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England Rugby Volunteer Hospitality – West Fan Village

January 2nd, 2018 by


 NatWest 6 Nations Series Matches

As the Official Performance Partner to England Rugby, Mitsubishi Motors will support grassroots rugby as part of their partnership by recognising and rewarding the thousands of volunteers who are an integral part of the sport through the Mitsubishi Motors Volunteer Recognition Programme.

As part of this programme they are now accepting nominations for the following pre-match hospitality events for volunteers who already have a match ticket.

The aim of this recognition opportunity is to identify and thank grassroots volunteers for their valued contributions to the game. In order to assist them in reaching as many volunteers as possible, we ask that any volunteer is only nominated to attend one of the events listed below.

They will be serving hot food and a variety of beverages before both NatWest 6 Nations series matches, opening approximately 2 hours before the match and closing at kick off.

Approximate timings are as follows (may be subject to slight change):

Saturday 10th February 2018, 2.30pm: England v Wales (4.45pm KO)
Saturday 17th March 2018, 12.30pm: England v Ireland (2.45pm KO)

Please complete the following information and email to [email protected]

England Rugby will confirm allocation of places approximately 10 days prior to the event.

A limited number of places at each event is available.

PLEASE SPECIFY MATCH CB/Club Number in party per match (maximum 4) Names of attendees (if names of all attendees are not stated, we will be unable to offer places) Lead email Address (for confirmation)

NLD Senior Competitions Committee Minutes

January 2nd, 2018 by

The NLD Senior Competitions Committee held a virtual meeting on Monday 11th December and the minutes are available to view here.

The next meeting will take place on Monday 22nd January 2018.

NLD Women’s Meeting Minutes

January 2nd, 2018 by

The minutes from the last NLD Women’s Meeting on 6th December are now available to view by clicking here.

The next NLD Women & Girl’s Meeting will take place on 3rd January 2018 at Mansfield RFC, all are welcome to attend.

World Rugby Law Book

January 2nd, 2018 by

World Rugby’s ‘simplified law book’ launches today with the aim of enhancing accessibility and understanding without altering the laws themselves.

The revolutionary law book, which can be viewed here and downloaded via the App store, is the product of almost two years’ work by a specialist group.

The result is a law book that is more logically laid out, clearer in its explanations and, with various repetitions and contradictions removed, 42 per cent shorter than the current version.

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “As our game continues to grow around the world, we continue to strive to make the sport as accessible to all. The laws can be difficult to understand for new participants and fans and the new law book goes a long way towards simplifying it and making it easier to understand for players, coaches, referees and the viewing public.

“This has been a truly collaborative effort with every union given the opportunity to contribute. I’d like to thank them and the working group for their full commitment to an extensive and important process. I believe what they have produced will make a big difference to the game as we seek to make rugby more accessible to all.”

Law Simplification Group: Mark Harrington (World Rugby Head of Technical Services and club head coach), Tappe Henning (Scottish Rugby Union Referee Manager and former international referee), Dr Ross Tucker (sports scientist), Rod Hill (New Zealand Rugby Referee Manager), Chris Cuthbertson (Chairman RFU Laws Committee), James Fitzgerald (World Rugby Media Manager and former international referee), Adam Pearson (web designer/illustrator).

The new law book will shortly be printed and distributed in the usual way.

Vera Hodges

December 21st, 2017 by

It is with regret that we hear of the passing of Vera Hodges yesterday.  Vera’s husband Bill has been heavily involved in rugby within NLD, particularly at Newark RFC, for many years.

Our thoughts are with Bill and the family at this very difficult time.

Christmas Office Opening Hours

December 21st, 2017 by

The NLD Office will be closed over the Christmas period from Friday 22nd December to Tuesday 2nd January.  If you have an urgent query please email [email protected] as emails will be check periodically over the festive period.   All other emails will be responded to as soon as possible in the New Year.

May we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at NLD RFU!

NLD RFU Representative to the England Rugby Football Schools Union (ERFSU)

December 20th, 2017 by

Would you like to get involved in Schools Rugby within NLD and the ERFSU?  Now is your opportunity!  We are looking to appoint a new NLD representative to the ERFSU for the 2018-19 season and beyond.  The successful applicant would:

  • Attend the ERFSU committee meetings (3 per year, generally on a weekend day at a central location)
  • Join an ERFSU sub committee (meet 3 times per year in London).  While our current ERFSU representative sits on the governance committee the successful applicant could consider alternative committees.
  • Work with the NLD Head of Education to report back to the NLD Management Committee & to member schools within NLD.

While the above outlines the general responsibilities there would also be the opportunity to get more involved with the Schools Day at Twickenham and other major festivals should you wish.

The current NLD ERFSU representative would happily discuss the role in more detail and assist in handing over the reins to the position.

Expressions of interest, including a brief rugby CV, should be submitted to Nicole Brown by 31st January 2018.

NLD U18 Squad Triumph in Final Game

December 19th, 2017 by

NLD U 18’s v Staffordshire U18’s – Super Sunday 17 December

In appallingly wet conditions and on a very muddy pitch, the NLD squad played their final game in the Midlands campaign against Staffs. at Broadstreet RFC yesterday.

The match was very competitive with the NLD players having to work hard defensively against a Stafforshire team with numerous heavyweight forwards. The day lent itself much more to a driving, mauling game than the more open and expansive style favored by the Boys in Blue. Nevertheless, everyone ‘fronted up’ and showed commendable organisation to deny the hard running Staffordshire forwards any space in which to work.

Conditions made throwing in and catching at the lineouts quite challenging and the NLD pack take considerable credit from their efforts to provide some quality ball for the Backs to use. Accelerating into space proved ever more difficult in the sticky conditions and it was no surprise when the half-time whistle blew without a score being registered.

The second half produced more of the same, although it was the NLD team that looked the more likely to score. A long range penalty attempt by the Staffordshire Fly Half fell a long way short and the game had reached its last quarter before any points were scored.

From a position deep in their own 22, the NLD defence withstood considerable pressure from the boys in green and managed to relieve the situation with stolen ball and a long clearance downfield. From the lineout, NLD continued to apply the pressure and, following several penalties and a number of ‘pick and goes’, Logan Watt crashed over the Stafforshire try line. Will Helliwell converted the try and despite a final flurry of possession and staunch defence by the Blues, these were to prove to be the only points of the game.

The NLD players can take great pleasure in a complete ‘shut out’ against a team probably more suited to the conditions and they can now only wait until after the Grading Meeting on 10 January to discover how many of them might be selected for the initial Midlands Development day.

It has been a great campaign with a group of players who gelled well from the start, who have, hopefully, enjoyed the experience of playing at representative level and being part of a squad which worked hard throughout to give themselves the best possible chance of further success within the programme.

The Coaching team will now turn their thoughts to the trials in February next year as we look forward to another successful Midlands campaign.

Lee Slack

John Kirk

December 14th, 2017 by

UPDATE – John’s Funeral will take place on Thursday 21st December at Lincoln Crematorium at 12.30pm.  All will be welcome back to Lincoln RFC after the service to celebrate John’s life.

It is with great regret that we’ve learned of the death yesterday of John Kirk following a long and brave battle with cancer. Many people throughout NLD will have got to know John over the years as a highly qualified and respected referee and also as part of the NLD Management Committee before his work commitments took up more of his time.

Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to John’s wife Lesley and sons Oliver and James along with his other family and friends.

Would your club like to host an NLD Junior Finals or Sevens event in 2018?

December 12th, 2017 by

NLD are now inviting Clubs to tender to host the NLD U13-16 Finals Days and Sevens Events during the 2017-18 season.  All of the details to host the events are attached and the tender document should be completed and returned to Nicole Brown by Friday 5th January 2018.

NLD U13-16 Finals & Sevens Host Tender

We are unable to run these events without the support of many clubs throughout NLD and we are really grateful for your continued support.  Hopefully each of the events offer the host club to generate some income through food & bar sales alongside the 50% of the gate fee. 

NLD Junior Finals

U14 Finals        Sunday 11th February 2017 (8 Matches)
U15/16 Finals   Sunday 29th April 2017 (4 Matches)

NLD Junior Sevens

We are also looking for clubs to host NLD Sevens Events on the following dates:

U15                  Sunday 6th May 2017
U16                  Sunday 6th May 2017

NLD U13 Festival

We are looking for two clubs to host U13 Festivals on Sunday 22nd April in different parts of NLD.  Clubs involved in taking part will therefore have less distance to travel and we will be able to accept more entries.