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Newark U16’s Lift Sevens Cup

March 26th, 2014 by

Newark U16’s successfully defended their NLD Sevens title at Sleaford RFC on Sunday 23rd March.  The side, who were decked out in some colourful kit and orange headbands were certainly noticeable as they conceded no points in all four of their comfortable pool match victories.  Coming up against old rivals Corsairs in the Semi Final meant that they had to dig deep but a 26-12 win was good enough to book their place in the final.  The final was a meeting with Derby A who were not strong enough for the side of the day and Newark prevailed in a convincing 17-5 win.

In the Plate final Market Rasen took on Paviors, sides that had come through respective Semi Finals against Scunthorpe and Keyworth strongly.  On the day it was Market Rasen who came out on top, beating the Nottinghamshire club by a comfortable 31 points to 5.

In the Shield Competition Boston who had entered their first NLD Sevens Tournament took the spoils with a strong 34-0 win over Mansfield Blues.

The second Mansfield team however ensured that some silverware would be making its way back to Eakring Road with a convincing win over Kesteven A in the Bowl Final.

The last trophy of the day was awarded in the Rugby Man Final as local team Lincoln took on Chesterfield Panthers.  It had been a hard fought day at the office for both sides but it was the Derbyshire team who took the trophy home, beating Lincoln 17 points to 0.

It was a day with some mixed weather conditions although certainly warmer than 12 months ago!  Congratulations to all of the teams who took part and best of luck to those who continue on in the NLD U16 Competition.

U16 Sevens Results


Newark U16’s – Cup Winners



Play it Safe Course @ Buxton RFC

July 10th, 2014 by

There will be a Play it Safe course held at Buxton RFC on Wednesday 3rd September, 7pm – 10pm. This course is for any volunteer or coach at a club who is working with or has responsibility for children and vulnerable adults within rugby.

Places on the course are £15 and are on a first come first served basis so book now to ensure you don’t miss out.
Booking is available online via the link below to the RFU Online Course Booking Centre. Please note that the system will be unavailable from 18th July – 31st July and therefore you will be unable to make bookings during this time.

Lincoln Touch Rugby

July 9th, 2014 by

Sessions run every Sunday – 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Contact – Mike Beard – 07772 298 727 / [email protected]




Nottingham Touch Club

July 9th, 2014 by

Nottingham Touch was established in February 2012 with the main aim of providing a club that is open to all. Whether you simply want to play social Touch locally, represent the club in domestic tournaments, or develop your skills further to gain regional or national representation, then we believe Nottingham Touch is the club for you. Most members of the club play in Perfect Motion organised adult Touch leagues throughout the year, as well as attend regular squad training and social Touch sessions each week. Several members of the club also represent the Midlands region and we have five current England players and two Wales players.

The club has two representative sides in the Challenge Touch Series of national tournaments. Finally, if it’s a club social environment you are after, we regularly hold social events and encourage nights out whenever we can!

Please e-mail [email protected] for more information

4 x NLD U16’s Into Midlands Training Squad!

December 23rd, 2013 by

Congratulations to the four NLD players listed below who have been invited to attend the Midlands Divisional Training Weekend at Leicester Grammar on 25th & 26th January.  Jordon & Ryan Olowofela have been invited into the Northern Division.

We wish all of the players the best of luck in the next stage of selection.

Newman James NLD Newark King’s School Grantham
Olowofela Jordan NLD Newark Lincoln Minster
Olowofela Ryan NLD Newark Lincoln Minster
Poole Zakery NLD Market Rasen De Aston

NLD U16’s Impress against Warwickshire

October 11th, 2013 by

Thursday 10th October 2013 Chesterfield RFC

NLDU16s 31 – 24 Warwickshire U16s

Thursday saw this season’s NLD U16 squad take to the field for the first time to take on Warwickshire U16s.  The coaches decided to play the entire squad so that they could see all the boys in a game situation, and they and the watching crowd were not disappointed on a wet windy night at Chesterfield RFC’s excellent brand new facilities.

The game started brightly, and it was clear both sides were intent on proving what they could do with ball in hand, but it was NLD that began to play the conditions better and soon had the first score of the game through prop John Willingham-Statham, who burst through from close range following good build up play.  Danny Openshaw added an excellent conversion given the conditions.

This gave NLD confidence and soon after they had a second score through the lively centre Lewis Winterbottom, who ran a great line for a score near the posts. Openshaw again added the extras.  Warwickshire were not to be outdone and keen to show the journey was not in their legs worked upfield for a score through the forwards.

NLD were intent on scoring further points before the half was out and with the forwards giving great ball the backs were cutting through.  Ryan Olowofela in particular looked dangerous, but it was his fellow winger Andy Musvaburi who completed the first half scoring with a classic wingers finish in the left corner.  A tricky conversion was missed.

With plenty of fresh legs being brought on throughout the game, NLD were in no mood to take their collective feet off the gas, and the second half began in a similar vein as Ryan Olowofela scored a deserved try at the posts followed by Winterbottom who completed an impressive brace following another good break by Openshaw.  Both conversions left NLD looking pretty at 31-7 in front.

Warwickshire had other ideas, however, and began an unlikely come back with 3 quick fire tries including an impressive gallop from half way from one of their forwards to set up a tense last 5 minutes.  A cool NLD side did enough to see out the victory which on the balance of play was richly deserved.

A cracking start to this year’s programme, where all the boys should be proud of their performance, with still areas to work on.  Many thanks to the parents for getting the boys to and from Chesterfield, and to Chesterfield RFC for their excellent hosting of the game in their cracking new ground.

Squad from:

Charlie Barker, Kaine Buchanan, Jack Dickinson, Calum Donnelly, Michael Hawksworth, Joe Heath, Matthew Hopkins, Joshua Hubbard, Jake Jordan, Josh Latham, Joe McMenamin, Andy Musvaburi, James Newman, Jordan Olowofela, Ryan Olowofela, Daniel Openshaw, Zakery Poole, Hyran Powell, Alex Scott, Connor Slack, Jordan Slack, John Willingham-Statham, Lewis Winterbottom, Jack Lennon, George Eley, Henry Pymm


July 9th, 2014 by

Players who are in the under 20’s NLD squad now have their own Facebook page. Graeme Gunn (Team Manager) and Dave Andrews (Head Coach) who both run the page said “ Facebook is a fantastic tool which enables us to communicate with our players efficiently. An example is that we had a record number of players at our first session following their introduction to the squad via facebook.” To join the NLD U20 page on Facebook, search ‘NLD’ and request to join the group.

Harry Rudkin Wins First England U20 Cap

February 17th, 2014 by

Leicester Tigers Academy player Harry Rudkin picked up his first England cap last weekend in the U20 Six Nations fixture against Scotland.  The prop started on the bench in the match at Netherdale in Galashiels in which England ran out convincing winners.

19 year old Harry played his club rugby at Derby RFC and came through the NLD Representative sides before moving to take up a place at Tigers Academy 3½  years ago. RFU Council Members for NLD, Tracy Edmundson & Mike Waplington, attended the game & witnessed Harry being presented with his U20 cap by RFU President, Bob Reeves.


Harry with NLD Council Member Tracy Edmundson

NLD v Cumbria Match Report

May 11th, 2014 by

NLD vs Cumbria

10th May 2014

County Championship Shield – Pool 2

NLD started the 2014 County Championship at Sleaford against last years’ Shield runners up Cumbria. The squad had prepared well for this years’ competition and the players and management went into the game confident that they could achieved a good result.

With the wind behind them the away team started the brightest racing into a 14-0 lead, first up tackles were being missed however this was due to NLD getting use to playing with each other for the first time. As the team began to gel NLD started to put the pressure on and from a penalty kicked to the corner Alan Symcox scored a well worked catch and drive to make the score 14-7.

NLD began to take hold of the game and when Cumbria lost a player to the sin bin the hosts were unlucky not to score before the break. A well worked series of pick and goes made space out wide however the pass didn’t go to hand and the opportunity was lost.

Taking advantage of the wind and despite a heavy down pour NLD really took the game to Cumbria, the away team were reduced to 13 men after two yellow cards for foul play. In this period NLD battled hard at the Cumbrian line however their defence held up and no tries were scored. This proved to be a key period as with NLD chasing the game Cumbria managed to break and score the decisive try which put the game out of reach. The away team showed their clinical edge to score two further tries to make the final score 40-7.

Stephen Fowkes NLD team manager said

“The senior clubs and players have really bought into the programme this season and this showed in this first game. Make no mistake Cumbria are expecting to win the Shield competition but we put them under pressure for 60 minutes of the game. In the end their experience and team cohesion came through but the NLD lads should be very proud of their efforts.

Ultimately the County Championship is about winning games but this was the first step and we hope to keep this group of players together for years to come. With this level of support from senior clubs and players I believe we have the foundations for future success.”

Next week NLD travel to Burton to play Staffordshire in the hope of recording their first win in 3 years.

NLD Squad v Cumbria

1 Chris Starling Market Rasen & Louth RFC
2 Gareth Mist Scunthorpe RFC
3 Tom Holland Ilkeston RFC
4 Aaron Langan South Leicester RFC
5 Alan Symcox Mansfield RFC
6 Matt Brewer Newark RFC
7 Cameron Curry Newark RFC
8 Tom Taylor-Dawes Derby RFC
9 Will Harrison Scunthorpe RFC
10 Danny Graney South Leicester RFC
11 Nick Galinski Newark RFC
12 Alex Ayres Ilkeston RFC
13 Steve Parker Scunthorpe RFC
14 Henri Packard Matlock RFC
15 Matt Sutton Market Rasen & Louth RFC
16 Craig Dowse Boston RFC
17 Joe Tinsley Newark RFC
18 Leigh Dearden Market Rasen & Louth RFC
19 Adam Corcoran Ilkeston RFC
20 Dave Starling Market Rasen & Louth RFC
21 Jack Partington Ilkeston RFC
22 Jay Heath Ilkeston RFC

NLD Announce Senior XV Coaching Team

April 9th, 2014 by

NLD are pleased to announce the appointment of the NLD Senior XV Coaching team for the 2013-14 & 2014-15 Seasons.

Head Coach Bob Nashed
Backs Coach Mark Hobson
Forwards Coach Rhuari Pike

RFU Level 3 Coach Bob Nashed takes on the role as the Head Coach of the side who will begin their 2014 Campaign over the coming weeks. Having previously been Head Coach for Club and University sides within NLD Bob also has considerable representative coaching experience having spent 7 seasons in the coaching set up for the NLD U18,19 & 20 sides as well as 5 seasons as a Midlands U20’s Coach.

Mark Hobson takes on the role of Backs Coach to the squad. Having completed his RFU Level 3 qualification in 2010 Mark is keen to progress up the coaching ladder. He is a keen supporter of representative rugby having himself represented Nottinghamshire from U23 level up to Vets.

Rhuari Pike completes the coaching team, returning to take up his position as Forwards Coach. A role he has enjoyed since first being appointed at the start of the 2011-12, he has been reappointed for a further two seasons.

Stephen Fowkes continues in his role as Senior XV Manager and will be able to assist with any queries relating to the squad –[email protected]

NLD are extremely lucky to have such an experienced and enthusiastic coaching and management team in place and we look forward to the start of the NLD Senior XV Programme which will commence in April.