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NLD U20’s Into Midlands Squad

May 2nd, 2018 by

Great news for the NLD under 20 squad. Following their semi final win over Devon a couple of weeks ago and in advance of the final of the Jason Leonard under 20 county championship division 2 this Sunday, the following players have been selected for the midlands for divisional weekend on the 12th May.

The next honour potentially available to these players is a cap for England counties under 20 and a trip to Georgia involving two tests after the divisional trials.

The players are (alphabetical order)
Luke Brown – West Bridgford
Kane Linklater – Scunthorpe
Dec Neary – Long Eaton
Tom Tucker – Long Eaton
Jack Weedon – Long Eaton
Jacob Wright – Long Eaton

Dan Glasse – Nottingham Academy
Toby Hutchison – Nottingham Academy
Henry Trimmer – Nottingham Trent University

Huge congratulations to all of the players!

More Honours for NLD U20 Players

April 27th, 2018 by


NLD have 8 players in the full Midlands squad of 30 to play Nottingham Academy in a trial match at Long Eaton RFC on Sunday 29th April. All are welcome to come and watch.

This follows on from NLD’s under 20 last gasp victory against Devon to reach the final of the county championship. This is to be played at Moseley RFC on Sunday 6th May – kick off at 2.00pm. Put that date in your diary and come and support your CB’s up and coming young stars on their quest to win the county championship final!

Dan Glasse – Academy
Henry Trimmer – NTU
Jack Weedon – Long Eaton
Kane Linklater – Scunthorpe
Dec Neary – Long Eaton
Toby Hutchinson – Academy
Tom Tucker – Long Eaton
Jacob Wright (reserve) – Long Eaton

NLD U20’s Win Dramatic Semi Final!

April 18th, 2018 by

The NLD U20 Squad made the long trip to Devon on Sunday (15th April) worthwhile as they secured a dramatic, last moment win in the Semi Final of the Jason Leonard RFU U20 Division 2 County Championship.

After a three tough matches in The Jason Leonard under 20 county championship, the NLD squad headed all the way down to Ivybridge RFC. This was always going to be a tough ask for the NLD squad (mainly players who are playing level 7 and below) against Devon (whose squad featured no less than 9 players who currently play level 5 rugby).

The pitch had been suitably softened up by the amazing wet Devon weather so a free flowing game it wasn’t.

Early tries from both sides in the first half left the half time score 14-12 to NLD who succeeded with both conversions. The NLD back row of Brisco and Brown were dominant and it was Brown and Tucker who scored both tries first half.

Both sides had to work hard on defence and NLD saved the use of our subs by keeping some back for a final flurry which worked. The half time team talk was led by Trimmer who rallied his team and the squad responded, coming out after the break hard and fast although Devon did likewise. 19-19 with 45 minutes gone.

At 49 minutes NLD took the lead with Kane Linklater of Scunthorpe crashing over in the corner. This was closely followed by a try from the Devon 12 – who had been hard to stop all game (26-24 Devon). Aaron Walker of NLD then scampered in for a try on the 69th minute to make it 29-26 NLD. Then – on the 79th minutes the NLD hearts sunk when Devon went over for a converted try (33-29 to Devon.

Was that the game over?  Not for the NLD Squad. They managed to win the ball from the restart and after last play was called at 80 minutes and two penalties awarded to NLD from which they opted for scrums, in the 83rd minute NLD’s skipper Henry Trimmer crashed over for the winning try under the posts, converted by Harrison Wells.

In a pulsating fixture that really did go down to the wire huge credit to the entire squad who were a credit to themselves, their clubs and NLD with their demeanor on and off the pitch.

The squad now face Lancashire RFU in the final on Sunday 6th May at Moseley RFC, kick off 2pm.

The squad:

Henry Trimmer Nottingham Trent Uni
Jack Weedon Long Eaton/Notts Academy
Kane Linklater Scunthorpe
Jacob Wright Long Eaton
Joe Mcmenamin Long Eaton
Natty Brisco West Bridgford
Luke Brown West Bridgford
Tom Tucker Long Eaton
Jamie Murray Nottingham Uni
Harrison Wells Nottingham Trent University
Josh Arimoro Nottingham Uni
Josh Bloomfield Nottingham Trent University
James Peachey Nottingham Trent University
Jake Keeton Lincoln RFC
Aaron Walker Long Eaton
Ben Jesson Nottingham University
Chris Rudkin Melbourne RFC
Dec Neary Long Eaton
Tommie Collingwood Nottingham Trent University
Jonnie Doyle Derby RFC
Will Harding-Terry Newark RFC
Alex Harrison Newark RFC

Score 36-33

Tries scored by Luke Brown, Tom Tucker, Henry Trimmer (2), Kane Linklater, Aaron Walker
Conversions – 3 by Harrison Wells

Enjoy the winning moment by clicking here!



NLD U16’s Shine at Wellington Festival

April 17th, 2018 by

The 2018 Wellington Festival has drawn to close after a day of action-packed rugby involving English rugby’s 14 regional academies.

The week-long programme, held annually at Wellington College, Berkshire, aims to develop both academy players and coaches on and off the field in a variety of areas and featured a number of NLD U16 & Leicester Tigers Academy players.

On the field, the academy teams trained and played against each other in a number of matches, challenged with law variations which encourage ball in play, skilful rugby. Off the field, players were also given education and guidance in nutrition, anti-doping and professional sports pressures.

Wellington Festival is the largest academy festival in English rugby and is seen as a key experience in a players’ development and transitional experience.

Leicester Tigers Junior Academy Manager Jamie Taylor commented; ‘The Wellington festival is the culmination of the U16 regional player pathway and to be selected as part of a thirty player group at this level is a tremendous achievement. The players here have all entered the pathway at different stages via schools and clubs across NLD and have represented them with the highest standards.’

As well as game days on Tuesday and Saturday, players had the opportunity to meet head of England Sevens Simon Amor, as well as watch a sevens exhibition match. Referee Wayne Barnes also gave the players a presentation on officiating on Monday, while Thursday was National Coaching Day.

Players were immersed in skill zones and masterclasses throughout the week. Central to this was CARDS (creativity, awareness, resilience, decision making and self-organisation) – the pathway priority skills for helping develop the next generation of England Rugby players both on and off the pitch.

14 Premiership Rugby Academies: Bath Rugby, Bristol Rugby, Exeter Chiefs, Gloucester Rugby, Harlequins, Leicester Tigers, London Irish, Newcastle Falcons, Northampton Saints, Sale Sharks, Saracens, Wasps, Worcester Warriors, Yorkshire Carnegie.

Back Row Left to right:

Josh Lugsden (Scunthorpe), Jack Wright (Boston GS & Spalding), Emeka Illione (Nottingham Corsairs, Nottingham HS), Bobby Singer (Carres GS & Kesteven), Will Bailey (Nottingham Corsairs), Harry Edmunds

Front row

Ollie Smith (Mansfield), Sam Edwards (Ashbourne), Joey Evison (Stamford School)


Girls on the National Stage

April 18th, 2018 by

Two NLD clubs were in action in the National Semi Final matches at the weekend.

After winning the Area 4 Midlands title a couple of weeks ago, Newark U18 Girls were through to the National Semi Final (North) which was  against Castleford and Worcester.

The girls faced a 3 way game and Newark drew the first and third game, which was an advantage.

First game was v Castlesford. A highly contested first 5 minutes saw Castleford break out of defence to score. Determined to fight back, Newark girls scored twice shortly after. Second half was tense as both teams worked overtime to stop any attack. Eventually Newark scored again. 19-5 to Newark.

After a short break, the girls faced Worcester in a “winner takes all” game.

Newark girls, scored and converted twice in the first half. Worcester sustaining strong attack and defence came back to score twice in the second half but missing the second conversion. The final ten minutes were very tense with sustained Worcester pressure but the Newark girls held out and won 14-12.

A huge achievement for Newark u18s  to go through to the National Final, in only the second season of fielding an u18s team.

The girls now face Pulborough on 29th April, 12:45 ko at Ealing in the National Final as a curtain raiser to the Women’s Tyrell’s 15s Final – Saracens v Harlequins.

Mansfield U15’s played 2 keenly contested games against Old Crossleyans & Leek, whilst they weren’t successful in progressing into the final they take away the experience of playing in these games which will stand them in good stead in the coming seasons. Well done to all of the players, coaches & club.

Top: Newark U18 Girls Below: Mansfield U15 Girls


NLD U17 Session Cancelled & Squad Confirmed

April 16th, 2018 by

The Coaching & Management team have decided to CANCEL the NLD U17’s training session tonight (Monday 16 April).

With the high number of withdrawals through injury and with important games at the end of the season for many of the players, the decision was made to take ALL existing players within the Squad through to the start of next season.

The Squad will reconvene in September and, after a pre-season warm-up against Eastern Counties, the Squad will be cut to its final number and those players will go forward to compete as the NLD U18’s in the Midlands campaign.

The Coaching & Management Team would like to thank all the players who have participated in the programme so far, and look forward to starting the U18’s programme in September.

NLD U20’s Set for Semi Final Showdown!

April 12th, 2018 by

The NLD under 20 squad travel all the way to Ivybridge RFC to play Devon in the Jason Leonard U20 Championship Semi Final on Sunday 15th April.

This season the squad has involved over 40 players from a number of clubs, colleges and universities in the area as well as Nottingham Academy.

NLD Head of Representative Rugby Lee Slack commented ‘We are absolutely delighted for all of the players and the team who have worked exceptionally hard to get to this stage of the competition.  As always we are hugely grateful for the support of the Clubs, Universities, Colleges & Academies who have released their players to feature in the squad’.

The squad are unbeaten so far this season with away wins against Leicestershire & Oxfordshire and a home victory at Derby against Buckinghamshire have set the team up well.

Nic Corrigan, Head Coach, has every faith in the squad, ‘the commitment the lads have shown has been unbelievable. We now face our biggest challenge to date in Devon in the semi final but I am confident the players will rise to the occasion’.

The squad for this fixture is:

Joshua Arimoro – Nottingham University
James Benstead – Melbourne RFC
Josh Bloomfield – Nottingham Trent University
Natty Brisco – West Bridgford RFC/ Nottingham Academy
Luke Brown – West Bridgford RFC/ Nottingham academy
Gabriel Calland – Glamorgan RFC/ Nottingham academy
Tommie Collingwood – Nottingham Trent University
Jonny Doyle – Derby RFC
Ben Jesson – Nottingham University
Jake Keeton – Lincoln RFC
Kane Linklater – Scunthorpe RFC
Malvin Mazorodze – Long Eaton RFC/ Nottingham academy
Joe Mcmenamin -Long Eaton RFC/ Nottingham academy
Jamie Murray – Nottingham Trent University
Dec Neary – Long Eaton RFC/ Nottingham Academy
James Peachey – Nottingham Trent University
Beefy Rudkin – Melbourne RFC/ Nottingham academy
Henry Trimmer – Nottingham Trent University
Tom Tucker – Long Eaton RFC/ Nottingham Academy
Aaron Walker – Long Eaton RFC/ Nottingham academy
Jack Weedon – Long Eaton/ Nottingham Academy
Harrison Wells – Nottingham Trent University
Jacob Wright – Long Eaton/ Nottingham Academy

U17 Inter Squad Game – VENUE CHANGE

April 10th, 2018 by

Following the deterioration in the weather once again, the decision has been taken to CHANGE THE VENUE for tomorrow’s night inter-squad game (Wed. 11 April).

This will now be held at:

David Ross Sports Centre
University of Nottingham

This is the same venue we used for the inter-squad games last week and we will use the same AGP Pitch to provide the players with a proper surface to demonstrate their potential.

Kick-off will be at 20:00

Players should be at the Centre for 19:00 and ready to play promptly at 20:00 as we only have the pitch for 1 hour.

Following feedback from the Midlands group, who trained extensively on AGP, it seems the use of Baby Oil on knees may help to alleviate some of the potential for friction burns sometimes experienced on this type of pitch.

Ed Cox Represents England!

April 10th, 2018 by

NLD U18’s and Stamford School player Ed Cox represented the England Schools and Counties U18’s in a double headed fixture against their Irish counterparts last week.

Both games ended in victory for the English in closely contested encounters. Winning the first game 15-13 and the second 32-29, Ed commented on how much he has enjoyed the whole international experience. His pleasure was no doubt topped off by getting on the score sheet with a try in the second game.

Ed came through the NLD U17’s and U18’s programme and demonstrated his leadership skills as well as his playing ability from the first session and he was delighted to progress from Midlands selection through to the final England Squad.

Ed commented that, ‘It has been an amazing experience, thank you to all the coaches and management at NLD for giving me the opportunity.’

Lee Slack, the NLD U18’s Manager added that it was evident from the outset that Ed had the ability to become an outstanding Back Row player. He went on to say that it was a testament to Ed’s hard work and something of great pleasure for the NLD set-up that his potential was realised when he was proudly able to pull on the famous White Shirt.

Well done, Ed!

NLD U17 Squad Update

April 9th, 2018 by

After yesterday’s match against East Midlands U17’s, there will be a final inter-squad game at Newark RFC on Wednesday 11 April.

Following this session, the Coaching and Management team will meet to agree the composition of the final squad who will then go forward to challenge as the NLD U18’s Squad in the Midlands campaign.

Those players selected for Wednesday evening’s game are as follows:

Archie Adams
Josh Alton-Smith
Joe Barnes
Lewis Booth
James Brogden
Jack Burton
Aidan Butler
Fergus Cato
Oliver Chessum
Will Clayton
Sam Collins
Daniel Di Meo
Taran Elms
Harry Finney
Billy Fitzpatrick
James Harding
Chris Heslam
Stan Hoare
Adam Hopkins
Daniel Langton
Reika Mahmid
Jamie Major
Joe Morgan
Tom O’Brien
Jacob Pearson
James Stimson
Harry Tidswell
Caius Tweed
Khias Webb
Ralph Wills

Once the final squad has been named, those players will meet for the last Squad session on Monday 16 April at Newark RFC.