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.
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.
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.
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 – www.englandrugby.com/codesofpractice
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.
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.
For their only home game of the campaign NLD hosted Leicestershire at Newark RFC on Sunday 18th February. The sun was shining on a dry afternoon that was perfect for rugby. Leicestershire opened the scoring with a well worked catch and drive in the first 10 minutes, before NLD found their composure and with some powerful runs made by the forwards and hard straight running from the backs fought their way back into the match. As a result of sustained pressure they opened their account with a converted try.
Halftime saw NLD leading 7 points to 5. Early in the second half the NLD pack caught and drove over the Leicestershire line for an unconverted try. At the resulting kick off the NLD no 8 caught the ball and carried it straight back to score NLD’s third try of the game. This spurred Leicestershire on and their forwards sucked in the NLD defense creating space out wide for their backs to score in the corner. NLD responded with a well worked converted try involving both forwards and backs. The away side piled the pressure on the NLD defense and a great cover tackle into touch saved a certain try. With less than 10 minutes to go Leicestershire scored what was to be the final converted try of the match, coming from a quick tapped penalty. The clock then slowed down and after a long period of pressure from Leicestershire, NLD forced a turn over and the final whistle saw them secure the win 24 – 17.
The NLD U16 Squad will now face Staffordshire in their rearranged fixture from January on Sunday 25th February at Leek RFC to conclude their 2018 programme.
Eastern Counties U16 12 v NLD U16 0
Following the cancellation of the match against Staffordshire due to the weather the NLD U16 Squad made the long trip to Holt RFC to take on Eastern Counties in their next match on Sunday 4th February.
All four seasons of the year made themselves known throughout the game with sun, hail, rain and finally sun again! The NLD Squad felt the affects of not having trained together since the last match at the beginning of January, again due to the weather conditions, and struggled with lack of continuity which ultimately proved the deciding factor.
Despite much of the possession for long periods the squad were unable to capitalise and Eastern Counties went into the break with a converted try under their belts. The home side came out after half time firing on all cylinders and after sustained pressure on the NLD defence they crossed over again for a second try which went unconverted.
The NLD squad will no doubt have learned from a touch match and will look forward to their next game against Leicestershire on 18th February at home at Newark RFC.
England U20s have named their 32-man Elite Player Squad for the 2017/18 season and it includes former NLD U16 player Jordan Olowofela who now continues his rugby career at Leicester Tigers.
Jordan, along with twin Ryan, represented NLD U16’s back in 2012/13 and quickly earned a Midlands call up which led onto his first England appearance in the U16 squad. He played school rugby for Lincoln Minster and also for Newark RFC before moving onto the Tiger’s Academy.
The Elite Player Squad, which will compete in the 2018 Six Nations as well as the World Rugby U20 Championship in May, will be led by Steve Bates and fellow coaches Anthony Allen, Richard Blaze and James Ponton.
Of the 32 players, 14 have already been capped at U20 level with several a part of last season’s Grand Slam winning side.
England open their U20 Six Nations campaign against Italy (2 February) before a home game against Wales in Newcastle (9 February).
We wish Jordan all the very best as his rugby career continues to flourish.
On a cold sunny afternoon the whole Squad took part in a “Super Sunday” fixture against Norfolk at Loughborough University. Playing on an all weather surface the match was played over three 35 minute periods which enabled the whole squad to take part.
The first period was hard fought and Norfolk edged it 17 – 7. Due to the nature of the fixture both squads put out different team for the second period and NLD bounced back taking control from the restart, strong running in the Centre saw them break through time and time again and the forwards asserted themselves at the breakdown. By the end of this period NLD had opened up a 36 – 17 lead.
The final quarter saw both teams make several adjustments and by the end of the match the scorelines had really opened up. Ten tries in total were scored in this period with Norfolk finishing strongly against a tiring NLD defense. Despite scoring on the final whistle Norfolk just came up short and NLD held on to win 60 – 53. The whole NLD squad showed some real promise and given they had only trained twice as a squad beforehand can only improve.
The next fixture is away against Staffordshire in two weeks time.
Match Report: Adrian Taylor, NLD U16 Manager
Due to the poor weather conditions and the very cold forecast, this evening’s NLD U16 Training at Newark RFC has been cancelled.
The next session will take place on Monday 18th December at 6.30pm.
Following on from the NLD U16 Trials the Coaching Team have selected the following players to be included in the playing squad for the 2017-18 season. All are invited to attend the first training session at Newark RFC on Monday 11th December at 6.30pm.
Over 130 players in total trialed over the two sessions and there were some tough decisions that had to be made, huge congratulations to all of the players listed below who have been selected for the squad.
The Coaching Team may make changes to this squad over the course of the programme.
|Surname||Name||Club / School|
|Adams||Archie||Stamford Endowed Schools|
|Dixon||Oliver||St Georges Academy|
|Ilione||Emeka||Nottingham High School|
|Johnson||Adam||Stamford Boys School|
|Loveridge||Max||Nottingham High School|
|Mason||Oliver||Toot Hill School|
|Stout||Robbie||Toot Hill School|
The NLD U16 Programme is as follows:
Monday 11th December Training
Monday 18th December Training
Saturday 30th December Training
Sunday 7th January Match (Super Sunday – Leics)
Monday 15th January Training
Sunday 21st January Match (Staffs – Away)
Monday 29th January Training
Sunday 4th February Match (Eastern Counties – Away Holt RFC)
Monday 12th February Training
Sunday 18th February Match (Leics Home)
All training sessions will be at Newark RFC for a 6.30pm start, with the exception of the Saturday session which will start at 2pm. Matches will kick off at 2pm (Super Sunday kick off is TBC).
NLD U16 Head Coach – Darren Hall [email protected]
NLD U16 Manager – Adrian Taylor [email protected]
Over 80 players representing almost every Club and rugby playing Schools across NLD took part in the first session of the NLD U16 trials on Monday evening at Newark RFC.
The below 35 players have been invited back to a second session next Monday 4th December where they will be joined by almost 30 players from the Player Development Group before the final squad announcement is made. The rugby played showed how bright the future is in NLD and is a credit to the coaches at Clubs & Schools.
|Player Name||Player Surname|