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England Rugby & Samsung Try of the Month!

October 28th, 2014 by

England Rugby and Samsung have teamed up to celebrate the best tries scored around the country every month.  

Who can enter: Any age from minis to Vets. Any level from tag or touch to National League 1.

How to enter: Visit the England Rugby website to fill in the form and upload your video

Prize for the club: Win £1,000 of the latest Samsung technology to upgrade your clubhouse or school.

Prize for the entrant: The winning entrant will also receive the latest Samsung smartphone.

Closing date: Entries will close on 31 October. For the first round of Samsung Try of the Month, tries must have been scored on matches played between 1 September to 31 October.

NLD U18 Squad for Midlands Final Confirmed

October 28th, 2014 by

NLD U18’s Squad v Warwickshire

Super Sunday Championship Decider

Broadstreet Rugby Club – Coventry

Sunday 02 November 2014

Kick-Off 14:30

The NLD U18 Coaching & Management Team has announced the squad to face Warwickshire in this Sunday’s Midlands Final at Broadstreet RFC.

There are just a few changes to the side that overcame East Midlands so comprehensively last week.  Elliot Henry who was injured in the match last week should return to the field in 6 weeks or so but attended last night’s training to support the squad as they look to remain unbeaten in the 2014-15 season.  Josh Allen returns after injury and Harry Graham will be wearing the Captains armband.

Warwickshire won the other half of the Midlands draw and are sure to be formidable opponents for the NLD squad.

Josh ALLEN – Stamford School/Kesteven
Jake BOWDEN – Lincoln College/Lincoln
Ed BLOODWORTH – King’s Grantham/Kesteven
Pierre BYWORTH – Trent College/Corsairs
Ed COLE – King’s Grantham/Kesteven
Sam CRANSWICK – QEHS Gainsborough/Newark
Tom CROSBY – Worksop College/Newark
Oliver DAVIDSON – Stamford School/Corsairs
Phil FLETCHER – King’s Grantham/Kesteven
Harry GRAHAM (Captn) – Worksop College/Paviors
Max HODSON – Eastwood College/Ilkeston
Josh HUBBARD – King’s Grantham/Newark
Henry MAWHOOD – Stamford School/Corsairs
Joe McMENAMIN – Bishop Burton/Unattached
Tom MYCROFT – Bilborough College/Derby
James NEWMAN – King’s Grantham/Newark
Dan SALT – Mount St. Mary College/Dinnington
Alex SCOTT – Tuxford/Newark
Callum SLACK – King’s Grantham/Newark
Connor SLACK – King’s Grantham/Newark
Jordan SLACK – King’s Grantham/Newark
Anthony SYMCOX – All Saint’s Catholic School/Mansfield
Ben USHER – Priory Academy LSST/Newark
Tom WINNING – Southwell Minster/Paviors

NLD U16 Squad to Face East Midlands Announced

October 28th, 2014 by

The NLD U16 squad to face East Midlands on Sunday has been confirmed.  Fresh from a win against Warwickshire last week the squad includes a couple of changes as they prepare to play on Super Sunday at Bromsgrove RFC, kick off is at 1pm.

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 Bromsgrove RFC, Finstall park, Finstall Road, Bromsgrove, B60 3DH.

Players should dress for the pre match warm up and bring a shirt and tie for the post match meal.
Congratulations to all of the players on their selection, those who have not made the match day squad on this occasion don’t be disheartened, keep working hard and there will be plenty more opportunities throughout the forthcoming fixtures!

Player Name Club School
Jake Hickling West Bridgford Rushcliffe School
Corey Lewis Spalding Spalding Grammar
Edward James Nottingham Corsairs Notts High School
William Boot Sheffield Tigers Meadowhead School
Alex Hamham Lincoln RFC Priory Academy LSST
Reuban Pritchard Market Rasen & Louth De Aston Grammar School
Jack Dickinson Nottingham Corsairs Trent College
Tom Walton Nottingham Corsairs Notts High School
James Thomas Spalding n/a
Elliot Adamson Market Rasen & Louth Pocklington School
Liam McStay Market Rasen & Louth De Aston Grammar School
James Martin    
James Peachey n/a Stamford School
Mark Hendy Spalding QEGS Horncastle
Andrew Brown Nottingham Corsairs George Spencer Academy
Joe Heyes n/a n/a
Harkaren Singh Sandhu Market Rasen & Louth St Bedes High School
Lewis Himsworth Newark St Georges Academy Sleaford
Sam Pace Market Rasen & Louth Caister Grammar School
Thomas Osborne Nottingham Corsairs George Spencer Academy
Mason Coulam    
Matthew Law Newark King’s School, Grantham
Christoper Hardy Newark King’s School Grantham
Charlie Livesey    

NLD U18 Girls Battle Against Staffs

October 28th, 2014 by

The NLD U18 headed to Lichfield RFC on Sunday to take on Staffordshire with a depleted squad of 13 following a run of injuries and a few players being unavailable.  However the squads spirits were kept high with a team talk from England Rugby World Cup winner Sarah Hunter who gave the girls a team talk prior to the match.  They also had the opportunity for some photographs with Sarah and the World Cup itself.

u18girlswebsiteIn the first half home side Staffordshire played some excellent rugby and punished any mistakes from the battling NLD squad.  A strong NLD scrum kept the pressure on with a feed of ball to the back line.  Staffordshire dominated in the second half with NLD defending well, a consolation try and conversion in the last few minutes ensured that the NLD Girls finished strongly.

Despite the one sided score line in the home sides favour the NLD girls wore their shirts with pride and did us proud, their attentions now turn to a trip to play North Midlands on Sunday 9th November.

NLD U13 Girls Success at Lichfield

October 27th, 2014 by

Sunday the 26th October represented a milestone in the development of girls rugby within the NLD with the first competitive match for the NLD Girls U13 development squad against Staffordshire at Lichfield RUFC. The squad was represented by players from Mansfield, Newark, Boston, Ashfield, Chesterfield and Melbourne RUFC clubs.

nldu13 girls

With initially presentations of NLD Shirts to the squad to mark their achievement followed by team photos with the Women’s World Cup ensured that the atmosphere was set to ensure an energetic set of matches.

philcasspresentsWith strong attendance for the band of willing and supportive parents the players demonstrated their continual development in the game with a series of extremely strong and determined performances against Staffordshire.

Peter Haskell, Head Coach of the U13 Girls commented ‘ the players have taken massive steps in their development over the past few months and in doing so have created a strong foundation for NLD Girls rugby to build upon for the future, we’re delighted with their achievement that they’ve made today’

NLD U16’s Start 2014-15 Campaign with a win!

October 27th, 2014 by

NLD U16s v Warwickshire U16s Report

Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Broadstreet RFC

WarwichshireU16s 10 – 24 NLD U16s

Last Wednesday this season’s NLD U16 squad took to the field for the first time in the opening county championship encounter with Warwickshire U16’s.  A fantastic setting and pitch at Broadstreet RFC welcomed players and parents all keen to see how the boys would fair.

NLD began like they meant business and were intent on showing an attacking style instilled by coaches Brian Dobb and Matt Albinson during training.  Following a couple of strong runs from wing Liam McStay, NLD found they were matching up well in the wide open spaces and forcing Warwickshire to concede penalties.  From one penalty taken quickly by James Thomas at scrum half the ball was fed wide and full back Andy Brown was on the end to score a deserved try.  The conversion from Elliot Adamson narrowly failed.

As is the nature of these games, Warwickshire came straight back at NLD using territory well and competing hard at the ruck, and they drew level within 5 minutes as they worked some space on the left flank for a well taken try in the corner.  The difficult conversion from wide out was missed.


The remainder of the half saw NLD press further but unable to break a well organised Warwickshire defence which was holding up under great pressure.

The message at half time was simple to carry on at the same tempo and the scores would come, particularly as the coaches were using the bench to full effect to freshen things up.

The second half began with a bang as NLD pressed again.  They were soon at the Warwickshire line and it was Jack Dickinson, the sole player remaining from last season’s squad, who crashed through players and showed what a years’ experience was worth.  This time Adamson was successful with the conversion and NLD were good value for the 5-12 lead.

Yet again Warwickshire came straight back at NLD and camped themselves in the visitors 22.  Determined and steely defence kept them at bay, but at times this was adjudged to be illegal and try scorer Dickinson was sent to the sin bin for a team offence.  Unfortunately the referee at this point was unaware of the rule punishing only the player and not the team in these matches and with NLD trying to swap a player on Warwickshire took full advantage and their scrum half raced in for the try.  The conversion again failed.

websiteu161Back up to 15, NLD were looking for more out of the game. Keeping strictly to the game plan was paying dividends, and almost immediately after his return to the field, it was Dickinson again who made the most of the openings and scored his second of the night.  With the conversion from Adamson slotted NLD had some breathing space on the spirited and talented Warwickshire side.

Warwickshire to a man were determined to finish on a high and kept playing phase after phase.  The NLD defence was good and kept the home side pinned in their own 22 waiting for an error.  Eventually it came and the ball was worked wide to the right with where Mark Hendy finished at the corner.  The conversion this time failed, but NLD were really good value for a great 10-24 victory.

This was a tremendous performance against a very good Warwickshire side with every member of the squad contributing something meaningful to the game.  Both coaches were extremely happy with what the boys achieved.

Next the squad move on to play East Midlands at Bromsgrove RFC in Super Sunday 1 on Sunday November 2nd.


Jake Hickling, Corey Lewis, Joe Heyes, William Boot, Thomas Osborne, Reuban Pritchard, Jack Dickinson, Tom Walton, James Thomas, Elliot Adamson, Liam McStay, Emmet Mcdonnell, James Peachey, Mark Hendy, Andrew Brown, Harkaren Singh-Sandhu, Lewis Himsworth, Sam Pace, Nathaneal Brisco, Alex Hanham, Matthew Law, Christopher Hardy

Belper presented with Club Accreditation

October 27th, 2014 by

An enjoyable afternoon of rugby at Strutts Fields saw the Belper home teams score two convincing wins over Buxton. Following the two matches, Belper RUFC was delighted to welcome the visiting teams to a presentation at the clubhouse of the RFU Club Accreditation Award.

Presenting the award, Les Davis, President of Derbyshire RFU said “It’s been a very enjoyable and good natured afternoon of rugby and I am delighted to be here to present this award today. Belper is one of the few clubs in Derbyshire so far to achieve this recognition, and I have been very impressed with the list of initiatives and activities within the club.

This Club Accreditation award recognises the club’s achievement in key areas: retaining and developing players; recruiting new players; recruiting and retaining high quality coaches, volunteers and referees; effective and efficient facilities, management and governance; and integration with the local community. With the RFU Core Values, this all leads to a strong and sustainable club.

This accreditation has been awarded for both the senior and youth sections of the Club. As a result, Belper also achieves the Sport England Clubmark for the Mini and Youth section, which is a thriving area of the club.”

Simon Blount, President of Belper RUFC said “This award is the result of a lot of hard work behind the scenes as the club continues to grow and develop. It’s a great achievement for us.

Belper Rugby Club is approaching its 40th anniversary since forming and has been on its present purpose built site at Strutts Fields for over 10 years. The club has two senior teams and a Vets team, and over 100 registered minis and juniors players aged between 5-19. The club is entirely run by volunteers and opens its doors and facilities to many community groups and charity events throughout the year. Our thanks go to the players and volunteers across the whole club that make it welcoming and successful”.

Photo by Caroline Morley
Les Davis, President of Derbyshire RFU (left) seen presenting the RFU Accreditation Award to Simon Blount, President of Belper RUFC.


NLD U18’s Overcome East Midlands to Set up Title Clash

October 27th, 2014 by

EAST MIDLANDS U18’s  0 v  NLD U18’s 36



A tortuous drive for many down the A1 at peak time proved worthwhile after a resounding victory for the NLD boys against East Midlands last Wednesday.

The squad has become tight-knit over recent weeks after numbers were depleted by various injuries and withdrawals and this was evident in a keenly contested match.

For much of the first 15 minutes, NLD were scrambling defensively but effectively against an East Mids squad containing a number of large physical players. This combination of stubborn defence combined with admittedly inaccurate final passes and less than precise handling kept the match scoreless until on 20 minutes, James Newman was on the receiving end of a short pass to go over the line for the first try.

The try was converted to give NLD a 7-0 lead.

A few minutes later, after good driving work by the forwards, Tom Winning showed good determination and strength to force his way over the line for a try, which went unconverted.

A period of concentrated pressure from East Midlands followed and the NLD side did little to alleviate the situation by playing far too much rugby in their own 22. That said, the continued doggedness of their defending meant no points were conceded and the pressure was finally relieved after the forwards forced a turnover ball inside the 5 metre line.

Harry Graham’s subsequent clearance not only made touch, but having clipped an East Mids player in flight,  NLD were awarded the line out and play was driven back deep into East Mids territory.

Harry was to prove a thorn in the side of the East Mids team all night with his sniping runs and accurate distribution and the go forward play of the NLD had much to do with the impetus Harry provided from ther base of the scrum and break downs.

From broken play approaching the break, and a little against the run of play, Elliot Henry jinked beyond the gain line and showed good acceleration to isolate the East Mids Full Back before providing a crisp pass for Ed Bloodworth to finish under the posts.

Phil Fletcher duly converted to move the score along to 19-0 as the Half Time whistle blew.

The Second Half was only a minute old when Max Hodson of the NLD was harshly shown the Yellow Card for a tip tackle.

The perceived injustice of that decision seemed to galvanise the squad and Tom Winning scored his second try after 5 minutes from a mazy long run through the East Mids defence to bring the score to 26-0. Phil Fletcher added the extra 2 points by converting.

Following a rare foray forward by the Esat Mids backs, Elliot Henry was involved in a nasty clash of heads, which resulted in a lengthy stoppage and intervention by the NLD Physio.

It was clear that Elliot had suffered a substantial knock to the head and he was eventually taken to hospital after efficient and comprehensive treatment and observation by the Physio, Carole, and the Peterborough Ambulance crew.

Happily, Elliot was released from hospital later and will attend QMC for further treatment. The best wishes of everyone involved in the match were expressed and Elliot should be back playing once he has been given a clean bill of health following his treatment and recuperation.

Once the game resumed, NLD picked up very much where they left off before the stoppage and, after a number of phases were completed, beginning inside the NLD 22, Tom Winning broke the defensive line and was able to offload to Callum Slack in support who ran in the try for another score.

That try went unconverted, leaving the score at 31-0.

Sustained pressure exerted by the NLD forwards continued to draw errors from the tiring East Mids side and it was inevitable that fatigue would create space in the later stages of the game.

This was starkly illustrated when the NLD pack drove forward using several phases to suck in the East Mids defence. This eventually created sufficient space behind the gain line for Alex Scott to throw a long miss pass out to the left wing where Oliver Davidson was the eventual beneficiary.

This try, which was unconverted, proved to be the final score and the match finished at NLD 36 v 0 East Midlands.

It was a comprehensive victory helped somewhat by a disjointed and stuttering East Mids performance, but that should not detract from the squad’s achievement in topping their side of the draw in the Championship games.

They will now play the winners of the other side of the draw, Warwickshire, at Broadstreet on Super Sunday which will be played on November 2nd.

NLD U15 Girls Remain Unbeaten!

October 27th, 2014 by

Sunday 26th October saw the NLD Girls squads head to Lichfield RFC to take on Staffordshire.

The U15’s were fresh from being crowned Midlands Champions at Lutterworth a couple of weeks ago, having played Staffordshire en route to the title they were looking forward to an exciting contest.

NLD started strongly despite losing the toss and contesting up the hill into a swirling wind.  In the first of the three 20 minute periods Hannah Sharp (Newark RFC) put the first points on the board for NLD with Jess Weaver (Newark RFC) adding the conversion.

Hannah Sharp made another excellent run down the wing to score a near identical try under the posts, which was once again duly converted by Jess Weaver.

NLD’s dominance paid off with two further tries from Megan Warsop (Ashfield RFC), Jess Weaver converting one of them.  A strong scoreline for the visitors showed 0-26 at the end of the first period.

In the second period the NLD Coaching Team made 5 changes to the field, Staffordshire benefited from the break and came out very strongly to counter attack.  With the home side running in some excellent tries NLD went into the final period having conceded 3 unconverted tries.

The third period promised to be an exciting conclusion which didn’t disappoint; Staffordshire got the first points on the board narrowing the margin to 20-26.  The NLD girls soon responded and tries from Victoria Lyon (Newark RFC), Jess Weaver (Newark RFC) and Lucy Payne (Ashfield RFC) took the match out of the Staffordshire’s reach despite a late score.  The final scoreline was 27-41 to NLD.

The NLD squad will have learnt lots from a tough encounter but they remain unbeaten as they turn attentions now to what promises to be an extremely tough match against North Midlands on 9th November.

Below – The NLD U15 squad pictured with the Women’s Rugby World Cup.


Women’s Rugby World Cup visits Sleaford RFC

October 22nd, 2014 by

Over 100 girls from 8 schools across Lincolnshire have competed in the Girls U13 and U15’s Schools event hosted at Sleaford RFC. There was also a special guest as the Women’s World Cup visited the county on its tour of the country.

The schools that attended were; Kesteven and Grantham Girls School, Birkbeck College, King Edward VI Spilsby, John Whitgift Academy, Priory Ruskin Academy, Thomas Cowley, King Edward VI Grammar School Louth and Kesteven and Sleaford High School.

Some fantastic rugby was displayed throughout the day and at the end of the day Kesteven and Grantham Girls School were crowned winners of the U15 competition and Sleaford High School claimed the U13’s title.