News Archive

Joel Carr

December 16th, 2014 by

Some of you will know Joel Carr and his partner Hollie Thompson, Joel is a true rugby man through and through and has played for Grimsby youth, seniors and now at Cleethorpes. His brother Nathan also played for Grimsby and his Dad was an avid fan and keen supporter.

Unfortunately it was Joel and his family that were involved in the vehicle crash on Saturday morning on the M180.   Whilst Joel, Hollie and William (Joel’s and Hollies eldest son) suffered very minor injuries unfortunately James, aged two, died instantly at the scene.

Joel and Hollie and the families are naturally devastated and Joel has asked to thank everyone who has got in touch with wishes, sympathy and condolences. They only ask if that visible message via social media can be put to one side as they deal with the ramifications of their terrible loss. Phone messages and private messages are of course most welcome.

A date for the funeral has not been set but details will be released in due course.

Our sincere condolences are with Joel, Hollie and their family at this very difficult time.

Derby Grammar School Visit Tanzania

December 11th, 2014 by

Joe Cox, a student of Derby Grammar an NLD Society Referee visited Tanzania this summer with a group from DG to help build a school.


During their visit they managed to help to build the walls of the classroom as well as teaching children of Gedeli School Maths, English and Sport.

Matt Jefferson (Rugby Development Officer for Derbyshire) had donated some old equipment which Joe was able to present to the school.  Joe took the time to coach rugby to the students and shared his knowledge of the rules with the sports teacher so he could continue to coach the game.  By the end of the time that Joe spent at Gedeli School, he had transformed pupils, who had never heard of rugby and didn’t understand the concept of the sport, to rugby players.

If you want to read more about Joe’s experiences in Tanzania, visit the blog written by the student’s on the trip –


New Coaching Dates to England Rugby Site

December 11th, 2014 by

There are a number of new courses being added to the England Rugby Online Booking Centre in the next week.

  • Coaching 7’s – Newark RFC – 24.01.15 (10:00 – 13:00)
  • Coaching Kicking – Paviors RFC – 18.02.15 (19:00 – 22:00)
  • Scrum Factory – Southwell RFC – 30.01.15 (19:00 – 22:00)
  • Rugby Ready – West Bridgford – 01.02.15 (10:00 – 13:00)

If any of these are of interest to you then make sure you book your place soon!

Mansfield RFC Successful at Awards

December 11th, 2014 by

Monday night saw the MDC Sports Recognition Awards being held at the John Fretwell Sporting Complex in Warsop.

Mansfield Rugby Club picked up three awards on the night with Bob Truswell taking away the Volunteer of the Year Award for his outstanding work with the youth of the club, the Tag Academy and school links.

Bob Truswell Volunteer

Maureen Arnold was presented with the Mayor’s Special Award for a lifetime in sport and her amazing achievements in swimming and athletics representing her country in both sports.

Finally the club itself picked the Club of the Year Award in recognition of the overall achievement of the club in both senior and junior rugby, their RFU accreditation and IIP status and for its work in the community.

Other nominees included Daniel Harris who competed in a very strong Junior Sports Person of the Year category and in an equally strong category were the U15s for the Junior Team of the Year.

Club Chairman Andy Foster said, “This was a fantastic night for the club and recognises the hard work and dedication of not just the winners but everyone involved. Mansfield has a great sporting heritage and we are very proud to represent the town name as a club. I would also like to congratulate all winners on behalf of the club”.


Nottingham Uni Face Durham at Paviors RFC

December 9th, 2014 by

The University of Nottingham host Durham University at Paviors RFC tomorrow evening with a 6.15 KO.

A game between two strong sides which should be well worth watching. The club will have full bar and catering facilities open from 5.30pm.

West Bridgford RFC Triumph At Rushcliffe Sports Awards

December 9th, 2014 by

Rushcliffe Sports Awards celebrated its 10th year last week at The Becket School. The evening started with Councillor John Cottee, Portfolio Holder for Community Services, welcoming guests to recognise the dedication and commitment of the borough’s athletes, coaches and volunteers.

Special guests included players from professional clubs – Nottingham Rugby Club’s Dan Montagu and Billy Robinson, Luke Wood and Andy Carter from Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and Nottingham Forest player Ben Osborn.

Awards were also presented by Simon Starr, Director of Sport Nottinghamshire, Dan Philpotts, Head of Academy at South Nottinghamshire Academy, Allen Graham, Chief Executive of Rushcliffe Borough Council, Councillor John Cottee and the Mayor of Rushcliffe, Councillor Ron Hetherington.

During the evening the audience watched a demonstration from the world of Table Tennis from England player Emma Vickers and Evie Collier, who is ranked in the top 20 in England.

Founding members Dan Philpotts and Brian Knowles took to the stage to talk through the inspiration behind hosting the first awards evening 10 years ago, what challenges they faced and how the awards have evolved over the years.

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Rugby had an extremely successful evening with West Bridgford RFC taking home two awards and Nottingham Touch picking up the runners up prize for Club of the Year.

Amateur Team of the Year – West Bridgford Rugby Club’s Women’s Team – Winners

Club of the Year – West Bridgford Rugby Club – Winner

Nottingham Touch Rugby Club – Runner up

Robert Linthwaite Honorary Secretary & Director of West Bridgford Rugby Club said ‘It is a honour to be presented with this award.  Over the past 12 months we have worked tirelessly raising over a quarter of a million pounds to improve the club house and the facilities we have at the club.  This has helped all 3 of our senior means teams gain promotion and set up a regular 4th team. The success spread through the club with our Ladies team winning the RFU National Plate to become national champions’.

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NLD U15/18 Girls Conclude Autumn Campaign

December 8th, 2014 by

The NLD U15 & U18 squads visited Peterborough on Sunday 30th November for the last of their matches this season. Both age groups faced strong opposition from East Midlands, who, at U15’s, ran NLD close at the festival earlier on in October and Leicestershire who are always excellent opposition.

The NLD U18’s played 2 very competitive matches back to back scoring in both and, even though they were the youngest of the 3 U18’s squads there, put up a very spirited defence all afternoon. Despite losing both matches to more experienced, older squads there were a lot of positives to be taken from the day with positive team work and some strong individual play. With a friendly match and development days planned after Christmas the only way is up for this young squad.

A special mention and thank you should be made to the two East Midlands Physios who attended one of our players, keeping her safe until the ambulance arrived; to Steph our physio, who was kept busy throughout the afternoon, and to Neil Speechley, (U18’s Manager),who accompanied our injured player to hospital.

The U15’s also played back to back games facing East Midlands first. It was apparent from the start that the NLD girls had their game heads on and came out with a strong determination to win. Their physical superiority in the scrum and breakdown and speed in the backs saw the score line climb to 20 v 0 at the final whistle.

Buoyed by their earlier success, and with that perfect score almost in their grasp, the NLD girls then walked out to face a fresh Leicestershire side. The first half saw a fierce contest in the breakdown and some impressive scrummaging from both sides however with the clock ticking NLD turned up the heat and scored a flurry of tries just before half time. With the expectation of greatness and the lure of certain immortality looming our girls stepped onto the pitch and played as though their very lives depended on winning. Though visibly tiring they battled to the end and with the final whistle blown NLD  were the victors 30 v 5.

This season NLD U15’s have played in the CB festival, a friendly against Staffordshire and 3 CB matches and won them all taking their Match Win total for this season to 8 from 8. Is this what they mean by “a Perfect Storm”?

NLD U15 Girls Squad 2014

Well done to ALL the girls who have trained and played this season; you have proved to, even the most ardent of skeptics, that girls can play rugby. Thank you to the NLD support staff you know who you are; to ALL the coaches who have worked their magic and given their time and efforts to make this season happen and to the parents who taxi our players from match to match and spend their Sunday afternoons standing in a field somewhere in middle England cheering us on.

Neither should we forget the 50+ girls and their coaches who have done sterling work to create this season’s success story that is the NLD U13’s girls. Let’s keep it rolling on.

Watch this space……………………………………….there is more to come!

Neil Clack
NLD W&G’s Chair

Derbyshire U20’s v Staffordshire U20’s

December 3rd, 2014 by

Derbyshire U20’s will take on Staffordshire U20’s this evening in a friendly fixture.  The game will be played at Derby RFC, kick off at 7.45pm.  This is the first season in which Derbyshire have fielded an U20’s side and we wish them well with this new venture.

1. James Edger – U.O.D  
2. Blake Downing’s – Buxton
3. Ben Somerton – Hope Valley  
4. Dan Hay – U.O.D ( Captain)  
5. Mike Allen – Ashbourne  
6. Ben Curley – Chesterfield  
7. Adam Pearce – Bakewell
8. Jake Brass – Glossop  
9. Josh Reece – U.O.D  
10. Adam Holland – U.O.D  
11. George Wood – Glossop  
12. Matt Keeley – Hope Valley  
13. Alex Edwards – U.O.D  
14. Ryan Sircar – Buxton
15. Dan Ryde – Ashbourne  
16. James Arthur – U.O.D  
17. James Blakely – Tupton  
18. Sam Holmes – Tupton
19. Tom Anderson – U.O.D  
20. James Marshall – Chesterfield
21. Mike Tickle – Glossop  
22. Jake Boake – Hope Valley

Possible USA Tour – U17/18/19 Players

December 2nd, 2014 by

Following our unsuccessful attempt to arrange a tour to Georgia, USA last year, I’ve been able to have a further meeting last month with the guy from USA and as they now have a more stable management team out there I believe a tour in 2015 is feasible.

The basics of the proposed tour are as follows and I am seeking details of all players who are interested. There is no commitment at this stage but I will be looking to firm up a tour and itinerary by the end of February at the latest so would ask that all expressions of interest are back with me by Friday 9 January.

Player Detail Form

The basics are a 10/12 days tour to Georgia and Florida to play 3 games against representative u19 sides from the likes of Georgia High Schools and South Florida. We would need to look to go around 25/28 July 2015 as the schools go back there on 10 August and we need to get the games completed before then. Proposed accommodation will be a mix of shared hotel rooms and possibly some university rooms and we will have a coach to transport us wherever we need to go. Flights would be arranged from Heathrow to Atlanta. There will be some rest and relaxation time too at the beach and possibly a baseball game if fixtures / locations permit.

I would anticipate a cost IRO £1250 per person depending on whether we can get a good flight deal or not.

If you are interested please complete the attached player profile and email it back to me at [email protected] by 9 January. If you have any questions at all please email or call me (07917 182201) and I’ll get back to you. Please bear in mind though that I am away from 4 – 16 December.

Many thanks and best regards

Mike Waplington

RFU Council Member

County Vets between Notts & Lincs Postponed

December 1st, 2014 by

The County Vets game scheduled to take place this Wednesday evening (3rd December) between Nottinghamshire & Lincolnshire has been postponed until the New Year.

More information will be posted in due course.