News Archive

More Success for Claire!

May 1st, 2014 by

NLD’s very own Claire Hodnett has been selected for the National Panel of Referees in England. This places her with the élite including other NLDRFURS referees Marcus Caton, Andrew Jackson and Graham Dickens.

Claire is the first female referee to be appointed to the National Panel, and will also be refereeing at the Womens Rugby World Cup to be held in France this year.

An enormous amount of hard work has been put in by Claire, and this is reflected in her phenomenal achievement, we wish her the very best of luck with her future refereeing career.  

NLD U18 Programme

July 30th, 2014 by

Training for the NLD U18 2014 County Championship matches will begin shortly, with sessions due to start at the end of August.  NLD will then prepare to host Eastern Counties in a friendly match on 7th September at Newark RFC (14.30KO) before the first Championship match against Leicestershire at home on 24th September.

NLD U18 Manager Lee Slack said ‘ We are delighted to have an excellent group of young players in the squad for the forthcoming season and we are really excited about getting started.’

To view a full copy of the programme click NLD U18 Draft Programme.

Melbourne Minxes Sponsor Womens RWC Player

July 28th, 2014 by

Melbourne RFC will celebrate 10 years of providing girls rugby this coming season and as part of their celebration they wanted to show their dedication to the Women and Girls side of the game. Melbourne RFC Minxes, the name given to their girls section, have announced today that they are the official Club Sponsor of Worcester and England’s Laura Keates for the 2014-2015 season. “It’s a fantastic chance for us as a club to show our dedication to the female side of rugby by giving something back from the grassroots upwards.” Said Melbourne’s Director of Womens Rugby Nick Woodland. “This sponsorship is our way to support an inspiring young lady by lifting some of the financial burden faced by Premiership and International players who still have to work”. In the Womens game the players have to hold down jobs whilst maintaining the physical and mental ability to play at the top level of their sport.


This coming season the Minxes will have a full complement of girls sides with girls from Burton, Syston, Buxton, Ashbourne and Derby and they have also made changes to the clubs minis section by running an all-girls U8 and U10 teams. These age groups run alongside the clubs boys/mixed U8 and U10 teams but will face the same boys/mixed teams from other clubs.

Melbourne RFC would like to wish Laura and her fellow England team mates good luck in the 2014 Womens World Cup #CarryThemHome

Laura Keates
Laura missed out on the 2010 Rugby World Cup but picked up her first cap against USA the year after while at the Nations Cup in Canada and, sticking with her swift movement through rugby, her second came three days later against South Africa.

The prop is now a firm fixture in the full England squad with 36 caps to her name so far and, after featuring in all 2012 Six Nations games, she played a part in all 12 England Test matches in 2013. She also scored her maiden try for her country in the Nations Cup match against Canada at Infinity Park, Glendale in August.

RFU Lead Up and Legacy Grant for Tupton RFC

July 28th, 2014 by

RUGBY Union in Tupton and North East Derbyshire has received a major boost this week when Tupton RUFC was chosen by the Rugby Football Union to become a Lead Up and Legacy Centre for the 2015 Rugby World Cup which is being staged in England and Wales.

Supporting the choice of Tupton as a Legacy Centre is a grant of £70,000 which, together with further funding from Sport England, Viridor, Veolia and Tupton Parish Council totalling £475,000 that will be used to construct a new Clubhouse at the Club and confirm a partnership between the RFU and club to be Fit for 2015. The grant will enhance the Club’s facilities and provide a resource for use by the local community.

Hosting the World Cup provides an opportunity to deliver a huge participation legacy for Rugby Union and the RFU has committed a £10m investment which will create a network of over 500 Lead Up and Legacy Centres aimed at providing a platform on which Club rugby participation throughout England can be built.

“The new facilities will improve the quality of the rugby experience for everyone using the site and provide more playing opportunities, especially for local people in the 14-24 age-group.” said RFU Area Facilities Manager Peter Shaw.  The Club has appointed DJ Atkinson Construction to build the Clubhouse on a design and build basis.

“This investment will also support the Club’s financial sustainability leading into the Rugby World Cup and will create a focus for England 2015 and a lasting rugby union legacy for rugby in the community. The Clubhouse will help the Club raise its profile and encourage more Players, Volunteers and Spectators to share the special values that distinguish the sport.”

Club Chairman, David Brignull, said: “We are delighted that our project has won approval following its original identification by Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire RFU. We will now have some of the best facilities in the area that local people from Tupton and the surrounding area can use during the week. The 2015 Rugby World Cup will inspire a new wave of people of all ages to become involved in Rugby and this RFU investment will help our Club to be even better equipped to welcome newcomers.”

“This investment by the RFU is excellent news.” saidMP Natascha Engel.“The Club has had an enthusiastic group of hard-working volunteers and this funding will enable them to do even more for young people in the community in the future.”

Tupton RUFC isone of many clubs across England benefitting from investment through the RFU Lead Up and Legacy fund. To find out more go to


NLD Boys Receive England Caps!

July 28th, 2014 by

Dan Hyams and Ollie Fewtrell were presented with their England caps this week to mark their selection for the 2012/13 England U18 Clubs and Schools Squad. Both boys played for NLD U18s in the 2012 Midlands Championship and went on to trial and play for Midlands U18s, from where they were selected for England.

Dan Hyams with capFormer Mellish player Dan (pictured left), was presented with his cap at Mellish RFC by past club President Syd Harris who said that he was very proud to be asked to make the presentation, having known Dan as a young player since he started playing rugby as a junior at the club. Further recognition of Dan’s achievement came when he was named as Gedling’s Sportsperson of the Year 2013.  Dan currently Plays for Ilkeston RFC and Nottingham Academy but is looking eventually to move to either Hartpury or Macclesfield, where he may once again link up with Ollie.

Ollie Fewtrell with Roger WilkesOllie, who played his junior rugby at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School Ashbourne, was presented with his cap by Roger Wilkes, former Head teacher at QEGS and NLD representative at the England Rugby Football Schools Union (pictured left). Roger praised Ollie, stating that he and the School were very proud of the achievement, adding that Ollie was one of the most talented players the School had produced.  Ollie is currently studying Sports Science at Leeds Metropolitan University and is enjoying a busy pre-season at Macclesfield RFC.

John Jefferson, NLD U18 Midlands Representative, says “The NLD U18 Management Team also wish to congratulate the players on their achievement and are proud to continue to produce players who progress to the Midlands and England squads. We wish them both every success in the future”.


NLD U13-19 Competition Draws Announced

July 18th, 2014 by

The draws for the 2014-15 NLD U13-19 Competitions have now been finalised and are available to download below.  Teams entered into the competition should also read through the NLD U13-19 Competition Rules.

NLD U13-19 Competition Draws v1

NLD U13-19 Competition Rules v4 04-06-2014


England Sevens Sprint Training

July 10th, 2014 by

With the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games fast approaching England Rugby TV caught up with the England Sevens Strength & Conditioning Coach Dan Howells during a Sprint Training Session.  Check out the video below for an insight into the session and to hear Dan’s thoughts.

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NLD Girls Applications Open

July 17th, 2014 by

With the 2014-15 season fast approaching the NLD Women & Girls Committee are looking to invite applications from Girls who are interested in being involved with the NLD Squads for the 2014-15 season.

Open to girls in the U15 and U18 age groups the trials will be held on 14th and 21st September 2014.  Alongside the U15 & U18 Trials and Training sessions there will also be development sessions for Girls in the U13 age grade which will be open to all eligible players.

Please complete your application form and take along with you to the first trial in September.

NLD CB Girls Player Application Form2014

All girls in the eligible age groups are welcome to apply and we hope to see as many of you as possible at training in September.  If in the meantime you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Neil Speechley – [email protected] / 07948 094887.

Derbyshire Senior Competition Draws

July 16th, 2014 by

The Draw for the 2014-15 Derbyshire Senior Competitions has now been completed.

Derbyshire Cup

Glossop       v        Amber Valley

Matlock        v        Bakewell

Ashbourne   v        Melbourne

Ilkeston        v        Chesterfield Panthers

All of the above games are to be played by 2nd January 2015

Derbyshire 2nd Team Cup

Ilkeston                       v        Melbourne

Ashbourne                  v        Bakewell

Matlock                       v        Dronfield

Chesterfield Panthers v        Amber Valley

All of the above games are to be played by 2nd January 2015

Derbyshire Shield

Buxton   –   Bye

Castle Donnington   –   Bye

Tupton   v    Long Eaton

Belper    v    Creswell

All of the above games are to be played by 2nd January 2015

Derbyshire President’s Trophy

Buxton   –   Bye

Belper    –   Bye

Creswell        v     Chesterfield Panthers 3rd VXV

Long Eaton   v     Tupton

All of the games above are to be played by 2nd January 2015


Play It Safe Course @ East Retford RFC

July 16th, 2014 by

There will be a Play it Safe course held at East Retford RFC on Wednesday 10th September, 7pm – 10pm. This course is for any volunteer or coach at a club who is working with or has responsibility for children and vulnerable adults within rugby.

Places on the course are £15 and are on a first come first served basis so book now to ensure you don’t miss out.
Booking is available online via the link below to the RFU Online Course Booking Centre. Please note that the system will be unavailable from 18th July – 31st July and therefore you will be unable to make bookings during this time.