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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

NLD U14 Shield Results – Round 1

September 28th, 2017 by

Following Round 1 of the NLD U14 Shield at the weekend the full results are available to view below.

Match 1 Boston 51 v Cleethorpes 0
Match 2 Kesteven 24 v Lincoln 0
Match 3 Ilkeston 27 v Ashfield 26
Match 4 Chesterfield 27 v  Glossop 7
Match 5 Gainsborough 24 v Long Eaton 0
Match 6 Moderns 24 v Matlock 12
Match 7 Stamford 36 v Sleaford 5
Match 8 Southwell 0 v Market Rasen 53

The draw for the next round of matches on 5th November has also been confirmed.

Match 9 Boston v Kesteven Match 13 Cleethorpes v Lincoln
Match 10 Ilkeston v Chesterfield Match 14 Ashfield v Glossop
Match 11 Gainsborough v Moderns Match 15 Long Eaton v Matlock
Match 12 Stamford v Market Rasen Match 16 Sleaford v Southwell

The first round of the NLD U14 Cup will also be played on 5th November.

Match 1 Ashbourne v Derby
Match 2 Keyworth v Mansfield
Match 3 Melbourne v Newark
Match 4 West Bridgford v Nottm Corsairs

Leadership Academy

September 27th, 2017 by

As you may be aware the RFU offer the Leadership Academy programme every two seasons to help identify & develop the next generation of Club, Constituent Body and Referee Society leaders.

Alongside the Rugby Development Officers we have identified a small number of people within NLD who we think will benefit from the programme but we would also like to open the invitation up to the wider rugby community throughout NLD.  We have a limited number of places available but are now inviting applications from candidates who would like to be considered for this fantastic opportunity.

What is the Leadership Academy?

The RFU Leadership Academy aims to raise awareness of the importance of leadership in rugby.  It helps candidates develop their rugby expertise and confidence, while facilitating networking opportunities to allow delegates to share experiences and solutions to handle similar issues.

You can find out more about the Leadership Academy by watching the video below & clicking here.

What is the commitment?

The proposed dates are available below and there would also be an additional couple of dates that you agree with your Mentor between meetings at mutually agreeable times & locations.

15.11.17 – LA Launch – Pride Park
05.12.17 – Rugby landscape workshop – Newark RFC
14.01.18 – Leadership Day – Pride Park
07.02.18 – Risk assessment session – Venue TBC
08.04.18 – Training Day – Pride Park
23.05.18 – Celebration & review – Pride Park

What is the cost?

The whole programme is available at a subsidised rate of £100 per candidate with 50% being refunded by NLD on completion of the course.  In order to secure the funding for the course we would advise you to speak to your club to see if they would be happy to support you as they will obviously benefit from the programme too!

What happens next?

We have a limited number of places available on the Leadership Academy for 2017-18.  If you would like to be considered for nomination please apply in writing to Nicole Brown by Monday 9th October.  Please include a short rugby CV and explain why you would like to be enrolled on the Leadership Academy.

If you have any queries regarding the programme please contact Nicole or call 01636 640800.


Colts Rugby – Safeguarding Tips

September 20th, 2017 by

The Colts structure is proving a great success in retaining young players and transitioning them into the adult game and is to be applauded.

The first few weeks of the season have brought into focus a few issues which we need to clarify to ensure the success of this structure and to manage the risk to players, coaches and clubs. This is not placing barriers in the way of Colts rugby, it is the opposite – ensuring that barriers imposed by existing criminal laws and RFU regulations are properly managed so they do not impact adversely on this important transition.

  1. Age Grades

Colts rugby is Age Grade Rugby, and has to adhere to RFU Regulation 15.

Age Grade Rugby is played by players in the Under 18 age grade and below. That is, by players who are not yet 18 on the 31st August of the preceding season.

Players who are 18 or older before the start of the season cannot play in a Colts game unless they have been suitably risk assessed and have applied for and received NLD CB approval to play down. Details of this process and the application form are set out in the Playing Out Of Age Grade guidance here

Players in the Under 16 and Under 17 age grades may play up in an Under 18 Colts team if they have been assessed as able to do so and the Playing Out Of Age Grade form has been completed, signed off by the club and submitted to the NLD office. U16 players may not play in the front row of contested scrums if playing up in a Colts game.

If the game is classed as an Under 19 game then this is Adult Rugby. In this circumstance the following apply:

  1. DBS requirements

Anyone coaching or supervising age grade rugby (including Colts rugby) is taking part in regulated activity as defined in the Children’s Act and supporting legislation and MUST have a valid DBS check. The RFU requires that this is an RFU sponsored DBS and that it is registered on the GMS system.

  1. Safeguarding issues when playing on a Saturday.


Be careful to ensure that behaviour of adults in and around the changing rooms and clubhouse sets a good example and does not exclude those U18.

Ensure that any involvement of U18 players in post match activities is age appropriate and does not expose the players, adults or club to breaches of the law.

Under 19s

If the game is an Under 19 game, that is there are no players under the age of 17 AND all those not yet 18 have been signed off to play Adult Rugby, then there are no other safeguarding issues to address.


Colts teams can include players aged 15 to 18. The following apply:

  • All supervising adults must have a current DBS recorded on GMS
  • Age Grade players must not share changing room or showering facilities with adult teams.

There are several simple precautions which can be put in place to ensure the changing and showering requirements are not an issue.

  • Where a club has sufficient changing rooms and dedicated showers for each changing room there are few issues to address. Ensure sufficient supervision is in place to prevent accidental issues such as unauthorised access to changing rooms or showers used by age grade players.
  • If there are not sufficient facilities to allow segregation of adults and colts then you could stagger the games. If shared showers is the issue, why not start the colts game 30 minutes or so before the adult games, giving time for the colts to vacate the showers before the adult game finishes?
  • If there are insufficient changing rooms to avoid sharing, then the game should be played at a different time, either earlier on the same day or another day.

If you have any queries regarding the above please contact NLD Safeguarding Manager Chris Johnson.

NLD Funding Opportunties

September 19th, 2017 by

We are pleased to now invite applications from clubs to access NLD funding for the 2017-18 season.

As some of you may be aware the NLD PFR (Planning, Funding & Reporting) Plan outlines the CB’s budget for each season.  The budget itself is split down into various key areas covering the RFU’s Key Drivers and is available to view in full here.

We are now inviting clubs to submit applications for access to the funding that is available to bid for, all of the details of which are available on the attached information sheet.

Expression of Interest PFR v1

PFR Club Information 2017-18 v1

Please encourage your club to apply for funding by completing the attached application form and returning it to me (with all of the accompanying signatures) but Monday 9th October at the latest.  Applications can be either emailed or posted to NLD RFU, Northgate Business Centre, 38 Northgate, Newark, Notts, NG24 1EZ.

Applications will be considered by each of the budget holders and the relevant committees and decisions will be made as quickly as possible.

If you have any queries regarding the process please do not hesitate to get in touch with either your local Rugby Development Officer, Jeff Mapp or Nicole Brown.

This is a fantastic opportunity for your club to access the funding to develop grassroots rugby within NLD – please make sure you take advantage of it!!

NLD Knockout Competition Update

September 14th, 2017 by

The draw for the Quarter Final of the NLD Senior Knockout Competition. The “play-on” date for these matches is 7th October but I am aware that some clubs may be involved in RFU knockout matches on this date. In those cases the match should be played on 28th October. If clubs are unable to play on 7th they should notify Dave Miller as soon as possible.


Market Rasen V Derby
Ilkeston BYE
Dronfield V Glossop arranged for 28/10
Scunthorpe V Paviors


Matlock V Buxton
Stamford V Spalding / Kesteven Being played on 30th Sep
West Bridgford V Southwell
Belper V Casuals


Grimsby V Skegness
Worksop V East Retford
Mellish V Long Eaton
Chesterfield V Ashfield


Gainsborough V Cleethorpes
Keyworth V North Hykeham
Nottinghamians V Meden Vale
Leesbrook V Cresswell