News Archive

Category: U17/18

NLD U17 Session Cancelled & Squad Confirmed

April 16th, 2018 by

The Coaching & Management team have decided to CANCEL the NLD U17’s training session tonight (Monday 16 April).

With the high number of withdrawals through injury and with important games at the end of the season for many of the players, the decision was made to take ALL existing players within the Squad through to the start of next season.

The Squad will reconvene in September and, after a pre-season warm-up against Eastern Counties, the Squad will be cut to its final number and those players will go forward to compete as the NLD U18’s in the Midlands campaign.

The Coaching & Management Team would like to thank all the players who have participated in the programme so far, and look forward to starting the U18’s programme in September.

U17 Inter Squad Game – VENUE CHANGE

April 10th, 2018 by

Following the deterioration in the weather once again, the decision has been taken to CHANGE THE VENUE for tomorrow’s night inter-squad game (Wed. 11 April).

This will now be held at:

David Ross Sports Centre
University of Nottingham

This is the same venue we used for the inter-squad games last week and we will use the same AGP Pitch to provide the players with a proper surface to demonstrate their potential.

Kick-off will be at 20:00

Players should be at the Centre for 19:00 and ready to play promptly at 20:00 as we only have the pitch for 1 hour.

Following feedback from the Midlands group, who trained extensively on AGP, it seems the use of Baby Oil on knees may help to alleviate some of the potential for friction burns sometimes experienced on this type of pitch.

Ed Cox Represents England!

April 10th, 2018 by

NLD U18’s and Stamford School player Ed Cox represented the England Schools and Counties U18’s in a double headed fixture against their Irish counterparts last week.

Both games ended in victory for the English in closely contested encounters. Winning the first game 15-13 and the second 32-29, Ed commented on how much he has enjoyed the whole international experience. His pleasure was no doubt topped off by getting on the score sheet with a try in the second game.

Ed came through the NLD U17’s and U18’s programme and demonstrated his leadership skills as well as his playing ability from the first session and he was delighted to progress from Midlands selection through to the final England Squad.

Ed commented that, ‘It has been an amazing experience, thank you to all the coaches and management at NLD for giving me the opportunity.’

Lee Slack, the NLD U18’s Manager added that it was evident from the outset that Ed had the ability to become an outstanding Back Row player. He went on to say that it was a testament to Ed’s hard work and something of great pleasure for the NLD set-up that his potential was realised when he was proudly able to pull on the famous White Shirt.

Well done, Ed!

NLD U17 Squad Update

April 9th, 2018 by

After yesterday’s match against East Midlands U17’s, there will be a final inter-squad game at Newark RFC on Wednesday 11 April.

Following this session, the Coaching and Management team will meet to agree the composition of the final squad who will then go forward to challenge as the NLD U18’s Squad in the Midlands campaign.

Those players selected for Wednesday evening’s game are as follows:

Archie Adams
Josh Alton-Smith
Joe Barnes
Lewis Booth
James Brogden
Jack Burton
Aidan Butler
Fergus Cato
Oliver Chessum
Will Clayton
Sam Collins
Daniel Di Meo
Taran Elms
Harry Finney
Billy Fitzpatrick
James Harding
Chris Heslam
Stan Hoare
Adam Hopkins
Daniel Langton
Reika Mahmid
Jamie Major
Joe Morgan
Tom O’Brien
Jacob Pearson
James Stimson
Harry Tidswell
Caius Tweed
Khias Webb
Ralph Wills

Once the final squad has been named, those players will meet for the last Squad session on Monday 16 April at Newark RFC.

NLD U17 Squad Announcement

April 6th, 2018 by

Following the Inter-Squad matches last night at the University of Nottingham, the current U17’s squad has been reduced in number, prior to the warm-up game against East Midlands U17’s on Sunday 08 April.

The Coaching and Management team have been very impressed with the level of skills demonstrated by the players this year and this has made selection particularly difficult. As the players were told last night, while it is always disappointing for those who miss out, they should all take pride in getting this far. Trialling for representative rugby is something most players never experience and is an achievement in itself.

We hope those who have missed out this time will return to their Schools and Clubs and continue to enjoy their rugby and maintain their fitness. Everyone was advised last night that being omitted from the Squad going forward is not a ‘No’ – it’s just a ‘Not now’.

During the coming campaign which starts again in September, the Squad will undoubtedly suffer withdrawals for injury and so forth and the players who made it to trial will be very much in the minds of the Coaches if replacements need to be called up. That’s why maintaining fitness and conditioning remains very important to everyone involved so far.

The revised Squad, who will go forward to the East Midlands game on Sunday 08 April is as follows (a further posting will be made on this web site regarding times and venues for the rest of this programme):

Archie ADAMS
Fergus CATO
Daniel DI MEO
Oliver DIXON
Taran ELMS
Khias WEBB
Thomas WIDE



NLD U17 Calendar Update

April 6th, 2018 by

As we approach the completion of the NLD U17’s Programme, we are now able to provide the dates of the remaining matches and training sessions. Losing a month due to the inclement weather has proved challenging in terms of rescheduling, however, we are now able to confirm dates so everyone has an opportunity to plan accordingly.

Sunday 08 April

Venue: Newark RFC
Event: NLD U17’s v East Mids U17’s
Kick-Off: 14:30
Meet time: 13:00

Wednesday 11 April

Venue: Newark RFC
Event: Inter-Squad matches and final squad selection
Kick-Off: 19:00
Meet time: 18:00

Monday 16 April

Venue: Newark RFC
Event: Final Squad Training Session
Kick-Off: 18:30
Meet time: 18:00

As usual, if any player is aware of any event they cannot attend or if any injuries are sustained, please advise the Squad Manager (Lee Slack) as soon as possible.

Lee Slack – NLD U18’s Squad Manager
07739 295 182
[email protected]

NLD U17 Intersquad Game

March 28th, 2018 by

We have now managed to reschedule the inter-squad games from a couple of weeks ago, and the details you need are as follows:

When: Thursday 05 April

Where: Nottingham University AGP Pitch

Time: Meet from 18:00 with kick-off at 19:00

Format: 3 x 20 minutes 15-a-side games. Full contact

What you will need: Shorts & Socks/Protective clothing in case of bad weather/towel/change of clothes/hydration

Provided: Shirts

The Nott’m Uni. site is located at:

David Ross Sports Village
University Park

0115 9515 405

We will play the 3 sessions with a view to seeing how players perform in a match situation with the intention of assessing:

Body shape in contact
Decision making
Team work
Running lines
Identification and exploitation of space

Following this session, we will probably be reducing the total number of players in the Squad as we have duplications in several positions and the revised Squad will be posted on the NLD site.

This is our first opportunity to see players in a live match situation and you should look to build on the impressions you have made at training so far to give yourselves the best chance of making further progress.

Those players who are taken forward will then participate in a match against East Midlands U17’s at Newark RFC on Sunday 08 April. Kick-off will be 14:30 on that day.

If anyone is unable to make the session, please advise Lee Slack as soon as possible.

Equally, you should give thought to your rugby participation during that week. If you can manage your involvement at club/school level to ensure you are as fit and ready as possible, it can only enhance your chances of success at this elevated level of the game.

We look forward to watching you all perform to your best potential next week – this is where it really starts!


[email protected]
07739 295 182

NLDU17 Training – Going Ahead

March 26th, 2018 by

The NLD U17 training session this evening will be going ahead!

NLD U17 Training Game

March 21st, 2018 by

Unfortunately due to the weather conditions the NLD U17 training match this evening has been postponed.

The team will announce updates dates shortly.

NLD U17 Training Cancelled

March 19th, 2018 by

Once again the weather has interfered with plans for the next NLD U17 training session as this evening is now cancelled.  The coaching team are looking to see how they are able to revise the dates and will issue a notice shortly.