News Archive

NLD U20 Squad Announced to Face Eastern Counties

November 27th, 2014 by

The NLD U20 Coaching & Management Team is pleased to announce the squad for the first County Championship Fixture against Eastern Counties this Sunday 30th November at Chesterfield RFC, kick off is at 2.15pm.

NumberNameClub / University
1Dan Hyams Ilkeston
2Chester Scott CaptLeeds Beckett
3Jed Chapple Newark
4Harry Adams Nottingham Trent Uni
5Lewis Rothenburg Grimsby
6Henry Cotton Nottingham Uni
7George Felgate Nottingham Uni
8Piers Lamb Scunthorpe
9Jack Crabtree Nottingham Trent Uni
10Jordan Ingledew Nottingham Trent Uni
11Will Johnstone Paviors
12Chris Barlow Bakewell
13Callum Hall Nottingham Trent Uni
14Brad Watson Grimsby
15Jay Heath Vice CaptIlkeston
16Richard FletcherPaviors
17Greg Mungall Nottingham Uni
18Dan Bell Ilkeston
19Kartar Soar Ilkeston
20Jack Partridge Bakewell
21Tom Hutchinson Bakewell
22Jack Kinsey Lincoln

NLD U20 Manager Graeme Gunn said ‘Congratulations to all of the players on their selection, there were some tough decisions to be made but it is a real honour for you to be representing NLD at this level in the RFU County Championships and you are a real credit to your clubs.

The squad has been selected from the excellent turn out to training sessions which have been held on Sunday afternoons so they have not interrupted player’s club commitments.  Chesterfield have been excellent hosts and we thank them once again for the support of NLD.’

Those who missed out on selection for the first game will be looking to catch the coaches’ eye with a view to selection in the next match against North Midlands on Sunday 4th January at Dudley Kinswinford RFC.

All are welcome to attend Sunday’s match to support the NLD squad – the players are looking to kick off their RFU County Championship campaign with a win and we all know how support from the touchline helps!

NLD Management Meeting Moved to January

November 26th, 2014 by

The NLD Management Meeting will now take place on 26th January 2015 rather than in December.  This will hopefully allow a larger number of people to attend and a more in depth report on the PFR.

More details will be circulated in due course.

NLD U13 Girl Nominated for Boston Junior Woman Sports Award!

November 25th, 2014 by

elicia clarkElicia Clark has been nominated for the Boston Junior Woman Sports Award’s which take place on Friday 5th December. Part of the NLD U13 Girls Squad Elicia plays her club rugby at Boston RFC where she is a member of the mixed U12’s team. Having suffered from bad migraines from a young age her dedication to the sport is admirable.

Boston RFC also have a number of other nominations in the awards including:

Sports Personality of the Year – James Bray
Coach of the Year – Greville Bray
Team of the Year – Boston RFC U16’s
Junior Sportsman of the Year – Matt Bray

For more information and details on how to vote click here.

Elicia is pictured with the Women’s Rugby World Cup and World Cup Winner Sarah Hunter.

Derbyshire v Lincolnshire Senior XV

November 20th, 2014 by

Derbyshire take on Lincolnshire at Mansfield RUFC on Wednesday 26th November in the Domestic Union Cup Competition. K. O 7.30pm.  Free entry please come along and support your respective County.

Derbyshire Squad


First Aid Course @ Long Eaton RFC

November 24th, 2014 by

Long Eaton RFC are running an Emergency First Aid at Work course over two evenings on Monday 1st and Monday 8th December 7.00pm to 10.00pm.

They have a member who is a First Aid Trainer so have a huge discounted price. It is fully certified etc, and costs only £30.00.

There are a limited number of spaces left, but numbers have to be confirmed for the official paperwork registrations by Tuesday (25th) Evening.

It is possible to pay on the evening but if you are interested please contact Chris Brookes ([email protected]) by Tuesday 25th November.

9 x NLD U18’s Selected for Midlands Development Day

November 24th, 2014 by

Following their success in the Midlands Championship, 9 of the NLD U18’s squad have been invited to attend the Midlands Development Day at Uppingham School on December 7th.

From the initial 46 players invited, a reduced number will go forward to trial at the Midlands Assessment Day on January 4th, after which a squad of 23 or 24 players will be selected to represent the Midlands Division.

Selection at this level is a great testament to all the hard work put in by the selected players as well as the rest of the squad, and reflects well on the high standard of coaching the players have received this season.

Those players invited are:


Ed Bloodworth – King’s Grantham – Kesteven
Sam Butler – Stamford School – Kesteven
Max Hodson – Eastwood College – Ilkeston
James Newman – King’s Grantham – Newark
Josh Hubbard (Reserve) – King’s Grantham – Newark


Harry Graham – Worksop College – Paviors
Phil Fletcher – King’s Grantham – Kesteven
Ben Usher – Priory Academy LSST – Newark
Tom Winning – Southwell Minster – Paviors
Callum Slack – King’s Grantham – Newark

U18’s Manager Lee Slack commented that those players involved in the NLD set up this season have shown real commitment and determination to succeed. This, allied to the high quality preparation delivered by the Coaching team, has provided the Three Counties with substantial representation at the next level.

The 9 players selected to go forward have a real chance to make further significant progress at the aspirational level, and everyone within the U18’s set up wishes them every success.

NLD U13 Girls Play Staffs & South Yorks

November 24th, 2014 by

NLDU13 Girls Chesterfield 1

Sunday 23rd November saw NLD U13 Girls visit Chesterfield RFC to play games against teams from Staffordshire and South Yorkshire represented by Burton RFC & Sheffield Tigers RFC.

NLD girls from Mansfield RFC, Melbourne RFC, Newark RFC, Ashfield RFC & Long Eaton RFC all attended to undertake a series of competitive matches against each other during the afternoon.

NLDU13 Girls Chesterfield 3The standard of the rugby displayed by the NLD U13 Girls was a delight to watch due to their rapid rate of development over the past few months.

The matches against Staffordshire and South Yorkshire were all strongly contested but within all the games the standard of play was excellent with numerous examples and displays of great passing, movement and communication.NLDU13 Girls Chesterfield 2

Pete Haskell, NLD U13 Girls Head Coach commented ‘The girls’ development and understanding of the game over the past months has been fantastic and this was shown in this afternoon’s performance. The teams from Staffordshire and South Yorkshire gave the girls a really good test today but in fairness the NLD girls displayed their new rugby skills and increasing confidence really well and as a coaching team we are delighted with the progress that the squad is making’.

Ashfield Girls Win Award!!

November 24th, 2014 by

Ashfield RUFC started a girls section in the summer of 2011 & just over 3 years later their U15 squad have capped off an unbelievable year by being crowned ‘Junior Team of the Year’ at the Active Ashfield Sports Awards Evening.

The 2013/14 squad of 17 girls lost only once all season on their way to winning the RFU Midlands U15 league title. They also had 13 girls selected to play for NLD, 8 of these girls went to trial for the Midlands squad & 4 of them played in games against the North, South West & London. To finish off a fantastic season the girls went to Lichfield to compete in the RFU National 7s competition were they came away as Bowl winners after beating teams from all over England. 

In just over 3 years the girls section at Ashfield has gone from strength to strength now fielding teams at U13, U15 & U18 with over 30 girls playing at Ashfield RUFC & 20+ girls playing in their respective NLD squads this season.

For more information on the Girls Squads at Ashfield RFC contact John Payne on 07732 498827.


RFU President’s XV Awards

January 16th, 2015 by

Have you submitted your nominations for the 2015 President’s XV Awards?

This is a brilliant opportunity to recognise the hard working team behind your clubs successes.  Selected clubs will be honoured with a prestigious luncheon at Twickenham ahead of the Barbarians game on 31st May 2015.

Even if your club is not successful in the RFU President’s XV Awards you will be automatically entered into the NLD President’s VII Awards where you could be awarded with £100 for your club and a commemorative plaque.

Applications close on 1st February 2015 so don’t delay and get your nominations in soon!

RFU President’s XV Awards 2015

NLD U16’s Selected into Midlands Trial

November 20th, 2014 by

Having given their all in the 3 RFU County Championship matches over the last couple of months there were a number of players who caught the eye of the watching Midlands Selectors.

NLD are delighted to congratulate the following players who have been invited into the Midlands Training Squad.   They will all be invited to attend the trial day on Sunday 14th December at Leicester Grammar School.

Congratulations to all of the players who have been selected and those who were involved in the NLD U16 squad this year, the coaching team have been hugely impressed by the standard and dedication.

Boot William Sheffield Tigers RFC Meadowhead School
Dickinson Jack Nottingham Corsairs RFC Trent College
Walton Tom Nottingham Corsairs RFC Nottingham High School
Adamson Elliot Market Rasen & Louth RFC Pocklington School
Brown Andrew Nottingham Corsairs RFC George Spencer Academy
McStay Liam Market Rasen & Louth RFC De Aston Grammar School