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Category: U15/16

NLD U16 Training Cancelled

December 11th, 2017 by

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.

NLD U16 Squad Announcement

December 9th, 2017 by

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
Alton Joshua Mansfield RFC
Bailey Will
Brookes Sam Southwell RFC
Cato Fergus Stamford RFC
Dixon Oliver St Georges Academy
Edwards Sam Queen Ethelburga’s
Elms Taran Mansfield RFC
Fitzpatrick Billy Stamford RFC
Francourt Dylan Spalding RFC
Fretwell Scott Paviors RFC
Heslam Christopher Dronfield RFC
Ilione Emeka Nottingham High School
Johnson Adam Stamford Boys School
Keane Jacob Trent College
Loveridge Max Nottingham High School
Major Jamie Scunthorpe RFC
Mason Oliver Toot Hill School
McLaughlin Cameron
O’Hagan Seamus Spalding Grammar
Patrick Jack Spalding Grammar
Roberton Callum Stamford School
Singer Robert
Smith Oliver Brunt’s Academy
Stout Robbie Toot Hill School
Thorne Isaac Paviors RFC
Tidwell Harry Stamford RFC
Tweed Caius Dronfield RFC
Wand William Spalding Grammar
Webb Khias Woodlands, Derby
Wright Jack Boston Grammar

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]

NLD U16 Trial Announcement

November 29th, 2017 by

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
Joshua Alton-Smith
Sam Ball
Finn Boddice
Sam Brooks
Ben Brough
Oscar Clink
Jamie Collin
Jake Curzon
Miguel Da Silva
Oliver Dixon
Corte Dowell
Tom Duncomb
Taran Elms
Reece Flowers-Lane
Sam Forman
Dylan Francourt
Aidan Fretwell
Scott Fretwell
Christopher Heslam
Adam Johnson
Jamie Major
Joseph Moore
Logan Morris
Cameron Moss
Fin Murdoch
William Norton-lane
Lee Parrott
Liam Sheeran
Robbie Stout
nathan stubbs
Charlie Tann
Issac Thorne
Caius Tweed
Oliver Welsh
Oliver Whiley

NLD U16 Nominations Open

November 13th, 2017 by

Nomination, Trial and Selection Process

NLD RFU has in place a programme of ‘player identification’ using appointed NLD coaches as well as the ‘Elite Player Development Group’ (EPDG). 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 2017/2018 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 EPDG 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 EPDG are not selected automatically and players will be selected on current ability and potential.

The first trial will be held on Monday 27th November for all players that are not currently involved in the EPDG group. 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. 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 second trial alongside the players from EPDG on Monday 4th 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:

The link to the nomination forms have been sent directly to Clubs & Schools.  If you have you not received this then please email Nicole Brown.

The season will include the following training sessions and fixtures.

Monday 27th November            Trials – Newark RFC
Monday 4th December               Trials – Newark RFC
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 – Home)
Monday 12th February               Training
Sunday 18th February                 Match (Leics Home)

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 Head Coach – Darren Hall   [email protected]

NLD U16 Manager – Adrian Taylor    [email protected]

NLD U16 & U20 Coaching Teams Announced

October 23rd, 2017 by

Following the recent round of interviews, there is good news for our young, aspiring players within the NLD area with the announcement of brand new coaching teams for both the U16’s and U20’s squads.

The U16’s Squad will be developed and coached by:

Darren Hall – Lead Coach
Neil Stent – Coach
Neil Whitehead – Coach

In addition, the three man coaching team will be joined by:

Adrian Taylor – Squad Manager

The U20’s will also have a completely new set of coaches:

Nic Corrigan – Lead Coach
Matt Darbyshire – Coach
Jon Welham – Coach

This new group will be ably assisted by the existing U20’s Squad Manager, Graeme Gunn.

Over the coming days, both groups will be meeting to establish their respective programmes for the forthcoming campaigns and we wish them every success in their roles to develop and challenge the wealth of player talent within the NLD area.

NLD Representative Coaching Opportunities

August 23rd, 2017 by

NLD are very excited to invite applications for the NLD U16 & U20 Representative Squad Coaching & Management Teams.

These are fantastic opportunities 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 U20 Squad play in the RFU National U20 County Championship with matches being played in the Spring of each season.  The NLD U16’s Representative Programme runs from November – February with matches being played post Christmas.

Job Descriptions for each of the roles are available below, interested parties should complete and submit the application form to [email protected] by the closing date of Monday 11th September.

NLD U20 Head Coach Job Description
NLD U20 Manager Job Description
NLD U20 Forwards Coach Job Description
NLD U20 Backs Coach Job Description

NLD U16 Head Coach Job Description
NLD U16 Manager Job Description
NLD U16 Forwards Coach Job Description
NLD U16 Backs Coach Job Description

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

Interviews will take place later in September.

Leicestershire v NLD U16’s Match Report

March 1st, 2017 by

Leicestershire vs NLD U16’s

26Th February 2017

This was the final game of the NLD under 16s season. The season had been affected by poor weather which impacted on training, so we could expect that the weather would once again not give us an easy ride. The wind was whipping round, line outs were struggling, balls kicked straight at posts ended up in Llandudno and both teams were blown around the pitch, which did not make for a free flowing game.

Leicestershire coped better with the weather than we did and ran three ties past us in the first half, converting two before NLD managed to fight back with a try from Elliott Caunt.

Given the windy conditions our kicking was not as accurate as we would have wanted and Leicestershire took full advantage of this.

In the second half the NLD rallied and there was some excellent defence with NLD getting to the breakdown more quickly and putting some good pressure on Leicestershire. Despite the NLD efforts Leicestershire scored again quickly in the second half. NLD were able to run a try past Leicestershire in the first 5 minutes of the second half thanks to the efforts of Will Harding-Terry with the try grounded by Adam Hopkins, which was successfully converted by Joe Barnes.

The final score was 50 to 12 to Leicestershire, which was disappointing for the players and not reflective of their abilities or the amount of work they put in, both in training and the game.

The NLD U16 season has now ended and we wish all the players well in their future rugby careers. For those of you who make it in rugby we hope we have played a small part in your journey and for those of you who make other choices, we hope you got things from your time with us to help you there.

For all the players we have seen this season who have turned up to training in filthy weather, because you were committed, who turned out to play in pitches so muddy that your parents had no idea who any of you were by the time you left the field, who have been rained on, blown about , who have seen players dejected and have supported them, who have strived to do their best and have kept on trying to the last whistle; then you have learned discipline, team work, persistence and determination which will stand you in good stead anywhere. You are a credit to your families and we look forward to seeing you go on to a bright future.

The NLD Under 16s Coaching & Management Team

NLD U16 Squad v Leicestershire

February 23rd, 2017 by

The match on the 26th February is at Melton Mowbray RFC. There is a good amount of parking there and decent facilities and there will be a changing room for the squad.

We are advised the pitches are well drained but it can get cold there-so wrap up warm! There is catering after the match for players and the clubhouse kitchen and bar will be open for supporters.

Kick off is at 2p.m. –please aim to get to the clubhouse by 12.30 to allow for warm ups etc.

Steph is our physio on the day – let Lindsey know if anyone needs to see her before the match please. As usual if you are unable to play on Sunday for whatever reason, please contact Lindsey asap.

This is the last NLD U16 game so if anyone who is not selected would like to come and support we would be pleased to see you.

There is a player who has not received his tie due to injury, having played for the squad earlier and we will post the tie out directly although we’re sorry not to give it to you personally.

Can anyone who has taken an NLD waterproof top by mistake please return them to me-we may well need them on Sunday with Storm Doris hanging around.

See you all on Sunday and a big thank you to all the players and their parents/support network that have made this season for us.

  1. Ryan Toogood.
  2. Lewis Booth.
  3. Lochlan  Dudley.
  4. Will Mason.
  5. Will Seage.
  6. Marcus Payne.
  7. Ryan Jones
  8. Adam Overton
  9. Samuel Booth
  10. Joe Barnes
  11. Ben Smith
  12. Joel Duckworth
  13. Adam Hopkin
  14. Will Town
  15. Elliot Caunt


  1. Stanley Hoare
  2. Joe Fitzsimmons
  3. Jack Pirie
  4. Luke Allen
  5. Tom Shaw
  6. Harris Orridge-DuBois
  7. Safwaan Ali
  8. Niall King
  9. William Harding-Terry

NLD U16 Training

February 20th, 2017 by

The NLD U16 Training Session will take place this evening (20th February) at Southwell RFC at 6.30pm.  Any problems contact Squad Manager Lindsey Riley.

NLD U16’s Overcome Eastern Counties

February 8th, 2017 by

NLD U16’s 41 Eastern Counties U16’s 31

NLD U16;s

After several weeks of rain NLD managed to avoid the perils of Storm Doris and were blessed with a pitch to play on at Southwell RFC. The day was fine, clear and not too windy. Everyone turned up on time and Sammy the Physio duly strapped up the players who needed it before they hit the pitch.

The team were focussed and ready and we were optimistic. An optimism sadly dented after the first two minutes when EC, taking advantage of sloppy play on our side and benefitting from several penalties, managed to get a try past us, which they duly converted. About 5 minutes later our spirits were buoyed by Ben Smith blistering down the side to score a try for the NLD which Ben Dickinson converted.

EC replied with a try 14 minutes in and NLD showed they were not taking anything lying down with a try from Elliott Caunt half a minute later. The game ebbed and flowed and NLD had several chances which were defeated by sterling defence by EC and the score at half time was all square at 12 all.

The half time talk was more of the same please –the backs going on were told they had a bar raised very high for them by the backs in the first half and we expected them to rise to the challenge. The forwards had been very proactive in scrummaging and at breakdowns and getting the ball out to the backs and more of the same was required.

The subs had been running on with water, tactical advice and kicking tees all the first half and carried on in that supportive role in the second half – it was a real team focussed event.

The second half started and NLD built on their confidence with a try from Joe Barnes, followed less than a minute later by a try from Joe Fitzsimmons. (The forwards having decided not to let the backs have all the fun!) Ben converted the try and the confidence was soaring. This lasted for about a minute when EC replied with a try of their own. At this point the match started to look like a game of table tennis , with NLD scoring through Ben Smith again (converted by Ben D) and EC immediately replying with a try of their own.

NLD then scored through Will Harding-Terry, EC scored almost immediately which they converted and the margins between the two teams sat at 10 with NLD in the lead. There was not long left until the end of the game-but probably enough time for a motived EC side to claw back at least a draw if NLD took their foot off the pedal. Ben Dickinson had been subbed in the second half but was put back onto the pitch due a team member being sent off by the ref and Ben then scored a try which took the pressure off for a short while. EC then squeezed one in at the far corner and we were back to the 10 point gap again.

Luckily NLD held on with some sterling defensive work and at full time the score stood at 41-31 to the NLD. Big cheers all round for what was a whole team performance . There were moments of genuine poetry when the Forwards secured the ball and moved it out to the Backs and the Backs moved it seamlessly up and down their ranks until they managed to score a try. There were moments when the supporting play was breath taking and a player was tackled and offloaded to another player who off loaded again and there always seemed to be someone in support. The tackling was fierce with every player of every size committing whole heartedly, even if it meant wrapping themselves round the ankles of the man mountain of an EC prop to halt his progress or on one occasion three NLD players tackling him to the ground.

The fact that this performance was brought out when we had been unable to train for over two weeks shows you the determination the squad had to bring the result home. The match was filmed for us by Josh Biggs of Nottingham Trent University to send off to the Tigers Academy for them to “spot” players and Lindsey will send the link to this out to all parents once it is completed.  It will also be uploaded onto YouTube – anyone with any concerns regarding this should contact Lindsey immediately.  The next match should be filmed by Leicester so all players will get the chance to be on film.

The next game is away at Leicester on the 26th, it would be lovely to win but remember Dave’s wise words at the game VS EC (I am paraphrasing here Dave so don’t sue me) –“I would rather you played to the best of your ability and you try your best and we lose than you don’t play to the best of your ability and we win-after all this programme is to give you all the chance to shine “. So let’s build on that-see you all at training.

Match report:  Lindsey Riley