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NLD U16 Squad to Face East Midlands Announced

October 28th, 2014 by

The NLD U16 squad to face East Midlands on Sunday has been confirmed.  Fresh from a win against Warwickshire last week the squad includes a couple of changes as they prepare to play on Super Sunday at Bromsgrove RFC, kick off is at 1pm.

Players should confirm their availability with NLD U16 Manager Ian Charles as soon as possible and meet on Sunday at 11:30-11:45 at Bromsgrove RFC, Finstall park, Finstall Road, Bromsgrove, B60 3DH.

Players should dress for the pre match warm up and bring a shirt and tie for the post match meal.
Congratulations to all of the players on their selection, those who have not made the match day squad on this occasion don’t be disheartened, keep working hard and there will be plenty more opportunities throughout the forthcoming fixtures!

Player Name Club School
Jake Hickling West Bridgford Rushcliffe School
Corey Lewis Spalding Spalding Grammar
Edward James Nottingham Corsairs Notts High School
William Boot Sheffield Tigers Meadowhead School
Alex Hamham Lincoln RFC Priory Academy LSST
Reuban Pritchard Market Rasen & Louth De Aston Grammar School
Jack Dickinson Nottingham Corsairs Trent College
Tom Walton Nottingham Corsairs Notts High School
James Thomas Spalding n/a
Elliot Adamson Market Rasen & Louth Pocklington School
Liam McStay Market Rasen & Louth De Aston Grammar School
James Martin    
James Peachey n/a Stamford School
Mark Hendy Spalding QEGS Horncastle
Andrew Brown Nottingham Corsairs George Spencer Academy
Joe Heyes n/a n/a
Harkaren Singh Sandhu Market Rasen & Louth St Bedes High School
Lewis Himsworth Newark St Georges Academy Sleaford
Sam Pace Market Rasen & Louth Caister Grammar School
Thomas Osborne Nottingham Corsairs George Spencer Academy
Mason Coulam    
Matthew Law Newark King’s School, Grantham
Christoper Hardy Newark King’s School Grantham
Charlie Livesey    

NLD U16’s Start 2014-15 Campaign with a win!

October 27th, 2014 by

NLD U16s v Warwickshire U16s Report

Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Broadstreet RFC

WarwichshireU16s 10 – 24 NLD U16s

Last Wednesday this season’s NLD U16 squad took to the field for the first time in the opening county championship encounter with Warwickshire U16’s.  A fantastic setting and pitch at Broadstreet RFC welcomed players and parents all keen to see how the boys would fair.

NLD began like they meant business and were intent on showing an attacking style instilled by coaches Brian Dobb and Matt Albinson during training.  Following a couple of strong runs from wing Liam McStay, NLD found they were matching up well in the wide open spaces and forcing Warwickshire to concede penalties.  From one penalty taken quickly by James Thomas at scrum half the ball was fed wide and full back Andy Brown was on the end to score a deserved try.  The conversion from Elliot Adamson narrowly failed.

As is the nature of these games, Warwickshire came straight back at NLD using territory well and competing hard at the ruck, and they drew level within 5 minutes as they worked some space on the left flank for a well taken try in the corner.  The difficult conversion from wide out was missed.

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The remainder of the half saw NLD press further but unable to break a well organised Warwickshire defence which was holding up under great pressure.

The message at half time was simple to carry on at the same tempo and the scores would come, particularly as the coaches were using the bench to full effect to freshen things up.

The second half began with a bang as NLD pressed again.  They were soon at the Warwickshire line and it was Jack Dickinson, the sole player remaining from last season’s squad, who crashed through players and showed what a years’ experience was worth.  This time Adamson was successful with the conversion and NLD were good value for the 5-12 lead.

Yet again Warwickshire came straight back at NLD and camped themselves in the visitors 22.  Determined and steely defence kept them at bay, but at times this was adjudged to be illegal and try scorer Dickinson was sent to the sin bin for a team offence.  Unfortunately the referee at this point was unaware of the rule punishing only the player and not the team in these matches and with NLD trying to swap a player on Warwickshire took full advantage and their scrum half raced in for the try.  The conversion again failed.

websiteu161Back up to 15, NLD were looking for more out of the game. Keeping strictly to the game plan was paying dividends, and almost immediately after his return to the field, it was Dickinson again who made the most of the openings and scored his second of the night.  With the conversion from Adamson slotted NLD had some breathing space on the spirited and talented Warwickshire side.

Warwickshire to a man were determined to finish on a high and kept playing phase after phase.  The NLD defence was good and kept the home side pinned in their own 22 waiting for an error.  Eventually it came and the ball was worked wide to the right with where Mark Hendy finished at the corner.  The conversion this time failed, but NLD were really good value for a great 10-24 victory.

This was a tremendous performance against a very good Warwickshire side with every member of the squad contributing something meaningful to the game.  Both coaches were extremely happy with what the boys achieved.

Next the squad move on to play East Midlands at Bromsgrove RFC in Super Sunday 1 on Sunday November 2nd.

Squad:

Jake Hickling, Corey Lewis, Joe Heyes, William Boot, Thomas Osborne, Reuban Pritchard, Jack Dickinson, Tom Walton, James Thomas, Elliot Adamson, Liam McStay, Emmet Mcdonnell, James Peachey, Mark Hendy, Andrew Brown, Harkaren Singh-Sandhu, Lewis Himsworth, Sam Pace, Nathaneal Brisco, Alex Hanham, Matthew Law, Christopher Hardy

NLD U16’s Squad v Warwickshire

October 16th, 2014 by

NLD U16’s kick off their 2014-15 season against Warwickshire next Wednesday 22nd October at Broadstreet RFC.

The players listed below have been selected for the match.  They should confirm their availability with NLD U16 Manager Ian Charles as soon as possible.   Kick off is at 7.30pm so all players are asked to arrive at Broadstreet for 6.15pm, if you will be late please let Ian know.

Congratulations to all of the players on their selection, those who have not made the match day squad on this occasion don’t be disheartened, keep working hard and there will be plenty more opportunities throughout the forthcoming fixtures!

First Name Last Name Club School
Jake Hickling West Bridgford Rushcliffe School
Corey Lewis Spalding Spalding Grammar
Edward James Nottingham Corsairs Notts High School
Wiiliam Boot Sheffield Tigers Meadowhead School
Thomas Osborne Nottingham Corsairs George Spencer Academy
Reuban Pritchard Market Rasen & Louth De Aston Grammar School
Jack Dickinson Nottingham Corsairs Trent College
Tom Walton Nottingham Corsairs Notts High School
James Thomas Spalding n/a
Elliot Adamson Market Rasen & Louth Pocklington School
Liam McStay Market Rasen & Louth De Aston Grammar School
Emmet Mcdonnell Nottingham Trent College
James Peachey n/a Stamford School
Mark Hendy Spalding QEGS Horncastle
Andrew Brown Nottingham Corsairs George Spencer Academy
Joe Heyes n/a n/a
Harkaren Singh Sandhu Market Rasen & Louth St Bedes High School
Lewis Himsworth Newark St Georges Academy Sleaford
Sam Pace Market Rasen & Louth Caister Grammar School
Nathaneal Brisco West Bridgford Rushcliffe School
Alex Hanham Lincoln RFC Priory Academy LSST
Matthew Law Newark King’s School Grantham
Christopher Hardy Newark King’s School Grantham

Please also note that there is to be a squad session for ALL players Monday 20th at Newark.

NLD U16 Trial Announcement

September 19th, 2014 by

NLD would like to thank all of the players who took part in the recent trial at Newark.  The trial was highly competitive and some good skills were on show.  From this trial the coaching team were looking to take forward some players to the next stage of this seasons NLD squad process and to integrate the boys into the DPP sessions.

We are pleased to announce the following players have been successful in gaining selection for the next stage.

Patrick Smith – Paviors and Joseph Whitaker School
William Good – Glossop and Glossopdale Community College
Max Beaumont – Glossop and Longendale School
Nathaneal Briscoe – West Bridgford and Rushcliffe School
Lewis Himsworth – Newark and St George’s Academy Sleaford

Each of the boys named above will receive an email from team manager Ian Charles explaining the details for what happens next.  Please read them carefully and confirm that you wish to continue with the process by return email.

If you have not been successful, as mentioned at the trial, this is by no means the end of the road with respect to representative rugby.  Please go away, work with your schools and clubs to improve on your skills, and do not be put off from trying again in the future!

NLD U16 Nominations Invited

September 3rd, 2014 by

The NLD U16 Trial will be held on Monday 15th September and we are now inviting nominations from Clubs and Schools.  The NLD U16 programme is a brilliant opportunity for young players to represent NLD in the RFU County Championship and perhaps even go on to play for Midlands and England.

The squad will train on Monday evenings at Newark RFC and play in the following fixtures:

22/10/14          NLD U16’s      Warwickshire  RFU County Championship   Broadstreet RFC                     7.30pm
02/11/14          NLD U16’s      East Midlands RFU County Championship   Bromsgrove RFC                   1pm
16/11/14          NLD U16’s      TBC                 RFU County Championship   Leicester Grammar School    TBC

Please note that there is a maximum of two nominations from any club or school and in order for the nomination to be accepted the nomination must be completed in full.

The majority of the squad will be formed from players currently involved in DPP and the coaching teams are looking to identify any further players who are not involved in this programme.  It is worth keeping in mind that last season out of the 60+ players that attended this trial only 5 were selected.

Any player already involved in DPP at U16 does not need to be nominated for this trial. 

Nominations should be completed and returned to NLD U16 Manager Ian Charles no later than 5pm on Friday 12th September 2014, please send nominations via email – [email protected]

NLD U16 Player Nomination Form 2014

Will Allman Features in Saints Sevens

August 8th, 2014 by

The Northampton Saints line up for the Premiership Sevens Finals tonight includes one very familiar name.  Starting his rugby career at Melbourne RFC Will Allman progressed through the club at Mini & Junior level.

He continued his excellent form for NLD U16’s and impressed the Midlands Selectors before being invited into the England set up.  He played three matches for England South last season and featured in the Trent College Plate Victory at Twickenham earlier this year.

Will now plays for the Northampton Saints Academy and will feature in a strong Saints line up for this evenings finals.

For the full squad please click here.

4 x NLD U16’s Into Midlands Training Squad!

December 23rd, 2013 by

Congratulations to the four NLD players listed below who have been invited to attend the Midlands Divisional Training Weekend at Leicester Grammar on 25th & 26th January.  Jordon & Ryan Olowofela have been invited into the Northern Division.

We wish all of the players the best of luck in the next stage of selection.

Newman James NLD Newark King’s School Grantham
Olowofela Jordan NLD Newark Lincoln Minster
Olowofela Ryan NLD Newark Lincoln Minster
Poole Zakery NLD Market Rasen De Aston

NLD U16’s Impress against Warwickshire

October 11th, 2013 by

Thursday 10th October 2013 Chesterfield RFC

NLDU16s 31 – 24 Warwickshire U16s

Thursday saw this season’s NLD U16 squad take to the field for the first time to take on Warwickshire U16s.  The coaches decided to play the entire squad so that they could see all the boys in a game situation, and they and the watching crowd were not disappointed on a wet windy night at Chesterfield RFC’s excellent brand new facilities.

The game started brightly, and it was clear both sides were intent on proving what they could do with ball in hand, but it was NLD that began to play the conditions better and soon had the first score of the game through prop John Willingham-Statham, who burst through from close range following good build up play.  Danny Openshaw added an excellent conversion given the conditions.

This gave NLD confidence and soon after they had a second score through the lively centre Lewis Winterbottom, who ran a great line for a score near the posts. Openshaw again added the extras.  Warwickshire were not to be outdone and keen to show the journey was not in their legs worked upfield for a score through the forwards.

NLD were intent on scoring further points before the half was out and with the forwards giving great ball the backs were cutting through.  Ryan Olowofela in particular looked dangerous, but it was his fellow winger Andy Musvaburi who completed the first half scoring with a classic wingers finish in the left corner.  A tricky conversion was missed.

With plenty of fresh legs being brought on throughout the game, NLD were in no mood to take their collective feet off the gas, and the second half began in a similar vein as Ryan Olowofela scored a deserved try at the posts followed by Winterbottom who completed an impressive brace following another good break by Openshaw.  Both conversions left NLD looking pretty at 31-7 in front.

Warwickshire had other ideas, however, and began an unlikely come back with 3 quick fire tries including an impressive gallop from half way from one of their forwards to set up a tense last 5 minutes.  A cool NLD side did enough to see out the victory which on the balance of play was richly deserved.

A cracking start to this year’s programme, where all the boys should be proud of their performance, with still areas to work on.  Many thanks to the parents for getting the boys to and from Chesterfield, and to Chesterfield RFC for their excellent hosting of the game in their cracking new ground.

Squad from:

Charlie Barker, Kaine Buchanan, Jack Dickinson, Calum Donnelly, Michael Hawksworth, Joe Heath, Matthew Hopkins, Joshua Hubbard, Jake Jordan, Josh Latham, Joe McMenamin, Andy Musvaburi, James Newman, Jordan Olowofela, Ryan Olowofela, Daniel Openshaw, Zakery Poole, Hyran Powell, Alex Scott, Connor Slack, Jordan Slack, John Willingham-Statham, Lewis Winterbottom, Jack Lennon, George Eley, Henry Pymm


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