News Archive

Calling all Clubs for Good News!

August 12th, 2014 by

The RFU are always looking for clubs ‘Good News’ stories to feature in their Touchline publication which is also published on the brand new EnglandRugby.com website.  So if there is something interesting happening at your club why not put together a short article to send through to the NLD Office ([email protected]), include some photographs and we will submit it to the RFU on your behalf.  We will also post stories on the NLD Website, Twitter and Facebook.

This is a great way to raise the profile of NLD clubs so don’t be shy and submit your stories!

Keep an eye out for Tupton RFC who feature in the September issue of Touchline too!

Tom Hunt – Funeral Arrangements

August 11th, 2014 by

It is with great regret that we have learned of the tragic death yesterday of Tom Hunt of Lincoln College in a car accident. Tom was just 19 years old.

I had the pleasure of managing Tom on the NLD u16 tour to South Africa in 2011 and he was a fantastic lad with a great personality. Tom was a real team guy, a valued tourist who did everything asked of him and was a wholehearted, committed and talented rugby player. The tributes paid to him by his many friends on Facebook say it all really and he will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.

Our sincere condolences and thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Update 13-08
Tom’s funeral will be held on Friday 22nd August at 2.15pm at St Peter’s Church at Woodall Spa.

Mike Waplington
RFU Council Member
Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire & Derbyshire Rugby Football Union Limited.

Will Allman Features in Saints Sevens

August 8th, 2014 by

The Northampton Saints line up for the Premiership Sevens Finals tonight includes one very familiar name.  Starting his rugby career at Melbourne RFC Will Allman progressed through the club at Mini & Junior level.

He continued his excellent form for NLD U16’s and impressed the Midlands Selectors before being invited into the England set up.  He played three matches for England South last season and featured in the Trent College Plate Victory at Twickenham earlier this year.

Will now plays for the Northampton Saints Academy and will feature in a strong Saints line up for this evenings finals.

For the full squad please click here.

New Rules of Play – U11 & Below

August 7th, 2014 by

We are pleased to confirm that NLD will be continuing to build on the New Rules of Play foundations by implementing the rules across all clubs within the CB at U11 and below for the 2014-15 season.

Copies of the rules for U10’s & U11’s are available to download below.

U10 NRoP

U11 NRoP

For more information on New Rules of Play visit the RFU Website.

Talented Coaches and Participation Coaches Programmes (Notts)

August 7th, 2014 by

Please see details of the 2014/15 Talented Coaches Programme that Nottinghamshire County Council run each year.  This programme has successfully run for the past six years, supporting over 100 coaches across the county.  It looks to support the most promising coaches over a 12 month period developing knowledge, skills and experience to further their coaching career.   The deadline for applications is Monday 1st September.

Nottinghamshire County Council have also developed a new coaching programme called the ‘Participation Coaches Programme.’  It costs £30 but it will give each coach 20 hours of CPD and resources. Rushcliffe can nominate up to 5 coaches for the course so if there is a coach that would be interested in applying for this programme, please email Amy Carter by Wednesday 20th August – she will then send you a nomination form which will need to be completed by Wednesday 27th August.

If you have any questions regarding any of the two programmes, please contact Pete Forster at Nottinghamshire County Council on 0115 9774403 or email [email protected].

RFU National Youth Council

August 5th, 2014 by

The RFU is on the search for a team of passionate 16 – 24 year olds who will form the new National Youth Council. This is an opportunity for young people in rugby to volunteer at a national level influencing how the RFU supports the 16 – 24 age group. Applications are open now and more information can be found here. The closing date for all applications is: 15th August 2014.

Successful applicants will be chosen at a selection day held at Twickenham Stadium on Friday 29th August 2014. To be eligible, applicants must be available on the selection day as no other assessments will be held.

Benefits to the young volunteer:

Being on the National Youth Council is an exciting opportunity to get involved in the RFU on a national level and also learn lots of new skills to develop professionally and personally. The benefits of being a Youth Council member are:

  • Acting as a consultative body for the RFU and development of the game
  • Access to events and conferences
  • Opportunity for learning and development
  • Increased leadership, communication, teamwork and decision making skills
  • Being a part of the RFU and working with RFU colleagues
  • Opportunity to influence provision and support for young people in rugby
  • Help the RFU to achieve their overall objectives and mission
  • CV building

Who are they looking for:

  • Actively involved in rugby
  • An inspiring ambassador for England Rugby
  • Experience within rugby union in a leadership capacity or as a role model for young people
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Willingness to learn and develop yourself
  • Ability to self-motivate with strong initiative and good organizational skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team and
  • Ability to travel independently

How to apply:

Complete the application form on the RFU website found HERE and return to Jenny Box [email protected] by midnight 15th August 2014. You must be able to attend a selection event at Twickenham Stadium on Friday 29th August 2014. If you are under 18 years old, you will need your parent’s / guardian’s consent to apply.

Find out more HERE

NLD Website Relaunch!

July 31st, 2014 by

We are delighted to welcome you to the brand new NLD website!  We hope that this site will provide you with all of the information that you are looking for while being informative and easy to navigate.

We are sure there will be areas that we can improve in the coming weeks so if you have any feedback then don’t hesitate to get in contact.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with all of the latest news and events around NLD!

NLD Announce W&G Coaching Teams for 2014-16

July 31st, 2014 by

NLD are pleased to announce the NLD Coaching teams for the U13,15,18 and Ladies Squads for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

NLD Head of Game Development Dan Sutton said ‘We have been delighted with not only the number of coaching applications but also with the high quality of coaches.  I would like to thank everyone for their applications, there were some difficult decisions that had to be made but the Women and Girls game within NLD has a fantastic set up and we are really excited about the future.’

NLD Ladies
Head Coach – Dan Edson
Assistant Coach – Simon Stuart
Assistant Coach – Andy Dowling

NLD U18’s
Head Coach – Roy Reeve
Assistant Coach – Neil Whitehead
Assistant Coach – John Payne / Neil Speechley*

NLD U15’s
Head Coach – Martin Kerrigan
Assistant Coach – Mark Dobbs
Assistant Coach – Neil Speechley / John Payne*

NLD U13s
Head Coach – Peter Haskell
Assistant Coach – Bob Truswell
Assistant Coach – Adrian Taylor

* Denotes 1 season appointment

For more information on Women & Girls rugby within NLD click here.

More Success for Claire!

May 1st, 2014 by

NLD’s very own Claire Hodnett has been selected for the National Panel of Referees in England. This places her with the élite including other NLDRFURS referees Marcus Caton, Andrew Jackson and Graham Dickens.

Claire is the first female referee to be appointed to the National Panel, and will also be refereeing at the Womens Rugby World Cup to be held in France this year.

An enormous amount of hard work has been put in by Claire, and this is reflected in her phenomenal achievement, we wish her the very best of luck with her future refereeing career.  

NLD U18 Programme

July 30th, 2014 by

Training for the NLD U18 2014 County Championship matches will begin shortly, with sessions due to start at the end of August.  NLD will then prepare to host Eastern Counties in a friendly match on 7th September at Newark RFC (14.30KO) before the first Championship match against Leicestershire at home on 24th September.

NLD U18 Manager Lee Slack said ‘ We are delighted to have an excellent group of young players in the squad for the forthcoming season and we are really excited about getting started.’

To view a full copy of the programme click NLD U18 Draft Programme.