Women & Girls

NLD Women & Girls Committee

The NLD Women & Girls Committee manage all aspects of the female game. They meet 3 – 4 times each year and focus on developing the game in all areas.  If you would like to get involved in the development of W&G Rugby within NLD, please contact the Committee Chairman, Neil Clack. ([email protected])

Club Rugby

There are a number of clubs throughout NLD that run women’s and girls’ teams and they are always keen to welcome new players.  If you are interested in getting involved and would like more information on your local team, contact Neil Clack ([email protected]) or get in touch with your local club directly. A list of clubs and a map of their locations can be found on our Clubs page of this website.

NLD Women & Girls’ Representative Rugby

NLD field representative sides for Women, U18 & U15 Girls Teams as well as U13 & U15 Girls Development Groups.  This is a great opportunity for women and girls to get involved in an exciting level of representative rugby that opens the door for future opportunities to play at Midlands level and beyond.

The women’s programme runs in the Spring, with matches being held in April and May.


NLD U15 Girls


NLD Women & Girls Committee

The NLD Women & Girls Committee manage all aspects of the female game. They meet 3 – 4 times each year and focus on developing the game in all areas.  If you would like to get involved in the development of W&G Rugby within NLD, please contact Neil Clack.


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Congratulations to those players who have made it through the first part of this seasons C of E selection process. We look forward to seeing you at the Assessment Day, hosted by Sleaford RUFC, 18.7.21

NLD C of E Assessment Club Nominations 2021
Lucy Weaver Mansfield U18
Natalie Garratt Mansfield U18
Ivy Stevens Mansfield U18
Tia Titley Mansfield U18
Becky Boyd Newark U18
Mae Elliott Newark U18
Ember Selby Newark U18
Charlotte Bousfield Newark U18
Sophie Oldridge Newark U18
Evie Fisher Newark U18
Charlotte Elizabeth Low Grimsby RUFC U18
Erin Hadley Grimsby RUFC U18
Jazmine Taylor Grimsby RUFC U18
Grace Ross Grimsby RUFC U18
Edith Kerr Grimsby RUFC U18
Marie-Anne Battersby Chesterfield Panthers U18
Alice Waterhouse Chesterfield Panthers U18
Abigail Mitchell Chesterfield Panthers U18
Aimee Lancaster Cleethorpes RUFC U18
Maisie Austin Boston RFC U18
Phoenix Robinson Kesteven RFC U18
Emily Doyle Kesteven RFC U18
Issey Russell Kesteven RFC U18
Beth Parker Kesteven RFC U18
Niamh Fogarty Kesteven RFC U18

NLD W&G’s Open Letter around Changes to 2021-22 Season.




This open letter is addressed to all clubs with Female Rugby provision within NLD, whatever the level. I wanted to outline to you all a few changes to various programmes/events that have been necessitated by the extra ordinary circumstances we have found ourselves in over the past 18 months.

On the back of the recent W&G’s meeting hosted by the RFU there was a consensus for some form of structured/organised events throughout the season specifically aimed at the Girls. Pitch Up and Play’s seemed to be the preferred choice. I have already posted a draft W&G’s playing calendar onto the NLD W&G’s website showing PuP’s, RFU Cup and CB U15/U18 events. My apologies but this calendar will most likely have to be amended following clarification from the RFU around the Girls National Cup competition.

The RFU have amended the Girls Cup Competition to ensure it is more competitive in the opening rounds. The changes are as follows:

  1. Clubs have registered their intent to enter a team/teams within the time frame set by the RFU.
  2. Teams must have 18 GMS registered players to qualify.
  3. Teams must be able to field a min 12 players in all rounds.
  4. Teams must be able to field a competent Front Row.
  5. NO cluster teams allowed to enter.
  6. There is a limit of 64 participating clubs in each age group.
  7. NLD are tasked to nominate “up to” 3 teams in each age group, (U15/18), from the list of teams who have registered with the RFU to play in the cup and who meet the above criteria.


In order to make any team selection as fair, open and transparent as possible we have decided on the following:

For the past 5 years NLD W&G’s have hosted a Girls Only 10’s Festival on the 3rd Sunday in September. This has always served several purposes but this year we are adding another. We propose to use the festival to look at all the clubs who have registered to play in the RFU Cup Comp at U15 and U18’s. In order to align the festival with the RFU criteria we are proposing that this year we host a Girls only 12’s Festival. The teams will be assessed by NLD W&G’s U18 Head Coach alongside a team of independent assessors. The teams best able to compete within the RFU Cup Comp will be selected to go through.

The festival is still intended to be a season opener for all clubs, where friendly, competitive rugby can be played. Clusters are encouraged amongst those teams not able to field a full 12 a side on the day and players are encouraged to fully participate throughout the afternoon. In effect this is the 1st PuP of the season.

As the RFU have become stricture on their eligibility criteria fewer clubs will naturally qualify for entry. I believe this makes the PuP sessions more important than ever in getting structured events into club diaries, encouraging player activity and development. We are looking for people to get involved in the PuP’s for U13/15 and 18’s. There could now be an element of coaching aligning with the U15/18 Head coaches programmes. There will be a strong element of admin. The positions can be shared to even workloads/commitments across the season. It is important that we have sufficient volunteers to enable the PuP’s to go ahead. If you are interested please drop me a line/text.  You will need to have a RFU Enhanced DBS check which can be done free of charge through your club or potentially NLD. Coaches would need to be L2 qualified or higher.

Player selection for the RFU Centre of Excellence programme 2021-22 has been amended. CB’s, (NLD), have been asked to nominate a maximum of 15 players to go through to C of E assessment. There is a planned process for this to happen in the fairest, most open and transparent way as possible. The 1st stage was to ask clubs to nominate players for NLD/C of E assessment. The 2nd stage is to invite these players to 2 x “invitation only” assessment sessions. The 3rd stage will be for NLD W&G’s to nominate their players to go forward to the C of E assessment in September. Those players nominated by their clubs will be receiving an invitation with the next 2 weeks. C of E have stated that they have changed there usual selection process and will this year be looking to take a small initial squad of players and then relook at those unsuccessful players later in the season to reassess them and hopefully bring them into the Player Pathway.

My apologies but at the time of writing this open letter I have not had any communication from the RFU as to the provision of CB rugby for the Women’s sides 2021-22. Hopefully this will change over the next week or 2.  It is still our intention is to extend the Women’s CB programme through from Oct 21 to May/June 22. We are currently looking for qualified coaches to help in the Women’s CB programme. If you are interested, please drop me a line/text in the first instance.

My apologies for the long letter but it is information you need to be aware of. Keep well, play safe.


Neil Clack

NLD W&G’s Chair

07734179339/[email protected]


W&G’s Update 15.6.21

Coach and Volunteer Basic Job Spec 2021-22 (1)

CB to CoE Selection Criteria2021-22[3268]

CB – CoE roadmap 2021-22[3265]

NLD C0fE Nominations Process 2021


W&G’s Playing Calendar 2021-22 draft 1 1.6.21

W&G’s meeting calendar 2021-22 draft

W&G’s Coaching Structure 2021

Proposed Committee Structure 2021-23

Note from the W&G Chair……

The RFU Cup Comp dates and the CB U15/18 dates are confirmed and cannot be amended or added to. I am still waiting for information on the Women’s Leagues and CB calendar dates as they have yet to be finalise by the RFU. The calendar will be updated as and when the information is sent out from the RFU.

PUP dates are proposed only. I need a facilitator for each age group, (U13/15 and 18), to coordinate these events throughout the season. This is an admin role so please look to your parents to see if they want to get involved. They will have to be RFU DBS checked and will sit on the W&G’s committee.

I am looking for a club to host the Girls 10’s Festival in September. Ideally need 4 senior pitches. As a fund raiser, for the W&G’s/host club, we have always charged a nominal parking fee slit 50/50 with the club.

I am also looking for clubs to host the Girls U15’s and U18’s CB programmes. This season the RFU have split the 2 age grade groups with different calendar dates. Clubs can volunteer to host one or both programmes which will consist of:

1 x afternoon trials

1 x Sunday afternoon training session

1 x “Home” event. Currently I am not sure what this will look like. May be a triangular/festival/match; who knows. The host club can run a fund raising activity on the day but we will not charge parking. Food will also need to be provided for all teams and officials.

I will be looking for a club to host the NLD Women’s squad 2021-22. At present I am unsure of the format or dates for trials etc as no information has yet been released by the RFU. This has historically been 2 x trials and some training sessions on a Tuesday evening, (could [possibly be moved), and max 2 x “Home” matches.

I am looking for people to join the W&G’s Committee to take on specific roles. I have attached a graphic of how I would like to structure the W&G Committee for 2021-23. If you would like to get involved or know of a parent with specific skills who would be willing to volunteer their time please get in touch. Again all positions will be subject to the NLD Volunteer Application process and will be subject to an enhanced RFU DBS check.

I am also looking for Coaches and Managers for the U15/U18 and Women’s squads. Some positions are already filled due to existing tenure/continuity. Coaches will need to be L2 qualified as a minimum with an understanding of the female game. Age grade squad Managers for U15/U18 are also required. These are admin roles. Good communication and IT skills are needed. You will not be part of any selection process unless invited by the Head Coach.

Festivals/PUP’s CB programmes are run by volunteers. If we don’t have sufficient people we will be unable to run certain programmes with our main focus then being the RFU/CB programmes for Age Grade and Women’s rugby. I have posted an outline “job description” for each role to give you an idea of what is involved.

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