NLD RFU & Nottingham Academy had four players representing England Counties Under 20 on the recent Tour to Georgia.
Jacob Wright, Dec Neary, Henry Clement and Connor Field all featured in the Two Test series, Connor scoring a try in the first test which were both won in exciting last minutes dramas.
The First Test at Avchavcha Arena Stadium was a physical test against a huge Georgian pack, billed as a final warm up for the Georgian Professional team before they go to the World U20 Championships in France. In an exciting and outstanding performance from the England boys who had been together for just three days, a last-minute score from Tom Carleton earned them a 24 – 17 Victory. In the Second at Rustavi Stadium Test, six days later, if the first test was exciting, then this was surpassed. The Georgians fully loaded their team with revenge on their minds. An intensely physical encounter, a last play penalty kick from Mitch Pinkus with a 40-meter touchline conversion to secure the victory 24 – 22.
Chris Brookes, England Counties U20 Manager was over the moon with the Tour. “The Tours for the aspirational pathway are not just about the Test Matches, it’s also an ambassadorial tour for the players coaches and management to promote the RFU values and standards. Without doubt this Tour as both successful on an off the pitch. All the players including the local boys did the red rose proud. Obviously, I am in neutral position with England, but naturally I am always pleased to see my own CB and Division do well. My first opportunity of managing the aspirational route was with NLD U18 and following two promotions, its real honour to be Manager of the England Under 20’s.” he added, “the support of the Clubs, Coaches and CB for the aspirational pathway is paramount to its success. We are lucky that with the growth of the profile of the Counties program that we are seeing more and more clubs across the country support their players in the pathway. Long may this continue, and, fingers crossed, I look forward to seeing more local lads on Tour next season, I’m not biased though!”
(Players) – Left to right Dec Neary – NLD U20’s Long Eaton and Nottingham Academy. Henry Clement – Nottingham Academy and Nottingham Trent University. Connor Field – Nottingham Academy and University of Nottingham. Jacob Wright – NLD U20’s, Long Eaton, Nottingham Academy and Leeds Beckett University. (Management) Chris Brookes – Team Manager, Paul Arnold – Coach, formerly of Nottingham Rugby, after the second test victory in Georgia.
The NLD U20 squad to line up against Lancashire in the Jason Leonard RFU U20 County Championship Final has been announced.
After a nail biting last grasp victory against Devon in the Semi Final the squad will make the considerably shorter journey to Moseley RFC on Sunday 6th May 2018 to face their northern rivals, kick off 2pm.
NLD U20 Head Coach Nic Corrigan commented ‘This campaign has been enjoyable and we set out to create a learning opportunity for the players who have taken part. I am indebted to Graeme, John, Matt, Tim & Steph for their work on the program this season. It hasn’t been straight forward managing many areas outside of the sessions but nevertheless to be on the eve of national final is a highlight in all of our rugby journey’s irrespective of route. The focus has been these players developing and learning to challenge themselves. They have appointed their own leadership group and are at the point where they run the game plan and are mentoring each other in smaller groups to add it together as a unit which they have forged.
I am a proud Cestrian (someone from Cheshire) to play against such a distinguished county as Lancashire in this competition is a challenge not many get the chance to take them on. Lancashire are a fantastic CB with names in the coaching game such as Mark Nelson, Brian Ashton MBE, Paul Arnold and Warren Spragg to name a few over the years who have dominated both the senior competition and U20s competition. I wish them and the NLD team the very best for the day but approach this from a point of view that players involved have an opportunity to demonstrate the value of knock out rugby in a highly structured and busy season.’
|1||Henry Trimmer||Nottingham Trent University|
|2||Jack Weedon||Long Eaton RFC|
|3||Kane Linklater||Scunthorpe RFC|
|4||Charlie Barker||Derby RFC|
|5||Toby Hutchinson||Nottingham Academy|
|6||Natty Brisco||West Bridgford RFC|
|7||Luke Brown||West Bridgford RFC|
|8||Jacob Wright||Long Eaton RFC|
|9||Jamie Murray||Nottingham Trent University|
|10||Harrison Wells||Nottingham Trent University|
|11||Josh Arimoro||Nottingham University|
|12||Josh Bloomfield||Nottingham Trent University|
|13||James Peachey||Nottingham Trent University|
|14||Aaron Walker||Long Eaton RFC|
|15||Dan Glasse||Nottingham Academy|
|16||Ben Jesson||Nottingham University|
|17||Tommie Collingwood||Nottingham Trent University|
|18||Dec Neary||Long Eaton RFC|
|19||Joe Mcmenimin||Long Eaton RFC|
|20||Will Harding Terry||Newark RFC|
|21||Oscar Malik||West Bridgford RFC|
|22||Adam Castle||Long Eaton RFC|
Great news for the NLD under 20 squad. Following their semi final win over Devon a couple of weeks ago and in advance of the final of the Jason Leonard under 20 county championship division 2 this Sunday, the following players have been selected for the midlands for divisional weekend on the 12th May.
The next honour potentially available to these players is a cap for England counties under 20 and a trip to Georgia involving two tests after the divisional trials.
The players are (alphabetical order)
Luke Brown – West Bridgford
Kane Linklater – Scunthorpe
Dec Neary – Long Eaton
Tom Tucker – Long Eaton
Jack Weedon – Long Eaton
Jacob Wright – Long Eaton
Dan Glasse – Nottingham Academy
Toby Hutchison – Nottingham Academy
Henry Trimmer – Nottingham Trent University
Huge congratulations to all of the players!
NLD have 8 players in the full Midlands squad of 30 to play Nottingham Academy in a trial match at Long Eaton RFC on Sunday 29th April. All are welcome to come and watch.
This follows on from NLD’s under 20 last gasp victory against Devon to reach the final of the county championship. This is to be played at Moseley RFC on Sunday 6th May – kick off at 2.00pm. Put that date in your diary and come and support your CB’s up and coming young stars on their quest to win the county championship final!
Dan Glasse – Academy
Henry Trimmer – NTU
Jack Weedon – Long Eaton
Kane Linklater – Scunthorpe
Dec Neary – Long Eaton
Toby Hutchinson – Academy
Tom Tucker – Long Eaton
Jacob Wright (reserve) – Long Eaton
The NLD U20 Squad made the long trip to Devon on Sunday (15th April) worthwhile as they secured a dramatic, last moment win in the Semi Final of the Jason Leonard RFU U20 Division 2 County Championship.
After a three tough matches in The Jason Leonard under 20 county championship, the NLD squad headed all the way down to Ivybridge RFC. This was always going to be a tough ask for the NLD squad (mainly players who are playing level 7 and below) against Devon (whose squad featured no less than 9 players who currently play level 5 rugby).
The pitch had been suitably softened up by the amazing wet Devon weather so a free flowing game it wasn’t.
Early tries from both sides in the first half left the half time score 14-12 to NLD who succeeded with both conversions. The NLD back row of Brisco and Brown were dominant and it was Brown and Tucker who scored both tries first half.
Both sides had to work hard on defence and NLD saved the use of our subs by keeping some back for a final flurry which worked. The half time team talk was led by Trimmer who rallied his team and the squad responded, coming out after the break hard and fast although Devon did likewise. 19-19 with 45 minutes gone.
At 49 minutes NLD took the lead with Kane Linklater of Scunthorpe crashing over in the corner. This was closely followed by a try from the Devon 12 – who had been hard to stop all game (26-24 Devon). Aaron Walker of NLD then scampered in for a try on the 69th minute to make it 29-26 NLD. Then – on the 79th minutes the NLD hearts sunk when Devon went over for a converted try (33-29 to Devon.
Was that the game over? Not for the NLD Squad. They managed to win the ball from the restart and after last play was called at 80 minutes and two penalties awarded to NLD from which they opted for scrums, in the 83rd minute NLD’s skipper Henry Trimmer crashed over for the winning try under the posts, converted by Harrison Wells.
In a pulsating fixture that really did go down to the wire huge credit to the entire squad who were a credit to themselves, their clubs and NLD with their demeanor on and off the pitch.
The squad now face Lancashire RFU in the final on Sunday 6th May at Moseley RFC, kick off 2pm.
Henry Trimmer Nottingham Trent Uni
Jack Weedon Long Eaton/Notts Academy
Kane Linklater Scunthorpe
Jacob Wright Long Eaton
Joe Mcmenamin Long Eaton
Natty Brisco West Bridgford
Luke Brown West Bridgford
Tom Tucker Long Eaton
Jamie Murray Nottingham Uni
Harrison Wells Nottingham Trent University
Josh Arimoro Nottingham Uni
Josh Bloomfield Nottingham Trent University
James Peachey Nottingham Trent University
Jake Keeton Lincoln RFC
Aaron Walker Long Eaton
Ben Jesson Nottingham University
Chris Rudkin Melbourne RFC
Dec Neary Long Eaton
Tommie Collingwood Nottingham Trent University
Jonnie Doyle Derby RFC
Will Harding-Terry Newark RFC
Alex Harrison Newark RFC
Tries scored by Luke Brown, Tom Tucker, Henry Trimmer (2), Kane Linklater, Aaron Walker
Conversions – 3 by Harrison Wells
Enjoy the winning moment by clicking here!
The NLD under 20 squad travel all the way to Ivybridge RFC to play Devon in the Jason Leonard U20 Championship Semi Final on Sunday 15th April.
This season the squad has involved over 40 players from a number of clubs, colleges and universities in the area as well as Nottingham Academy.
NLD Head of Representative Rugby Lee Slack commented ‘We are absolutely delighted for all of the players and the team who have worked exceptionally hard to get to this stage of the competition. As always we are hugely grateful for the support of the Clubs, Universities, Colleges & Academies who have released their players to feature in the squad’.
The squad are unbeaten so far this season with away wins against Leicestershire & Oxfordshire and a home victory at Derby against Buckinghamshire have set the team up well.
Nic Corrigan, Head Coach, has every faith in the squad, ‘the commitment the lads have shown has been unbelievable. We now face our biggest challenge to date in Devon in the semi final but I am confident the players will rise to the occasion’.
The squad for this fixture is:
Joshua Arimoro – Nottingham University
James Benstead – Melbourne RFC
Josh Bloomfield – Nottingham Trent University
Natty Brisco – West Bridgford RFC/ Nottingham Academy
Luke Brown – West Bridgford RFC/ Nottingham academy
Gabriel Calland – Glamorgan RFC/ Nottingham academy
Tommie Collingwood – Nottingham Trent University
Jonny Doyle – Derby RFC
Ben Jesson – Nottingham University
Jake Keeton – Lincoln RFC
Kane Linklater – Scunthorpe RFC
Malvin Mazorodze – Long Eaton RFC/ Nottingham academy
Joe Mcmenamin -Long Eaton RFC/ Nottingham academy
Jamie Murray – Nottingham Trent University
Dec Neary – Long Eaton RFC/ Nottingham Academy
James Peachey – Nottingham Trent University
Beefy Rudkin – Melbourne RFC/ Nottingham academy
Henry Trimmer – Nottingham Trent University
Tom Tucker – Long Eaton RFC/ Nottingham Academy
Aaron Walker – Long Eaton RFC/ Nottingham academy
Jack Weedon – Long Eaton/ Nottingham Academy
Harrison Wells – Nottingham Trent University
Jacob Wright – Long Eaton/ Nottingham Academy
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 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.
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.
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
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.
|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|