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In Touch Safeguarding Courses

October 17th, 2017 by

There three upcoming England Rugby ‘In Touch’ courses being held throughout NLD.  In Touch can be attended by any club officials, but is specifically targeted at Club Safeguarding Officers.

You can search for & book on each of the courses by clicking here.

Chesterfield RFC – 20th November, 18.30 – 21.30

Lincoln RFC – 04th December, 18.30 – 21.30

Mansfield RUFC -11th December, 18.30 – 21.30

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Define and explain the role and responsibility of an RFU Club Safeguarding Officer
  • Identify the roles of club members and officers to promote best safeguarding practice
  • Identify best practice when recruiting in the club
  • Apply the RFU Safeguarding Children Policy Guidance & Procedures and Safeguarding Toolkit
  • Manage concerns and disclosures
  • Provide an opportunity to share best safeguarding practice


NLD Senior Knockout Competition Semi Final

October 17th, 2017 by

The draw for the SF of the NLD knockout competitions has been made and is given below. These matches are due to be played on 18th November. However, where clubs are still involved in the RFU knockout or have league matches on that date the NLD match will be deferred to the next available weekend (or to a midweek date if both clubs agree). There are also some QF matches due to be played on 11th so early notification of the results of those will help the SF go smoothly.

If clubs are unable to play on 18th they should confirm with Dave Miller as soon as possible.


Derby    v              Dronfield / Glossop
Paviors  v              Ilkeston


Matlock / Buxton             v              Stamford / Kesteven
Belper / Casuals               v              West Bridgford / Southwell


Chesterfield / Ashfield  v              Grimsby
Worksop / East Retford v              Mellish / Long Eaton 


Nottinghamians                              v              Leesbrook
Keyworth / North Hykeham        v              Gainsborough / Cleethorpes

Sunshine & Smiles in October at U13 Girls Cluster

October 17th, 2017 by

The 1st event in the NLD U13 Girls Cluster took place at Boston RFC on Sunday 15th October and it was an event full of sunshine and smiles. 4 clubs headed to Boston where girls of varied experience levels and clubs with varied numbers were given game time. In total the girls were given just under 60 minutes of game time with one coach saying “This is amazing. We don’t have enough to run anything other than 3v3 or 4v4 games but at an event like this our girls get to play 7v7 and 10v10 game.”

The programme is set up to allow the sides within the NLD to support each other by giving game time to every girl at every club. Any club can attend, once they have confirmed numbers etc with the program lead, and on arrival the clubs with smaller numbers are placed together to allow them to play a set of matches.

We would like to thank the following clubs for attending & of course Boston for hosting the event.

Castle Donington
Nottingham Moderns

The next event will take place at Melbourne RFC on Sunday 5th November, for more information please contact Nick Woodland.

NLD Volunteer Recognition Opportunities

October 13th, 2017 by

As we all know it takes a huge army of volunteers to run the grassroots game.  There are many jobs that may not be as immediately obvious as others but that makes them no less important in the smooth running of a club.  These volunteers often give their time & energy willingly and are doing it for the love of the game & not necessarily a thank you.

However the NLD recognition programme, along with the England Rugby Mitsubishi Motors Value the Volunteer Programme give us the opportunity to say a ‘thank you’ to those people who work so hard in the grassroots game.

There are many opportunities that arise throughout the year for various different rewards whether it be tickets to watch England play at Twickenham or train at Pennyhill Park, match tickets, vouchers & invitations to Badminton Horse Trials.

We would therefore like to remind clubs that you can nominate worthy volunteers within your club to be considered for these opportunities when they come up.  To make a nomination please complete the information below and send across to [email protected].

Please note that you can nominate as many people as you like from within your club & and these will all be considered on a case by case basis.  Anyone who has been recognised in the previous 3 years will not yet be eligible to be reselected.

Surname Name Club Role Why should they be rewarded? Email




NLD Girls Squads

October 13th, 2017 by

Following the NLD Girls Trials over the last couple of weeks the Coaching Teams have now announced the squads for the coming representative matches.

NLD Head of Women & Girls Rugby Neil Clack commented, ‘It was fantastic to see so many Girls turn up to trials, there is real competition for places in the squad and the coaches had some very difficult selection choices to make.’

NLD U18 Girls Squad

Emily Bingley
Jess Brown
Katie Chittenden
Rebecca Church
Alexandra Clack
Maddie Coy
Madeline Crofts
Holly Felton
Elodie Fleet
Evie Gregory
Abigail Hammond
Bess Heath
Erin Horne
Shannon Hutchinson
Lois Markland
Alice Marriott
Courtney Mitchell
Genna-marie Neasham
Lucy Payne
Beth Slater
Georgia Staines
Megan Stephens
Georgina Tasker
Scarlett Thomas – Thompson
Ashleigh Tungate
Ella Turlukowsky
Megan Warsop
Evelina Watkins
Jess Weaver

NLD U15 Girls Squad

Amelia Banton
Hannah Blake
Macey Bondswell
Katie Buchanan
Jodie Burton
Macy Camm
Laina Corah
Darcie Donaldson (Coupe)
Charlotte Easton
Neve Fairholme
Grace Fowler
Natalie Garratt
Natalie Hallett
Alexandrea Hopkin-Spratt
Sophie Lorenz
Sophie March
Ellie Massey
Charlotte Mosley
Hope Sommers
Scarlett Sykes
Abigail Tolson
Victoria Tomlinson
Kendall Waudby
Lucy Weaver
Jemima Wilcox

A copy of the 2017-18 Girls Calendar is available to view here.

Michael Hutchinson

October 13th, 2017 by

It is with sadness that we learn that Michael Hutchinson has recently passed away.  Mick played for Derby for many years and was 2nd XV Captain.

He was a true gentleman and always had time for everyone especially if it was to talk Rugby.  His funeral will be held at St Oswalds Church on Wednesday October 18th (10.30 am).

Our thoughts are with Mick’s family at this difficult time.


NLD U18 v Eastern Counties Match Report

October 11th, 2017 by

Sunday saw the first outing for the NLD U18’s Squad before the start of the Midlands campaign. The traditional warm-up fixture was played in perfect conditions at Newark RUFC’s ground against Eastern Counties with a sizeable crowd in attendance hoping to see some attractive rugby from the NLD players.

In a match comprising 3 sessions; NLD started brightly, however, there were too many basic errors in the opening minutes and the Eastern Counties side capitalised on spilled ball to pressurise the NLD 22.

It was testament to the scramble defence within the NLD’s  own Red Zone that Eastern Counties were not able to take advantage of the possession gifted to them and the match remained pointless in the opening phases.

Max Hubbard, playing on the Wing for NLD, was the unfortunate victim of a stray boot as he was tackled while making a strong run forward. The collision resulted in a cheekbone injury and concussion, and a premature end to Max’s match.

Thankfully, there was no serious damage done and Max will follow the RFU’s Graduated Return To Play Protocols and should be available for the last two Super Sunday games.

Following the restart, NLD made several strong line breaks taking play into Eastern Counties territory only for basic errors to provide scraps of possession for the opposition which ultimately resulted in a try against the run of play. The conversion made the score 7-0.

At the end of the first session, the NLD Coaches challenged the players to identify what was causing the high error count. Any possession enjoyed by Eastern Counties had often come as a result of handling errors and poor execution combined with a lack of defensive cohesion.

From the outset in the second session, the NLD players demonstrated their ability to identify where errors were occurring and an understanding of how to remedy those issues. With greater accuracy and more direct running lines, the home side were soon level thanks to a score created from a great line cutting back through the Eastern Counties defence.

Solid scrummaging and competent lineout strategy provided a platform for much better quality possession. Through strong gain line breaking runs from the Forwards, combined with some quality handling and passing, the Backs were able to exploit the holes in the Eastern Counties defence and, to the delight of the home crowd; NLD crossed the line with two strong finishes on the wing under pressure to put the result beyond doubt.

The third session brought further changes in the line up and NLD scored further tries which extended their lead to a healthy 36-7. Although due credit should be given to the Eastern Counties squad who continued to pressurise the home defence and they were rewarded with two late tries as the NLD players began to tire towards the end of the fixture.

Final score 36-19. However, as the Coaches pointed out, it was the performances of a number of individuals that pleased most and which would provide most headaches for selection as the Squad approaches the first Super Sunday on 29 October.

Several notable absences on Sunday provided opportunities for other players to step up and challenge for inclusion and their performance on the day informs the Coaching team that there is genuine competition for places in almost every position.

All in all, the match provided a useful opportunity for the NLD Coaches and the new Midlands Coach who was present to see the Squad perform as a group. The forthcoming training sessions will target the areas of weakness and should help to enhance the accuracy and execution of the players in preparation for the Midlands games coming up.

Match Report:  Lee Slack

Lincolnshire Merit League

October 3rd, 2017 by

A copy of the latest results & fixtures from the Lincolnshire Merit League are available to download here.

For any queries please contact Tony Smith who manages the League.

NLD Young Match Officials Courses in October!

October 1st, 2017 by

Great News! Young people within NLD have the opportunity to become a part of the Young Match Officials Programme run by NLD RFU & the NLD Referees Society in partnership with England Rugby.

There will be two courses that will run during October that are specifically aimed at young people within NLD that will be FREE to attend!

Level 2 – Refereeing the 15 a side game
UPDATE – This course is now FULLY BOOKED.  To go onto a waitlist or to hear about future courses please email [email protected].
Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th & Thursday 26th October
9.30am – 3.30pm
This course is ideal for young people who have either already completed the Level 1 course or who are fairly confident & feel ready to start refereeing the 15 a side game.

Level 1 – Refereeing Children in Rugby
Thursday 26th October
9.30am – 1.30pm
This course is a perfect introduction to refereeing rugby and will offer the skills & understanding to start developing your refereeing.

Places are limited and are available on a first come first served basis – to book click on the links above.


  • Fantastic opportunity to work with other young people in the sport and develop as an official
  • Open to ALL Young People aged 14-21years
  • Develop your Officiating skills through training and mentoring
  • Grow your knowledge, experience & confidence as a player as well as an official


  • Work towards and complete your Level 2 Referee Course
  • Officiate at a number of fixtures throughout the Season, supporting your club, school and RFU competitions
  • Young Match Officials Kit Package
  • Additional Rewards through Young Rugby Ambassador Programme
  • Monitor your progress in your Official RFU Log Book
  • Fantastic addition to any CV!

Any questions at all don’t hesitate to get in touch with Nicole Brown – [email protected] / 01636 640800.

NLD Girls Festival Success

September 30th, 2017 by

The NLD Girls Festival once again proved a brilliant success this year with 350 players, 200+ family and friends, some exhausted referees & a whole heap of sunshine…….Girls from clubs in and around NLD, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire and Yorkshire descended on Newark RFC to take part. With 20 + teams competing for this year’s honours in all 3 RFU age groups and a training session for Girls U11’s hosted by Mansfield RFC coaches. 

Newark RFC opened its doors to host an afternoon of rugby played out in brilliant sunshine and happy faces. Competitive rugby could be found all around the ground throughout the afternoon’s proceedings. Winners and runners up each received a certificate and medal from Chris Johnson NLD President.

U13’s Winners Peterborough RFC , Runners-up Castleford RFC

U15 Winners Castleford RFC, Runners-up Peterborough RFC

U18 Winners Castleford RFC, Runners-up Newark RFC

As always we would like to thank Newark RFC for agreeing to host us as well as a contingent from their juniors section who helped keep the scores coming in, volunteer parents from Newark girls who manned the car parking, the catering and bar staff who kept everyone fuelled and refreshed, the referees & young match officials who willingly gave up their own time to officiate throughout the afternoon & the physios who did sterling work as usual. Thank you to all the volunteers from the NLD W&G’s section and admin staff who helped to ensure the afternoon ran smoothly. The biggest thank you goes to you the players and parents for participating and supporting the event.

We are already looking forward to next years NLD Girls Festival!

Neil Clack
NLD Women & Girls Chairman