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Category: U20

NLD U20 Match Postponed

March 18th, 2018 by

Due to the weather conditions the NLD U20 match against Buckinghamshire due to to take place this afternoon (Sunday) has been postponed.

We will confirm the rescheduled date as soon as possible.

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

NLD U20’s Ready to Impress

February 2nd, 2018 by

The NLD U20’s team, coaching led by Nic Corrigan and supported by Matt Derbyshire, Jon Welham and managed by Graeme Gunn, have had over 50 players training at their first training session with 14 different clubs and universities represented. The training sessions have taken place at West Bridgford RFC, Ilkeston RFC, Nottingham Trent and Nottingham Universities, ahead of their first game on 11th February against Leicestershire at Ashby RFC (kick off 2:30pm).

Their other games consist of 25th February against Oxfordshire at Chinnor RFC (kick off 2:30pm) and 18th March against Buckinghamshire at Derby RFC (venue TBC – kick off 2:30pm).

The squad will be looking to progress through the stages of the RFU Jason Leonard U20’s County Championship, where the final will be played on Sunday 21st April 2018.

The Manager, Graeme Gun, commented ‘The coaching team have been really impressed with the quality and commitment of the players in the squad so far. As always we would like to thank the clubs and universities for their support of the programme’.

Report:  Abigail Tolson

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 28th January Training Nottingham Trent Uni 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