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.
It is with regret that the NLD Senior XV match against Oxfordshire due to take place tomorrow at Chinnor RFC has been called off as we are unable to field a front row to travel. This was not a decision taken lightly and we would like to thank all of the players involved in the Senior XV this season for their commitment and dedication. We would like to wish Oxfordshire the best of luck in the remainder of the competition and look forward to playing them again in the future.
NLD are delighted to invite applications for Coaches interested in working with the NLD Senior XV and the NLD U18’s. Working with some of the best players in the Three Counties these are fantastic opportunities for ambitious coaches who would like to develop their Coaching careers.
The NLD Senior XV play in the RFU County Championship Shield Competition and having narrowly missed out on qualification for the knockout stages last season will no doubt be looking to progress to Twickenham in 2017. The Senior programme runs towards the end of the season from March – May 2017.
The NLD U18’s have already started their 2016 RFU County Championship Campaign and an Assistant Coach to join the existing set up is required to start as soon as possible. A copy of the NLD U18 calendar is available to view here.
For more information on any of the roles please see the Job Descriptions below. The closing date for applications is Monday 24th October and interviews will take place week commencing Monday 31st October.
Applicants should send a completed Coaching CV and Covering Letter to Nicole Brown.
The sun was shining at Mansfield RFC as the NLD Senior XV gathered to take on old rivals Cumbria on Saturday.
The game started at a great pace with Cumbria taking advantage of the firm ground and making good progress into the NLD half. Some early penalties for the away team saw them kick to touch to gain territory and they moved into the NLD 22.
This quick start from Cumbria galvanised the home side into action and Jake Lamb (Ilkeston) was first to break the deadlock as he scored a fantastic try to get the scoreboard moving. Having gone over just to the left of the posts it was a straightforward conversion kicked by Alex Taylorson (NTU). 7-0 NLD.
Cumbria came back fighting and scored out wide, the conversion was missed but the score stood at 7-5.
Lee Monks (Sheffield Tigers) was next to cross with white wash to extend NLD’s lead although the conversion was missed this time. Baptiste Chamagne (NTU) continue to pour the pressure on with a fantastic try under the posts and with the conversion good from Taylorson, plus a penalty NLD went in at Half Time with the score standing 22-5.
In the first 5 minutes after the break it was another penalty to NLD and Taylor duly did the business to take the score to 25-5.
Chris Starns (NTU) was the next player to join the NLD scorecard with a super try from the Wing. Taylorson added the points and took the score to 32-5.
For the next 20 minutes Cumbria fought back and showed the spirit that has seen them as regulars in the County Championship Shield Final. They ran in three unconverted tries in quick succession to take the score to 32-20.
Stretching the lead to 35-20 Taylorson kicked a fantastic penalty from just inside the Cumbria half. He did the same not long after and took the game out of the reach of Cumbria to 38-20. In the last play of the game Cumbria scored under the posts but it was too little too late and the score finished 38-27.
Huge credit must go to the NLD side who secured the first NLD victory over Cumbria for some years. Attention will now turn to this weekend’s match between Cumbria & Staffordshire and the calculators will be out to see who will be making it through to the Semi Finals.
Tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 30th) sees the NLD Senior XV take on Staffordshire at Leek RFC (3pm KO) in the first RFU County Championship match of the season.
The squad sees some familiar faces return to the line up as well as number of new players making the step up to this level for the first time.
NLD Head of Representative Rugby Lee Slack commented; ‘It is great to see some younger players coming through to the squad this year, including a number who have come through the NLD age group squads and most recently have played for the U20’s. As always a huge thank you to the clubs for their support and to the NLD Senior XV Coaching Team, we look forward to a fantastic game of rugby’.
All supporters are more than welcome to travel to Leek to cheer on the squad and enjoy the live band and BBQ on offer by Leek RFC. There is an entry fee of £3 per person to the ground.
- Charles Cone – Sheffield Tigers
- Jed Chapple – Newark
- Ollie Cole – Market Rasen and Louth
- Lee Ortan – Sheffield Tigers
- Jake Smithurst – Ilkeston
- Ben Chamberlin – Market Rasen and Louth
- Lee Monks – Sheffield Tigers
- Chris Tipton – Ilkeston
- Joe Marsden – Ilkeston
- Jake Lamb (captain) – Ilkeston
- Chris Starns – Notts Trent uni
- Alex Ayers – Ilkeston
- Steve Douglas – Notts Trent uni
- Olly Rathbone – Notts Trent uni
- Alex Taylorson – Notts Trent uni
- Freddie Morris- Notts Trent uni
- Alex Ioannou – Sleaford
- Sam Humphries – Ilkeston
- Sean Denning – west bridgeford
- Louis Gaddie – Notts Trent uni
- Lewis Winterbottom – glossop
- Josh Dixey – Matlock
NLD RFU’s Senior RFU County Championship campaign is fast approaching and the details for the two pool fixtures have just been confirmed.
Head coach Bob Nashed and his coaching team have been looking at players at all clubs in the three counties throughout the season and have invited a training squad to the sessions. The squad will meet for the first time this week as training starts on Wednesday evening and will continue weekly until the campaign has finished.
Mansfield have kindly agreed to host the squad for their training sessions and the home match against Cumbria at the beginning of May.
NLD Senior XV Manager Luke Gray commented; ‘We are really looking forward to this year’s campaign and would welcome as much support as possible at both games.’
Staffordshire v NLD Saturday 30th April Leek RFC 3pm
NLD v Cumbria Saturday 7th May Mansfield RFC 3pm
The Derbyshire senior squad host Nottinghamshire at Chesterfield Panthers RFC on Wednesday 25th November – kick- off is at 7.30pm.
This is the first senior fixture between the unions for a couple of years and promises to be an entertaining evening of rugby. Karl De Groot (Derbyshire head coach) commented – “I am really pleased that this fixture is happening following our match against Lincolnshire a few weeks ago”.
All are welcome to come along and support the teams.
Following a recently reported incident, NLD would like to re-emphasise the importance of following the RFU Headcase Protocols for a Graduated Return to Play after a suspected concussion. We recommend that this decision should not be left to the player alone to decide but is the joint responsibility of the Medical Professional, the coach, the player’s club or school, the player and the player’s parents if still under 19 on 1st September.
We would also recommend that all persons who have anything to do with selecting and putting a team on the pitch become familiar with the RFU Graduated Return to Play protocols by accessing and completing the RFU online Headcase course. This course is a free course and can be found here.
NLD are excited to introduce three new appointments to the NLD Management Committee following on from the restructure at this year’s AGM.
Lee Slack has been appointed to the role of NLD Head of Representative Rugby and will oversee all of the CB Representative Squads. Working closely with the Coaching and Management Teams of the respective squads, as well with the new Head of Game Development to ensure there are succession plans in place Lee is an exciting addition to ‘Team NLD’.
With a wealth of business knowledge, plus vast experience of the NLD Representative Squads gained from his role of NLD U18 Manager, Lee is an ideal candidate to take on this new role.
With over 20 years of experience coaching NLD Representative Squads, a qualified RFU Coach Deliverer as well as having sat on the NLD Coaching Committee for a number of years Dave Andrews is an excellent position to take on the role of NLD Head of Game Development.
He will work closely with the RFU Professional Staff to ensure Coaching needs within the three counties are met as well closely linking with the NLD Referees Society. Dave will be able to use his vast experience to offer an exciting pathway for those involved in the game. He will also oversee Safeguarding & Medical within NLD.
Completing the trio of appointments is Dave Duddles as the new NLD Head of Competitive Rugby. Dave has huge experience of the game and has sat on the NLD U7-12 Committee during the RFU’s introduction to ‘Shaping the Game’ which has developed into ‘New Rules of Play. As well as this Dave is a current member of the NLD U13-19 Committee and has worked closely with the Senior Competitions Committee in hosting Finals Days at his home club of Newark RFC.
Dave will oversee all areas of Competition from Minis – Seniors and will be working with NLD clubs closely ahead of the implementation of the Age Grade Competition Review which will see more changes as we progress into 2016-17.
NLD Honorary Secretary Tracy Edmundson commented: ‘We were extremely fortunate to interview some excellent candidates in all three positions and the NLD Board of Directors are delighted to welcome Dave, Dave & Lee into their new roles. It’s a hugely exciting year for rugby with World Cup just around the corner and we are very happy to have an excellent team in place moving forwards’.
The NLD Squad selected to face Staffordshire in the final County Championship pool fixture has been announced:
The match will take place at Ilkeston RFC, kick off 2.30pm and all are welcome to come along to support the players.
NLD Senior XV Manager Graeme Gunn commented ‘We are really looking forward to the final fixture of this year’s Championship, it was a real disappointment not to make the trip to Cumbria last week but the squad are definitely looking forward to facing Staffordshire tomorrow. We would again thank all of the players, coaches and clubs that have supported this year’s programme’.