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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 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.

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

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 W&G Meeting Minutes

September 11th, 2017 by

The NLD W&G Committee last met on 4th September 2017 and a copy of the minutes are available to download here.

For more information on NLD Women’s & Girl’s rugby please visit their respective pages.


NLD Girls Trial Applications

September 11th, 2017 by

Applications are now open for U15 & U18 Girls to Trial for the 2017-18 NLD Representative Squads.

For more information on the NLD Girls Programme & what is required for players to trial please see below.

NLD Girls Player Expectations 2017-18

NLD Trials Guidance for Coaches 2017

NLD Trials Guidance for Players 2017

NLD Trials Process 2017

The trial will be held on 1st October 2017 at Southwell RFC, a full copy of the NLD Girls Calendar can be found here.

The closing date for applications is 22nd September 2017, any applications received after this date may not be considered.

This year we will be using a simple Google form for all applications.  Please click on the relevant age group below and complete in full to apply.

NLD U15 Girls Application Form

NLD U18 Girls Application Form

Please note that everyone attending the trial should wear a plain, white T Shirt.

NLD Representative Coaching Opportunities

August 23rd, 2017 by

NLD are very excited to invite applications for the NLD U16 & U20 Representative Squad Coaching & Management Teams.

These are fantastic opportunities to get involved with developing some of the best young players that the CB has to offer and be a part of the journey that has seen numerous players from NLD go on to represent Midlands & England.

The NLD U20 Squad play in the RFU National U20 County Championship with matches being played in the Spring of each season.  The NLD U16’s Representative Programme runs from November – February with matches being played post Christmas.

Job Descriptions for each of the roles are available below, interested parties should complete and submit the application form to [email protected] by the closing date of Monday 11th September.

NLD U20 Head Coach Job Description
NLD U20 Manager Job Description
NLD U20 Forwards Coach Job Description
NLD U20 Backs Coach Job Description

NLD U16 Head Coach Job Description
NLD U16 Manager Job Description
NLD U16 Forwards Coach Job Description
NLD U16 Backs Coach Job Description

For an informal chat regarding any of the roles please contact NLD Head of Representative Rugby Lee Slack on 07739 295182.

Interviews will take place later in September.

RFU Senior Men’s County Championship

August 2nd, 2017 by

Following the challenges of NLD’s 2016-17 RFU County Championship campaign the NLD Board have made the decision to have a year’s sabbatical from the RFU Senior Men’s County Championship competition in order to create a sustainable squad for the future.

We will be working extremely hard throughout the forthcoming months to review the current position and put in place a strong, robust plan to enable NLD to compete successfully in the 2018-19 RFU County Championship.

NLD Head of Representative Rugby Lee Slack said; ‘This was not a decision taken lightly but with the extremely high standard of the RFU County Championship we need to ensure that we are able to produce a squad that can compete on the field and is sustainable for the future.  We will be working with all stakeholders and would welcome any constructive feedback on the programme and how it can be improved.’

All other NLD Representative Squads will continue in 2017-18.

Run an Inner Warrior Camp at YOUR Club!

July 10th, 2017 by

Since the successful launch in January and the recent campaign in May. The work to attract more women to contact rugby has certainly proved to be a success!

*   Over 2500 Women & Girls took part across approx. 150 camps

*   Over 1000 new players attended

*   See snapshot of some of the successes here – Inner Warrior Round Up May 2017

And so, to build on this we are now running another Inner Warrior Camp campaign from Fri 18 Aug to Sun 3 Sep.  This is also during the Womens World Cup so a great time to recruit new players to your team!

What’s in it for your club?

Your Inner Warrior Camp will receive:

*   Support from local England Rugby staff in the build-up and during your event.

*   National promotion through England Rugby’s website including sign up options for new people.

*   Links to a national campaign across England Rugby channels and press that will be re-launched just ahead of all events.

*   Access to the England Rugby Brand Centre to design your club poster/flyer/social media banner and use the event guide with England Rugby imagery and phrases.

*   There will be opportunities in each area for certain events to be supported with further resources once the applications are in.

What do I have to do to register?

*   Simply click HERE to register your event This link will go live this Friday 23rd June. This will take less than 5mins if you know the date and time of your event

*   You MUST apply by Fri 14  Jul

What does the club do next?

*   Start planning how you are going to run and promote your Inner Warrior Camp, ensuring the whole club buys into this.  After all, this could result in more members!

*   As mentioned above, this coincides with the Women’s Rugby World Cup. So think of opportunities around fixtures etc.

*   Think of what will encourage local non-rugby women / girls to come down and have a go – not necessarily always rugby related!!

*   Once your event has been accepted as an Inner Warrior Event, get it on social media and ensure you share it regularly with as many local groups as possible

We look forward to receiving your application and welcoming lots of new women and girls into the Rugby Family!

DPP Coaching Opportunities

July 11th, 2017 by