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NLD U17 Training Game

March 21st, 2018 by

Unfortunately due to the weather conditions the NLD U17 training match this evening has been postponed.

The team will announce updates dates shortly.

NLD U17 Training Cancelled

March 19th, 2018 by

Once again the weather has interfered with plans for the next NLD U17 training session as this evening is now cancelled.  The coaching team are looking to see how they are able to revise the dates and will issue a notice shortly.


NLD U20 Match Postponed

March 18th, 2018 by

Due to the weather conditions the NLD U20 match against Buckinghamshire due to to take place this afternoon (Sunday) has been postponed.

We will confirm the rescheduled date as soon as possible.

NLD RFU Launch Youth Council!

March 14th, 2018 by

NLD RFU are delighted to announce the launch of the NLD Youth Council for the 2018-19 season and beyond!  Mirroring the RFU National Youth Council this is a fantastic opportunity for young people, who are passionate about rugby, to get involved in shaping the way NLD RFU supports the 16-24 age group.

What is the NLD Youth Council? 

We are looking to appoint a group of young people to form the NLD Youth Council for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons (two year term of office).  The successful applicants will be between 16-24 years of age and be passionate about developing the game within NLD while learning lots of new skills to develop both personally and professionally.

You can read the job description in full by clicking here.

What will you get out of becoming a member of the NLD Youth Council?

  • Acting as a consultative body for NLD RFU and development of the game
  • Access to events and conferences
  • Opportunity for learning and development
  • Increased leadership, communication, teamwork and decision making skills
  • Being a part of NLD RFU and working with NLD RFU colleagues
  • Opportunity to influence provision and support for young people in rugby
  • Help the NLD RFU to achieve their overall objectives and mission
  • CV building

Who are we looking for:

  • Actively involved in rugby in any way, whether it be as a Player, Coach, Referee or Volunteer
  • An inspiring ambassador for NLD RFU
  • Experience within rugby union in a leadership capacity or as a role model for young people
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Willingness to learn and develop yourself
  • Ability to self-motivate with strong initiative and good organisational skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Ability to travel independently (or have transport to meetings & events within the NLD RFU area)

How do you apply?

Applications are now open to all young people from within aged 16-24 years of age!  You can apply by completing the application form, click here.

If you have a particular interest in certain roles on the Youth Council then you are able to indicate this on your application form as well.

Please note that in order to be considered you must be available to attend the Recruitment Day on Saturday 30th June 2018.

The closing date for applications is 30th April 2018.

If you are under 18 years old, you will need your parent’s / guardian’s consent to apply.

Supporting Documentation:

Terms of Reference
Role Description
Code of Conduct

NLD U17 Training

March 12th, 2018 by

Due to water logged pitches and a forecast for rain during today, the decision has been taken to CANCEL this evening’s NLD U17’s session at Newark.

The next session is scheduled for Monday 19 March followed by inter-squad matches on Wednesday 21 March. Following that session, the Squad numbers will be reduced prior to focusing on training for the games against Leicestershire on March 28 and East Midlands on 08 April.

NLD U17 Training – CANCELLED

March 5th, 2018 by

Due to the pitch conditions and recent bad weather this evening (Monday’s) NLD U17 Training Session at Newark RFC has been CANCELLED.

The next session will be on Monday 12th March.

2018-19 NLD Age Grade Calendar Released

March 2nd, 2018 by

NLD are pleased to release the 2018-19 Age Grade Rugby Calendar which includes key dates for the Age Grade game next season.  The calendar has been produced in discussion with a number of key stakeholders throughout NLD including the Heads of Competitive Rugby, Education, Representative Rugby, Women & Girls as well as Tigers Academy.

The calendar sits fully within the RFU’s Age Grade Rugby framework and has been approved by the RFU for the coming season.

Please share this information within your clubs and institutions and encourage dialogue with each other in the next couple of months to get well ahead of any potential conflicts for next season.  The Calendar particularly aids planning for players who play in more than one environment.

Block or friendly fixtures can be played throughout any part of the season and the Calendar signals how player availability for these will be affected by other activities.

NLD Age Grade Rugby Playing Calendar 2018-19 – FINAL

Please also remember to share and promote the Age Grade Codes of Practice which support coaches and teachers with the application of regulation and delivering Age Grade Rugby –

If you have any queries regarding the calendar then please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to help you.



February 27th, 2018 by

Following a pitch inspection today, it would appear that the Belgrave RFC pitches are frozen in parts and in order to provide as much notice as possible to players and parents please be aware that the NLD U17’s game against Leics. U17’s scheduled for Wednesday 28 February 2018 is:


The match will be rescheduled on a date to be confirmed, probably later in March.

IN THE MEANTIME, players should note that there will be a further session on:




This session will include those players present last night from both U16’s and U17’s together with the returning U17’s from last year’s Squad.

Players are asked to arrive for registration from 18:00 and be ready to train by 18:30

As usual, any player who is unavailable, ill or injured should advise the Squad Manager, Lee Slack, as soon as possible.

Contact details are:

[email protected]
Mobile: 07739 295 182

NLD U16’s Finish 2017-18 Programme v Staffordshire

February 27th, 2018 by

Leek RFC hosted Staffordshire v NLD on a cold but sunny afternoon in the final U16 game of the 2017-18 programme, rescheduled after the weather had thwarted the original match date in January.

Staffordshire started the better of the two teams using a well drilled pack to crash over the NLD try line following a line out, NLD responded with some good running play resulting in a penalty which was slotted over from almost in front of the posts.  They followed this up with a well worked move off a scrum with the backs showing how devastating straight running can be which resulted in a try under the posts which was duly converted.  Then within sight of halftime Staffordshire scored twice converting one to take a 19-10 lead into the break.

The second half saw both sides ringing the changes and the NLD backs started strongly running the Staffordshire defense ragged for a well worked converted try, this drew an equally well worked converted try by Staffordshire.  Another NLD try out wide closed the gap to within 4 points and with time running out NLD tried running from deep only to spill the ball.  From the resulting scrum the Staffordshire pack went back to the tactic that brought their first try and they were rewarded with a try. Staffordshire then controlled the ball from the kick off and ran the clock out to take the win.

A great effort by a much changed NLD team, a big thank you to the players called up during the week, one only 48hrs before the game.

A special mention this week to the parents who took the honors on the side line being far more vocal than the Home supporters.  Also thank you for chauffeuring the lads to training and matches this season it is much appreciated.

As the NLD U16 Programme concludes for 2017-18 we would like to thank the Coaching & Management Team, all of the Players involved in the Squad, Parents & Supporters as well as the Clubs for their support of the Programme.

Information regarding the 2018-19 NLD U16’s Programme will be released in due course.

NLD U17’s Trial – Pitch Update

February 26th, 2018 by

Following a pitch inspection at Newark RFC and with a weather forecast showing a slight temperature drop but no snow, it has been decided that the NLD U17’s Trials/Training session planned for this evening


Players should report for registration as normal at 18:00 with a view to being ready to train at 18:30.

Any player who is unavailable to attend should contact Lee Slack (Squad Manager) at [email protected] or 07739 295 182