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NLD U16’s v Leicestershire U16’s

March 9th, 2020 by

Sunday 23rd February, played at Leicester Forest RFC

Well due to the floods and incessant rain over February a small part of Leicestershire was claimed by NLD for our “Home” fixture. Our hosts for the day could not be faulted from organising changing rooms to the food and hospitality post match. And to quote the Club what a great game of rugby.
Watching the video of the match back I was amazed at how much time passed before the first score by Leics, the game ebbed and flowed from end to end and some amazing tackles were put in by both sides. Leics broke the deadlock with a their forwards pealing off a ruck only to be stopped first time, but quick ball saw their second effort take them over almost under the posts making the conversion easy for their kicker. Not to be outdone NLD tore into Leics from the restart and almost scored but knocked close to the line. From the resulting scrum Leics passed the ball down their backs instead of kicking clear and NLD pounced on a loose pass kicking through for our 12 to score an unconverted try. With nothing left of the half NLD gave a penalty away in midfield and quick thinking from Leics saw they run the ball and with some great handling and interplay between forwards and backs scored out wide on the right hand side. Conversion missed saw the half-time score at 5-12
The second half saw no change in the way the game was played with both sides playing good attacking rugby and defensively showing why they represent their Counties. NLD finally got back into the game with a penalty kicked to corner, and from a scrappy line out the NLD 8 somehow got through the resulting ruck and scored, but conversion missed from out wide. 10-12
The game seemed destined to end in a tight loss for NLD, but the NLD 4 pinched a Leics line out and this seemed to rejuvenate the NLD pack, retaining the ball NLD worked their way up field and our No 3 picked a tight line taking the ball off our 9 and breaking deep in the Leics half, a penalty at the breakdown saw NLD kick for the corner, but unable to gather clean ball for a catch and drive the ball was spun into midfield and Leics were caught off side in front of the posts. With great captaincy the decision was taken on the field to go for posts and our 21 stepped up with the clock ticking down and slotted over. The final whistle went and against all odds NLD came away with a hard fought victory.
This brings the NLD U16s program to a close not just for this season but for the future as Leicester Tigers take over the program from next year. On behalf of the coaches a big thank you to all the players involved and the parents for all those evenings driving to training at Scunthorpe who kindly let us use their training ground.
Its been a wonderful season with NLD winning all three of their fixtures, something not done for while.

Sunday 2nd Feb Eastern Counties U16s v NLD U16s played at Gresham School, Holt, Norfolk.

February 18th, 2020 by

The instructions were short and clear in the huddle before kick off, “don’t start slowly”.

NLD playing up quite a slope took this on board and attacked from the whistle.

The first try came from moving the ball quickly out wide to the right and if not for a great tackle by EC the try would of been scored, but quick ball from the ruck went back the other way through the backs and our 13 scored close to the posts which was duly converted. 0-7

The match ebbed and flowed and EC tested the NLD defence several times before from a scrum on our 10m line the No8 picked up going right and again quick recycling saw the ball going left down the backline for our 14 to score in the corner 0-12

Second half saw NLD with the slope but a challenging wind behind them meant kicking saw the ball disappear dead in goal if over hit.

NLD again picked and drove from the base of the scrum with three quick pick & drives up the middle before sending the ball right for our 22 to score, this time with the help of the wind the try was converted 0-19

Not to be over run EC then attacked from the kick off and soon won a scrum in the NLD half, working the ball right from the scrum they scored out wide 5-19

Keeping the pressure on NLD, EC continued to attack but were intercepted by our 11 who passed back inside for our 9 to score 5-24

Not to be overrun EC then scored probably the try of the match from a scrum in their own half they attacked right and scored in the corner. 10-24

With time running out yet another good pick up form 8 saw NLD drive forward, our 6 ripped the ball from the resulting maul and quick ball out to the backs saw our 13 score his second of the game which was converted.

Final score 10-31.

Our last fixture sees us hosting Leicestershire on Sunday 23rd Feb

Staffordshire U16s v NLD U16s

January 27th, 2020 by

Played on Sunday 19th January at Walsall RFC

Our first proper fixture of the season proved to be a real test of the squads defences skills and Staff back line were well drilled and put on show some sharp handling skills. With a lovely flowing move Staffs moved the ball quickly down their backs creating and overlap to score on the corner, but conversion missed.  NLD responded well and the pressure resulted in Staffs giving away a penalty which led to an NLD line out on the Staffs 22, This was turned into a well driven maul, which resulted in the Staffs No 6 collapsing illegally just short of the try line, the Ref gave a penalty try and yellow card, though our hooker claimed he scored anyway.  With their heads up the forwards started making gains from around the ruck area and linked well with the backs resulting in well worked try, but conversion missed.  With half-time beckoning NLD conceded a penalty in their own 22 and Staffs forwards sucked in our pack and scored round the fringes of the ruck, conversion made.

Half time 12-12

The second half became very cat and mouse and had one of the longest scrums ever seen at this level with 6/7 resets and over 3 minutes taken before the ball was finally back in play.  Staffs continued to play some great rugby in with their back line and after a run of four penalties in our 22 the Ref went to his pocket, Playing the next 7 minutes one down NLD defence was outstanding holding of attack after attack from Staffs. As our player returned from the next play NLD turned the ball over and our No 7 broke through the Staffs line, linking well with our No 2.  From the resulting penalty for killing the ball in the tackle, NLD kicked for the corner and tried once more to set up a driving maul, but an accidental offside resulted in a Staffs scrum.  NLD took the resulting scrum against the head and breaking from No 8 almost scored, from the resulting ruck our No 4 powered over, but conversion missed.  With time running out yet another scrum resulted in a penalty to NLD and clear thinking by our 10 saw him tap it to himself and then kick to touch bringing the final whistle.

Full-time 12-17

Next fixture is away against Eastern Counties on the 2nd February

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

Club

School

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

 

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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: https://goo.gl/forms/04Ex7HTp3D3Diy132

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:

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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.

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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
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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 – 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.

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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.

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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.

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