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Chris Brookes – New Council Member for NLD RFU

October 1st, 2020 by
Following the recent election process to find a successor to Tracy Edmundson as one of our representatives on the RFU Council, we congratulate Chris Brookes on his election. His was the only valid nomination received so he was elected unopposed and is appointed through to 31 July 2023 in accordance with RFU Rules.
As previously advised, there will be a further opportunity later in the season (during February) for anyone interested in the role to stand for election effective from 1 August 2021 to replace me when I stand down after 10 years at the end of the season.
As the future structure of rugby management within NLD evolves over the next couple of months, further detail on how Chris and I will work together amongst our clubs will be advised but both are available for any contact that clubs wish to make. In the meantime, the following is a brief rugby and personal bio from Chris.

Hi for those of you that don’t know me, I am Chris Brookes. I am immensely proud and honoured to be representing you and our Clubs on the RFU Council. It is no doubt going to be huge challenge to promote the community game over the coming months and years.

I have been involved in Rugby all my life, playing for Nottingham as a Colt, and moving to my hometown Club Long Eaton at 19. I played for the Club for 25 years, including County Rugby and NLD. During my playing Career and post retirement I have always been involved in the management, development, and administrative side of the game. As well as Chairing and being development manager at Long Eaton for the last 10 years, I managed the County Teams, and Midlands Under 20’s before being promoted to Manage the England Counties Under 20 Team for the last four years. I have a particular passion for aspirational pathways, retention of youth players into the adult game, as supporting our Clubs.

I am married to Jackie, with three adult sons, and three foster children. As a family we have fostered for over 20 years, and in the last 10 years we have been full time therapeutic carers for Nottinghamshire County Council Fostering Futures program.

If you have anything you want to discuss or any issues, please do not hesitate to contact me on 07999 494378, my personal email is [email protected]

*Vacancy* NLD Head of Representative Rugby

September 28th, 2020 by

An exciting vacancy has arisen at NLD RFU, as the NLD Head of Representative Rugby.

Full details of the role requirements can be viewed here: NLD-Head-of-Representative-Rugby-1 (2)

All applicants for this post should submit their rugby CV along with a covering letter detailing why they would like to take up the position, to [email protected] before 31st October 2020.


The Erewash Touch Challenge

September 25th, 2020 by

Long Eaton and Ilkeston are hosting the R4R Touch Challenge tournaments through October for Seniors and Colts.

They are looking for two clubs to join them on each day.

Ideally entrants will be able to bring enough players for two teams.

Long Eaton and Ilkeston have confirmed that both Clubs are fully Covid secure and fully risk assessed.

Tournaments will start at 2.00pm and finish approx. 5.30pm.

Any clubs that want to join or have any questions, please message Chris Brookes, or call 07999 494378. Allocation will be on first come first served basis.


Saturday 3rd October @ Long Eaton

Saturday 10th October @ Ilkeston

Saturday 17th October @ Long Eaton

Saturday 24th October @ Ilkeston


Saturday 3rd October @ Ilkeston

Saturday 10th October @ Long Eaton

Saturday 17th October @ Ilkeston

Saturday 24th October @ Long Eaton

NLD Representative on RFU Council

September 4th, 2020 by

It is with regret that Tracy Edmundson has stepped down from her role as one of NLDs’ Representatives on the RFU Council. As a CB we now need to hold an election to find a replacement.

All clubs were emailed earlier in the week with the nomination forms and role description for the position. Nominations are invited before 25th September.

Mike Waplington is happy for anyone interested in the role to contact him on 07917 182201 to discuss it further.

Dr. David Murphy

August 28th, 2020 by

It is with much regret that we learn of the passing of Dr. David Murphy, ex Stamford Rugby captain and President, and Honorary Life Member of NLD since 2006. He was a former Orthopaedic Surgeon and RAF Group Captain and father to Andrew and Jonathon. His grandsons John and Ben still play regularly for Stamford. Dr. Murphy was a very well known and respected player and a friend to many throughout the local world and will be greatly missed.


August 27th, 2020 by
The 2020 NLD RFU AGM will be held on Monday 28th September at 7pm, on a virtual platform due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Any clubs or individual members who would like to attend please get in touch with Katherine at [email protected] for further details.
Likewise, if you are a member and unable to attend please submit your apologies to [email protected]

NLD RFU Update

August 27th, 2020 by

We at NLD all hope that you and your families have kept well over the last few months during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Although the playing of rugby has stopped during lockdown, there has been continued activity between NLD and the RFU to try and find a safe way back to playing community rugby, and you will all be aware through the RFU Community Updates of the stages we need to progress through to get back to normality.

The NLD Office Administrator post has been furloughed since April and we are now making a gradual return with Katherine, back from maternity leave, resuming duties on the reduced hours of 10.30am-2pm on Tuesdays and Fridays for the time being. The telephone number remains the same – 07597 670 743, but the email address has changed. All correspondence to the NLD office must now be sent to [email protected]

Due to her work commitments, Tracy Edmundson has reluctantly made the decision to step down from her role as NLD Hon Sec. Tracy has fulfilled this role for many years and the Board thank her for her support and input into the matters of the CB during this time. We are pleased to advise that Darren Dolby, who many of you will already know as our CB Club Volunteer Coordinator and Safeguarding Manager, has agreed to take on this important role. We would like to welcome Darren to this role and thank him for taking on the pivotal task that being Hon Sec is.

We understand how difficult this year has been for clubs and want to sincerely express gratitude for your understanding as we take things slowly on the path back to playing the game that we love.

Louie Clayton

April 16th, 2020 by

It is with great sadness that we have learned that Louie Clayton died after a short illness

Midlands U18’s Vacancy Vacancy exists for team manager of the Midlands U18s as Nick Dermott stood down on completion of this season’s programme – the Midlands CB’s have been asked to circulate the advertisement within their own county structure. Please see link:

March 31st, 2020 by

RFU Suspends All Rugby Following government advice today, the RFU will suspend all rugby activity in England, at both professional and community level, including club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses from 17 March until 14 April subject to continued review. The decision has been taken following government advice in the interests of players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider rugby union community. Where possible, players at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments. The RFU will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to the season in the coming weeks.

March 17th, 2020 by