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NLD U13 Girls Success

September 23rd, 2014 by

On Sunday 21st September the NLD held the second U13 NLD Girls development session at Melbourne RUFC at Chaddesden, Derby following on from the previous session held the week before at Mansfield RUFC.

An average of forty U13 Girls players have now attended each session to date of this new NLD U13 Girls development programme for the U13 game.



NLD U13 Girls Head Coach Peter Haskell commented ‘The skills and ability displayed over the past two sessions held at Mansfield and Melbourne by the current squad of players has really showcased the great potential in girls rugby at U13 level. Hopefully by encouraging the player’s development over the next few months we can build on the numbers of U13 girls playing rugby in NLD and ensure that they are all put on a pathway to play rugby at U15 levels and beyond in the future.  It’s been a great start to this new venture of NLD U13 Girls Rugby’

The next NLD session for the U13 is being held at Sleaford RUFC on the 5th October 2014.


NLD U18 Squad v Leicestershire Announced

September 23rd, 2014 by

Congratulations to those players named below for the first Championship game against Leicestershire tomorrow evening.  The match kicks off at Newark RFC at 7.30pm.

Edward COLE
Elliot HENRY
Daniel SALT
Callum SLACK
Connor SLACK
Jordan SLACK


NLD Senior Competition Draws

September 22nd, 2014 by

The draw has now been made for the next round of the NLD Senior Competitions.  Matches should be played on or before 29th November 2014.

Under the competition rules teams should inform Competitions Secretary Dave Miller of their arranged matches.


Lincoln v Sleaford

Grimsby or Kesteven v Casuals

Bakewell or Matlock v Moderns

West Bridgford v Ashbourne


Worksop v East Retford

Leesbrook v Bingham

Buxton v Cleethorpes

Bourne v Belper


North Hykeham v Gainsborough

Horncastle v Barton & District

Cresswell v Meden Vale

Castle Donnington v GEMS

‘Sin Bin’ in the Youth Game

September 22nd, 2014 by

RFU Regulation 15 has been amended in relation to the Sin Bin duration being reduced proportionately in the youth game. If a player is temporarily suspended in an Age Grade match, the duration of time in the Sin Bin shall be as follows:

• U13 and U14 – 5 minutes
• U15 – 6 minutes
• U16, U17 and U18 – 7 minutes

There are no formal Sin Bin/yellow cards in the U12s and below game as this is considered unnecessary at this age. It is felt that it is more appropriate for the coaches and referee to manage to situation as they think fit.

This change, together with the other IRB Law variations for U13s to U18s boys and girls, are set out in Appendix 2 (Boys) and Appendix 3 (Girls) of RFU Regulation 15 which are available here.

Tony Stimpson

September 22nd, 2014 by

It is with deep regret that we have to advise you that Keyworth RFC Club President, Tony Stimpson, has lost his long battle against Leukaemia and passed away in the early hours of Sunday. I’m sure you will join NLD in extending sympathies to Jill and the family at this sad time.

Tony has given great service to NLD and particularly refereeing over the years as well as being a stalwart of Keyworth RFC along with his wife Jill. Many will have known Tony as a referee locally, touch judge at national level in its early days, assessor, advisor, mentor or just as a good friend who would always enjoy a chat about the game.

On Monday 29 September there will be a private cremation followed by a memorial service at the church in Willoughby on the Wolds at midday and then afterwards at The Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club, Cotgrave, Nottingham NG12 3HB. All are welcome.

Mike Waplington
RFU Council Member

NLD U16 Trial Announcement

September 19th, 2014 by

NLD would like to thank all of the players who took part in the recent trial at Newark.  The trial was highly competitive and some good skills were on show.  From this trial the coaching team were looking to take forward some players to the next stage of this seasons NLD squad process and to integrate the boys into the DPP sessions.

We are pleased to announce the following players have been successful in gaining selection for the next stage.

Patrick Smith – Paviors and Joseph Whitaker School
William Good – Glossop and Glossopdale Community College
Max Beaumont – Glossop and Longendale School
Nathaneal Briscoe – West Bridgford and Rushcliffe School
Lewis Himsworth – Newark and St George’s Academy Sleaford

Each of the boys named above will receive an email from team manager Ian Charles explaining the details for what happens next.  Please read them carefully and confirm that you wish to continue with the process by return email.

If you have not been successful, as mentioned at the trial, this is by no means the end of the road with respect to representative rugby.  Please go away, work with your schools and clubs to improve on your skills, and do not be put off from trying again in the future!

Mansfield Girls Proud of New Kit

September 11th, 2014 by

Mansfield Rugby Club’s newly formed U13 Girls team proudly displayed their new team jersey that was funded by a £500 grant from Notts, Lincs & Derbys RFU.

mansfieldu13girlsshirtsThe grant was awarded to Mansfield Rugby Club following its success in encouraging local girls to play rugby during 2013/2014 season following its creation of a Girls Touch rugby team.

The grant has now enabled the formation of a new U13 Girls rugby side in addition to the current U12 Girls Touch Rugby and following on from England RFU Women’s recent World Cup triumph the number of girls now playing rugby at Mansfield is increasing at a rapid rate.

Any girl interest in playing rugby at the club should contact Peter Haskell on [email protected] or 07990 662685.

Indian Rugby Experience

September 11th, 2014 by

Three members of the Newark U17 squad marked finishing their GCSE exams in the summer by embarking on a rugby adventure in India.

While India is not renowned for its rugby prowess, the sport is played with passion and enthusiasm in clubs and schools across the country.  The players; Alex Scott, Callum Slack and Josh Hubbard plus Tom Swindell, from Rugby; went to Delhi to support the School Sports programme which is emerging there led by former RFU Council Member, Alex Murphy.  Before going, they underwent a Rugby Ready coaching and safety course; so that when they were in Delhi they could inspire Indian youngsters to play for the rugby club hosting them, Delhi Hurricanes.

While in Delhi, they coached in Government schools for children living on the streets, as well as organizing a Rugby Festival for Boys and Girls.  They donated much needed kit provided by Kings School, Grantham to support rugby in Delhi.


“It was humbling to see the happiness and enthusiasm of children, who in Western terms have very little, for playing the game” said Alex Scott.  “In one school we were cheered and sung to by hundreds of children, they were inspirational.”

After Delhi, they moved on to Kolkata, and played for Delhi Hurricanes in the All India Finals – a week long tournament.  They helped the Hurricanes reach their first ever final, beating holders Bombay Gymkhana in the semi final and losing to the Indian Army in the final.

“It was certainly challenging” said Josh Hubbard who scored the winning try in the semi-final.  “It was monsoon season, so the pitch was like a mudbath – but the temperature was in the high thirties, so the mud was hot – and so were we!”

Kolkata gave them more opportunities to help local children experience rugby, as they visited two educational foundations which work with street orphans.  The foundations give a fortunate few from the lowest rungs of society a good education using rugby as the learning vehicle.  Future Hope and Jungle Crows, the two foundations, are supported financially by the rugby family in the UK and, through rugby, are genuinely changing lives.  The boys helped in English lessons, and visited the site of a proposed new site for Future Hope.

Callum Slack said “To see the way in which these children make the best of everything – their optimism, their hunger for education, is really uplifting. ”

The boys were lucky enough to see the sights too, visiting the Taj Mahal amongst other places.  But the lasting impression on the boys was not of places, but of the richness of the culture and the people in India.

“We were in a rugby family while we were there” said Alex Scott “and once you are in a rugby family, you make the best of friends.  We are looking forward to Delhi Hurricanes visiting England to play in the near future, so we can see our friends again and return their hospitality”

All three are planning their next rugby trip to India already!

Anti Bullying Workshop

September 11th, 2014 by

There are still some places available on an Anti Bullying workshop that is being held in Ashfield on Thursday 18th September 2014. 

Anti Bullying Workshop FREE in Ashfield

Guidance for Clubs
18th September 2014 6-9 pm

Ashfield District Council Offices
Urban Road
Kirkby in Ashfield

Content includes:-

How to support young people who are targets, bullies, bystanders

How to create a positive club ethos which challenges bullying and sets agreed standards of behaviour
Policy and strategies
E-safety strategies for sports clubs including safeguarding staff and the use of social networks

To book your place on the course visit the via EventBrite website.

NLD U18’s Turn The Tables on Eastern Counties

September 11th, 2014 by


Sunday 07 September saw the first outing of the season for the  NLD U18’s squad against a strong Eastern Counties side who prevailed against NLD this time last year.

Both squads suffered late withdrawals following the round of school matches played the previous day, and kicked off with each side having 23 players available.


The early exchanges demonstrated that, despite this being the first match of the season, the NLD players were combining well both at the breakdown and with ball in hand.

In a fiercely contested first half, NLD emerged at half time with a 24-10 lead thanks to tries from Joe McMenamin (2) and Ben Usher (2) together with a couple of conversions.

Some excellent work in the loose resulting in the two forwards’ tries were reward for the hard work applied by the pack in retaining their own ball and for pressurising the opposition possession into conceding turnovers.

In contrast, the Winger’s tries demonstrated a pleasing ability by the backs to capitalise on the loose ball in broken play when possession was kicked away by Eastern Counties.

Intelligent running lines combined with good decision making and precise offloads provided Ben Usher with excellent opportunities, which he made the most of, despite still having much to do from 30 metres out.

Eastern Counties showed a willingness to run the ball from all areas of the pitch and, with fast and elusive runners, it was inevitable that they would keep the scoreboard turning over.

The second half gradually became more fragmented as fatigue began to show on the players, although this only provided the substantial crowd with more excitement as gaps began to appear for the more intelligent players to exploit.  NLDU18vEC2

That said, with fatigue comes a fall off in precision resulting in significantly more stoppages for technical infringements and a general deterioration in the game’s continuity.

It was a credit to both sides that the match remained close right to the end and Tom Winning’s two second half tries help seal the victory for the NLD despite a late rally from Eastern Counties, who scored the final try with the last play of the game.

Head Coach Nathan Smith voiced his satisfaction at a job well done and was keen to let the players know that they had put down a strong marker for when squad selection comes round for the Championship game against Leicestershire on September 24th.