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Derbyshire Senior Competition Draws

July 16th, 2014 by

The Draw for the 2014-15 Derbyshire Senior Competitions has now been completed.

Derbyshire Cup

Glossop       v        Amber Valley

Matlock        v        Bakewell

Ashbourne   v        Melbourne

Ilkeston        v        Chesterfield Panthers

All of the above games are to be played by 2nd January 2015

Derbyshire 2nd Team Cup

Ilkeston                       v        Melbourne

Ashbourne                  v        Bakewell

Matlock                       v        Dronfield

Chesterfield Panthers v        Amber Valley

All of the above games are to be played by 2nd January 2015

Derbyshire Shield

Buxton   –   Bye

Castle Donnington   –   Bye

Tupton   v    Long Eaton

Belper    v    Creswell

All of the above games are to be played by 2nd January 2015

Derbyshire President’s Trophy

Buxton   –   Bye

Belper    –   Bye

Creswell        v     Chesterfield Panthers 3rd VXV

Long Eaton   v     Tupton

All of the games above are to be played by 2nd January 2015


Play It Safe Course @ East Retford RFC

July 16th, 2014 by

There will be a Play it Safe course held at East Retford RFC on Wednesday 10th September, 7pm – 10pm. This course is for any volunteer or coach at a club who is working with or has responsibility for children and vulnerable adults within rugby.

Places on the course are £15 and are on a first come first served basis so book now to ensure you don’t miss out.
Booking is available online via the link below to the RFU Online Course Booking Centre. Please note that the system will be unavailable from 18th July – 31st July and therefore you will be unable to make bookings during this time.

Newark U16’s Lift Sevens Cup

March 26th, 2014 by

Newark U16’s successfully defended their NLD Sevens title at Sleaford RFC on Sunday 23rd March.  The side, who were decked out in some colourful kit and orange headbands were certainly noticeable as they conceded no points in all four of their comfortable pool match victories.  Coming up against old rivals Corsairs in the Semi Final meant that they had to dig deep but a 26-12 win was good enough to book their place in the final.  The final was a meeting with Derby A who were not strong enough for the side of the day and Newark prevailed in a convincing 17-5 win.

In the Plate final Market Rasen took on Paviors, sides that had come through respective Semi Finals against Scunthorpe and Keyworth strongly.  On the day it was Market Rasen who came out on top, beating the Nottinghamshire club by a comfortable 31 points to 5.

In the Shield Competition Boston who had entered their first NLD Sevens Tournament took the spoils with a strong 34-0 win over Mansfield Blues.

The second Mansfield team however ensured that some silverware would be making its way back to Eakring Road with a convincing win over Kesteven A in the Bowl Final.

The last trophy of the day was awarded in the Rugby Man Final as local team Lincoln took on Chesterfield Panthers.  It had been a hard fought day at the office for both sides but it was the Derbyshire team who took the trophy home, beating Lincoln 17 points to 0.

It was a day with some mixed weather conditions although certainly warmer than 12 months ago!  Congratulations to all of the teams who took part and best of luck to those who continue on in the NLD U16 Competition.

U16 Sevens Results


Newark U16’s – Cup Winners



Play it Safe Course @ Buxton RFC

July 10th, 2014 by

There will be a Play it Safe course held at Buxton RFC on Wednesday 3rd September, 7pm – 10pm. This course is for any volunteer or coach at a club who is working with or has responsibility for children and vulnerable adults within rugby.

Places on the course are £15 and are on a first come first served basis so book now to ensure you don’t miss out.
Booking is available online via the link below to the RFU Online Course Booking Centre. Please note that the system will be unavailable from 18th July – 31st July and therefore you will be unable to make bookings during this time.

Lincoln Touch Rugby

July 9th, 2014 by

Sessions run every Sunday – 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Contact – Mike Beard – 07772 298 727 / [email protected]




Nottingham Touch Club

July 9th, 2014 by

Nottingham Touch was established in February 2012 with the main aim of providing a club that is open to all. Whether you simply want to play social Touch locally, represent the club in domestic tournaments, or develop your skills further to gain regional or national representation, then we believe Nottingham Touch is the club for you. Most members of the club play in Perfect Motion organised adult Touch leagues throughout the year, as well as attend regular squad training and social Touch sessions each week. Several members of the club also represent the Midlands region and we have five current England players and two Wales players.

The club has two representative sides in the Challenge Touch Series of national tournaments. Finally, if it’s a club social environment you are after, we regularly hold social events and encourage nights out whenever we can!

Please e-mail [email protected] for more information

4 x NLD U16’s Into Midlands Training Squad!

December 23rd, 2013 by

Congratulations to the four NLD players listed below who have been invited to attend the Midlands Divisional Training Weekend at Leicester Grammar on 25th & 26th January.  Jordon & Ryan Olowofela have been invited into the Northern Division.

We wish all of the players the best of luck in the next stage of selection.

Newman James NLD Newark King’s School Grantham
Olowofela Jordan NLD Newark Lincoln Minster
Olowofela Ryan NLD Newark Lincoln Minster
Poole Zakery NLD Market Rasen De Aston

NLD U16’s Impress against Warwickshire

October 11th, 2013 by

Thursday 10th October 2013 Chesterfield RFC

NLDU16s 31 – 24 Warwickshire U16s

Thursday saw this season’s NLD U16 squad take to the field for the first time to take on Warwickshire U16s.  The coaches decided to play the entire squad so that they could see all the boys in a game situation, and they and the watching crowd were not disappointed on a wet windy night at Chesterfield RFC’s excellent brand new facilities.

The game started brightly, and it was clear both sides were intent on proving what they could do with ball in hand, but it was NLD that began to play the conditions better and soon had the first score of the game through prop John Willingham-Statham, who burst through from close range following good build up play.  Danny Openshaw added an excellent conversion given the conditions.

This gave NLD confidence and soon after they had a second score through the lively centre Lewis Winterbottom, who ran a great line for a score near the posts. Openshaw again added the extras.  Warwickshire were not to be outdone and keen to show the journey was not in their legs worked upfield for a score through the forwards.

NLD were intent on scoring further points before the half was out and with the forwards giving great ball the backs were cutting through.  Ryan Olowofela in particular looked dangerous, but it was his fellow winger Andy Musvaburi who completed the first half scoring with a classic wingers finish in the left corner.  A tricky conversion was missed.

With plenty of fresh legs being brought on throughout the game, NLD were in no mood to take their collective feet off the gas, and the second half began in a similar vein as Ryan Olowofela scored a deserved try at the posts followed by Winterbottom who completed an impressive brace following another good break by Openshaw.  Both conversions left NLD looking pretty at 31-7 in front.

Warwickshire had other ideas, however, and began an unlikely come back with 3 quick fire tries including an impressive gallop from half way from one of their forwards to set up a tense last 5 minutes.  A cool NLD side did enough to see out the victory which on the balance of play was richly deserved.

A cracking start to this year’s programme, where all the boys should be proud of their performance, with still areas to work on.  Many thanks to the parents for getting the boys to and from Chesterfield, and to Chesterfield RFC for their excellent hosting of the game in their cracking new ground.

Squad from:

Charlie Barker, Kaine Buchanan, Jack Dickinson, Calum Donnelly, Michael Hawksworth, Joe Heath, Matthew Hopkins, Joshua Hubbard, Jake Jordan, Josh Latham, Joe McMenamin, Andy Musvaburi, James Newman, Jordan Olowofela, Ryan Olowofela, Daniel Openshaw, Zakery Poole, Hyran Powell, Alex Scott, Connor Slack, Jordan Slack, John Willingham-Statham, Lewis Winterbottom, Jack Lennon, George Eley, Henry Pymm


June 20th, 2014 by

Dinnington RFC are hosting a Ladies Tag Tournament on Saturday 5th July 2014.  Registration is at 10am with the first matches kicking off at 11am, multiple team entries are permitted and the entry fee is £10 per team.

For more information please contact Chris Ross – [email protected] or download the entry form below.

Dinnington Entry Form

The RFU’s new Concussion Management Standards

June 20th, 2014 by

THE RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION is putting in place new standards relating to the management of concussion and extending the reach of its concussion education initiatives.The return to play pathway for players who have sustained a concussion is dependent on the player’s age and the medical resources that they can access.

The new routine minimum stand-down period is 19 days for adults and 23 days for Under 19s.

The minimum stand-down period for those in an Enhanced Care Setting – typically professional and elite age-group players – is six days for adults and 12 days for Under 17-19s. These are players whose return to play pathway is closely supervised by an appropriately trained and suitably experienced medical practitioner.

New education measures include a mandatory player safety course for RFU Licensed Coaches and additional promotional materials that add to acclaimed existing resources.

The standards, which come into effect immediately, have been put in place following revised guidelines from the International Rugby Board.

The IRB acknowledge the diversity in health care support available in different countries and at different levels, and permit member Unions to adapt their guidelines to suit their local circumstances.

The RFU has consulted with the game and independent medical experts to create simplified and standardised return to play pathways that cover players of all ages and at all levels. These stand-down periods are to be seen as the minimum periods before a player can return to play and may be longer where appropriate.

The return to play pathway is made up of rest and Graduated Return To Play (GRTP) phases. Taken together they form the minimum stand-down period.  The length of these phases for an individual is determined by the player’s recovery and informed by clinical assessment.


The revised RFU guidelines simplify and standardise the return to play pathway and timelines for all players, especially those under the age of 19 which is consistent with the advice to manage children and adolescent players more conservatively.

The measures have been approved by the Professional Game Board and the Community Game Board, the two bodies that manage the game in England.

Dr Mike England, the RFU Community Rugby Medical Director, said: “We hope everyone involved in the game – parents, players, coaches and medics – take the rationale for the changes on board and find it helpful in managing concussion in conjunction with the online HEADCASE resources the RFU provides and the guidance we’ve made widely available to the game through coaching, refereeing and medical education.

“Expert advice is that concussion should be managed on an individual basis. There is a need however for more clarity and guidance to reinforce the message that players need time to recover fully before returning to play and that young players in particular need to be managed more conservatively than adults. What hasn’t changed is that being able to return to play is still a clinical decision based on an individual player’s recovery.”

Dr Simon Kemp, the RFU Chief Medical Officer, said: “The revised guidelines are consistent with the IRB guidelines and the Zurich Consensus statement and will bring greater consistency to the management of all players but especially the concussed player over 16 who is part of the performance pathway. They recognise that not all players can presently access the same level of concussion care but will act as a driver for the development of Enhanced Care Settings in clubs, universities and schools.”

Concussion and player safety information is already built into the RFU’s coach, referee and medical education programmes as part of the “Don’t be a Headcase” programme, while the HEADCASE online resource developed with the Headway charity has been praised as the leading resource in sport in the UK.

This has been supported with collateral including 200,000 awareness cards  distributed to the game, whistle lanyards for referees, beanies for players and coaches, and most recently by new changing room billboards.

Other education measures include:

  • RFU Licensed coaches (9,500) to take a Player Safety Course as part of licensing and re-licensing process
  • Player Safety Course offered to all registered coaches (about 15,000) and upgraded face-to-face concussion education added to mandatory Rugby Ready coaching foundation course (6-8,000 annually)
  • Concussion education delivered by RFU and others as part of community programmes
  • Delivery at regional coaching seminars for schools this summer

The quality of the RFU’s resources have been endorsed by Dr Richard Greenwood, a Consultant Neurologist at Homerton Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Dr Greenwood said: “Having reviewed the RFU’s HEADCASE resource as an independent expert, I think that it is an excellent source of information for those involved with rugby. It is an accurate, thorough and appropriate source of information, based on the most up to date medical consensus. The RFU should be applauded for making this available in such an accessible format.”

For more information please see the link below to the RFU’s ‘Headcase’ webpage.