News Archive

Gordon Miles

February 24th, 2015 by

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Gordon Miles, who served schools rugby in Coventry, Warwickshire and the Midlands for over 50 years.

Gordon’s last role was as Secretary and Team Manager of the Midlands, which he had filled for 18 years.

Gordon Miles

Schools’ Rugby Activities

1953- 1955                  Loughborough College

1955-1957                   Barkers Butts Boys School

Coventry Schools RFU Committee / Coach

1957-1958                   Cardiff University

1958-1965                   Barkers Butts Boys School

Coventry Schools RFU Committee  – Treasurer

1965-1974                   Foxford School, Coventry

Coventry Schools RFU  – Selector

Warwickshire Schools RFU Committee / Selector

1974-1988                   Kingshurst School, Chelmsley Wood, Solihull

Warwickshire Schools RFU Committee / Selector

Warwickshire Schools Representative on Midlands Committee

1990-1993                   Warwickshire Schools RFU – Chairman

1993- 2008                  Warwickshire Schools RFU – Secretary

1989-2008                   Midlands Schools (16 Group) – Secretary

1990-2008                   Midlands Schools (16 Group) – Team Manager

During this period Gordon has been:

16 Group Selector (Backs)

16 Group B XV Team Manager @ Millfield

Assistant Director of the Millfield International Tournament since inception

1988- 2008                  Warwickshire Schools Representative on Full Warwickshire Committee

2003-2005                   President Warwickshire RFU (CB)

He died at 8pm on Friday 20th February in hospital.

Gordon was a fantastic servant to schools rugby not only in the Midlands but also nationally. He was a lovely man who helped and supported us all whilst he worked so hard for the school boys.

Funeral details will be posted as soon as they are known.

Long Eaton RFC Forwards Coach Opportunity

February 24th, 2015 by

Long Eaton RFC are a fast developing club currently running three senior teams and two successful Colts teams. Due to this progression they now need a specialist forwards coach.

They are looking for a committed individual to take on and develop this role progressing both the senior players as well as developing the colts. Long Eaton RFC are committed to coaching using a games based approach to maximise development and participation in an enjoyable way. Applicants should have relevant RFU coaching qualifications (preferably Level 2 and scrum factory CPD)

Long Eaton are committed to developing their coaches and will support the successful applicant in reaching their coaching goals.

Email applications to – [email protected]

Will Allman Selected to Start for England U18’s

February 20th, 2015 by

England Rugby have named their U18 squad to face France at Doncaster Knights’ Castle Park this Sunday and NLD’s Will Allman has been selected to start.

Will, who started his playing career at Melbourne RFC progressed through EPDG and went on to represent NLD, Midlands and England U16’s in the same year.  He now plays his rugby at Northampton Saints Academy where he is a regular starter.

Kick off for the match is at 2pm and it will be streamed live on englandrugby.com.

http://www.englandrugby.com/news/chick-lead-england-under-against-france/

NLD U12 Finals Day Draw & Timetable

February 20th, 2015 by

Ahead of the forthcoming NLD U12 Finals being held at Nottingham Corsairs on Sunday 22nd March please find attached a copy of the draw and timetable for the day.

9.15am            Team Registration
9.45am            Coaches Briefing
10.15am          Kick Off

Please make sure you have a close look at the draw and timetable.  You will notice that there is in fact a space in the Shield Competition, if any teams have any additional players who they would like to give the opportunity to play to then please let me know (you are allowed a squad size of 18).  It may be that they can support another team who is struggling for players or we could put together a Baba side to play in the Shield competition.

Please make all of your travelling supporters aware that there is a gate fee of £3 which will include a programme.  This money goes towards the expense of running the competitions – absolutely no abuse of officials will be tolerated.

If you have any queries relating to the NLD U12 Finals Day please contact [email protected].

NLD Helping Hand Grant

February 19th, 2015 by

The NLD Facilities Group are once again inviting applications for the NLD Helping Hands Grant.  For more information please find attached a letter from the Facilities Group and the application form.

The closing date is Monday 23rd February and the grant is open to clubs level 7-10.

Play it Safe Course @ Nottingham Casuals

February 19th, 2015 by

There are spaces available on the Play it Safe course being held on Monday 2nd March 2015 at Nottingham Casuals RFC.

The aim of the three-hour Play It Safe workshop is to provide a rugby-specific basic awareness of safeguarding and protecting children, vulnerable adults and those involved in organising and coaching rugby.

Fundamental to the workshop is ensuring everyone understands what best practice in rugby looks like and an appreciation how we can achieve this, working together as a safeguarding team.

Visit the online course booking system to secure your place now.

Derbyshire RFU’s Debonair Dinner

February 18th, 2015 by

Derbyshire RFU will once again be hosting their annual dinner on Friday 12th June.  For more information see the flyer below and the attached application form.

Dinner Booking

The Debonair Dinner

Newark RFC Seek Girls Head Coach

February 18th, 2015 by

Newark RUFC has a vibrant, successful and ever increasing girls section but due to work commitments now require a new Head Coach.

They are looking for a committed individual to take over the coaching of their growing girls’ rugby section. Currently running Under 13 and Under 15 age groups they are looking for a Head Coach to continue to develop and grow the section.  Newark RUFC are committed to creating a fun environment for girls to play rugby and to support the RFU objective of increasing participation in the sport.  Applicants should have relevant RFU coaching qualification (preferably Level 2)

Newark RUFC are committed to developing our coaches and will support the successful applicant in reaching their coaching goals.  

Email applications to –  [email protected]

NLD U17 Selection for Trial Match

February 17th, 2015 by

Following the recent U16’s and U17’s NLD Trials, the following players have been included in the squad for the NLD  Trial Match to take place on WEDNESDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2015 at NEWARK RUGBY CLUB.

Players are asked to bring their own Shorts and Socks – Team Shirts will be provided.

Whilst there will be a Physio present on the evening, she will not be available for strapping. Any players who require strapping should ensure they bring sufficient tape and bandages for their own needs.

Kick-Off will be at 7:00 p.m. and players are asked to meet at 6:00 p.m. for a pre-match briefing on the evening’s programme.

Please note that players may be asked to play in an alternative position during the match at the Coaches’ discretion with a view to offering players the opportunity to demonstrate ability in various roles.

Following the match, the Coaches will select a smaller squad who will participate in a number of U17’s matches against other Constituent Body teams in the same age group.

The Trials have given the Coaches an opportunity to see well in excess of 100 players at the two age groups and, following the U17’s matches, a final squad will be announced.

These players will join the existing 11 to make up the NLD U18’s Squad who will participate in the Midlands Championship at the beginning of next season.

We have seen a number of players missing out on the Trials owing to injury. Players are advised to consider carefully the rugby they may be playing immediately prior to an NLD game.

It may be beneficial to discuss with the relevant School/Club Coach whether it is necessary to play in a particular match. Consideration should be given to managing game time by perhaps playing a limited part in matches which carry no significance.

Of course, such decisions need to be taken by the players in conjunction with parents and coaches. For clarity, the NLD will never restrict players from taking part in rugby at school and club level.  These matters form part and parcel of decision making for higher level players, and are very much a part of developing maturity.

In turn, the Constituent Body’s role is to offer young players the best possible opportunity to progress their rugby at the highest representative level possible.

All players are required to confirm their availability for Wednesday’s game by Friday 20 February to:

Lee Slack – Manager NLD U18’s Squad (07739 295182) at:

[email protected]

Good luck to all those taking part!

Lee Slack

 

NLD U17 Development Squad 2015

Selected players from Trials 1 and 2

Forwards:

Bongumusa MOYO
Ryan BREAR
Oliver BROWN
Will COUSINS
Calum DONNELLY
Alex HANHAM
George HARRIS
Michael HAWKSWORTH
Jake HICKLIN
Edward JAMES
Josh LATHAM
Grant LAWS
Corey LEWIS
Oliver MARSDEN
Kedem MORGAN
Alex MORRIS
Declan NEARY
Tomas PHIPPS
Ed POULSON
Connor POWER
Jack SEYMOUR
Jack SLATER
Ben TAYLOR
Jake TURNER
Miloe WILLIAMSON
George WOODMAN
Jacob WRIGHT

 

Backs:

Jack BURROWS
Adam CASTLE
Tom FISH
Jo GREEN
Chris HARDY
Mark HENDY
Rhys JAMES
Michael KEEGAN
Charlie LIVESEY
Alessandro MARSELLA
Tom MAWER
Joe McDONNELL
Liam McSTAY
Alex O’DELL
James THOMAS
Aaron WALKER
Josh WATTS
Jack WEEDON

 

National U17 Draw Announced

February 17th, 2015 by

Featuring 6 NLD clubs who earned their place in the competition by virtue of their NLD U17 Cup league standing the National Competition promises once again to be an exciting contest.  The draw for the competition has now taken place and the first round will be on Sunday 1st March.

National 17s Midlands’’ Qtr. Finals 2015

National Cup :-

  1. OAKHAM  vs. SUTTON COLDFIELD
  2. NEWARK – a Bye
  3. NOTTINGHAM CORSAIRS  vs. AMPTHILL
  4. MALVERN – a Bye

National Plate :-

1.            NOTTINGHAM MODERNS vs. KIDDERMINSTER CAROLIANS
2.            OUNDLE  vs. SYSTON
3.            CHURCH STRETTON  vs.. BURTON
4.            PAVIORS– a Bye

National  Bowl :-

  1.        BROMSGROVE –a  Bye
  2.        WOLVERHAMPTON vs. LEDBURY
  3.        OLD NORTHAMPTONIANS vs. OADBY
  4.        MARKET BOSWORTH  vs.  LINCOLN

National Shield :-

  1.        MOSELEY vs. HINCKLEY
  2.        KETTERING – a Bye
  3.        DERBY – a Bye
  4.        OLD HALESONIANS – a  Bye