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NLD Representative on RFU Council

September 4th, 2020 by

It is with regret that Tracy Edmundson has stepped down from her role as one of NLDs’ Representatives on the RFU Council. As a CB we now need to hold an election to find a replacement.

All clubs were emailed earlier in the week with the nomination forms and role description for the position. Nominations are invited before 25th September.

Mike Waplington is happy for anyone interested in the role to contact him on 07917 182201 to discuss it further.

Dr. David Murphy

August 28th, 2020 by

It is with much regret that we learn of the passing of Dr. David Murphy, ex Stamford Rugby captain and President, and Honorary Life Member of NLD since 2006. He was a former Orthopaedic Surgeon and RAF Group Captain and father to Andrew and Jonathon. His grandsons John and Ben still play regularly for Stamford. Dr. Murphy was a very well known and respected player and a friend to many throughout the local world and will be greatly missed.


August 27th, 2020 by
The 2020 NLD RFU AGM will be held on Monday 28th September at 7pm, on a virtual platform due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Any clubs or individual members who would like to attend please get in touch with Katherine at [email protected] for further details.
Likewise, if you are a member and unable to attend please submit your apologies to [email protected]

NLD RFU Update

August 27th, 2020 by

We at NLD all hope that you and your families have kept well over the last few months during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Although the playing of rugby has stopped during lockdown, there has been continued activity between NLD and the RFU to try and find a safe way back to playing community rugby, and you will all be aware through the RFU Community Updates of the stages we need to progress through to get back to normality.

The NLD Office Administrator post has been furloughed since April and we are now making a gradual return with Katherine, back from maternity leave, resuming duties on the reduced hours of 10.30am-2pm on Tuesdays and Fridays for the time being. The telephone number remains the same – 07597 670 743, but the email address has changed. All correspondence to the NLD office must now be sent to [email protected]

Due to her work commitments, Tracy Edmundson has reluctantly made the decision to step down from her role as NLD Hon Sec. Tracy has fulfilled this role for many years and the Board thank her for her support and input into the matters of the CB during this time. We are pleased to advise that Darren Dolby, who many of you will already know as our CB Club Volunteer Coordinator and Safeguarding Manager, has agreed to take on this important role. We would like to welcome Darren to this role and thank him for taking on the pivotal task that being Hon Sec is.

We understand how difficult this year has been for clubs and want to sincerely express gratitude for your understanding as we take things slowly on the path back to playing the game that we love.

Louie Clayton

April 16th, 2020 by

It is with great sadness that we have learned that Louie Clayton died after a short illness

Midlands U18’s Vacancy Vacancy exists for team manager of the Midlands U18s as Nick Dermott stood down on completion of this season’s programme – the Midlands CB’s have been asked to circulate the advertisement within their own county structure. Please see link:

March 31st, 2020 by

RFU Suspends All Rugby Following government advice today, the RFU will suspend all rugby activity in England, at both professional and community level, including club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses from 17 March until 14 April subject to continued review. The decision has been taken following government advice in the interests of players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider rugby union community. Where possible, players at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments. The RFU will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to the season in the coming weeks.

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NLD U14-U16 Semi Finals

March 11th, 2020 by

Congratulations to those teams who have progressed through to the NLD U14-U16 Semi Finals which are to be played on 15th March 2020

Below you will find the list of teams in the semi finals and the first team drawn is the home team.



Newark v Kesteven

Paviors v Stamford


Spalding v Melbourne

Southwell v Scunthorpe




Notts Corsairs v Scunthorpe

Spalding v Newark


Keyworth v Ashbourne

Mansfield v Ilkeston




Derby v West Bridgford

Newark v Mansfield


Chesterfield V Market Rasen

Kesteven v Sleaford


March 10th, 2020 by

With the continuing uncertainty on the weather front and pitch conditions remaining questionable, we have decided to move the next U17s Training Session once more to the YMCA facility in Newark.

Unsurprisingly, the 3G pitches are experiencing high demand and we have limited availability. 

Details are as follows for the session:

YMCA Sports Ground

Lord Hawke Way

off Bowbridge Road


NG24 4FH

Registration – from 19:30

Training – 20:00 – 21:30

As usual, any player who is injured or unable to attend is asked to notify the Squad Manager (Lee Slack) as soon as possible.