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U13 DPP Nominations

December 12th, 2017 by

Leicester Tigers are now inviting nominations for U13’s in the Developing Player Programme.  Please see all details of the nomination process below, if you have not received the nomination forms then please email [email protected].

The closing date for nominations is 29th January 2018.

NLD U16 Training Cancelled

December 11th, 2017 by

Due to the poor weather conditions and the very cold forecast, this evening’s NLD U16 Training at Newark RFC has been cancelled.

The next session will take place on Monday 18th December at 6.30pm.

NLD U16 Squad Announcement

December 9th, 2017 by

Following on from the NLD U16 Trials the Coaching Team have selected the following players to be included in the playing squad for the 2017-18 season.  All are invited to attend the first training session at Newark RFC on Monday 11th December at 6.30pm.

Over 130 players in total trialed over the two sessions and there were some tough decisions that had to be made, huge congratulations to all of the players listed below who have been selected for the squad.

The Coaching Team may make changes to this squad over the course of the programme.

Surname Name Club / School
Adams Archie Stamford Endowed Schools
Alton Joshua Mansfield RFC
Bailey Will
Brookes Sam Southwell RFC
Cato Fergus Stamford RFC
Dixon Oliver St Georges Academy
Edwards Sam Queen Ethelburga’s
Elms Taran Mansfield RFC
Fitzpatrick Billy Stamford RFC
Francourt Dylan Spalding RFC
Fretwell Scott Paviors RFC
Heslam Christopher Dronfield RFC
Ilione Emeka Nottingham High School
Johnson Adam Stamford Boys School
Keane Jacob Trent College
Loveridge Max Nottingham High School
Major Jamie Scunthorpe RFC
Mason Oliver Toot Hill School
McLaughlin Cameron
O’Hagan Seamus Spalding Grammar
Patrick Jack Spalding Grammar
Roberton Callum Stamford School
Singer Robert
Smith Oliver Brunt’s Academy
Stout Robbie Toot Hill School
Thorne Isaac Paviors RFC
Tidwell Harry Stamford RFC
Tweed Caius Dronfield RFC
Wand William Spalding Grammar
Webb Khias Woodlands, Derby
Wright Jack Boston Grammar

The NLD U16 Programme is as follows:

Monday 11th December             Training
Monday 18th December             Training
Saturday 30th December            Training
Sunday 7th January                      Match (Super Sunday – Leics)
Monday 15th January                 Training
Sunday 21st January                  Match (Staffs – Away)
Monday 29th January                 Training
Sunday 4th February                   Match (Eastern Counties – Away Holt RFC)
Monday 12th February               Training
Sunday 18th February                 Match (Leics Home)

All training sessions will be at Newark RFC for a 6.30pm start, with the exception of the Saturday session which will start at 2pm.  Matches will kick off at 2pm (Super Sunday kick off is TBC).

NLD U16 Head Coach – Darren Hall   [email protected]

NLD U16 Manager – Adrian Taylor    [email protected]

NLD Girls Finish in Style

December 12th, 2017 by


NLD U18 Girls V North Midlands

NLD U18 Girls were at home at Southwell Rugby Club to meet a strong North Midlands side. The teams started with a 1 minute clap tribute to Newark and NLD U18 player Max Hubbard who tragically lost his life last week and this was respected by both players and parents.

The game was the final game in the CB programme and both sides started hard with good attacking rugby and strong defence. NLD managed to break through the North Midlands defence in the first half with a great team try from a ball secured in the breakdown.  The back line shipped the ball through the hands and Alex Clack broke the line and ran in under the posts and Georgia Tasker converted.

The standard of rugby played throughout the game was exceptional with both sides repeatedly attacking but being held by the opposition several times on their own goal line. North Midlands managed to score from repeated pressure on NLD’s goal line and after several repelled attacks they finally crossed the try line in the corner making the conversion difficult and they missed it.

The pace of the game never dropped throughout and both sides remained evenly matched with several try saving tackles from players on both side, however NLD’s Georgia Tasker managed to find a hole in the North Midlands defence and ran in a second try and also converted giving NLD a 14 – 5 lead.

The packs hit hard, cleared each other out and generally presented plenty of ball for a strong backline running hard and play flowing rugby and plenty of pace.   A great show of Girls rugby from two strong committed side who played their hearts out and entertained the parents and coaches watching.

On behalf of the coaching team and all the support staff I am sure we all say well done and that we are proud to have been involved with all the girls in the programme and their commitment showed through with this season’s NLD U18 girls finishing undefeated.

NLD U15 Girls

NLD 10 – North Mids 5

NLD 12 – Staffs 5

The NLD u15 Girls also headed to Southwell for their final fixtures of this seasons CB programme hoping to move on from the unfortunate defeat to Staffordshire a fortnight before. In a slight amendment to the published schedule rather than a developing Warwickshire team the girls would face North Midlands and Stafforshire in a triangular set of games.

First up were North Midlands and unfortunately it took a while for NLD to get into their rhythm and a series of forced passes and attempted offloads kept the ball going back and forward between the two teams. The breakthrough came via a brilliant cross field kick from Laina Corah that Kendal Waudby collected and crossed the North Midlands try line, the conversion was missed. North Midlands came back out firing and a missed tackle in the midfield allowed them to break through the NLD line and touch down under the posts, the conversion was good and North Mids took a two point lead. The game could only be described as scrappy with too many unforced errors from both teams, stout defending from the NLD kept them in it when North Midlands buoyed by their lead kept them pressurising the NLD defense. Gradually some of the structure and directness returned to the NLD play and momentum swung their way, a tense couple of minutes ensued and with the final play of the match Hannah Blake crossed the try line to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat.

Final score was 10-7 to the NLD with many sighs of relief all round.

After a break for the North Midlands vs Stafforshire game NLD took the field for their second game of the day.

Both teams took off at a fair rate of knots with Stafforshire using their significant size advantage to pressurize the NLD defensive line. NLD’s tackling was immense however and they didn’t take a backwards step. With ball in hand NLD were threatening and they seemed to have learnt from the first game and were much more secure at the breakdown, setting up phases and not forcing the offload. Both teams were stepping up in defense and the game was back and forth as each side sought for the upper hand. After 15 minutes a line break put Stafforshire into NLD territory and a bit of disorganization in the NLD defense left the Staffordshire winger in acres of space which she exploited and drew first blood for visitors. The conversion was missed so NLD were looking at a 5 point deficit. Another titanic midfield tussle ensued but Staffordshire started giving up penalties and their error count began to rise. NLD were giving up some size in the scrum but its was Stafforshirs who were constantly on the back foot during these set pieces.  The pressure told and NLD started to move into Staffordshire territory through a series of quick penalties. A few phases of pressure and the NLD Scrum Half Sophie Lorenz picked from the  base of the ruck and with the help of a couple of forwards was driven over the line Lucy Weaver slotted the conversion and NLD were finally in front 7-5.  A second try from Kendal Waudby took the score to 12-5 and NLD played out the rest of the game in the ascendancy.

Two victories on the day and two good games of that left the spectators, players and coaches with big smiles on their faces.

3 wins out of 4 for the whole of the CB programme and a close defeat shows that U15 girls rugby in NLD is in robust health and the development shown by the girls has been pleasing for the coaches. The girls should be suitably proud of their achievements in representing the NLD and serve as role models for those players aspiring to pull on the NLD shirt.

NLD Women’s Meeting

November 20th, 2017 by

The NLD Women’s Meeting has been rescheduled and will take place on Wednesday 6th December at Newark RFC, 7.30pm start.

Please make every effort for your club to send a representative, if you can RSVP to Nicole Brown as soon as possible so we have an idea of numbers it would be appreciated.

A copy of the Agenda for the evening is available here.

NLD U16 Trial Announcement

November 29th, 2017 by

Over 80 players representing almost every Club and rugby playing Schools across NLD took part in the first session of the NLD U16 trials on Monday evening at Newark RFC.

The below 35 players have been invited back to a second session next Monday 4th December where they will be joined by almost 30 players from the Player Development Group before the final squad announcement is made.  The rugby played showed how bright the future is in NLD and is a credit to the coaches at Clubs & Schools.

Player Name Player Surname
Joshua Alton-Smith
Sam Ball
Finn Boddice
Sam Brooks
Ben Brough
Oscar Clink
Jamie Collin
Jake Curzon
Miguel Da Silva
Oliver Dixon
Corte Dowell
Tom Duncomb
Taran Elms
Reece Flowers-Lane
Sam Forman
Dylan Francourt
Aidan Fretwell
Scott Fretwell
Christopher Heslam
Adam Johnson
Jamie Major
Joseph Moore
Logan Morris
Cameron Moss
Fin Murdoch
William Norton-lane
Lee Parrott
Liam Sheeran
Robbie Stout
nathan stubbs
Charlie Tann
Issac Thorne
Caius Tweed
Oliver Welsh
Oliver Whiley

NLD U18’s v Leicestershire

November 29th, 2017 by

The NLD U18 squad to face Leicestershire in Super Sunday at Broadstreet RFC this Sunday 3rd December, has been announced.

All players should arrive at 11am for a 12.30pm kick off, a shirt & tie will be required for after the game.

There will be a minutes silence before each of the games on the day in memory of Max Hubbard who sadly passed away this week and any support for the squad will be much appreciated.

William ELLISON Capt
Logan WATT
Warwick WAUDBY

NLD U20 Squad 2017-18

November 21st, 2017 by

The NLD U20 Coaching & Management Team are now inviting applications from players interested in being involved in the 2017-18 campaign.

The NLD U20 Squad will play in the RFU County Championship with matches against Leicestershire, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire with the aim of progressing through to the latter stages of the competition and ultimately the opportunity to play in the Jason Leonard U20 County Championship Final in May 2018.

The squad are led this year by newly appointed RFU Level 4 Head Coach Nic Corrigan who is ably supported by Matt Derbyshire & Jon Welham.  Graeme Gunn once again manages the squad.

All players interested in being involved should complete the below application form in full by 31st December 2017.  The initial trial & training session will take place on Sunday 3rd December 2017 at West Bridgford RFC at 1.30pm.

Please note that while the first session is on 3rd December the final closing date for any players wishing to be considered will be 31st December.


For queries relating to the NLD U20 Squad contact Manager Graeme Gunn on 07779 596929 / [email protected].

In order to be eligible players must:

  • Be aged 19 on 31st August 2017
  • Have been born within Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire or Derbyshire
  • Play for, and be registered to, a club at level 3 or below within Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire & Derbyshire
  • Attend full time School or education within Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire & Derbyshire
  • Reside within Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire or Derbyshire for at least 3 months prior to the playing date
  • Have played for NLD U18’s in previous seasons

Please note that players can only play for ONE constituent body in the 2017-18 season.

Date Training/fixture Location Start Time
Sunday 3rd December Training West Bridgford RFC 1.30pm
Sunday 14th January Training TBC 1.30pm
Sunday 25th January Training TBC 1.30pm
Sunday 4th February Conditioned game/Training TBC 1.30pm
Sunday 11th February Match v Leicestershire (A) TBC 1.30pm
Sunday 18th February Training TBC 1.30pm
Sunday 25th February Match v Oxfordshire (A) TBC 1.30pm
Sunday 11th March Training TBC 1.30pm
Sunday 18th March Match v Buckingham (H)  TBC 1.30pm

A Lot of Laughs at Lincoln

November 20th, 2017 by

The next stage of the NLD U13s programme saw Lincoln hosting 5 travelling sides from across NLD on Sunday. The event was full of laughs and smiles as the programme saw a variety of abilities and experiences getting game time. The matches were played with the sole aim of providing matches for all of the clubs, no matter their squad sizes and the girls were amazing at mixing together and creating teams. Even with some sides only able to bring 3 girls along this ended with a full regulation sized match giving the girls a taste of what could be at their club with a little bit of recruitment.

NLD would like to thank the clubs who have supported the programme and invite any other clubs who have or are setting up U13s to contact Programme Leader Nick Woodland  for information on how your players and club can benefit from the programme.


NLD U16 Nominations Open

November 13th, 2017 by

Nomination, Trial and Selection Process

NLD RFU has in place a programme of ‘player identification’ using appointed NLD coaches as well as the ‘Elite Player Development Group’ (EPDG). This supported through close liaison with schools and clubs within NLD to ensure that any players deemed to be performing in line with positional expectations at CB level are monitored accordingly.

To be eligible for NLD selection a boy must meet at least one of the following four criteria:

  1. Born within the RFU Constituent Body (‘CB’) of NLD
  2. Be a registered player of an NLD ‘CB’ club
  3. Reside within the NLD ‘CB’ area
  4. Attend a school within the NLD ‘CB’ area

The NLD under 16s squad for the 2017/2018 season (i.e. last seasons under 15s and the new seasons under 16s) will be made up of boys who are eligible from the Leicester Tigers EPDG and those who trial successfully. It is therefore important to manage the expectations of players that you nominate, ensuring that they are aware that the process is highly competitive and will require each player to produce their very best at trial and beyond, should they be successful. Please note that boys within the EPDG are not selected automatically and players will be selected on current ability and potential.

The first trial will be held on Monday 27th November for all players that are not currently involved in the EPDG group. All players who attend this trial must be nominated in advance by their club or school coach and there is a limit of 2 player nominations from any one club or school. We cannot consider any player for trial that has not been nominated by their club/school coach. All successful players will then be invited to attend the second trial alongside the players from EPDG on Monday 4th December, following which a playing squad will be selected.

The trials will be held at Newark RFC, the venue for the training sessions & matches will be confirmed shortly.

How to nominate:

The link to the nomination forms have been sent directly to Clubs & Schools.  If you have you not received this then please email Nicole Brown.

The season will include the following training sessions and fixtures.

Monday 27th November            Trials – Newark RFC
Monday 4th December               Trials – Newark RFC
Monday 11th December             Training
Monday 18th December             Training
Saturday 30th December            Training
Sunday 7th January                      Match (Super Sunday – Leics)
Monday 15th January                 Training
Sunday 21st January                  Match (Staffs – Away)
Monday 29th January                 Training
Sunday 4th February                   Match (Eastern Counties – Home)
Monday 12th February               Training
Sunday 18th February                 Match (Leics Home)

The selection process and structures season has been extremely successful in recent seasons with an excellent series of match results and, more importantly, a number of NLD boys going on to represent Midlands and England.

All clubs and schools within the NLD region are thanked for their continued support.

If you would like to discuss any of your nominations or have any queries regarding the programme please contact:

NLD U16 Head Coach – Darren Hall   [email protected]

NLD U16 Manager – Adrian Taylor    [email protected]