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Entries for the 2019 NLD U13 Festival are now invited.

November 23rd, 2018 by

Sunday 17th February 2019 – Worksop College

As per the RFU Age Grade Competition Guidelines, the festival will be in a friendly round robin format, medals will be presented to all of the players taking part.

Please click on the following:  NLD U13 Festival Entry Form 2018-19, which you will need to complete and send with a cheque for £35.00, made payable to NLD RFU Ltd and send to:

Northgate Business Centre
38 Northgate
NG24 1EZ

The closing dates for entries is Monday 14th January 2019.

Please note that entries will not be accepted after this date and in the case of withdrawals clubs will not be reimbursed if the closing date has passed. If you are entering multiple teams then the second team will be placed on a waitlist until the closing date. On this date we will then accept as many second team entries as possible on a first come first served basis.

We look forward to welcoming you on the day and if in the meantime we can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to contact the NLD Office on 01636 640800 or [email protected]

NLD Vets 46 – 21 Staffs Vets

November 23rd, 2018 by

On a cold Wednesday evening on the 21st November NLD Vets played Staffordshire Vets at Ilkeston RFC.

NLD’s victory came in a game played in good spirits, with both showing some great attacking flair in addition to trying to exert their physical prowess upon one another.

NLD tries came from Skipper Tim Pritchard, Man of The Match Antony Williams, Alan White, Matt Upton, Mick Tassel, Chris Kirkwood & Karl Ward with a brace. Fly Half Will Moroney, who had a quality game, slotted 3 conversions.

Staffordshire scored 3 cracking tries and 3 conversions.


NLD Junior Finals Update

November 23rd, 2018 by

We are pleased to announce the following venues for this seasons NLD Junior Finals & Festivals:


U13’s Festival Sunday 17th February 2019 @ Worksop College

U14’s Finals Day Sunday 3rd March 2019 @ Derby Rugby Club

U15’s & U16’s Finals Day Sunday 7th April 2019 @ Scunthorpe Rugby Club

U15’s Sevens Festival Sunday 28th April 2019 @ Boston Rugby Club

U16’s Sevens Festival Sunday 5th May 2019 @ Southwell Rugby Club


We would like to thanks all those who submitted tender applications for this seasons events. Without the support of the clubs and schools in NLD, hosting these finals/ festivals events would not be possible.

Drinks In The Car Park Eng V Aus

November 20th, 2018 by

Weather permitting, Tracy and Mike will be doing drinks in Cardinal Vaughan car park at Twickenham this Saturday from 12:45 – 2:15pm.

They’ll be parked just over the bridge near to the front row of cars so hopefully you should see them but feel free to call either of them if you want to check whether they’re there or not and where they are if you can’t find them!

Tracy Edmundson: 07970 727683

Mike Waplington: 07917 182201

NLD U16s Coaching & Management Team

November 20th, 2018 by

Following the interviews and coaching session delivery by a number of candidates last week, NLD are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Coaching Team for the NLD U16s group.


Clive Lindsay, (Head of Rugby at King’s Grantham), will take the lead as Head Coach working with Chris Conroy (Scunthorpe RFC U15s Head Coach & Tigers DPP Coach) and Tom Price (1st XV Coach at Kesteven RFC) to deliver the U16 programme for the coming two years.


NLD Head of Representative Rugby, Lee Slack commented that “The quality of candidates applying for the roles within the U16 age group demonstrates how fortunate the CB is in having coaches around the region of such high calibre.” He added; “This group of Coaches, ably assisted by the Squad manager, Adrian Taylor, will help to provide a programme to our most talented youngsters that delivers an enjoyable experience in an environment where they can thrive and be challenged.”



November 20th, 2018 by

The draw for the semi-finals of this seasons NLD knockout competitions has been made. These matches have a play on date of 23rd Feb unless both clubs agree on an earlier date.


Please refer to the competition regulations and use the match cards available on the NLD website.



West Bridgford V Scunthorpe
Paviors v Market Rasen



Stamford / Lincoln V Newark
Casuals v Ilkeston / Long Eaton



Grimsby / Bourne V Boston / North Hykeham
Moderns / East Retford V Ashfield



Stamford College OB V Gainsborough
Nottinghamians V Meden Vale



For those QF matches still to be played and without agreed dates the remaining available dates are 19th Jan and 19th Feb in order of priority. Again, use should be made of midweeks, double headers or 22nd Dec if possible and mutually agreed by both clubs.

NLD RFU Youth Council Update

November 19th, 2018 by

It has been busy opening few months to the start of the season for the inaugural NLD RFU Youth Council. Launched in September 2018, at Nottingham Rugby Club, the Council has been created and is supported by NLD Hon. Sec and RFU Council Member Tracy Edmundson, the NLD RFU CB Volunteer Group and professional RFU staff.

The programme provides a unique opportunity for our Youth Council members to develop their volunteering skills, creatively, in a positive and supportive environment. Their tenure as a Youth Council member will allow them to gain the experience of working across the constituent body in addition to NLD RFU being provided with youthful insight and energy to help address the modern-day challenges of developing the game.  Newly elected NLD Youth Council Secretary James Kennett confirmed “The NLD Youth Council has been launched to give a voice to young people involved in rugby. Following a launch event at Nottingham Rugby Club the Council has directed its focus to retention in rugby for all, whether it be players, coaches, match officials or volunteers. This key issue is the largest barrier for the success of youth rugby throughout the region. The Youth Council hopes to provide a platform for the issues to be discussed and removed to allow more young people to enjoy rugby everywhere.”


During September and October Youth Council meetings took place to elect officers, confirm their key actions for supporting the game within the 14-24 age group and confirm their appointment to each of NLD’s sub-committee groups. Their appointments to the NLD sub-committee groups are of particular importance because they will each become an influential decision maker within focused groups of the CB including Game Development, Club Development, Women & Girls and Representative Rugby. Additionally, each Youth Council member will be mentored by the sub-committee group lead which will become a vital aspect of succession planning for the future of each group.

Tracy Edmundson commented “We have a fantastic group of passionate, knowledgeable and driven young people working to help move the game forward in NLD. We wish them all the very best for the 2018-19 season and beyond.”

If you wish to contact the NLD RFU Youth Council directly, please do so at the following email address: [email protected]


November 15th, 2018 by

Dates for the Midlands campaign have now been confirmed and the details for the Super Sunday events are as follows:


Sunday 02 December 2018

Venue: Coalville RFC – 350 Hall Lane, Whitwick, Coalville, Leics., LE67 5PF

Kick-off: 10:30

Opposition: Staffordshire U18s

Meet time: 09:00


Sunday 16 December 2018

Venue: Welbeck College – Forest Road, Loughborough, Leics., LE12 8WD

Kick-off: TBC

Opposition: TBC


Sunday 13 January 2019

Venue: Loughborough University – Epinal Way, Loughborough, Leics., LE11 3TU

Kick-off: TBC

Opposition: TBC


NLD kit will be provided and players are reminded that shirt and tie will be required for the after match meals.


Representative ties will be presented to all those players who make the match day squad and who play in the game on the day. As further details emerge for the second and third events, they will be posted on this web site and if any players or parents have any queries regarding the games etc., please contact the Squad Manager, Lee Slack.

NLD Discipline Committee and Panel

November 14th, 2018 by

The board of the Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire Rugby Football Union invite applications from interested members of the local rugby community to join the NLD RFU Discipline Committee. This is a vital role in upholding the core values of Rugby and ensuring the continued enjoyment of the game by all.

The following roles will make up the NLD Discipline Committee.


NLD Discipline Chair

NLD Discipline Vice-Chair

NLD Discipline Secretary

NLD Youth Discipline Secretary

Up to 6 lay members of the Discipline Panels


Role descriptors can be found by clicking on the individual roles above.


Anyone interested in contributing to the local Rugby community by joining the Discipline Committee please send an application to the NLD Office by 25th November 2018 via email to [email protected]


Applications should include your CV and a covering letter explaining your experience in rugby and summarising how you believe you can contribute to the effectiveness of the discipline process within the CB.

Half Game Rule Pilot Update

November 13th, 2018 by

FAO: All Age Group Coaches, Players, Organisers and Parents

It has come to that time in the RFU Half Game project, where the RFU gather your thoughts on the pilot thus far. Please fill in this simple survey before the deadline of Friday 7th December 2018 to ensure your views are collated and help shape the project moving forward.

Further information regarding the project and its rationale can be found by clicking here.