U17’s Trial – Pitch Update

February 26th, 2018 by

Following a pitch inspection at Newark RFC and with a weather forecast showing a slight temperature drop but no snow, it has been decided that the NLD U17’s Trials/Training session planned for this evening


Players should report for registration as normal at 18:00 with a view to being ready to train at 18:30.

Any player who is unavailable to attend should contact Lee Slack (Squad Manager) at [email protected] or 07739 295 182

NLD Management Meeting – POSTPONED

February 26th, 2018 by

Due to the inclement weather conditions and the weather warning issued by the Met Office for Mansfield this evening we have decided to POSTPONE this evening’s NLD Management Meeting.

We will be in touch with a revised date asap but please spread the word to anyone within your club that you think was planning to travel.

Many thanks for your help & understanding, please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

NLD U17 Trial – Pitch Inspection

February 26th, 2018 by

Ahead of this evening’s NLD U17 Trial at Newark RFC and the forecast cold weather we have a planned pitch inspection this afternoon to ensure that the pitches are safe and playable.

A note will be posted here this afternoon to confirm either way so please check before travelling!

NLD U16’s Secure Home Victory

February 20th, 2018 by

For their only home game of the campaign NLD hosted Leicestershire at Newark RFC on Sunday 18th February. The sun was shining on a dry afternoon that was perfect for rugby.  Leicestershire opened the scoring with a well worked catch and drive in the first 10 minutes, before NLD found their composure and with some powerful runs made by the forwards and hard straight running from the backs fought their way back into the match.  As a result of sustained pressure they opened their account with a converted try.

Halftime saw NLD leading 7 points to 5.  Early in the second half the NLD pack caught and drove over the Leicestershire line for an unconverted try.  At the resulting kick off the NLD no 8 caught the ball and carried it straight back to score NLD’s third try of the game.  This spurred Leicestershire on and their forwards sucked in the NLD defense creating space out wide for their backs to score in the corner.  NLD responded with a well worked converted try involving both forwards and backs.  The away side piled the pressure on the NLD defense and a great cover tackle into touch saved a certain try.  With less than 10 minutes to go Leicestershire scored what was to be the final converted try of the match, coming from a quick tapped penalty.  The clock then slowed down and after a long period of pressure from Leicestershire, NLD forced a turn over and the final whistle saw them secure the win 24 – 17.

The NLD U16 Squad will now face Staffordshire in their rearranged fixture from January on Sunday 25th February at Leek RFC to conclude their 2018 programme.


John Bee

February 7th, 2018 by


John’s funeral will take place on Wednesday 7th March at 11am at Bramcote Crematorium with refreshments afterwards at Risley Hall Hotel.

It is with great sadness that we learn that John Bee passed away on Saturday afternoon after a short bout of pneumonia following a triple heart bypass operation.   John was a past president of both Nottinghamshire RFU & NLD and was a founding member of Nottingham Moderns RFC in 1956, since then taking an active interest in the clubs development.

Our thoughts are very much with his wife Mary & his family at this difficult time.

Howard Graham

February 19th, 2018 by


Howard’s funeral will take place on Friday 2nd March at St John Church, Buxton at 11am.

It is with much sadness we hear of the death of Howard Graham who has passed away following a courageous battle with illness.  ‘Howie’ was President of Buxton RFC and was a much loved character at the club as a Player, Official and Club Man.  He loved the club game and was genuinely passionate about the sport.

Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

NLD U20’s Win Season Opener!

February 14th, 2018 by

11th February 2018 – NLD UNDER 20 Jason Leonard Cup  – their first victory of their 2018 campaign.

NLD under 20s had a hard fought win 29-19 over Leicestershire away at Melton Mowbray RFC in the first of their pool games.

With having had over 45 players training at the 3 sessions so far, the match day squad had to be whittled down to 22 with 2 travelling reserves. The squad featured representatives from 9 clubs and universities. Congratulations to all those who played.

There were tries from Jack Weedon, Jacob Wright, Arran Walker and Malvin Mazoredze and the team was Captained by the duo of Dan Glasse and Joe McMemamin.

An unfortunate red card after 25 minutes meant that NLD played 55 minutes with only 14 men. The communication and motivation within the squad was a pleasure to watch with some brilliant defence around the breakdown. Once the squad started to build phases the pressure told on Leicestershire.

Team manager Graeme Gunn said “The effort and quality of rugby played was superb considering we have only been able to have 3 main training sessions, no warm up games and the sticky conditions on the day. The players really took ownership on the pitch and the result speaks for itself”

There is one more training session on Sunday the 18th February and then the squad is off down to play Oxfordshire at Chinnor RFC on Sunday 25th February. Kick off 2.30pm. Any support will be welcome.

The coaching team of The coaching team of Nic Corrigan, Matt Derbyshire and Jon Welham now have the tough job of selecting the squad for this next game. They are delighted with the result and will be working to improve further before the next fixture.

The squad was:

Henry Trimmer
Jack Weedon
Kyle Linklater
Joe McMenamin
Jacob Wright
Ryan Lenihan
Luke Brown
Tom Tucker
Harrison Wells
Gabriel Calland
Josh Arimoro
Dan Glasse
James Peachey
Aaron Walker
Adam Castle
Jed Allen
Jake Hicklin
Tom Collingwood
Archie James
Jordan Gale
Josh Bloomfield
Malvin Mazoredze
Natty Brisco – travelling reserve
Carl Hodgeson – injured in warm up

NLD Women’s Trials

February 13th, 2018 by

The second NLD Women’s trial has been rescheduled due to waterlogged pitches at Southwell RFC and will now take place on Tuesday 20th February 2018.

It is not too late to register to trial for the squad, players who would like to take part should complete the application form by clicking here.

The trials & training sessions for the Women’s Programme will all take place at Southwell RFC.

The full programme is available below.

Tuesday 27.2.18 Training  19.30-21.00
Tuesday 13.3.18 Training  19.30-21.00
Tuesday 27.3.18 Training  19.30-21.00
Tuesday 10.4.18 Training  19.30-21.00
Tuesday 24.4.18 Training  19.30-21.00
Sunday  29.4.18  Match (Home) 14.00 KO
Tuesday   1.5.18  Training  19.30-21.00
Sunday    6.5.18  Match (Away)  14.00  KO
Tuesday   8.5.18  Training  19.30-21.00
Sunday  13.5.18  Match (Home) 14.00 KO

Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards

February 12th, 2018 by

Do you know a volunteer who has given so much that they deserve to be recognised for their work at the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer of the Year Awards?

Outstanding volunteers will be invited to attend one of up to 42 drinks reception events held at a Mitsubishi Motors dealership in various locations throughout England in April, May and June 2018 at which exclusive Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition prizes will be awarded along with a certificate.

One Volunteer of the Year finalist will be selected and announced at each local event. These 42 finalists will then be invited to a black tie awards event at Twickenham Stadium – the home of England Rugby – on Friday 7th September 2018, where three overall winners will be announced and will each receive a Mitsubishi vehicle for the year!

You can nominate volunteers by clicking here.

The closing date for nominations is 25th February 2018.

NLD U16’s v Eastern Counties Match Report

February 9th, 2018 by

Eastern Counties U16 12 v NLD U16 0

Following the cancellation of the match against Staffordshire due to the weather the NLD U16 Squad made the long trip to Holt RFC to take on Eastern Counties in their next match on Sunday 4th February.

All four seasons of the year made themselves known throughout the game with sun, hail, rain and finally sun again!  The NLD Squad felt the affects of not having trained together since the last match at the beginning of January, again due to the weather conditions, and struggled with lack of continuity which ultimately proved the deciding factor.

Despite much of the possession for long periods the squad were unable to capitalise and Eastern Counties went into the break with a converted try under their belts.  The home side came out after half time firing on all cylinders and after sustained pressure on the NLD defence they crossed over again for a second try which went unconverted.

The NLD squad will no doubt have learned from a touch match and will look forward to their next game against Leicestershire on 18th February at home at Newark RFC.