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NLD U13-19 Host Clubs Required for Sevens, Semis & Finals!!

September 25th, 2014 by

NLD are now once again inviting applications from clubs to host the NLD U13-19 Sevens, Semi Finals & Finals for the 2014-15 season.  Please find attached more information and details on how to submit your tender.

NLD U13-19 Finals & Sevens Host Tender

We hope that hosting an NLD Event will be a great opportunity to showcase rugby as well as raise revenue for the host club.

Any queries regarding this please contact Nicole Brown.

NLD U18’s Earn Hard Fought Win Over Leicestershire

September 25th, 2014 by

Perfect rugby conditions welcomed the two squads from Leicestershire and the Three Counties on Wednesday evening and this, combined with a superb playing surface at Newark produced a compelling game between the two neighbours.

Early exchanges demonstrated that Leicestershire were determined to avenge last year’s defeat and they exerted considerable pressure on a somewhat disorganised NLD team. Only resolute NLD tackling prevented Leicestershire from scoring, and it was only a stubborn scramble defence which saved them from going behind.

Eventually though, the early pressure proved overpowering and NLD conceded a try in the far corner in the 6th minute which went unconverted.

The NLD team continued to find it difficult to establish any continuity or rhythm and several promising openings went begging through a combination of handling errors and technical infringements at the breakdown. This allowed Leicestershire to build momentum which kept NLD on the back foot for much of the first half.

Continued pressure on the NLD line finally resulted in a Yellow Card for an infringement at the ruck, and the others players had to perform bravely in defence to weather the storm.

Finally, NLD began to enjoy a little more territorial advantage and from a 5 metre lineout, Josh Allen managed to sneak round the blind side from the resulting maul to score. The try was converted and the half finished with an unlikely score of 7-5 in NLD’s favour.

Head Coach, Nathan Smith, pulled no punches during the interval and reminded the players of their individual roles within the systems the squad has practiced in recent sessions.

He encouraged the players to string more phases together, adding that by doing so, more scores would follow.

The players responded accordingly and the forwards began to establish hard earned dominance over the Leicestershire pack. This dominance continued to produce better quality ball and more phases of play between the front eight and the backs.

From a Leicestershire kick which failed to find touch, the NLD backs worked the ball from the Left Wing, via the Full Back and then Centres to produce an incisive break down the right.

Quick ball from the breakdown resulted in the ball being shipped across the back line and culminated with Elliot Henry finishing in the corner.

The try was unconverted.

By this time, NLD were beginning to play much more to their potential and increasing pressure, particularly by the Front Row, continued to destabilise the Leicestershire pack enabling the home side to get very much on the front foot.

The dominance up front paid dividends in the 58th minute when the scrum forced a knock on by the Leicestershire Scrum Half about 10 metres out.

From the ensuing scrum, the NLD pack produced quick ball which moved quickly through the Centres’ hands and provided a simple run in for Ben Usher to score in the left hand corner.

Again, the try went unconverted.

After the restart, the NLD backs displayed some of their running and handling skills moving the ball from their own 22 beyond the half way line before an unfortunate knock-on brought the play to an end.

With the Leicestershire team tiring, NLD began to meet their coaches’ aspirations with multi-phase play producing quality possession. This produced the evening’s best play – from scrappy ball behind the scrum in the NLD 22, the ball was moved quickly by the Scrum Half and following line breaks by the Fly Half, Full Back and both Centres, phase ball from the back of a ruck near the Leicestershire 22 provided quick possession through the hands of first Scrum Half and No.7 allowing Ed Bloodworth to pirouette over the line for the game’s final try.

With the conversion, the score reached 24-5 and the final whistle followed only a few moments after the restart.

Much to please the spectators and lots to work on from the coaches’ and players’ perspective before the next Championship game against East Midlands at Peterborough on October 22nd.

NLD ‘Spotlight On’….Phil Cass

September 24th, 2014 by

NLD ‘Spotlight On’….Phil Cass

Phil Cass took over as NLD Honorary President for the 2014-15 season at the NLD AGM in June.  We caught up with Phil to learn more about him and his hopes for his year in office.

Welcome to your new role as NLD Honorary President; tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got involved in Rugby.

I have worked in the food industry since leaving school 40+ years ago.  I’ve been fortunate enough to gain experience in a variety of disciplines including Accountancy, Planning & Production Management.  I am currently General Manager of a Medium sized Seafood company in Grimsby.

I came into rugby at a fairly late age, joining Cleethorpes RFC primarily to help out with Fundraising – I was soon hooked!!  I went on to hold a number of roles within the club including Secretary, Chairman, Disciplinary Secretary, Coaching Co-ordinator and Groundsman.


What would you like to achieve during your year in office?

I took the opportunity when President of Lincolnshire RFU to visit as many clubs as possible and along the way I was lucky enough to meet some really inspirational people.  I am very much looking forward to doing this again throughout NLD.  While I may not make it to every club I will certainly be giving it my best shot!!

What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges facing clubs in NLD?

I’m really looking forward to spreading the message to clubs as to how important they are to the success of the CB and how the CB can benefit them.  I’d like to see more clubs getting involved with NLD, particularly attending the Management Meetings so that they tap into the wealth of experience we are lucky enough to have within NLD.

It is very easy to forget that our clubs are run by volunteers, people who give up precious free time to get involved in rugby.  By working together we can hopefully make more efficient decisions – communication is key!

As we move towards the Rugby World Cup in 2015 how would you like to see clubs embrace this opportunity?

With the RWC just over a year away I am really keen to see how clubs are planning to capitalize on this great opportunity.  It is the perfect time for clubs to welcome the community into our ‘rugby families,’ increasing revenues, welcoming new players and building interest in the game.

Finally, what one piece of advice would you offer to clubs within NLD?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  We have some brilliant resources available in the RFU and in NLD, if you need any assistance or advice then get in touch to see if there is anything that can be done to help.

It is a fantastic honour to be President of NLD, one that I never thought I would experience.  I realise I am following in very large footsteps but I am up for the challenge and I will look forward to meeting many of you along the way!!

Thanks Phil for taking the time to answer our questions and good luck this year! 

Who will the NLD Spotlight be on next?  Keep checking the website to find out more!

Girls Player Development Camp & Women’s RWC Trophy in NLD!!!

September 25th, 2014 by

On Thursday 30th October Mansfield RFC will host a FREE girls player development camp.  Alongside the camp we are also delighted to confirm that the Women’s Rugby World Cup will be coming to NLD!!

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Not only is this day a brilliant opportunity for the Girls to develop their playing skills but they will also be able to see this famous trophy.

Attendance on the camp is free, including lunch, to book please complete and return the attached application form to the below address:

24 Cartergate
NG24 1UB

Closing date for applications is Friday 24th October – get your application in early to make sure you don’t miss out!!

Girls Player Development Camp 30-10-2014

Girls Camp Application Autumn 14

Melbourne 2XV Captain Charity Cycle!

September 24th, 2014 by

Melbourne 2nd XV captain Tom Line has just completed a Lands End to John’O’Groats bike ride.

Taking 9 days Tom cycled a total of 969 miles.  In doing so he has raised £1600 for British Paralympic Association on the way with Deloitte matching this giving a total of £3200.  Donations can still be made –


NLD U13 Girls Success

September 23rd, 2014 by

On Sunday 21st September the NLD held the second U13 NLD Girls development session at Melbourne RUFC at Chaddesden, Derby following on from the previous session held the week before at Mansfield RUFC.

An average of forty U13 Girls players have now attended each session to date of this new NLD U13 Girls development programme for the U13 game.



NLD U13 Girls Head Coach Peter Haskell commented ‘The skills and ability displayed over the past two sessions held at Mansfield and Melbourne by the current squad of players has really showcased the great potential in girls rugby at U13 level. Hopefully by encouraging the player’s development over the next few months we can build on the numbers of U13 girls playing rugby in NLD and ensure that they are all put on a pathway to play rugby at U15 levels and beyond in the future.  It’s been a great start to this new venture of NLD U13 Girls Rugby’

The next NLD session for the U13 is being held at Sleaford RUFC on the 5th October 2014.


NLD U18 Squad v Leicestershire Announced

September 23rd, 2014 by

Congratulations to those players named below for the first Championship game against Leicestershire tomorrow evening.  The match kicks off at Newark RFC at 7.30pm.

Edward COLE
Elliot HENRY
Daniel SALT
Callum SLACK
Connor SLACK
Jordan SLACK


NLD Senior Competition Draws

September 22nd, 2014 by

The draw has now been made for the next round of the NLD Senior Competitions.  Matches should be played on or before 29th November 2014.

Under the competition rules teams should inform Competitions Secretary Dave Miller of their arranged matches.


Lincoln v Sleaford

Grimsby or Kesteven v Casuals

Bakewell or Matlock v Moderns

West Bridgford v Ashbourne


Worksop v East Retford

Leesbrook v Bingham

Buxton v Cleethorpes

Bourne v Belper


North Hykeham v Gainsborough

Horncastle v Barton & District

Cresswell v Meden Vale

Castle Donnington v GEMS

‘Sin Bin’ in the Youth Game

September 22nd, 2014 by

RFU Regulation 15 has been amended in relation to the Sin Bin duration being reduced proportionately in the youth game. If a player is temporarily suspended in an Age Grade match, the duration of time in the Sin Bin shall be as follows:

• U13 and U14 – 5 minutes
• U15 – 6 minutes
• U16, U17 and U18 – 7 minutes

There are no formal Sin Bin/yellow cards in the U12s and below game as this is considered unnecessary at this age. It is felt that it is more appropriate for the coaches and referee to manage to situation as they think fit.

This change, together with the other IRB Law variations for U13s to U18s boys and girls, are set out in Appendix 2 (Boys) and Appendix 3 (Girls) of RFU Regulation 15 which are available here.

Tony Stimpson

September 22nd, 2014 by

It is with deep regret that we have to advise you that Keyworth RFC Club President, Tony Stimpson, has lost his long battle against Leukaemia and passed away in the early hours of Sunday. I’m sure you will join NLD in extending sympathies to Jill and the family at this sad time.

Tony has given great service to NLD and particularly refereeing over the years as well as being a stalwart of Keyworth RFC along with his wife Jill. Many will have known Tony as a referee locally, touch judge at national level in its early days, assessor, advisor, mentor or just as a good friend who would always enjoy a chat about the game.

On Monday 29 September there will be a private cremation followed by a memorial service at the church in Willoughby on the Wolds at midday and then afterwards at The Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club, Cotgrave, Nottingham NG12 3HB. All are welcome.

Mike Waplington
RFU Council Member