LD RFU has in place a programme of ‘player identification’ using appointed NLD coaches. This is supported through close liaison with schools and clubs within NLD to ensure that any players deemed to be performing in line with positional expectations at CB level are monitored accordingly.
To be eligible for NLD selection a boy must meet at least one of the following four criteria:
- Born within the RFU Constituent Body (‘CB’) of NLD
- Be a registered player of an NLD ‘CB’ club
- Reside within the NLD ‘CB’ area
- Attend a school within the NLD ‘CB’ area
The NLD under 16s squad for the 2019/2020 season (i.e. last seasons under 15s and the new seasons under 16s) will be made up of boys who are eligible from the Leicester Tigers DPP and those who trial successfully. It is therefore important to manage the expectations of players that you nominate, ensuring that they are aware that the process is highly competitive and will require each player to produce their very best at trial and beyond, should they be successful. Please note that boys within the DPP are not selected automatically and players will be selected on current ability and potential.
The first trials will be held on Monday 21st October and Monday 28th October for all players that are not currently involved in the DPP group. Due to large numbers last year we are doing the trials in two stages this year so players have a greater opportunity. All players who attend this trial must be nominated in advance by their club or school coach and there is a limit of 2 player nominations from any one club or school, preferably one forward and one back. We cannot consider any player for trial that has not been nominated by their club/school coach. All successful players will then be invited to attend the final trial alongside the players from DPP on Monday 25th November, following which a playing squad will be selected.
The trials will be held at Newark RFC, as will the training sessions.
How to nominate:
Use the following link to complete the nomination document:
Please ensure the document is filled out in full and the details are correct.
Closing date for nominations is Monday 7th October.
The season will include the following training sessions and fixtures:
Monday 21st October Trials – Venue Newark RFC – First group of Club players
Monday 28th October Trials – Venue Newark RFC – Second group of Club players
Monday 25th November Trials – Venue Newark RFC – Shortlisted Club players plus DPP
Monday 9th December Training – Newark RFC
Monday 16th December Training – Newark RFC
Monday 30th December Training – Newark RFC
Sunday 5th January Match (Super Sunday – TBC)
Monday 13th January Training – Newark RFC
Sunday 19th January Match Staffs – Away
Monday 27th January Training – Newark RFC
Sunday 2nd February Match Eastern Counties – Away
Monday 17th February Training – Newark RFC
Sunday 23rd February Match Leics – Home – Derby RFC
The selection process and structures season has been extremely successful in recent seasons with an excellent series of match results and, more importantly, a number of NLD boys going on to represent Midlands and England. Two of this year’s England U18’s came through the NLD U16s.
All clubs and schools within the NLD region are thanked for their continued support.
If you would like to discuss any of your nominations or have any queries regarding the programme please contact:
NLD U16 Manager – Adrian Taylor [email protected]