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NLD U20 Squad 2017-18

November 21st, 2017 by

The NLD U20 Coaching & Management Team are now inviting applications from players interested in being involved in the 2017-18 campaign.

The NLD U20 Squad will play in the RFU County Championship with matches against Leicestershire, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire with the aim of progressing through to the latter stages of the competition and ultimately the opportunity to play in the Jason Leonard U20 County Championship Final in May 2018.

The squad are led this year by newly appointed RFU Level 4 Head Coach Nic Corrigan who is ably supported by Matt Derbyshire & Jon Welham.  Graeme Gunn once again manages the squad.

All players interested in being involved should complete the below application form in full by 31st December 2017.  The initial trial & training session will take place on Sunday 3rd December 2017 at West Bridgford RFC at 1.30pm.

Please note that while the first session is on 3rd December the final closing date for any players wishing to be considered will be 31st December.


For queries relating to the NLD U20 Squad contact Manager Graeme Gunn on 07779 596929 / [email protected].

In order to be eligible players must:

  • Be aged 19 on 31st August 2017
  • Have been born within Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire or Derbyshire
  • Play for, and be registered to, a club at level 3 or below within Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire & Derbyshire
  • Attend full time School or education within Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire & Derbyshire
  • Reside within Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire or Derbyshire for at least 3 months prior to the playing date
  • Have played for NLD U18’s in previous seasons

Please note that players can only play for ONE constituent body in the 2017-18 season.

Date Training/fixture Location Start Time
Sunday 3rd December Training West Bridgford RFC 1.30pm
Sunday 14th January Training TBC 1.30pm
Sunday 25th January Training TBC 1.30pm
Sunday 4th February Conditioned game/Training TBC 1.30pm
Sunday 11th February Match v Leicestershire (A) TBC 1.30pm
Sunday 18th February Training TBC 1.30pm
Sunday 25th February Match v Oxfordshire (A) TBC 1.30pm
Sunday 11th March Training TBC 1.30pm
Sunday 18th March Match v Buckingham (H)  TBC 1.30pm

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.

NLD U20 Rahat Choudhury Into England Counties U20’s

May 18th, 2017 by

NLD are proud to announce that Rahat Choudhury has been selected for England Under 20 Counites side to take on Holland in two test matches in early June.

The side will play their first match on Wednesday, 7 June followed by a second test of Saturday, 10 June against a representative Holland side.

The squad was chosen following the conclusion of the Jason Leonard U20 County Championship as well as a divisional weekend of fixtures held at Chetwyn Barracks in Nottingham.  Rahat represented NLD in their U20 Championship campaign in which NLD went through the Quarter Finals before missing out to Cheshire.  NLD U20 Manager Graeme Gunn commented;

“We are delighted for Rahat, he has worked extremely hard over the last couple of months and we wish him the very best on the tour to Holland”.

“The standard was incredibly high this year which made selection very difficult,” said team manager Chris Brookes.

“We’re very happy with the players we have and can’t wait to start what will be a brilliant tour. To pull on an England shirt and represent your country is a huge honour for these players.”

In preparation for the tour the side played a trial match against our Nottingham Academy, which England won 26-19 in a top quality match. Joining Rahat from Nottingham Academy are Seb Cecil and Josh Nott, making it three into the final squad of 23.

The team will be led by head coach Richie Williams as well as Paul Arnold with three of last year’s squad members returning to this year’s team.

NLD U20’s Into Final Divisional Squad

April 27th, 2017 by

5 NLD U20’s have been named in the 23 man squad to play in the Divisional Festival over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Huge congratulations to:

Dre Clifton Forbes            West Bridgford RFC / Nottingham Academy
James Newman                South Leicester RFC / Nottingham Academy
Dan Salt                              Doncaster Phoenix RFC
Rahat Choudhary              Hinckley RFC / Nottingham University
Harry Graham                   Hartpury College / Nottingham Academy

NLD Honorary Secretary Tracy Edmundson commented; ‘We are delighted to see these players represent NLD at the next level and wish them the very best of luck for the festival’.

NLD U20’s in Midlands Squad

April 18th, 2017 by

11 NLD U20 players have been selected in the 34 man Midlands Squad ahead of the final selection at Nottingham RFC on 24th April.  From here the final 23 man squad will be selected to play in the Divisional Festival over May Bank Holiday.

NLD U20 Manager Graeme Gunn commented; ‘It’s fantastic to see so many NLD players through to the next stage of selection.  The most we have had in a previous year would be 9 so it is testament to the quality of the squad this year that so many made it through.  We would like to thank everyone involved in the U20’s squad this year and wish these players the best of luck as they continue their journey’.

George Freeman – Spalding
Dre Forbes – West Bridgford / Nottingham Academy
James Newman – South Leicester / Nottingham Academy
Dan Salt – Doncaster Knights
Jacob Wright – Long Eaton
Joe Mcmenamin – Long Eaton / Nottingham Academy
Rahat Choudhoury  – Nottingham University / Middlesburgh / Hinckley
Harry Graham – Hartpury College / Nottingham Academy
Tim Bitirim – Loughborough University
Philip Fletcher  – Kesteven / Keele University
Tom Benjamin – Burton / Nottingham Academy

NLD U20’s Defeat Oxfordshire to Make National Quarter Final

March 23rd, 2017 by

The strength in depth of the NLD under 20 squad this season really showed last weekend with 6 enforced changes 48 hours before the game. 31 players have been used so far in this campaign. Even with this, the squad came out winners 35-22 over Oxfordshire only conceeding 5 points in the second half. As well as this there were 8 changes from the squad that played Warwickshire three weeks ago and narrowly lost 18-17.

This win has meant that the squad has made the play off against Cheshire on Sunday 2nd April to be played at Wilmslow Rugby club – kick off 2.30pm.

The game was played in fine weather at West Bridgford Rugby club and was relatively close at half time with Oxfordshire getting the lion’s share of the possession going in at half time 17-11 up. NLD’s defence took a while to get itself together in the first half with three tries against (one converted). Tim Bitirim scored all of the NLD points in the first half with two penalties and a try.

There were some enforced changes where Rahat Chouhoury had to leave the field with a leg injury replaced by Ilkeston’s open side Sam Humphries. Rahat has not had much luck as he was injured in the Warwickshire game as well.  Conor Mcclean (15) was also injured so Nottingham Academy’s young Adam Castle came on after about 20 minutes for his first start with the 20s.

The pack had to work very hard in the first half so fresh legs were brought on at half time. Pierre Byworth for Ayrton Radford (both last minute call ups). Joe Mcmenamin for Tom Tucker. Jake Hicklin for TJ Oghere. Harry Graham came on at scrum half for Conor Milnes.

With the Oxfordshire pack tiring during the second half, the tables turned and the NLD scrum became totally dominant. Two tries were scored at the base after the NLD scrum drove the opposition scrum back over 15 metres. One by James Newman (moved to 8) and one by scrum half Harry Graham. Another sniping try by Harry Graham and a solo effort try by Bitirim (with two of the 4 NLD tries in the second half converted by him) left the score at 35-22 at fulltime – 20 points score by fly half Bitirim.

The team spirit in this squad is brilliant with everyone playing for and supporting their mates on and off the pitch.

Phil Milton (head coach) said “This result is well deserved after coming so close against Warwickshire. We now have some interesting selection decisions to make for the match against Cheshire. Whatever happens I have been very impressed with the commitment to training and mutual support amongst the players.  This success is also due to the planning and training sessions by my fellow coaches Steve Grainger, Adam Gallagher and Jake Lamb.”

Oghere Teiri Ajuki Derby/Loughborough University
Radford Ayrton Sheffield Tigers
Forbes Dre West Bridgford/Nottingham Academy
Newman James South Leicester/Nottingham Acdemy
Salt Dan Doncaster Knights
Gathercole Reuben Long Eaton /Nottingham  Academy
Choudoury Rahat Nottingham University/ Middlesborough/Hinkley
Tucker Tom Long Eaton /Nottingham  Academy
Milnes Connor Lincoln
Bitirim Tim South Leicester/Loughborough/Academy
Mazoredzi Malvin Long Eaton /Nottingham  Academy
Fletcher Philip Kesteven /Keele University
Taylor Will Nottingham Trent University
Nicholas Ross Nottingham University
Mclean Conor NTU
Byworth Pierre Long Eaton
Wright Jacob Long Eaton
Hicklin Jake West Bridgford/ Nottingham Academy
Mcmenamin Joe Long Eaton/ Nottingham Academy
Humphries Sam Ilkeston
Graham Harry Hartbury College/Nottingham Academy
Castle Adam Spalding/ Nottingham Academy

Graeme Gunn

NLD under 20 Team Manager

NLD U20’s Squad v Oxfordshire Announced

March 16th, 2017 by

The NLD U20 Squad to face Oxfordshire in the last RFU County Championship Match of the season has been announced.

Looking to avenge the last minute defeat away to Warwickshire a couple of weeks ago the team will welcome Oxfordshire to West Bridgford RFC for a 2.30pm Kick Off.

All are welcome to come along to support the squad, with players looking to impress the watching selectors it promises to be an excellent game.

Last name Forename Club/University
1 Neary Declan Long Eaton/Nottingham Academy
2 Newman George Nottingham Trent University/Nottingham Academy
3 Forbes Dre West Bridgford/Nottingham Academy
4 Newman James South Leicester/Nottingham Academy
5 Salt Dan Doncaster Knights
6 Gathercole Reuben Cinderford/Hartpury College
7 Choudoury Rahat Nottingham University/Student pass – Middlesburgh/Hinckley
8 Tucker Tom Long Eaton/Nottingham Academy
9 Milnes Connor Lincoln
10 Bitirim Tim Loughborough University
11 Mazoredzi Malvin Long Eaton/Nottingham Academy
12 Fletcher Philip Kesteven/Keele University
13 Taylor Will Nottingham Trent University
14 Nicholas Ross Nottingham University
15 Benjamin Tom Burton/Nottingham Academy
16 Oghere Tejiri Loughborough University
17 Weedon Jack Nottingham Casuals
18 Brookes Josh Long Eaton
19 Mcmenamin Joe Long Eaton/Nottingham Academy
20 Humphries Sam Ilkeston
21 Graham Harry Hartbury Collge/Nottingham Academy
22 Calland Gabriel Cardiff University/Nottingham Academy



March 3rd, 2017 by

NLD under 20 squad took to the road travelling to Old Leamingtonians RFC to play Warwickshire under 20s on Sunday 26th February, with half the squad under 19 at the beginning of the season there was a good balance of youth and experience. The coaching team of Phil Milton (head coach), Steve Grainger, Adam Gallagher and Jake Lamb have only had a few training sessions with the squad and one training game against Lancashire to prepare for this first fixture.

The match was a very tight affair with NLD being pipped in the 45th minute of the second half, 18-17. NLD played into the wind in the first half. They dominated  the set piece and breakdown area. The 2/8/9/10/15 partnership of George Freeman, Rahat Choudhoury, Harry Graham, Tom Bitrimin and Tom Benjamin gave the whole squad a great spine.

NLD looked very strong with the ball in hand and were unlucky not to be further ahead than 10-5 at half time. Tries by Dre Clifton Forbes and Jacob Wright converted by Tim Bitirim along with a penalty made up the final NLD score line. Warwickshire made a number of changes in the second half and the pressure came on NLD – in particular at the breakdown and line out area which led to losing out to a last minute penalty.

There were some great performances across the board for such a young squad and this will certainly have given the Midlands selectors something to think about over the next few weeks.

The next match is on Sunday the 19th March against Oxfordshire at West Bridgford Rugby Club – kick off is 2.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come and watch – players, familes, club members and coaches.

A few squad facts:

  • Over 50 players have attended the training sessions.
  • 17 clubs, four universities or colleges and Nottingham Academy players have been represented at the training sessions.

Congratulations to those players who were selected below:

Neary Declan Long Eaton RFC/Nottingham Academy
Newman George South Leicester RFC/Nottingham Academy
Clifton Forbes Dre West Bridgford RFC/Nottingham Academy
Newman James South Leicester RFC/Nottingham Acdemy
Mcmenamin Joe Long Eaton RFC/ Nottingham Academy
Wright Jacob Long Eaton RFC /Nottingham  Academy
Weedon Jack Nottingham Casuals RFC/Nottingham Academy
Choudhary Rahat Nottingham University/Hinckley RFC
Graham Harry Hartbury College/Nottingham Academy
Bitirim Tim South Leicester RFC/Loughborough University
Hogan Brandon Lincoln RFC
Fletcher Philip Kesteven RFC/Keele University
Mclean Conor Nottingham Trent University
Mazoredi Malvin Long Eaton RFC/ Nottingham Academy
Benjamin Tom Burton RFC/Nottingham Academy
Animashaun Jonathon Derby University
Moyo Musa Moderns RFC/Nottingham Academy
Tucker Tom Long Eaton RFC/ Nottingham Academy
Pearson Kieran Long Eaton RFC
Gathercole Reuben Hartbury College/Cinderford RFC
Ogunwole Michael Nottingham University
Milnes Connor Lincoln RFC
Nicholas Ross Nottingham Trent University


NLD U20 Warm Up Match v Lancashire

January 12th, 2017 by

NLD U20’s welcome Lancashire RFU to Chesterfield RFC on Sunday 15th January to play a warm up game for the RFU County Championship Fixtures in the next couple of months.  The match kicks off at 2.15pm.

Players will represent over 20 clubs, universities and academies throughout NLD and NLD U20 Manager Graeme Gunn commented; “We have been delighted with the number of players interested in being a part of the squad this year as well as the excellent standard.  The Coaches are very much looking forward to getting the Programme underway and being able to look at all of the lads in a match environment.”

All are welcome at Chesterfield to support the squad.