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NLD U16’s Overcome Staffs on Super Sunday

November 20th, 2014 by

NLD U16s v Staffordshire U16s Report

Super Sunday 2 Sunday 16th November 2014 Leicester Grammar School

NLD U16s 12 – 7 Staffordshire U16s

Sunday saw the NLD U16 squad travel to the fantastic facilities at Leicester Grammar School for the final game in this season’s county championship against Staffordshire.

Some positional and personnel changes were implemented for the game but NLD were looking to finish the campaign well.  With this seasons skipper Tom Walton given leave to play for his school with his selection for the Midlands camp guaranteed, William Boot took over the captain’s role.

A fired up squad took to the field looking to impress on every level and they were soon punching holes into Staffs and gaining territory.  Frustratingly however, NLD seemed unable to make the most of any scoring chances as Staffs manfully repelled scoring opportunities.  This coupled with a lack of precision and discipline in the opposition 22 meant the game remained scoreless after the first 20 minutes.

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The on looking spectators must have felt it was just a matter of time before Staffs would crack but resolute in defence they remained, with Charlie Livesey going close but just bundled to touch shortly before the impressive Liam McStay tried to dance his way over but was just denied.

It would be a moment of individual brilliance that broke the deadlock.  This was provided by Andrew Brown, who had been moved from full back to scrum half for the game.  He broke from the back of a scrum and showed pace, footwork, skill and strength to find a way to go over at the corner for a relieving score.  Elliot Adamson was agonisingly close with his conversion from the touchline.

At 5-0 up NLD looked more comfortable, but Staffs miserly defence remained till half time.  At half time the changes were rung to freshen things up, make some positional changes and give every player the required game time.

The pattern of the game remained the same with NLD attacking at every opportunity but Staffs’ impressive defence holding NLD at bay.  With just a single score to the good NLD had far from won the game, and in rugby anything can happen, and suddenly the unthinkable did.  A loose NLD pass was intercepted on half way for Staffs winger to show great pace and score at the posts.  As disappointing as this was, you have to give credit to Staffs who remained in touch due to their great defence.  With the conversion successful, Staffs were now in an unlikely 5-7 lead, with 20 minutes to go.

NLDu16 2014NLD could have been forgiven for thinking that this was not to be their day, but giving in is not in the squad’s nature and what came next was the best pattern of rugby the squad had put together throughout the championship.  The forwards drove through midfield and Jack Dickinson took the ball to the 22.  A fantastic clearout from Joe Heyes meant there was quick ball for the backs.  A 3 man overlap had been created with Staffs back pedalling, and the ball was worked through quick hands to Oli Burns who completed the score to rapturous cheers.

Another wide out conversion was this time nailed by Elliot Adamson to make the score 12-7.  A fired up and relieved NLD side were back on the front foot.

The remainder of the game saw much more of a midfield stalemate with NLD continuing to attack, but Staffs also on the attack looking for another killer blow.  With the final whistle NLD were pleased and relieved to have come through the game victorious.

There were 2 different aspects to this game with NLD’s attack impressive in itself, but on the flip side, Staffs defensive work was equally impressive and this made for a great game to watch.

The squad now face an agonising wait to see who has made it to the Midlands training squad.

The coaches and management would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the lads and parents who have been involved with the squad this season.  They have approached the process with an attitude which you usually attribute to professional athletes and they have been a joy to work with and a credit to their schools, clubs and NLD.  We wish them all the best of luck with their future rugby careers.


Jake Hickling, Corey Lewis, Joe Heyes, William Boot, Thjomas Osborne, Reuban Pritchard, Jack Dickinson, Sam Pace, Andrew Brown, Elliot Adamson, Liam McStay, James Martin, Charlie Livesey, Oli Burns, James Peachey, Edward James, Harkaren Singh-Sandhu, Lewis Himsworth, Alex Hanham, Alex Morris, James Thomas, Christopher Hardy, Mark Hendy

Match report: Ian Charles, NLD U16 Manager

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Keyworth RFC’s Big Switch On!

November 20th, 2014 by

After receiving funding for floodlights from NCC and The RFU, on Friday Keyworth will play under the lights in celebration of their installation.

We hope that this instalment will attract more people to take up rugby in the Keyworth area.

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Claire Hodnett Talk with Q & A

November 20th, 2014 by

Claire Hodnett who made history after becoming the first female official to be appointed to the RFU National Panel of referees and refereeing in League 1 and 2 this season in addition to the Woman’s Rugby World Cup over the summer, is goin to Newark Rugby Club to talk about her experiences  on Thursday 4th December.

This is a great opportunity to learn from her and ask questions on her achievements in the field of rugby, to enable you to reach your own goals and ambitions.

The session will start at 21.00 and last approx. an hour with a Q&A session afterwards.  It is FREE to attend but please let Newark RFC know if you would like to go along [email protected].

First Aid Course @ Lincoln

November 17th, 2014 by

There are some spaces available on a first aid course being held at Lincoln RFC on Saturday 13th December.  The course will run from 9 – 5 and costs £65 per person.

If you would like any more information or details of how to book a place on the course contact Sam Hogan – [email protected]

NLD Clubs Feature in November Touchline!

November 17th, 2014 by

NLD Clubs feature once again in this month’s edition of the RFU’s Touchline Magazine.

Tupton RFC were recently awarded a grant for £70 000 after they were chosen to become an RFU Lead up & Legacy centre ahead of the RWC next year.  Alongside significant other grants and funding this will see them build and develop a new clubhouse for its members and the local community.

Long Eaton RFC meanwhile are celebrating the opening of their new club facilities.  A £300 000 extension project has completely renovated their existing facilities; they are another club to enjoy some funding from the RFU’s Lead up & Legacy programme.

To view the full November edition of Touchline click here.

NLD ‘Spotlight On’…. NLD Volunteer Coordinators

November 13th, 2014 by

NLD ‘Spotlight On’…. NLD Volunteer Coordinators

NLD has three Constituent Body (CB) Volunteer Coordinators.  Their role is a little like that of a Club Volunteer Coordinator but on a larger scale.  We spoke to Rob, Dave & Ian to find out more about what they get up to.

Name: Rob Linthwaite
Telephone: 07854975590
Email: [email protected]
‘Home’ Club:  West Bridgford RFC
Rob LinthwaiteBio:  Rob started to play rugby at the age of 8 working his way up junior set up at Keyworth Rugby Club before moving to West Bridgford to join their Colts where he suffered a serious Injury that curtailed his playing career.

Instead of walking away from the game Rob took charge of the whistle and progressed through club matches to join the NLD Referees Society.   The First game he refereed was Melish 3rd XV v Market Rasen 3rd XV – a daunting task for a 17 year old!!  As his refereeing progressed Rob travelled the clubs of NLD extensively, it was then he was asked to take on the role of Nottinghamshire Volunteer Coordinator.

From the hard work he had been carrying out at a local level he was then asked to be part of the RFU National Youth Council as one of its founding members, later going onto Chair the Council.

In 2016 he will be stepping up as President of Nottinghamshire RFU at the tender age of just 26!!

Name:  Dave Searle
Telephone:  01472 429886 / 07792 876289
Email: [email protected]
‘Home’ Club:  Cleethorpes RFC
Dave SearleBio:  Dave started his playing career as at Grimsby RFC aged 6, he went onto represent Lincolnshire aged 14 and 15 before transferring to Market Rasen Colts.  At this time he was also playing and training with Nottingham Academy under ex England and Tigers player Paul Stone.  As a Senior player he returned to Grimsby RFC where alongside turning out for the First XV he became interested in Coaching.  Moving to Cleethorpes RFC Dave continued to get involved in Club Administration, turning his hand to roles including Social Secretary, Disciplinary and Coaching Coordinator.

After retiring from playing Dave became involved in coaching County Rugby and as an active member of the Lincolnshire RFU committee was put forward last year as senior Vice President of Lincolnshire at the tender age of 31.  Dave took on the role of Lincolnshire CBVC in early 2014 and is keen to establish himself within the role in the 2014-15 season.

Name:  Ian Thomas Roe
Telephone: 01332 551476 / 07789 998717
Email: [email protected]
‘Home’ Club: Derbyshire Constabulary RUFC
Ian RoeBio: Ian started his playing career at the tender age of 11, in 1966 at Bemrose Grammar School. When he joined the police he not only played for Derbyshire Constabulary but also Ilkeston RFC 1st XV. He continued playing for the police until the age of 48. He has been the club secretary for at least 30 years and continues to do so even though he has now retired.

Ian has been active with local rugby and with the constituent body. He was asked to be CVC for Derbyshire when the scheme was set up and has also taken part in the RFU Leadership Academy in 2008 and has since been a mentor. He is also a Vice-President for Derbyshire RFU.

A lot of people don’t really know what the role of NLD Club Volunteer Coordinator entails; tell us a little bit more about it?

Rob:  Being a CB Volunteer Coordinator is about engaging with the local clubs within our set areas and working with the club volunteers on recognising and rewarding the hard work they put into their clubs to ensure every week the game happens.

Dave:  We also work with clubs throughout the CB to meet and develop the volunteer workforce.  Volunteers are the backbone of our clubs so if clubs are struggling in certain areas then we can target these to find appropriate help, hopefully to ensure the smooth running of all areas within a club.

Ian: It’s a link between local clubs and the CB/RFU to enable clubs to access the resources available to recognise and reward the role of the many volunteers that give considerable time to run and organise clubs.

There are some excellent rewards on offer for valued volunteers, tell us more about these and how clubs can take advantage of them. 

Rob:  Across the course of the year we offer a range of rewards from tickets to Twickenham to watch England to small sums of money for clubs to hold recruitment and reward nights.

Dave:  Don’t be afraid to put your volunteers forward – we need to know about them in order to help you reward them!  Speak to Rob, Ian or myself or touch base with your Rugby Development Officer or Nicole Brown in the NLD Office. 

Volunteers are the core workforce behind grassroots rugby, how can clubs engage and attract new volunteers?

Rob:  Don’t be afraid to ask for help! If you as a club volunteer need assistance in your role or club speak with your club members and wider volunteer network asking them for help, as CBVC’s we can offer a range of tools to help engage and recruit new volunteers within your club and communities.

Ian: Each club is different; there is not a single method to recruiting volunteers that suits all. Some clubs are very good at recruiting; some clubs do not have to ‘recruit’ as the volunteers make themselves readily available. I am afraid though there are only clubs where ‘one person’ does all. These are the clubs that need help but are the clubs that do not ask we need to change that mind-set; we are here to help, JUST ASK!!

You have seen and rewarded some brilliant volunteer initiatives within clubs throughout NLD, do any in particular stick in your memory?

Rob:  The most memorable moment for me was the Value the Volunteer reward night we held at Nottingham Rugby Club in the 2009/2010 season.  We brought a range of volunteer from across Nottingham together to reward them with a three course meal with free wine and beer followed by VIP seating during the Nottingham Universities Varsity game.

Dave:  For me rewarding volunteers with tickets to watch England play at Twickenham for their hard work in and around their clubs is fantastic.  Who wouldn’t want to go watch England play!!

Ian:  I must agree with Rob,in the 2009/10 season we held a similar event at Derby Rugby Club with a meal and drinks for Valued Volunteers and their club coordinators, we had a great response from clubs but unfortunately the same enthusiasm from clubs has not been forthcoming for similar events that the CB has tried to arrange. Although this year we did provide several tables at the NLD Presidents Dinner which was a great evening.

The NLD President’s VII Awards were recently presented at the NLD Management Meeting, how do clubs get involved in this next year?

Rob/Dave/Ian:  All that clubs need to do is enter the RFU Presidents Awards via and we will receive all the applications put in from NLD clubs.  From there you will be in with a chance of receiving a £100 cheque and a commemorative Plaque for your club.

Finally what one piece of advice would each of you give to clubs within NLD?

Dave:  For me this one is easy – don’t be afraid to get in touch for help, advice or simply to put your volunteers forward.  We can’t help you if we don’t know that you need it!!!

Rob:  Say Thank you! As a club you are the back bone of the community game and the hard work which goes into the delivering rugby is carried out by thousands of volunteer’s week on week. As a CB we want to help you as clubs to say thank you.

Ian: Recognise who your volunteers are; each one is different. The way to reward can be a simple ‘Thank You’ or a visit to Twickenham but don’t ignore them. Remember we are all volunteers in it for the love of the game!!

Many thanks Rob, Dave & Ian for taking the time to talk to us!  Clubs don’t be afraid to get in touch with them – they need your help to ensure they can work effectively throughout the CB!

Who will the NLD Spotlight be on next?  Keep checking the website to find out!

Mansfield Girls Get Royal Recognition

November 12th, 2014 by

Mansfield Girls section has been expanding quickly over the last 12 months with 25 new girls signing up to play at the club.  This means they boast an exceptionally strong U13 set up with an exciting future ahead of them – something that has not escaped the notice of Prince Harry who is Vice Patron of the Rugby Football Union.

Mansfield Action twitterDarren Sayer whose daughter Elysia plays at the club wrote to the rugby loving royal to praise the dedication and commitment of the club in their efforts over the last couple of years.   Prince Harry responded with a letter supporting the clubs efforts in developing the Girls game.

Pete Haskell, who runs the girls section said, “To receive a letter from HRH Prince Harry about the development and progress of Mansfield RFC’s Girls Section over the past two seasons is a great boost for all the players, coaches and parents involved and only encourages us to continue our hard work for the future.  We look forward to getting more girls involved with rugby within our section of the club”.

NLD Senior Competitions Committee Minutes

November 12th, 2014 by

The last NLD Senior Competitions Meeting was held on Monday 3rd November at The Fox Inn, Kelham.  A copy of the minutes are now available to view here..

NLD U16 Squad to Face Staffs Announced

November 11th, 2014 by

The NLD U16 squad selected to face Staffordshire at Leicester Grammar School on Sunday, kick off 1pm, has been announced.

Players should confirm their availability with NLD U16 Manager Ian Charles as soon as possible and meet on Sunday at 11:30-11:45 at Leicester Grammar School, London Road. Great Glen, Leicester. LE8 9FL.

Players should dress for the pre match warm up and bring a shirt and tie for the post match meal.

The NLD U16 coaching and management team would like to thank all the squad and parents for their participation in this seasons CB programme and wish all the best of luck for their future rugby careers.

Jake Hickling West Bridgford Rushcliffe School
Corey Lewis Spalding Spalding Grammar
Joe Heyes Newark N / A
William Boot Sheffield Tigers Meadowhead School
Thomas Osborne Nottingham Corsairs George Spencer Academy
Reuban Pritchard Market Rasen & Louth De Aston Grammar School
Jack Dickinson Nottingham Corsairs Trent College
Sam Pace Market Rasen & Louth Caister Grammar School
Andrew Brown Nottingham Corsairs George Spencer Academy
Elliot Adamson Market Rasen & Louth Pocklington School
Liam McStay Market Rasen & Louth De Aston Grammar School
James Martin Newark Carres Grammar
Emmet McDonnell Nottingham Corsairs N / A
Oli Burns Nottingham Corsairs N / A
James Peachey N / A Stamford School
Edward James Nottingham Corsairs Notts High School
Harkaren Singh Sandhu Market Rasen & Louth St Bedes High School
Lewis Himsworth Newark St Georges Academy Sleaford
Alex Hanham Lincoln RFC Priory Academy LSST
Alex Morris Newark Worksop College
James Thomas Spalding N / A
Christopher Hardy Newark King’s School Grantham
Mark Hendy Spalding QEGS Horncastle

NLD Girls Training

November 11th, 2014 by

The NLD U15 & U18 Girls Squad have added an additional training date to the calendar ahead of their final fixture against East Midlands & Leicestershire on 30th November.

Training will take place on Sunday 23rd November at Lincoln RFC, 1pm – 4pm.