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Entries for the 2019 NLD U13 Festival are now invited.

November 23rd, 2018 by

Sunday 17th February 2019 – Worksop College

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

Please click on the following:  NLD U13 Festival Entry Form 2018-19, which you will need to complete and send with a cheque for £35.00, made payable to NLD RFU Ltd and send to:

Northgate Business Centre
38 Northgate
NG24 1EZ

The closing dates for entries is Monday 14th January 2019.

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 Junior Finals Update

November 23rd, 2018 by

We are pleased to announce the following venues for this seasons NLD Junior Finals & Festivals:


U13’s Festival Sunday 17th February 2019 @ Worksop College

U14’s Finals Day Sunday 3rd March 2019 @ Derby Rugby Club

U15’s & U16’s Finals Day Sunday 7th April 2019 @ Scunthorpe Rugby Club

U15’s Sevens Festival Sunday 28th April 2019 @ Boston Rugby Club

U16’s Sevens Festival Sunday 5th May 2019 @ Southwell Rugby Club


We would like to thanks all those who submitted tender applications for this seasons events. Without the support of the clubs and schools in NLD, hosting these finals/ festivals events would not be possible.


November 20th, 2018 by

The draw for the semi-finals of this seasons NLD knockout competitions has been made. These matches have a play on date of 23rd Feb unless both clubs agree on an earlier date.


Please refer to the competition regulations and use the match cards available on the NLD website.



West Bridgford V Scunthorpe
Paviors v Market Rasen



Stamford / Lincoln V Newark
Casuals v Ilkeston / Long Eaton



Grimsby / Bourne V Boston / North Hykeham
Moderns / East Retford V Ashfield



Stamford College OB V Gainsborough
Nottinghamians V Meden Vale



For those QF matches still to be played and without agreed dates the remaining available dates are 19th Jan and 19th Feb in order of priority. Again, use should be made of midweeks, double headers or 22nd Dec if possible and mutually agreed by both clubs.

NLD Senior KO Comps Update

October 12th, 2018 by

The draw for the next round of the NLD Senior Knock Out Comps has been made.

Matches are to be played on 10th November 2018.

Any clubs with RFU matches will have the NLD fixture deferred to the next available date. Alternatively, a double headed can be played if preferred.


Stamford V Lincoln
Spalding / Sleaford V Newark
Ilkeston V Long Eaton
Bakewell V Casuals



Grimsby V Bourne
Boston V North Hykeham
Worksop V Ashfield
Moderns V East Retford



Stamford College OB V Bingham
Corsairs / Keyworth V Gainsborough
Leesbrook V Meden Vale / Amber Valley
Crusaders / Nottinghamians V Bye

NLD Girls 10’s Festival 2018

October 3rd, 2018 by

This year saw the 4th Festival of Rugby for girls hosted by NLD RFU take place at Newark RFC.  Since its inauguration this, now annual, event has seen year on year growth in overall numbers. This year was no exception with nearly 300 players plus coaches and parents in attendance. 

With fine weather to help us along, the afternoon saw U13, 15 and 18 age groups play round robin matches. The format proved crucial in allowing the girls to showcase their skills, in what was a great advert for competitive opportunity within game. Newark RFC kindly hosted us for the second year running and, despite club house building work still to be completed, provided a friendly welcome to all with BBQ and bar for those in need of refreshment.

I would to thank everyone who helped on the day; the officers for Newark RFC, Gina who organised the car parking and raffle, the referees who had already officiated in the morning, (must be the water round these ‘ear parts!!), the NLD physio’s who administered assistance where needed, the U13 coaches who ran their own age group matches to brilliant effect on the day and everyone else who had a hand in organising and running this fantastic event.

This years decision to limit the number of teams was taken on the premise of potential site restrictions in addition to ensuring adequate playing times for the participants. We are looking at ways to expand the festivals capacity and increase match times. We hope to see you all again next year on Sept 22nd 2019 for the next NLD Girls 10’s Festival of Rugby.

Neil Clack

NLD RFU W&G’s Chair


Support Role Opportunities Within The NLD Women and Girls Rep Squads

October 8th, 2018 by

The following support roles within the Women and Girls representative squads and club game are available for application.

X1 Assistant Coaching Position U15 Girls

X1 Assistant Coaching Position U18 Girls

X1 Assistant Coaching Position Senior Women

X3 Age Grade Facilitators Positions (1 per age group: U13, U15 & U18)

The NLD W& G programme starts in January/February and runs until April/May. Coaches are expected to comply with current RFU regulations and work as part of a team within NLD to provide a stimulating and challenging environment for players of all ages and to develop their playing skills and abilities. Our ethos is to encourage player development and not “win at all costs”.

Age Grade Facilitators will be responsible for the co-ordination of the NLD Pitch Up & Play age group programme. The aim is to provide a structured calendar of events that supports clubs, players and the wider CB W&G’s programme as a whole. You will be working with the NLD Girls Head Coach and Committee to provide a stimulating learning environment and assist in the development of Xrugby and 7’s as reflected within the new CXB programme. There will an opportunity to be involved in the planning and running of NLD W&G’s Festivals.

Please take the time to complete the application form in full giving a detailed account of previous experiences and qualifications. All applications will be considered on merit. For those applying for coaching roles, an ideal candidate will have experience of coaching within the relevant age group(s) and possess a current L2 RFU coaching qualification or higher. When completed, please return this application form via email to Luke Green.

Application Form

The deadline for applications is 28th October 2018 with interviews to be held in early November 2018.

Interviews will be held at Long Eaton RFC on the evening of Wednesday 14th November 2018.

For more information on any of the roles or for an informal chat please contact Neil Clack on 07734 179339.


September 14th, 2018 by

NLD RFU are now inviting tenders for clubs to host the 2018-19 NLD Knockout Finals Day on Saturday 27th April 2019.  The opportunity to host rotates around, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire & Derbyshire on a 3-year cycle and for this season the venue will be in Nottinghamshire.

Clubs in Nottinghamshire interested in hosting the Finals should complete the Host Tender document by clicking here and return it to NLD RFU by 31st December 2018.


September 28th, 2018 by

NLD are now inviting Clubs to tender to host the NLD U13-16 Finals Days and Sevens Events during the 2018-19 season.  All of the details regarding hosting the events and the application to do so are available to view by clicking here.

Applications documents should be completed and returned to Luke Green by Sunday 4th November.

We are unable to run these events without the support of many clubs throughout NLD and we are really grateful for your continued support.  Hopefully each of the events offer the host club to generate some income through food & bar sales alongside the 50% of the gate fee. 

NLD Junior Finals

U14 Finals  Sunday 3rd March 2019 (6 Matches)
U15/16 Finals Sunday 7th April 2019 (4 Matches)

NLD Junior Sevens

We are also looking for clubs to host NLD Sevens Events on the following dates:

U15  Sunday 28th April 2019
U16  Sunday 5th May 2019

NLD U13 Festival

We are looking for two clubs to host U13 Festivals on Sunday 17th February 2019 in different parts of NLD.  Clubs involved in taking part will therefore have less distance to travel and we will be able to accept more entries.


RFU National U18 Competition 2018-19

September 4th, 2018 by

The round 1 draw for this seasons cup competition can be found by clicking here

We would like to wish the very best to all players, coaches and volunteers involved in teams representing NLD in this year’s competition.

Junior Comps and RFU Regulation

August 29th, 2018 by

The 2018-19 NLD RFU Junior Competitions rules can be found by clicking here.

Please take special note of Page 4, Point 19: The Half Game Rule. The point includes the following statement:

“Half Game Rule: Teams should ensure that all players within your match day squad get to play at least half the game time available. You can do this using rolling substitutions and/or at set periods within the game. For example, work on quarters and plan substitutions in advance for those points in the game. Both sets of coaches should talk with the referee prior to games, to agree how best they can implement the half-game rule and other game conditions to ensure it is player centred.”


From September 2018 England Rugby are asking all its Age Grade clubs, schools and colleges to make sure everyone in a match day squad gets to play at least half the game time available.

The half game rule is being introduced voluntarily in England and follows successful implementation in New Zealand and Wales and a trial in local club and school competitions in England last year. This voluntary year will help prepare for mandatory introduction from September 2019.

Further information about the Half Game Rule can be found by clicking here or by watching this informative video.

RFU Regulation Update

During the summer the RFU have made Age Grade regulation (Regulation 15) more user friendly and easier to understand. Access to all the updated RFU regulations, including Reg. 15 which now incorporates the Half Game Rule, can be found here.