Nomination, Trial and Selection Process
NLD RFU has in place a programme of ‘player identification’ using appointed NLD coaches as well as the ‘Elite Player Development Group’ (EPDG). This 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 2017/2018 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 EPDG 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 EPDG are not selected automatically and players will be selected on current ability and potential.
The first trial will be held on Monday 27th November for all players that are not currently involved in the EPDG group. 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. 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 second trial alongside the players from EPDG on Monday 4th December, following which a playing squad will be selected.
The trials will be held at Newark RFC, the venue for the training sessions & matches will be confirmed shortly.
How to nominate:
The link to the nomination forms have been sent directly to Clubs & Schools. If you have you not received this then please email Nicole Brown.
The season will include the following training sessions and fixtures.
Monday 27th November Trials – Newark RFC
Monday 4th December Trials – Newark RFC
Monday 11th December Training
Monday 18th December Training
Saturday 30th December Training
Sunday 7th January Match (Super Sunday – Leics)
Monday 15th January Training
Sunday 21st January Match (Staffs – Away)
Monday 29th January Training
Sunday 4th February Match (Eastern Counties – Home)
Monday 12th February Training
Sunday 18th February Match (Leics Home)
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.
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 Head Coach – Darren Hall [email protected]