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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.

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.


U13 Girls Programme Heads to Melbourne

November 10th, 2017 by

On Sunday the NLD U13 Programme headed to Melbourne, Derbyshire, where 62 girls from across the NLD were able to play matches in a developmental environment. There was a real mix of squad sizes from 3 from West Bridgford to 17 from Mansfield but with everyone pairing up and working together the aim of the programmme, to offer support to all NLD clubs to provide game time for their players, was achieved.

The NLD would like to thank the seven clubs who attended the event and invite any other clubs who have or are setting up U13s to contact Programme Leader Nick Woodland – [email protected] for information on how your players and club can benefit from the programme.

Register Your Warrior Camp NOW!

November 6th, 2017 by
Since launching England Rugby’s Inner Warrior campaign in January 2017, over 7,000 women have picked up a rugby ball as a result of attending over 350 Warrior Camps across the country.

The latest August Warrior Camps saw:

  • Over 2500 Women & Girls take part across approx. 170 camps
  • Over 800 new players

Click here to read highlights from some of the latest camps.

The next phase of Warrior Camps will run from Friday 12th to Sunday 28th January 2018.  As the camps coincide with the new year, the key message around this campaign will be ‘New Year, New You’.

What’s in it for your club?

Your Warrior Camp will receive:

  • Support from local England Rugby staff in the build-up to and during your event.
  • National promotion through England Rugby’s Inner Warrior website ( including sign up options for people to register for your camp
  • Exposure within regional and national media as part of England Rugby’s nationwide communications campaign
  • Access to the England Rugby Brand Centre to design your Warrior Camp club poster/flyer/social media banner. The Brand Centre also provides an event guide to help you plan and run your camp.

There will also be a number of opportunities within each areas for clubs to receive additional resources and giveaways.

Things to consider if you are deciding whether to run a Warrior Camp:

  • Run an event separate to your normal training session
  • What is the best date within the Warrior Camp window for you to run your camp?
  • Who can be on your event team to ensure it’s a successful event?
  • Who else within the club do you need to work with? (Committee? Sponsors? Groundsman? Catering?)
  • If new people join your club as a result of the Warrior Camp, do you have enough capacity to cater for their development?
  • Plan a follow up event to invite those NEW players back.

How to register

  • Agree date and time with the relevant people within your club, including your RDO / CRC
  • Simply click HERE to register your event. This will take less than 5mins if you know the date and time of your event
  • Apply by Friday 17th November in order to be considered for the January Warrior Camp wave. You will be informed by Friday 1st December if your Warrior Camp has been approved.

What happens next?

  • Start planning how you are going to run and promote your Warrior Camp, ensuring the whole club buys into this.  After all, this could result in more members!
  • Think of what will encourage local non-rugby women / girls to come down and have a go. Remember, it doesn’t have to necessarily always be rugby related.
  • Once your event has been accepted as a Warrior Camp, shout about it on social media using our brand assets to ensure as many people across the local community are aware that it is happening.

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


NLD Girls kick off their 2017 season

November 7th, 2017 by

On Sunday 29th October Southwell RFC played host to the first NLD Girls Representative matches of the 2017 season.

NLD U18 Girls Report

The U18 girls welcomed local opposition as Leicestershire and Staffordshire oboth visited Southwell to play in a 3 way festival.

Megan Warsop captained the NLD U18 Girls side which consisted of a good mix of already established U18 players alongside players stepping  up from a successful U15 squad.  Watching from the sidelines the girls had gelled well as a team and looked like they have been together much longer than the 2 trials and one training session pre game day.

NLD faced Leicestershire in the opening game and came up against a strong well drilled side with a good level of rugby played by both sides.  Alex Clack opened the scoring with a run in to the corner try which involved several players supporting great running rugby. Both sides had great attacking plays which were well defended and coming up to half time Bess Heath carried over after several attempts in close play from the Forwards. NLD switched off in the start of the second half and Leicestershire ran in a great team try under the posts which was converted.   NLD responded well, stepping up the gears, defending well under pressure and came back with good attacking play and Ella Turlukowsky running in the final score of the game. A hard fought game but a well deserved team victory with the whole squad earning the victory.

After a rest as Staffordshire took on Leicestershire, NLD then lined up against Staffordshire starting where they left off in the first game. It was a strong start from the NLD U18 Girls and credit to Staffordshire who kept their heads up despite being under pressure. Several great attacks were well defended by NLD and managed to not only keep a clean sheet but also gained a 51 point difference ten minutes into the second half which concluded the game.  It was a clinical display by the NLD U18 Girls who came away with two wins from their first two matches of the season.

Georgina Tasker – Try / 2 Conversions
Lois Markland – Try
Georgia Staines – Try
Jess Brown 2 Tries / 1 Conversions
Megan Stephens – Try
Courtney Mitchell – Try
Jess Weaver – Try
Rebecca Church – Try


NLD U15 Girls Report

NLD U15 Girls vs Leicestershire U15 Girls

On a pleasant autumn afternoon the u15 girls squad came together for their first match of the CB programme. In a slight change to the format this year, rather than playing a series of triangular fixtures the girls would be facing Leicestershire in the first of a series of single matches.

Leicestershire started well and looked considerably bigger than the NLD girls who had to weather a storm of early pressure camped on their their own try line. Stout defending however and brave tackles kept the visitors at bay and the NLD side gradually started to get their rhythm and confidence. After 10 minutes NLD broke out of their own half and a series of phases took them to the Leicestershire goal line, the girls kept their heads and the ball alive for Sophie Lorenz to sneak over the line. The conversion was missed but the score further steeled the NLD girls and only two minutes later Kendall Waudy crossed the line for the second try. Kendall followed this with the NLDs third try and in the dying moments of the half Elle Massey squeezed in at the corner following a series of offloads, and quick phases that delighted the sizeable crowd.

At half time the girls identified their own areas to work on and with wholesale changes ensuring all the squad played at least half a game, NLD again took to the field. To say the majority of the back line and front row had been changed at half time the standard of play was as high and the rhythm and structure the team was playing with was unaffected. Darcie Donaldson crossed the line for the 1st try of the 2nd half, quickly followed by Lucy Weaver and then Hannah Blake. Lucy Weaver had taken over kicking duties and got the conversion.

Leicestershire were still playing with great commitment and intensity and a series of ‘pick and go’s’ from their forwards drove them deep in NLD territory. The pressure told and they crossed the line for their first score of the day.

NLD soon hit back however with Kendall Waudy getting her hat trick try and this was again quickly followed by Jemima Wilcox driving over the line with a strong run. This try was converted by Lucy Weaver and in the last few minutes of the game Hannah Blake crossed for NLDs tenth try.

Final score was 54 – 5 and whilst this would indicate that NLD were in control throughout, the defensive play and tackling from the likes of Hope Sommers and  Jemima Wilcox to name a few and the work in the loose by the 2nd row pairing of Hannah Blake and Abigail Tolson kept Leicestershire at bay and negated the effect of their big runners.

All in all a pleasing day and the girls were rightly  proud of their performance.

Both the U15 & U18 squads will travel to Burntwood RFC on 19th November for their next game.

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 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.