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Discover Your England

January 12th, 2015 by

Visit England today launches ‘Discover Your England’, a TV campaign aimed at raising the profile of English destinations in the year of Rugby World Cup 2015.

Airing for the first time on Channel 5, ITV and SKY on Sunday 11 January, the advert features over 16 English destinations and includes appearances former England rugby captain Martin Corry MBE, England Rugby Head Coach Stuart Lancaster, former England women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 winner Maggie Alphonsi MBE and Official Anthem Singer and million selling soprano Laura Wright.

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NLD U17 Nominations Invited

January 9th, 2015 by

The NLD U17 Development Programme will run during February, March and April of 2015 and nominations are now invited for the trial process.

Trials for the U16 players will take place on Monday 02 February at Newark starting at 6:00 p.m.

Trials for the U17 players will take place on Monday 09 February at Newark starting at 6:00 p.m.

The final part of the initial trial process will take the form of a full match, for those players selected by this stage, on the evening of Wednesday 25 February at a venue to be decided.

If you are nominating as a school teacher please use the above as a guide to which trial your players should attend.

To ensure that we receive only your best players, each club and school is allowed to nominate a maximum of three players only from the relevant age groups. It is important that the players nominated are of a standard, in terms of skills set, physicality, motivation and game management, which could assure them of a Midlands Counties Trial next November.

If any teachers/coaches are uncertain as to what level of performance is expected from players nominated, they should contact the Head Coach, Nathan Smith on 07834 156892 or at [email protected] . It should be remembered that nominating players who are not ready to play at this elevated level can have an adverse effect on self-esteem and considerable thought should be given as to how this may affect individual players.

If you believe you have more than three players who are genuinely capable of playing at and beyond NLD level it is mandatory for you to contact the Head Coach, Nathan Smith, to discuss the nominations. Nathan can be contacted on 07834 156892 or at [email protected] .

Nominations exceeding the limit of three without the approval of the Head Coach will be rejected, as will nominations made by parents on behalf of their own child – nominations must come through the approved route of clubs and schools.

Nominations are to be made by email using the nomination form which must be fully completed. Partially completed forms will not be accepted.

Please note that eligible players are those born on or after 1st September 1997, but not later than 31st August 1999, i.e. those who are currently playing U16 or U17 rugby at school or club.

Any player who has played for NLD U18s this season and is eligible to play again next year (i.e.  is currently U17) does not need to be nominated as he has an automatic invitation in to the U17 Group squad.

If teachers/coaches have players who have represented NLD at U16 this season, they should be considered for inclusion among the maximum three nominations.

The closing date for the nominations is Friday 23rd January 2015. Nominations received after this date will not be processed.

CB Roadshow @ Doncaster – POSTPONED

January 8th, 2015 by

The CB Roadshow scheduled to take place at Doncaster next Thursday 15th January has been postponed.  Details on the revised date will be circulated in due course.  The roadshow to be held at Coalville on 18th March will still be going ahead.

7 x NLD U18’s Into Midlands!

January 8th, 2015 by

Following their success in winning the Midlands Championship in November, 10 of the NLD U18’s squad went forward to the Midlands Development Day in December and, following the second session on Sunday at Broad Street, 7 players have now been selected in the Midlands U18 Training Squad.

The following players will now attend the Midlands Squad Day at Moseley on January 25th, and will take part in the match against an Independent Schools team:

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

Two of the players (Josh Hubbard and Callum Slack) are still playing at U17’s level and the Manager of the NLD U18’s Squad, Lee Slack, commented ‘To have so many players going forward to represent the Midlands was a great testament not only to those players selected but also to the Coaching Team at U18’s level.  We wish all those players selected every success with the Midlands and, hopefully, beyond!”

U9 & U11 Touring Side Opportunity

January 8th, 2015 by

Buxton RFC are hosting Oakham on 14th March who are visiting the area on tour.  They are looking for additional U9 & U11 fixtures to take place on this date at Buxton RFC.

If your club is interested please contact Pat Leahy on 07824 389114.

A Life Saving Xmas Present for Long Eaton RFC

January 7th, 2015 by

During recent committee meetings, Long Eaton RFC recognised that there was a need for more qualified first aiders as the club membership continues to flourish.  In response, 16 members recently undertook a six hour rugby orientated course to gain their first aid certification.

It was also highlighted that the club would benefit from having a defibrillator as additional health and safety equipment given the number of players and fixture programme.  It was also noted that a defibrillator located in the clubhouse would benefit other park users in the vicinity if anything untoward should happen. The committee therefore decided that it would work to raise money over the next few months to purchase a defibrillator as soon as possible.

Further to this decision, club members Andy Scotland and his wife Kimberley recently attended an Abbott Risk Consulting (ARC) Ltd company event (Andy works for ARC in their Derby Office as a Principal Consultant).  Following discussions with a number of ARC Directors and the Managing Director, we are pleased to advise that ARC Ltd offered to purchase and donate a defibrillator to the club as part of its annual charitable donations and support of local community groups.

The defibrillator they have donated is a Lifepak CR Plus Semi-Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).  It comes with pads for both adult and junior use. This unit was created for lay users in commercial and public settings.


The Unit was presented to our President, Des Chapman by Kimberley Scotland on behalf of ARC Ltd.

Des thanked Abbott Risk Consulting for their kind donation, stating:

‘This vital equipment will enhance our club’s safety and protection of players, supporters and members along with the hundreds of others that use the park around the clubhouse. For some time, we have discussed the urgent need to hold a defibrillator on our premises, we are indebted to Abbott Risk Consulting Ltd for their generous donation, and their commitment to support sporting communities like ours.’

Derbyshire U20’s v Warwickshire U20’s

January 6th, 2015 by

Derbyshire U20’s will take on Warwickshire U20’s at Long Eaton RFC on Monday 12th January, kick off 7.30pm.

15) Dan Ryde – Ashbourne
14) William Nash – Ashbourne
13) Alex Edwards – Derby University
12) George Richardson – Glossop
11) Ryan Sircar – Buxton
10) Adam Holland – Derby University
9) Seb Cooke Bakewell
8) Jake Brass – Glossop
7) Mike Allen – Ashbourne
6) Adam Pearce – Bakewell
5) Dan Hay – Derby University (capt)
4) James Blakey – Tupton
3) Ben Somerton – Hope Valley
2) Blake Downings – Buxton
1) James Edger – Derby University


16) Ben Sharp – Glossop
17) Tom Anderson – Derby University
18) Josh Reece – Derby University
19) Matt Keeley – Hope Valley
20) George Wood – Glossop
21) Jake Boak – Hope Valley

NLD U20’s Squad to Face North Midlands

January 2nd, 2015 by

NLD U20’s head to Dudley Kingswinford RFC this Sunday 4th January to take on North Midlands in the RFU County Championship, kick off is at 2.15pm.

The squad are playing their second of two championship fixtures having been beaten by a very strong Eastern Counties side at Chesterfield in November.

The squad have been training hard over the last couple of months and will look forward to what promises to be an exciting encounter.

1. Dan Hyams -Ilkeston RFC
2. Chester Scott (Captain) – Mansfield RFC
3. Jed Chapple – Newark RFC
4. Lewis Rothenburg – Grimsby RFC
5. Rory Williams – Newark RFC
6. Piers Lamb – Scunthorpe RFC
7. George Felgate – Nottingham University
8. Harry Adams – Nottingham Trent University
9. Jordan Ingledew – Nottingham Trent University
10. Jack Partridge – Bakewell RFC
11. Will Johnson – Paviors RFC
12. Chris Barlow – Bakewell RFC
13. Calum Hall – Nottingham Trent University RFC
14. Brad Watson – Grimsby RFC
15. Jay Heath – Ilkeston RFC

16. Josh Toms – Derby RFC
17. Greg Mungall – Nottingham University
18. Will Limb – Mansfield RFC
19. Jack Parkes – Nottingham Trent University
20. Kartar Soar – Ilkeston RFC
21. Sam Shepherd – Nottingham University
22. Jack Crabtree – Nottingham Trent University

NLD Office Christmas Opening Hours

December 23rd, 2014 by

The NLD Office will be closed over the Christmas break from Christmas Eve and will reopen on Monday 5th January.

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Roll on 2015 and the Rugby World Cup!

Buxton Minis Fixture Plea

December 22nd, 2014 by

Due to a misunderstanding Buxton RFC’s Mini Age Groups are looking for fixtures in the New Year.  If you have any free dates available or are able to add them in to any plans you already have please contact Martin Oates on 07800 877667 or [email protected].