Bob Nashed took on the role of NLD Senior XV Head Coach for the 2013-14 season, as he turns his attentions to the squads 2014-15 County Championship campaign we caught up with him to find out more.
I have been very fortunate over the years to work with a number of coaches especially my old friend Bob Fowkes and my main philosophy as a coach is to encourage the players to become “Rugby Players” as opposed to “People that play Rugby”. We have always set out to give the players the tools and let them decide when it is appropriate to use them.
For those that don’t know how does the NLD Senior Squad work?
Throughout the season I, along with my colleagues Rhuari Pike & Mark Hobson have watched lots of different matches so that we get to see the talent on offer throughout NLD. Players need to be playing for their clubs regularly and at a certain level in order to compete in the RFU County Championship which is Level 5. From the provisional list that was drawn up we will then invite players to the first training session and look at availability for the forthcoming programme.
You have just started training for this year’s programme what are you most looking forward to?
Last year was my first season as NLD Senior XV Head Coach and I came into a group led by Steve Fowkes as Manager who showed a clear vision of where NLD should be. There were a lot of positives to take from last year in the game that we won and we were competitive for 60 minutes of the other. The coaching was the easy part for it was Steve’s work in assembling a quality group of players that made thing start to happen.
Unfortunately Steve is no longer part of that process but his legacy has survived with players who previously had not been interested expressing a desire to be involved. Therefore we are entering the coaching sessions with a real sense of excitement and a potentially very competitive side.
The RFU County Championship final is played at Twickenham, how important is that to the players involved?
The players are aware of the end point, who doesn’t want to play at Twickenham?! However we have 3 pool matches this season and a visit to Cumbria is always a tough game. With the right commitment and support from the clubs and players we have a real chance of making this season’s championship campaign one to remember.
Many thanks to Bob for taking the time to talk to us, follow NLD’s RFU County Championship campaign this year and show them your support.
NLD v Warwickshire Saturday 2nd May Mansfield RFC 2.15pm
Cumbria v NLD Saturday 9th May Venue TBC
NLD v Staffordshire Saturday 16th May Southwell RFC (TBC) 2.15pm