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RFU National Youth Council

August 5th, 2014 by

The RFU is on the search for a team of passionate 16 – 24 year olds who will form the new National Youth Council. This is an opportunity for young people in rugby to volunteer at a national level influencing how the RFU supports the 16 – 24 age group. Applications are open now and more information can be found here. The closing date for all applications is: 15th August 2014.

Successful applicants will be chosen at a selection day held at Twickenham Stadium on Friday 29th August 2014. To be eligible, applicants must be available on the selection day as no other assessments will be held.

Benefits to the young volunteer:

Being on the National Youth Council is an exciting opportunity to get involved in the RFU on a national level and also learn lots of new skills to develop professionally and personally. The benefits of being a Youth Council member are:

  • Acting as a consultative body for the 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 the RFU and working with RFU colleagues
  • Opportunity to influence provision and support for young people in rugby
  • Help the RFU to achieve their overall objectives and mission
  • CV building

Who are they looking for:

  • Actively involved in rugby
  • An inspiring ambassador for England Rugby
  • 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 organizational skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team and
  • Ability to travel independently

How to apply:

Complete the application form on the RFU website found HERE and return to Jenny Box [email protected] by midnight 15th August 2014. You must be able to attend a selection event at Twickenham Stadium on Friday 29th August 2014. If you are under 18 years old, you will need your parent’s / guardian’s consent to apply.

Find out more HERE

NLD Website Relaunch!

July 31st, 2014 by

We are delighted to welcome you to the brand new NLD website!  We hope that this site will provide you with all of the information that you are looking for while being informative and easy to navigate.

We are sure there will be areas that we can improve in the coming weeks so if you have any feedback then don’t hesitate to get in contact.

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NLD Announce W&G Coaching Teams for 2014-16

July 31st, 2014 by

NLD are pleased to announce the NLD Coaching teams for the U13,15,18 and Ladies Squads for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

NLD Head of Game Development Dan Sutton said ‘We have been delighted with not only the number of coaching applications but also with the high quality of coaches.  I would like to thank everyone for their applications, there were some difficult decisions that had to be made but the Women and Girls game within NLD has a fantastic set up and we are really excited about the future.’

NLD Ladies
Head Coach – Dan Edson
Assistant Coach – Simon Stuart
Assistant Coach – Andy Dowling

NLD U18’s
Head Coach – Roy Reeve
Assistant Coach – Neil Whitehead
Assistant Coach – John Payne / Neil Speechley*

NLD U15’s
Head Coach – Martin Kerrigan
Assistant Coach – Mark Dobbs
Assistant Coach – Neil Speechley / John Payne*

NLD U13s
Head Coach – Peter Haskell
Assistant Coach – Bob Truswell
Assistant Coach – Adrian Taylor

* Denotes 1 season appointment

For more information on Women & Girls rugby within NLD click here.

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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