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NLD Senior Finals Day

May 2nd, 2018 by

The first two NLD Senior Knockout Finals were held at Boston RFC on Saturday 28th April.  The weather was a little damp but it certainly didn’t diminish spirits as people turned out to see teams from across all three counties.

Derby RFC overcame local rivals Paviors to take the feature match, the NLD Senior Knockout Cup, with the final scoreline reading 36-20.

The NLD Vase Final was a close affair with Cleethorpes prevailing over Nottinghamians in a tight encounter that finished 12-10.  In true rugby spirit the teams joined together after the game to celebrate the life of former Nottinghamians President who passed away a couple of weeks ago.

The Shield & Plate finals will take place at Boston RFC on Saturday 12th May 2018.

13:00:    Plate:    Long Eaton v Ashfield
15:00:    Shield:  West Bridgford v Matlock

Derbyshire Finals Days

April 30th, 2018 by

The end of the season approaches and due to the severe weather we have all experienced this season there have been a few changes to the Derbyshire RFU Finals Day. All finals will take place at Long Eaton RFC, please do go along for what should be an excellent celebration of Rugby in Derbyshire!

Saturday 5th May
Presidents Trophy – 12.30 KO – Main Pitch
Long Eaton Dev XV v Derby 3rd XV

2nd XV Cup – 14.30 KO – Main Pitch
Glossop v Matlock

Derbyshire Shield – 16.30 KO – Main Pitch
Long Eaton v Tupton

1900 Live Band to see all Winners and Commiserators through until late.

Saturday 19th May
Derbyshire Cup Final – 1430 KO – Main Pitch
Matlock v Glossop

NLD U15/16 Finals *Provisional Schedule*

April 18th, 2018 by

Please see below details of the provisional schedule for the NLD U15/16 Finals at Derby RFC on Sunday 29th April.

As you can see there are a couple of Semi Finals to be played this weekend so we will have the full line up for you on Monday.

U15 Cup                                  11.30am KO (AGP)
Derby v Paviors

U15 Shield                               11am KO (Grass)
Melbourne v Sleaford

U16 Cup                                  1.30pm (AGP)
Mansfield / Kesteven v Nottingham Corsairs / Derby

U16 Shield                               1pm (Grass)
Ashbourne v Scunthorpe

Both of the Cup Finals are taking place on the brand new AGP at the club.  Please note the below guidelines on footwear and pass this on throughout your team.

Astro trainers, flat-soled trainers and blades are not permitted.  Boots should have screw-in metal / moulded studs suitable for the appropriate sport.  All footwear should be clean.

Match Cards:

Please complete and return your match cards to Carol by Monday 23rd April 2018.  Note that you can still make minor adjustments to your squad up until the morning of the final but these changes may not be reflected in the match day programme.


If you do not have permission for any of your players to have their photograph taken then this should be confirmed in writing to me by Monday 23rd April 2018 so that we are able to make the necessary arrangements on the day.


As usual there will be a £3 entry fee per adult, to include a programme, on the day.  please make sure that everyone travelling with your team is aware of this and that absolutely no abuse of officials will be tolerated.


If you plan to travel by coach then please confirm this as soon as possible, along with an ETA, and by next Wednesday 25th April so that we are able to ensure appropriate room is left.

NLD U14 Finals Schedule

April 17th, 2018 by

The NLD U14 Finals take place this Sunday 22nd April at Chesterfield RFC.  A full copy of the schedule is available below and the changing room allocation can be viewed here.

Pitch 1

U14 Plate Playoff Final
Ashbourne v Nottingham Corsairs

U14 Bowl Final
Glossop v Sleaford

U14 Cup Final
Keyworth v Newark

Pitch 2

U14 Cup Playoff Final
Derby v West Bridgford

U14 Shield Final
Kesteven v Market Rasen

U14 Plate Final
Mansfield v Melbourne

As usual there will be a £3 per adult entry charge for all adults to the Finals Day, please make sure you circulate this information throughout anyone who may travel, abuse of officials on the day will absolutely not be tolerated.  This goes towards the running of the Junior Competitions within NLD.

NLD Senior Finals Update

April 11th, 2018 by

Following the decision to move the date of the Finals Day representations were made by several clubs about problems this would cause.

To this end the Senior Competitions Committee have reviewed the situation again and arrived at the following solution.

The Finals Day will now be split in two. While this does not meet the intent of having a single end of season festival it is the best compromise we can arrive at.

Therefore, two of the matches will be played on the original date and the other two on the revised date. All matches will still be played at Boston.

This means that the schedule will now be.

Sat 28th April

13:00:    Vase:     Cleethorpes v Nottinghamians
15:00:    Cup:       Derby v Paviors

Sat 12th May

13:00:    Plate:    Long Eaton v Ashfield
15:00:    Shield:  West Bridgford v Matlock

NLD Senior Knockout Finals Day – Change of Date

March 26th, 2018 by

The date for the NLD Senior Knockout Finals Day has been moved to Saturday 12th May due the recent bad weather which has resulted in a back log of fixtures.

The Finals Day will now take place on Saturday 12th May and will still be hosted by Boston RFC.  The schedule is to be confirmed shortly but will feature the following finals:

Vase: Cleethorpes v Nottinghamians
Shield: West Bridgford v Matlock
Plate: Long Eaton v Ashfield
Cup: Derby v Paviors

NLD U13 Festival Entries Open!

March 19th, 2018 by

Entries for the 2018 NLD U13 Festival are now invited.

Sunday 22nd April 2018 – Worksop College

As per the RFU Age Grade Competition Guidelines, the festivals will be in a friendly round robin format, medals will be presented to all of the players taking part.

Please find attached the entry form, which you will need to complete and send with a cheque for £35.00, made payable to NLD RFU Ltd and send to:

NLD U13 Entry Form 2018

Nicole Brown
Northgate Business Centre
38 Northgate
NG24 1EZ

The closing dates for entries is Friday 6th April 2018.

Please note that entries will not be accepted after this date and in the case of withdrawals clubs will not be reimbursed if the closing date has passed. If you are entering multiple teams then the second team will be placed on a waitlist until the closing date. On this date we will then accept as many second team entries as possible on a first come first served basis.

We look forward to welcoming you on the day and if in the meantime we can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to contact the NLD Office on 01636 640800 or [email protected].

NLD RFU Launch Youth Council!

March 14th, 2018 by

NLD RFU are delighted to announce the launch of the NLD Youth Council for the 2018-19 season and beyond!  Mirroring the RFU National Youth Council this is a fantastic opportunity for young people, who are passionate about rugby, to get involved in shaping the way NLD RFU supports the 16-24 age group.

What is the NLD Youth Council? 

We are looking to appoint a group of young people to form the NLD Youth Council for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons (two year term of office).  The successful applicants will be between 16-24 years of age and be passionate about developing the game within NLD while learning lots of new skills to develop both personally and professionally.

You can read the job description in full by clicking here.

What will you get out of becoming a member of the NLD Youth Council?

  • Acting as a consultative body for NLD RFU and development of the game
  • Access to events and conferences
  • Opportunity for learning and development
  • Increased leadership, communication, teamwork and decision making skills
  • Being a part of NLD RFU and working with NLD RFU colleagues
  • Opportunity to influence provision and support for young people in rugby
  • Help the NLD RFU to achieve their overall objectives and mission
  • CV building

Who are we looking for:

  • Actively involved in rugby in any way, whether it be as a Player, Coach, Referee or Volunteer
  • An inspiring ambassador for NLD RFU
  • Experience within rugby union in a leadership capacity or as a role model for young people
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Willingness to learn and develop yourself
  • Ability to self-motivate with strong initiative and good organisational skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Ability to travel independently (or have transport to meetings & events within the NLD RFU area)

How do you apply?

Applications are now open to all young people from within aged 16-24 years of age!  You can apply by completing the application form, click here.

If you have a particular interest in certain roles on the Youth Council then you are able to indicate this on your application form as well.

Please note that in order to be considered you must be available to attend the Recruitment Day on Saturday 30th June 2018.

The closing date for applications is 30th April 2018.

If you are under 18 years old, you will need your parent’s / guardian’s consent to apply.

Supporting Documentation:

Terms of Reference
Role Description
Code of Conduct

Applications to join the RFU league structure for next season

March 5th, 2018 by

If there are any clubs who wish to join the RFU league structure for next season they should contact Dave Miller as soon as possible. Any applications will need to be approved by NLD and come on club headed notepaper signed by two committee member and include a list of the fixtures that the club has fulfilled over the last 18 months.

2018-19 NLD Age Grade Calendar Released

March 2nd, 2018 by

NLD are pleased to release the 2018-19 Age Grade Rugby Calendar which includes key dates for the Age Grade game next season.  The calendar has been produced in discussion with a number of key stakeholders throughout NLD including the Heads of Competitive Rugby, Education, Representative Rugby, Women & Girls as well as Tigers Academy.

The calendar sits fully within the RFU’s Age Grade Rugby framework and has been approved by the RFU for the coming season.

Please share this information within your clubs and institutions and encourage dialogue with each other in the next couple of months to get well ahead of any potential conflicts for next season.  The Calendar particularly aids planning for players who play in more than one environment.

Block or friendly fixtures can be played throughout any part of the season and the Calendar signals how player availability for these will be affected by other activities.

NLD Age Grade Rugby Playing Calendar 2018-19 – FINAL

Please also remember to share and promote the Age Grade Codes of Practice which support coaches and teachers with the application of regulation and delivering Age Grade Rugby –

If you have any queries regarding the calendar then please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to help you.