News Archive

11 NLD U18 Players Secure Midlands Trial Invitation

January 15th, 2018 by

The Midlands campaign recently culminated in the final Super Sunday games at Broasdstreet RFC on 17 December and Wednesday saw the convening of the Selectors and Assessors at the Midlands grading meeting. Subsequent to that meeting, the following NLD players have been selected to attend the Midlands trials which will take the form of two sessions on Sunday 28 January and Sunday 04 February at Leicester Grammar School:

Logan WATT

Congratulations to these 11 players, who will form a quarter of the initial Midlands Squad, which is great achievement across the six CB’s represented in the campaign – well done!

To those players who were not selected, commiserations. However, everyone involved with the NLD programme this season should be extremely proud of their achievements. Playing at a representative level for the CB is a significant achievement in itself and something many players never aspire to.

From the Coaching and Management Team perspective, we can say that this Squad has been a pleasure to work with and the whole group should take pride from providing so many players to the Midlands Squad. The close knit support and sense of togetherness you all provided, enabled these players to impress the Selectors. Without the framework of operating as one ‘team’, individuals find it more difficult to shine and you should all take credit for the wider achievements of the Squad.

This campaign presented many challenges to the players, in particular having to deal with the tragic passing of squad member Max Hubbard and the unity of the squad playing for each other embodies the closeness these players generated for each other as the campaign progressed.

Congratulations to you all – we hope everyone enjoyed the NLD experience and we wish the 11 players named above every success in the Midlands games and Divisional Festival later in February.

U13 Girls Cluster Enjoy Chesterfield Hospitality

January 15th, 2018 by

61 girls from 9 clubs took part in the NLD U13 programme and what a day it was. It was great to see the skill level increasing, the friendships being built between girls of different clubs and the coaches all networking and planning matches and joint training sessions.

Thanks goes to Chesterfield for hosting and the following clubs for attending.

Castle Donington
Long Eaton
Nottingham Moderns
West Bridgford

If your club would like to get involved then please contact Nick, programme lead via [email protected]

First Aid 4 All Success!

January 11th, 2018 by

In partnership with the Area 4 Legacy Group, NLD RFU are delighted to announce the brand new ‘First Aid 4 All’ initiative has been a huge success since it’s launch in September.  This £10,000 investment offered the opportunity for EVERY team in NLD to access a FREE, comprehensive pitch side first aid kit to help to ensure that all of the 14,000 players within NLD have access to the best possible care at all times.

As we are all too aware First Aid is a hugely important part of our game and Player Welfare is at the heart of the RFU’s Core Values.  Over the last couple of seasons NLD have already invested heavily in First Aid & Medical Support in order to ensure there is the best possible care available for players in clubs and those playing in representative squads, but this was very much the next step to make sure the playing environment is as safe as possible.

NLD are working closely with the local RFU delivery team to ensure that there are appropriate training opportunities throughout the Three Counties for clubs to be able to utilise these First Aid kits correctly and there has also been significant funding on offer to clubs to help with the running of these.

NLD Honorary Secretary Tracy Edmundson commented; ‘Ensuring that there is appropriate first aid throughout rugby clubs in NLD is really high on our priorities and we are delighted that the Area 4 Legacy Group have been so supportive of this project.  In total a huge 524 first aid kits have been distributed to clubs within NLD’.

First Aid 4 Sport are also offering all NLD clubs a discounted rate on refill packs for their clubs.  Visit  

Pictured:  Above – Nottingham Moderns Minis Below – University of Nottingham Womens XV



NatWest RugbyForce is back for 2018! 

January 11th, 2018 by

England Rugby in partnership with NatWest has launched NatWest RugbyForce 2018, the ninth year of a nationwide programme that helps grassroots rugby clubs up and down the country to attract new members and become stronger and more sustainable for the future.

Seize the opportunity to earn your club a unique NEW support package that will benefit your members and the local community by registering today.

Register by 4th February 2018

It pays to sign up early for NatWest RugbyForce: 270 clubs registering before 4th February will have the opportunity to take part in a new and improved programme of NEW free workshops across the country, as well as being in with a chance of receiving financial support and a host of exciting prizes.

For more information & to register YOUR club click here.

Former NLD Player in England U20 Elite Player Squad

January 10th, 2018 by

England U20s have named their 32-man Elite Player Squad for the 2017/18 season and it includes former NLD U16 player Jordan Olowofela who now continues his rugby career at Leicester Tigers.

Jordan, along with twin Ryan, represented NLD U16’s back in 2012/13 and quickly earned a Midlands call up which led onto his first England appearance in the U16 squad.  He played school rugby for Lincoln Minster and also for Newark RFC before moving onto the Tiger’s Academy.

The Elite Player Squad, which will compete in the 2018 Six Nations as well as the World Rugby U20 Championship in May, will be led by Steve Bates and fellow coaches Anthony Allen, Richard Blaze and James Ponton.

Of the 32 players, 14 have already been capped at U20 level with several a part of last season’s Grand Slam winning side.


England open their U20 Six Nations campaign against Italy (2 February) before a home game against Wales in Newcastle (9 February).

We wish Jordan all the very best as his rugby career continues to flourish.

NLD Young Match Officials Courses in February Half Term

January 8th, 2018 by

There are two upcoming NLD Young Match Officials Courses in NLD that are FREE for any Young Match Officials to attend.

The NLD RFU YMO programme provides qualification opportunities in partnership with the RFU, allowing for the development of skills, experience and knowledge.

Old Mutual Wealth Kid’s First Refereeing Children (Level 1)
This course is designed to provide new referees with the core skills to be able to referee rugby union safely and confidently. It takes around 3 hours and is a mixture of practical and classroom based activities.

Thursday 15th February 2018 – Lincoln RFC  Book Here
Thursday 22nd February 2018 – Derby RFC   Book Here

For more information on the NLD Young Match Officials Programme please click here.


NLD U16’s Off to Winning Start

January 8th, 2018 by

On a cold sunny afternoon the whole Squad took part in a “Super Sunday” fixture against Norfolk at Loughborough University.  Playing on an all weather surface the match was played over three 35 minute periods which enabled the whole squad to take part.

The first period was hard fought and Norfolk edged it 17 – 7.  Due to the nature of the fixture both squads put out different team for the second period and NLD bounced back taking control from the restart, strong running in the Centre saw them break through time and time again and the forwards asserted themselves at the breakdown. By the end of this period NLD had opened up a 36 – 17 lead.

The final quarter saw both teams make several adjustments and by the end of the match the scorelines had really opened up. Ten tries in total were scored in this period with Norfolk finishing strongly against a tiring NLD defense.  Despite scoring on the final whistle Norfolk just came up short and NLD held on to win 60 – 53.  The whole NLD squad showed some real promise and given they had only trained twice as a squad beforehand can only improve.

The next fixture is away against Staffordshire in two weeks time.

Match Report:  Adrian Taylor, NLD U16 Manager


Terry Boswell

January 5th, 2018 by


There will be a family only invitation to the cremation followed by a memorial service at St Helens Church, Churchtown, Darley Dale on Friday 19th January at 3.30pm with the wake being held back at the Clubhouse in Cromford.

Chairman of Matlock RFC Dave Toone has written an obituary can be read here.

It is with great regret that we hear of the passing on 31st December 2017 of Terry Boswell.  Terry was a long standing member of Matlock RFC having started his playing career for Old Baileans (latterly Matlock) in the 1950’s. After his playing days were over Terry continued to follow Old Baileans and Matlock ( Baileans) as a committed spectator both home and away. Terry was latterly awarded life membership of Matlock RFC as a tribute to his commitment to Matlock Rugby Club.

Our thoughts and sincere condolences go  to Terry’s wife Chris and their two sons  along with his other family and friends.  

NLD Club Coaching & Referee Coordinator Meetings

January 2nd, 2018 by

We are pleased to be hosting NLD Club Coaching & Referee Coordinator meetings in 2018. These meetings are aimed specifically at helping you to work within your clubs and deliver a high quality and safe experience in rugby whether it be coaching, playing or volunteering.

We are running two events and you can pick the event that is most convenient for you.

Monday 22nd January 2018     Ilkeston RFC           6.30-9.30pm
Tuesday 23rd January 2018   Lincoln RFC             6.30-9.30pm

There will be food available on arrival on the evening.

The meetings will be led by Darren Gourley (RFU Area Training Manager) and John Widdowson (RFU Area Match Official Development Officer), who will cover the following points:

  • Maximising the Club Coaching & Referee Coordinator Roles in YOURclub
  • Resources & support available
  • Networking opportunities with other local Club Coaching & Referee Coordinators

Please RSVP to Nicole Brown([email protected]) by Friday 12th January 2018.

Preferred Event (please delete as appropriate) Ilkeston / Lincoln
Dietary requirements

We hope that the evenings will be really helpful to clubs and offer you the support and tools that will help you to be as effective as possible within your club.

Upcoming Courses in NLD

January 2nd, 2018 by

Please see below the calendar of upcoming courses being run throughout NLD in January.

The direct links to the courses are available below or you can search for more through the England Rugby Online Course Booking Centre.

CPD Scrum Factory Grimsby RFC 8 Jan 2018
CPD Scrum Factory Castle Donington College 9 Jan 2018
CPD Coaching Back Attack Long Eaton RFC 13 Jan 2018
Advanced CPD Game Planning Trent College 14 Jan 2018
Advanced CPD Performance Analysis Trent College 14 Jan 2018
ERRA University of Derby 14, 28 Jan 2018
CPD Coaching Defence Market Rasen & Louth RFC 15 Jan 2018
Rugby Ready Stamford RFC 15 Jan 2018
CMOD Communication Management Saracens Head Hotel 16 Jan 2018
EFARU Nottingham Trent University 18 Jan 2018 CLOSED
Rugby Ready Matlock RFC 20 Jan 2018
ERRA Riseholme College 21 Jan & 4 Feb 2018
Play It Safe Newark RFC 22 Jan 2018
CPD Coaching Lineout Stamford RFC 24 Jan 2018