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Category: U15/16

NLD U16 Trial Update

October 30th, 2018 by
The following message has been composed by Adrian Taylor, NLD U16’s Team Manager:


Thank you to the 80 players who took part in the first round of the NLD U16s trials, we were very impressed with the standard. Thank you to the parents for bearing with us on a cold frosty evening. Please find below a list of those who are invited to the second stage on Monday 3rd Dec 2018 at Newark RFC where they will be joined by the PDG players.


Player Name



Callum Heyes Newark Toothill
Harry Adlington Scunthorpe Rugby Club Frederick Gough
Oliver Summerland Ashfield RUFC Ashfield, Kirby in Ashfield
Barney Miller Southwell RFU Lincoln Minster School
Iwan Hutchings Dronfield RUFC All Saints RC High School, Sheffield
Kory McInnis Scunthorpe RUFC The St Lawrence Academy
Max Chambers Long Eaton Rugby Club West Park School
George Park Kesteven King’s School Grantham
George Coen Newark Stamford School
Charlie Davies Nottingham Corsairs Loughborough Grammar School
Jak Pickford Grimsby rufc Havelock academy
Joseph Kirby West Bridgeford Worksop College
Jack Taylor Paviors Joseph Whitaker School
Finlay Holt Paviors Samworth Church Academy
Elliott Squire Paviors RFC
Thomas Andrews Long Eaton Rugby Club Friesland
Jay Ecclesfield Scunthorpe RUFC St Bede’s CV Academy
Llyod Cameron Buck Lincoln RFC King Edward VI Grammer
George Hotchen Boston Rugby football club Skegness Grammar
Euan Owen Sleaford Carre’s Grammar School
Noah Berry-Frith Matlock RFC Anthony Gell
James Holden Derby RFC Derby Grammar School
Joshua White Newark RFC Stamford School
Lewis Chessum Sleaford Carre’s Grammar School
Cameron Pinnick Quarrydale Academy
Christian Ulebegor Ashfield RUFC Quarrydale, Sutton in Ashfield
Daniel Stokes Paviors King’s School, Grantham
Alfie Manders Ilkeston RUFC St John Hougton


If you have any questions relating to this article please make contact with Adrian directly: email: [email protected] phone: 07983 364410.

NLD U16’s Nomination, Trial and Selection Process

October 9th, 2018 by

NLD RFU U16 Squad Nomination, Trial and Selection Process 2018-19

NLD RFU has in place a programme of ‘player identification’ using appointed NLD coaches as well as the ‘Player Development Group’ (PDG). This supported through close liaison with schools and clubs within NLD to ensure that any players deemed to be performing in line with positional expectations at CB level are monitored accordingly.

To be eligible for NLD selection a boy must meet at least one of the following four criteria:

  1. Born within the RFU Constituent Body (‘CB’) of NLD
  2. Be a registered player of an NLD ‘CB’ club
  3. Reside within the NLD ‘CB’ area
  4. Attend a school within the NLD ‘CB’ area

The NLD under 16s squad for the 2018/2019 season (i.e. last seasons under 15s and the new seasons under 16s) will be made up of boys who are eligible from the Leicester Tigers PDG and those who trial successfully. It is therefore important to manage the expectations of players that you nominate, ensuring that they are aware that the process is highly competitive and will require each player to produce their very best at trial and beyond, should they be successful. Please note that boys within the PDG are not selected automatically and players will be selected on current ability and potential.

The first trials will be held on Monday 29th October and Monday 5th November for all players that are not currently involved in the PDG group, due to large numbers last year we are doing the trials in two groups this year’s so players have a greater opportunity. All players who attend this trial must be nominated in advance by their club or school coach and there is a limit of 2 player nominations from any one club or school, preferably one forward and one back. We cannot consider any player for trial that has not been nominated by their club/school coach. All successful players will then be invited to attend the final trial alongside the players from PDG on Monday 3rd December, following which a playing squad will be selected.


The trials will be held at Newark  RFC, the venue for the training sessions & matches will be confirmed shortly.

How to nominate:

Use the following link to complete the nomination document:

Please ensure the document is filled out in full.

 Closing date for nominations is Monday 22nd October.


The season will include the following training sessions and fixtures:

Monday 29th October               Trials – Venue TBC – First group of Club players

Monday 5th November              Trials – Venue TBC – Second group of Club players

Monday 3rd  December             Trials – Venue TBC  – Shortlisted Club players plus PDG

Monday 10th December            Training

Monday 17th December             Training

Saturday 29th December           Training

Sunday 6th January                    Match (Super Sunday – TBC)

Monday 14th January                  Training

Sunday 20th January                  Match Staffs – Home

Monday 28th January                  Training

Sunday 3rd February                   Match  Eastern Counties – Home

Monday 11th February                Training

Sunday 24th  February                Match  Leics –  Away

The selection process and structures season has been extremely successful in recent seasons with an excellent series of match results and, more importantly, a number of NLD boys going on to represent Midlands and England.

All clubs and schools within the NLD region are thanked for their continued support.

If you would like to discuss any of your nominations or have any queries regarding the programme please contact:

NLD U16 Manager – Adrian Taylor   [email protected]

NLD U16 REPRESENTATIVE Head Coach Opportunity

October 10th, 2018 by

NLD are very excited to invite applications for the NLD U16 Representative Squad Head Coaching role.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with developing some of the best young players that the CB has to offer and be a part of the journey that has seen numerous players from NLD go on to represent Midlands & England.

The NLD U16’s Representative Programme runs from November – February with matches being played post-Christmas.

The Job descriptions for the post can be found by clicking here. Interested parties should complete and submit this application form to [email protected] by the closing date of  Monday 22nd October 2018. 

Interviews will take place during the final week of October/ first week of November, venue and time tbc. Please note those applying for the position will be expected to deliver a coaching session as part of their interview process. Further details regarding this element will be given if invited to interview.

For an informal chat regarding the role please contact NLD Head of Representative Rugby Lee Slack on 07739 295182.

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.


NLD U16’s Finish 2017-18 Programme v Staffordshire

February 27th, 2018 by

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.

NLD U16’s Secure Home Victory

February 20th, 2018 by

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.


NLD U16’s v Eastern Counties Match Report

February 9th, 2018 by

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.

Former NLD Player in England U20 Elite Player Squad

January 10th, 2018 by

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.

NLD U16’s Off to Winning Start

January 8th, 2018 by

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