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NLD U18 v Eastern Counties Match Report

October 11th, 2017 by

Sunday saw the first outing for the NLD U18’s Squad before the start of the Midlands campaign. The traditional warm-up fixture was played in perfect conditions at Newark RUFC’s ground against Eastern Counties with a sizeable crowd in attendance hoping to see some attractive rugby from the NLD players.

In a match comprising 3 sessions; NLD started brightly, however, there were too many basic errors in the opening minutes and the Eastern Counties side capitalised on spilled ball to pressurise the NLD 22.

It was testament to the scramble defence within the NLD’s  own Red Zone that Eastern Counties were not able to take advantage of the possession gifted to them and the match remained pointless in the opening phases.

Max Hubbard, playing on the Wing for NLD, was the unfortunate victim of a stray boot as he was tackled while making a strong run forward. The collision resulted in a cheekbone injury and concussion, and a premature end to Max’s match.

Thankfully, there was no serious damage done and Max will follow the RFU’s Graduated Return To Play Protocols and should be available for the last two Super Sunday games.

Following the restart, NLD made several strong line breaks taking play into Eastern Counties territory only for basic errors to provide scraps of possession for the opposition which ultimately resulted in a try against the run of play. The conversion made the score 7-0.

At the end of the first session, the NLD Coaches challenged the players to identify what was causing the high error count. Any possession enjoyed by Eastern Counties had often come as a result of handling errors and poor execution combined with a lack of defensive cohesion.

From the outset in the second session, the NLD players demonstrated their ability to identify where errors were occurring and an understanding of how to remedy those issues. With greater accuracy and more direct running lines, the home side were soon level thanks to a score created from a great line cutting back through the Eastern Counties defence.

Solid scrummaging and competent lineout strategy provided a platform for much better quality possession. Through strong gain line breaking runs from the Forwards, combined with some quality handling and passing, the Backs were able to exploit the holes in the Eastern Counties defence and, to the delight of the home crowd; NLD crossed the line with two strong finishes on the wing under pressure to put the result beyond doubt.

The third session brought further changes in the line up and NLD scored further tries which extended their lead to a healthy 36-7. Although due credit should be given to the Eastern Counties squad who continued to pressurise the home defence and they were rewarded with two late tries as the NLD players began to tire towards the end of the fixture.

Final score 36-19. However, as the Coaches pointed out, it was the performances of a number of individuals that pleased most and which would provide most headaches for selection as the Squad approaches the first Super Sunday on 29 October.

Several notable absences on Sunday provided opportunities for other players to step up and challenge for inclusion and their performance on the day informs the Coaching team that there is genuine competition for places in almost every position.

All in all, the match provided a useful opportunity for the NLD Coaches and the new Midlands Coach who was present to see the Squad perform as a group. The forthcoming training sessions will target the areas of weakness and should help to enhance the accuracy and execution of the players in preparation for the Midlands games coming up.

Match Report:  Lee Slack

England Counties Midlands Coaching Positions

June 9th, 2017 by

England Counties Midlands U18 Group are currently looking to fill two Coaching positions within the set up.

For more information please see the below job descriptions.

The closing date for both applications is 7th July 2017.

England Counties U18s – Honorary Coach

England Counties U18s – Honorary Divisional Lead Coach

NLD U17’s Beat East Midlands

April 18th, 2017 by

East Mids U17’s 5 v 21 NLD U17’s

The NLD U17’s squad travelled to Stewarts & Lloyds RFC last week in Corby to play the final warm-up game of the campaign.

Having won a very close game in the previous encounter at Newark, the NLD players were keen to finish the season on a high by making it two victories in succession.

A torrid rain storm prior to the match meant that the conditions underfoot would be slippery as would the ball, making handling more of a challenge. Faced by a strong and powerfully built East Mids squad determined to level the score, the evening was always going to present a hard physical challenge and the NLD players demonstrated they were more than up to the task.

Kicking downhill, NLD showed much improvement in their defensive organisation and denied East Midlands territory. Having experienced the effective breakdown work performed by the East Midlands team during the encounter at Newark, the forwards showed much greater awareness in this crucial area of contact.

Supporting the ball carrier much more effectively produced quicker ball which provided Harry Jenkins and Charlie Johnson the opportunity to stretch the home side’s defence. Playing on a wide pitch against much larger opposition in many cases, the NLD players were aware that shipping the ball into the wider channels was likely to bring greater reward than getting involved in an arm-wrestling contest in midfield and so it proved.

Following good defensive work and attacking pressure, NLD won a lineout and, after strong ball carrying from the pack, notably Ed Cox at 6, several phases resulted in quick ball from the ruck. Will Helliwell at 12 delayed the pass and, while Max Hubbard on the wing fixed the defender by staying in the wide channel, Josh Beavis was able to hit the gap at pace to finish near the posts.

The try was converted by Will Helliwell.

The following few minutes saw East Mids enjoy good possession only for the well organised NLD defence to force handling errors with good line speed and strong tackling. Pressure on the East Mids ball carrier in the home 22 led to the ball being spilled and Will Leech at 10 made a sniping run towards the line.

A fine tackle brought the NLD player up short, however, Matt Mallinson following up was able to hack the ball through and dot down for the second try.

Will Leech converted.

Despite numerous changes during the second and third period, NLD maintained their continuity and concentration making it increasingly difficult for the East Mids ball carriers to make significant inroads into NLD territory. Strong tackling and great work in the breakdown imposed pressure on the East Mids possession and was rewarded with a number of knock-ons.

Distribution from the base of the scrum and ruck continued to provide quality ball in midfield and both Harry Jenkins and Findlay Tweedie showed a range of skills instructing the pack and organising defence.

Into the third period, East Mids enjoyed their longest period of possession and only organised and tight defensive work by NLD prevented them making territorial inroads. Following multiple phases from the East Mids pack, the ball went wide and a strong tackle from Jasper Nilsson resulted in turnover ball and, ultimately, a knock-on by East Mids.

From the ensuing scrum, Will Leech made to pass into midfield before stepping  inside and accelerating through the defensive dogleg. Intelligent support from Nilsson gave Leech an easy offload for the centre to score under the posts.

Will Leech converted.

East Mids showed great character and resilience despite being on the wrong end of the scoreline and were rewarded for their unstinting efforts with a try following a spilt ball in the final minutes.

All in all a compelling game of rugby which was a pleasure for the large crowd of supporters to witness.

Will Ellison and Joe Fitzsimons in the Second Row were willing ball carriers all evening along with the hard working Will Peakman playing at Open Side. Ed Cox and Warwick Waudby provided plenty of ‘go forward’ and that momentum continued with the introduction of Ben Henson and Ben Jackson.

Special mention should go to the Front Row players who worked tirelessly despite having little in the way of replacements. Hookers Conor White and Lewis Booth impressed with their lineout throwing in difficult conditions while Logan Watt and Josh Peters continually defended the breakdown and spoiled East Mids possession.

Changes in the midfield saw Richard Norfolk and Jasper Nilsson replace the strong running and effective partnership of Will Helliwell and Will Harding-Terry. The line breaking ability of Richard Norfolk enabled the NLD to get beyond the gain line on multiple occasions and this inevitably caused problems for the East Mids defence.

Not an easy night for wingers but all NLD wide players showed a willingness to offer options in attack and were resolute in defence.

All in all, a satisfying conclusion to the U17’s programme and this performance demonstrated the potential within the squad to challenge competitively in the Midlands campaign later this year.

Following the Summer break, the Squad will reconvene, probably in September, and the U18’s programme will begin in earnest.

Lee Slack

NLD U17’s Face East Midlands

April 5th, 2017 by

With the NLD U17’s programme almost complete, the Coaching and Management team have decided to reduce the number of players in the existing squad and a final training session has been arranged prior to the final warm-up game against East Midlands U17’s.

This training session and the additional game were not part of the original programme. It was requested by East Midlands following the cancellation of their fixture against Leicestershire. The NLD Coaching team were eager to accept the fixture as it will provide a further opportunity for players to stake a claim for a place in the final U18’s Squad.

It is acknowledged that the extra match falls within the Easter holidays and certain players may not be available to play. The Coaching and Management team understand the possibility of players being away over this period and can reassure those individuals affected that non-availability will not impact on potential selection for the final squad.

The final training session will take place on MONDAY 10 April 2017 at NEWARK RUFC.

Players are requested to arrive from 18:00 with a view to being ready to train at 18:30.

The match against East Midlands U17’s will take place on:

WEDNESDAY 12 APRIL 2017

VENUE:

STEWARTS & LLOYDS RFC
OCCUPATION ROAD
CORBY
NN17 1EH

Players should be at the ground between 17:30-18:00 with kick-off scheduled for 19:30.

Food will be provided after the match.

ALL PLAYERS INCLUDED IN THE REVISED SQUAD BELOW ARE SELECTED FOR THE EAST MIDLANDS GAME.

AS USUAL, ANYONE WHO IS INJURED OR UNAVAILABLE SHOULD IMMEDIATELY CONTACT THE SQUAD MANAGER (LEE SLACK) AT: [email protected]

NLD U17’s Squad

Josh BEAVIS

Lewis BOOTH

Joe BURNS

Jack BURTON

Jordan BUTCHER

James COLLETT

Ed COX

Will ELLISON

Joe FITZSIMONS

Will HARDING-TERRY

Will HELLIWELL

Alex HENDERSON

Ben HENSON

Adam HOPKINS

Josh HORSLEY

Max HUBBARD

George ILINCUTA

Willis INGLEBY

Ben JACKSON

Harry JENKINS

Charlie JOHNSON

Will LEECH

Oscar MALIK

Matthew MALLINSON

Jasper NILSSON

Richard NORFOLK

William PEAKMAN

Josh PETERS

Will TOWN

Findlay TWEEDIE

Logan WATT

Warwick WAUDBY

Conor WHITE

NLD U17 Squad Announced for East Midlands Match

March 28th, 2017 by

After the training session at Southwell last night, the following players have been selected for the NLD U17’s Squad to play East Midlands U17’s on Sunday 02 April.

THE MATCH WILL BE PLAYED AT NEWARK RUFC WITH KICK-OFF AT 14:15. PLAYERS ARE REQUESTED TO BE AT THE GROUND FOR 12:45.

PLAYING SHIRTS WILL BE PROVIDED, HOWEVER, PLAYERS ARE REMINDED TO BRING THEIR OWN CLUB/SCHOOL SOCKS AND SHORTS.

A meal will be provided for players after the match.

NLD SQUAD

Joe BARNES

Lewis BOOTH

Joe BURNS

Jack BURTON

Jordan BUTCHER

Cameron COX

Ed COX

Joel DUCKWORTH

William ELLISON

Joe FITZSIMONS

Will HARDING-TERRY

Will HELLIWELL

Alex HENDERSON

Ben HENSON

Josh HORSLEY

Max HUBBARD

Willis INGLEBY

Ben JACKSON

Oscar MALIK

Matthew MALLINSON

Jack McGRATH

Richard NORFOLK

William PEAKMAN

Josh PETERS

Ben SMITH

Will TOWN

Findlay TWEEDIE

Nathan WARBURTON

Logan WATT

Warwick WAUDBY

This match completes the U17’s programme and, following the game, the Coaching team will examine the performances of players across the enlarged squad over recent weeks with a view to rationalising numbers down to a final squad of around 35 players.

These players will form the NLD U18’s Squad which will reconvene around the end of August prior to challenging in the Midlands competition.

As usual, in the event of injury or unavailability, players are reminded that it is their responsibility to contact the Squad Manager (Lee Slack) at:

[email protected]

NLD U17 Squad v Leicestershire

March 21st, 2017 by

The following players have been selected to play in the U17’s warm-up game against Leicestershire U17’s tomorrow night (Wednesday 22 March 2017) at NEWARK RFC.

Kick-off will be 19:30 and players are asked to arrive at the ground for 18:15.

The match will probably consist of 3 x 20 minute games in order to provide as many players as possible with an opportunity to press for inclusion in the final squad.

PLAYERS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH NLD SHIRTS, HOWEVER, THEY SHOULD BRING SCHOOL/CLUB SHORTS AND SOCKS AS THIS IS NOT A REPRESENTATIVE GAME.

Food will be provided after the game but players are reminded to make sure they have enough fluids to keep hydrated.

If anyone has problems with injury or unavailability, they should contact the Squad Manager (Lee Slack) urgently at:

[email protected]

NLD U17’s SQUAD

Luke ALLEN

Josh BEAVIS

Jordan BUTCHER

Elliott CAUNT

James COLLETT

Cameron COX

Ed COX

Joel DUCKWORTH

Will ELLISON

Joe FITZSIMMONS

Will HELLIWELL

Alex HENDERSON

Ben HENSON

Adam HOPKINS

Josh HORSLEY

George ILINCUTA

Ben JACKSON

Harry JENKINS

Charlie JOHNSON

Oscar MALIK

Matthew MALLINSON

Jasper NILSSON

William PEAKMAN

Will TOWN

Findlay TWEEDIE

Nathan WARBURTON

Logan WATT

Warwick WAUDBY

Conor WHITE

URGENT INFORMATION FOR THE CURRENT NLD U17’S SQUAD

March 6th, 2017 by

Due to the heavy rainfall yesterday, the pitches at NEWARK RFC have been declared unplayable.

Consequently, the session planned for this evening (Monday 06 March) has been CANCELLED.

The next session will be on MONDAY 13 MARCH at SOUTHWELL RFC. Players are asked to register from 18:00 and be ready to train by 18:30.

As usual, if anyone has any questions regarding the above, please contact Squad Manager, Lee Slack, at:

[email protected]

NLD U18’s Play For Midlands Counties

March 3rd, 2017 by

On Sunday 26 February Matt Law (Newark RUFC) and Adam Castle (Spalding RUFC) represented the Midlands Counties against the Northern Counties in a match that was played at Dudley Kingswinford RUFC.

Matt was the fly half and vice captain, and Adam Castle played at full back in the 19-17 victory.

Following the game Matt has been selected for the England Counties side to face Ireland in April.  Huge congratulations to both players who have done NLD proud and we wish Matt the best of luck for the England match next month.

NLD U17 Squad Announced

March 2nd, 2017 by

The NLD U17’s Trial Match was held at Newark RFC last night accommodating over 50 players, all hoping to progress to the next stage as squad numbers are trimmed.

The Coaching team were keen to make all the players aware that they had been exceptionally impressed with the quality of rugby the group had demonstrated. They added that the deliberations as to which players would progress had been made extremely challenging because of the performances on the night.

As a result of those deliberations, the following players are invited to attend the coming training sessions and warm up matches prior to a final squad being named some time in April:

Luke ALLEN
Joe BARNES
Josh BEAVIS
Lewis BOOTH
Jordan BUTCHER
Joe BURNS
Elliot CAUNT
James COLLETT
Cameron COX
Ed COX
Joel DUCKWORTH
Will ELLISON
Joe FITZSIMMONS
Peter HAMPTON
Will HARDING-TERRY
Will HELLIWELL
Alex HENDERSON
Adam HOPKIN
Harry JENKINS
Ben HENSON
Josh HORSLEY
Max HUBBARD
Willis INGLEBY
George ILINCUTA
Ben JACKSON
Charlie JOHNSON
Brandon JOSS
Oscar MALIK
Matthew MALLINSON
Jack McGRATH
Alistair MOSS
Jasper NILSSON
Richard NORFOLK
William PEAKMAN
Josh PETERS
Josh STANLEY
Will TOWN
Findlay TWEEDIE
Logan WATT
Nathan WARBURTON
Warwick WAUDBY
Conor WHITE

The first Training Session will be at NEWARK RFC on MONDAY 06 March 2017. Players are requested to arrive from 18:00 and be ready to train by 18:30.

Following this event, there will be further sessions on:

Monday 13 March

TRAINING

Venue – Southwell RFC
18:00 for 18:30 start

Monday 20 March

TRAINING

Venue – Southwell RFC
18:00 for 18:30 start

Wednesday 22 March

MATCH

Warm-up game v Leics. U17’s
Venue – Newark RFC

Kick-Off – 19:30

Monday 27 March

TRAINING

Venue – Southwell RFC
18:00 for 18:30 start

Sunday 02 April

MATCH

Warm-up game v East Mids. U17’s
Venue – Newark RFC

Kick-Off – 14:15

These dates are given here to demonstrate the level of commitment required of those players selected and who want to challenge for a place in the Midlands Development Day later in the year.

Any player who feels they are unable to make the necessary commitment to these sessions is advised to contact the Squad Manager immediately to discuss their individual situation.

 

Contact details:

Lee Slack

e-mail – [email protected]

For texts: 07739 295182

 

The next stage of the journey has begun – bring it on!

NLD U17 Trial Match Update

February 27th, 2017 by

Initial U17’s Trials were held at Mellish on Monday 20 February and the NLD Coaching team have now deliberated in order to begin the process of trimming the numbers with a view to naming a final squad of around 35 players in April who will form the NLD U18’s for next season’s Midlands campaign.

It is always disappointing for players to be omitted as the process continues. Nevertheless, those players who are not progressing past this stage should feel proud that their rugby skills have been acknowledged by the fact that their respective coaches nominated them for trial.

The ongoing expanded squad for Trial includes a number of players from the current NLD U16’s. The U18’s Coaching team has observed this group on a number of occasions at various matches and, following additional discussion with the U16’s Coaching team, several players were identified as having sufficient physical and playing maturity to warrant an opportunity to trial with the current crop of U17’s.

No doubt more of the existing U16’s squad will make further progress during the season and will certainly challenge for inclusion this time next year.

The next challenge will come in the form of a Trial Match on the evening of Wednesday 01 March 2017. This will take place at NEWARK RFC and players are asked to arrive for registration at 18:00 with a view to being ready to play by 18:30.

IT IS AT THIS POINT THAT WE INVITE BACK THOSE PLAYERS WHO FORMED PART OF THE NLD U18’s SQUAD LAST SEASON. THESE PLAYERS ARE NOW BACK IN THE MIX AS FAR AS SELECTION IS CONCERNED AND WILL COMPETE WITH THE LISTED PLAYERS BELOW FOR INCLUSION IN THE FINAL SQUAD.

Jake BALDRY
James COLLETT
Cameron COX
Gareth DIGWEED
Will HELLIWELL
Alex HENDERS
Harry JENKINS
Richard NORFOLK
Logan WATT

Following the session, the Coaches will discuss the players’ performances and a revised squad will be announced to go forward to attend a number of training evenings during March.

The announcement will be made on the NLD web site within 48 hours of the Trial Match at:

www.nldrfu.co.uk

The list of players is as follows:

Luke ALLEN
Will BACKHOUSE
Joe BARNES
Josh BEAVIS
Lewis BOOTH
Brandon JOSS
Toby BROOKES
Jordan BUTCHER
Joe BURNS
Elliot CAUNT
Aaron CODLING
Seth COLLIS
Ed COX
Harry COX
Ben DICKINSON
Joel DUCKWORTH
Lochlan DUDLEY
Will ELLISON
Joe FITZSIMMONS
Will HARDING-TERRY
Peter HARTMAN
Angus HASWELL
Ben HENSON
Adam HOPKINS
Josh HORSLEY
Max HUBBARD
Willis INGLEBY
George ILINCUTA
Ben JACKSON
Charlie JOHNSON
Finn JOHNSON
Jordan KELSO
Jonny LAW
Ed LEIGH
Oscar MALIK
Matthew MALLINSON
Jack McGRATH
Alistair MOSS
Jasper NILSSON
Archie OFFER
Harrison ORRIDGE DU BOIS
Adam OVERTON
Jack PALIN
Marcus PAYNE
William PEAKMAN
Josh PETERS
William RUSH
Will SEAGE
Ben SMITH
Josh STANLEY
Ryan TOOGOOD
Will TOWN
Findlay TWEEDIE
Warwick WAUDBY
Nathan WARBURTON

PLAYERS ARE REQUESTED TO BRING THEIR OWN CLUB/SCHOL SHORTS AND SOCKS. SHIRTS WILL BE PROVIDED.


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