The NLD U17 Squad are selected in January with a view to forming the majority of the following season’s NLD U18 Squad. Players who have been previously involved in the NLD U16 Squad are invited to trial along with players who have been nominated by their Clubs and Schools. Once the squad has been selected they have a training calendar and some friendly matches before the end of the season in preparation for the step up to U18 level.
The NLD U18’s programme which takes place in August – January is announced at the end of the previous season and is made up of players from the NLD U17’s. The squad plays in the RFU County Championship Competition which gives young talented players the opportunity to play representative rugby at CB level and beyond. Players who impress the watching selectors will then have further chances to play at Midlands and even England.
Player Attributes required for NLD and Midlands U17 and U18 Rugby
A summary of the player attributes used by NLD and Midlands when assessing and selecting players for specific positions can be found here.
For more information and details of how to get involved, contact the U18 Squad Manager (TBC) or the NLD Head of Representative Rugby, Karl de Groot on [email protected]