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Nottingham R.F.C.
Nottingham rugby logo.png
Full name Nottingham Rugby Football Club
Emblem(s) Archer
Founded 1877; 138 years ago (1877)
Ground(s) Meadow Lane (Capacity: 20,211)
Lady Bay Sports Ground (Capacity: 2,000 est)
League(s) Greene King IPA Championship
2013–14 10th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
nottinghamrugby.co.uk

Nottingham Rugby Football Club are a rugby union club based in Nottingham, England. The club's first team currently play in the Championship, the second tier of English Rugby.

Nicknamed the Green & Whites, in reference to the club's kit, the first XV play at Meadow Lane, the home of Notts County. The club has new facilities at Lady Bay in the West Bridgford area of Nottingham, having played at Ireland Avenue in Beeston until the end of the 2005/06 season.

The club was established circa 1877 by Alexander Birkin after returning from Rugby School, where he was introduced to the sport. The Birkin family later purchased the land at Ireland Avenue that would be the home of the club until 2006.

The club's heyday was in the late 1980s with a number of top international players representing the first XV. These included Simon Hodgkinson, Rob Andrew, Dusty Hare and Brian Moore (also a British Lion) representing England and Chris Gray representing Scotland. Slightly earlier than this the clubs David Jones player 19 times for Wales, and is still working within the club to this day. However, the advent of professionalism saw the Green & Whites fall on hard times and the first XV narrowly avoided relegation into the regional divisions in 2002/03. The club has bounced back since then and was promoted into National League One in 2003/04. The club finished a creditable 7th in 2005/06 before leaving Ireland Avenue after 102 years.

The club currently plays at Meadow Lane. On 30 July 2010 the club signed an agreement to become part of Notts County PLC.[1] In early July 2012 it was announced that Martin Haag had become the new director of rugby at the club, filling the void left by Glenn 'Jackie Moon' Delaney departing for London Irish. Upon his arrival, Haag immediately conducted a training session with the players, something not seen at the club since 2002.

Club honours[edit]

  • Midland Counties Senior Cup winners: 1905/06
  • Midland Counties Junior Cup winners: 1907/08
  • Noel Syson Cup (Notts, Lincs & Derby Sevens) winners: 1935, 1936, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1959, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1983
  • Middlesex Sevens winners: 1944/45
  • Midland Merit Table champions: 1984/85
  • Selkirk Sevens winners: 1990/91

Current standings[edit]

2014–15 RFU Championship Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Try Bonus Loss Bonus Points
1 Bristol 12 12 0 0 411 209 202 9 0 57
2 Worcester Warriors 12 11 0 1 454 190 264 10 1 55
3 London Scottish 12 8 0 4 336 265 71 7 2 41
4 Nottingham 12 9 0 3 261 269 –8 3 0 39
5 Rotherham Titans 12 7 0 5 276 281 –5 3 1 32
6 Bedford Blues 12 5 0 7 253 362 –109 4 2 26
7 Cornish Pirates 12 5 0 7 296 328 –32 4 0 24
8 Jersey 12 3 1 8 260 277 –17 3 5 22
9 Yorkshire Carnegie 12 3 1 8 230 274 –44 2 5 21
10 Moseley 12 3 1 8 229 328 –99 1 3 18
11 Doncaster Knights 12 3 0 9 226 281 –55 1 4 17
12 Plymouth Albion 12 1 1 10 190 358 –168 0 3 9
  • If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
  1. Number of matches won
  2. Difference between points for and against
  3. Total number of points for
  4. Aggregate number of points scored in matches between tied teams
  5. Number of matches won excluding the first match, then the second and so on until the tie is settled
Green background are promotion play-off places. Pink background is the relegation place.
Updated: 17 January 2015
Source: "Greene King IPA Championship". NCA Rugby. 

Current squad[edit]

For player movements leading up to the 2014–15 season, see List of 2014-15 RFU Championship transfers#Nottingham.

2014-15 Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Ben Brownlie Hooker England England
Shaun Malton Hooker South Africa South Africa
Jon Vickers Hooker England England
Conor Carey Prop Ireland Ireland
Michael Holford Prop England England
Campese Ma'afu Prop Fiji Fiji
Harry Morley Prop England England
Dan Montagu Lock Australia Australia
Morgan Eames Lock England England
Toby Freeman Lock England England
Tom Calladine Flanker England England
Rupert Cooper Flanker England England
Kiefer Laxton Flanker England England
Josh Poullet Flanker England England
Brent Wilson (c) Flanker New Zealand New Zealand
Matt Everard Number 8 England England
Paul Grant Number 8 New Zealand New Zealand
Player Position Union
Finlay Barnham Scrum-half England England
Cameron Lee-Everton Scrum-half England England
Alex Smit Scrum-half England England
Jacob Knight Fly-half England England
Rory Lynn Fly-half England England
Will Maisey Fly-half England England
Dan Mugford Fly-half England England
Jake Barron Centre England England
Joe Cobden Centre England England
Alfie Molloy Centre England England
Joe Munro Centre England England
Jack Partington Centre England England
Connor Bullivant Wing England England
Ryan Hough Wing England England
Viliame Iongi Wing Tonga Tonga
Liam O'Neill Wing England England
Corey Venus Wing Scotland Scotland
Elliott Cox Fullback England England
Billy Robinson Fullback England England
Edward Styles Fullback England England

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head Coach England Martin Haag
Backs Coach England Ged Glynn
Scrum Coach England Neil Fowkes
Skills Coach England Ben Johnston
Head Of Physiotherapy England Matt Taylor
Head of Strength and Conditioning France Jorris Brun
Head of Analytics and Strategy England Clive Windermere
Analysis Intern England Callum Convery
Academy Manager Tonga John Widdowson

Last updated: 28 December 2011
Source: Nottingham Rugby RFC

Notable former players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ray Trew takes over Nottingham Rugby Club". BBC News. 30 July 2010. 

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