Initial U17’s Trials were held at Mellish on Monday 20 February and the NLD Coaching team have now deliberated in order to begin the process of trimming the numbers with a view to naming a final squad of around 35 players in April who will form the NLD U18’s for next season’s Midlands campaign.
It is always disappointing for players to be omitted as the process continues. Nevertheless, those players who are not progressing past this stage should feel proud that their rugby skills have been acknowledged by the fact that their respective coaches nominated them for trial.
The ongoing expanded squad for Trial includes a number of players from the current NLD U16’s. The U18’s Coaching team has observed this group on a number of occasions at various matches and, following additional discussion with the U16’s Coaching team, several players were identified as having sufficient physical and playing maturity to warrant an opportunity to trial with the current crop of U17’s.
No doubt more of the existing U16’s squad will make further progress during the season and will certainly challenge for inclusion this time next year.
The next challenge will come in the form of a Trial Match on the evening of Wednesday 01 March 2017. This will take place at NEWARK RFC and players are asked to arrive for registration at 18:00 with a view to being ready to play by 18:30.
IT IS AT THIS POINT THAT WE INVITE BACK THOSE PLAYERS WHO FORMED PART OF THE NLD U18’s SQUAD LAST SEASON. THESE PLAYERS ARE NOW BACK IN THE MIX AS FAR AS SELECTION IS CONCERNED AND WILL COMPETE WITH THE LISTED PLAYERS BELOW FOR INCLUSION IN THE FINAL SQUAD.
Following the session, the Coaches will discuss the players’ performances and a revised squad will be announced to go forward to attend a number of training evenings during March.
The announcement will be made on the NLD web site within 48 hours of the Trial Match at:
The list of players is as follows:
Harrison ORRIDGE DU BOIS