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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

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.


U13 Girls Cluster Enjoy Chesterfield Hospitality

January 15th, 2018 by

61 girls from 9 clubs took part in the NLD U13 programme and what a day it was. It was great to see the skill level increasing, the friendships being built between girls of different clubs and the coaches all networking and planning matches and joint training sessions.

Thanks goes to Chesterfield for hosting and the following clubs for attending.

Castle Donington
Long Eaton
Nottingham Moderns
West Bridgford

If your club would like to get involved then please contact Nick, programme lead via [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.

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.