Nottingham R.F.C.

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Nottingham R.F.C.
Nottingham rugby logo.png
Full name Nottingham Rugby Club
Emblem(s) Archer
Founded 1877; 139 years ago (1877)
Ground(s) Lady Bay (Capacity:3,000)
Coach(es) Ian Costello
League(s) RFU Championship
2015–16 7th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
nottinghamrugby.co.uk

Nottingham Rugby 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 Lady Bay, The club has recently made a move from Meadow Lane, the home ground of Notts County to Lady Bay in West Bridgford, outside of Nottingham. They previously played at Ireland Avenue in Beeston until the end of the 2005–06 season.

History[edit]

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 Lion) representing England and Chris Gray representing Scotland. Another famous international was flanker David Jones, who played 19 times for Wales. He is still working for the club as the assistant first team manager. 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.

Martin Haag appointed Dan Montagu captain on 21 July 2015. He replaced Brent Wilson who retired at the end of 2014–15 season.

The club currently play at Lady Bay, previously 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.

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]

2015–16 RFU Championship Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
1 Bristol Rugby (CH) 22 20 0 2 718 397 321 14 1 95
2 Doncaster Knights (RU) 22 15 2 5 588 470 118 10 5 79
3 Yorkshire Carnegie (SF) 22 14 0 8 655 466 189 15 7 78
4 Bedford Blues (SF) 22 12 0 10 623 599 24 10 6 64
5 London Welsh 22 11 1 10 442 528 –86 9 3 58
6 Jersey 22 11 1 10 465 466 –1 5 6 57
7 Nottingham Rugby 22 10 0 12 494 483 11 9 7 56
8 London Scottish 22 10 0 12 463 453 10 2 7 49
9 Cornish Pirates 22 8 1 13 530 570 –40 8 7 49
10 Rotherham Titans 22 8 0 14 454 621 –167 3 3 38
11 Ealing Trailfinders 22 6 1 15 523 605 –82 5 6 37
12 Moseley (R) 22 4 0 18 416 715 –-299 6 4 26
  • 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: 13 May 2016
Source: "Greene King IPA Championship". NCA Rugby. 

Current squad[edit]

2016-17 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
Antonio Harris Hooker England England
Jimmy Stevens Hooker England England
Kieran Davies Prop England England
Tom Heard Prop England England
Ben Hooper Prop England England
Harry Morley Prop England England
Morgan Eames Lock England England
Toby Freeman Lock England England
Joseph Green Lock England England
Tom Holmes Lock England England
Dan Montagu Lock Australia Australia
Shane Buckley Flanker Ireland Ireland
George Cox Flanker England England
Matt Everard Flanker England England
Rob Langley Flanker England England
Josh Poullet Flanker England England
Jordan Coghlan Number 8 Ireland Ireland
Benjamin Morris Number 8 England England
Player Position Union
Murray McConnell Scrum-half Scotland Scotland
Jacob Nash Scrum-half England England
Alex Smit Scrum-half England England
Darryl Veenendaal Scrum-half England England
Gearold Lyons Fly-half Ireland Ireland
Will Millett Fly-half England England
Lawrence Rayner Fly-half England England
Joe Cobden Centre England England
Ollie Evans Centre England England
Viliami Hakalo Centre Tonga Tonga
Calum Hall Centre England England
George Trimmer Centre England England
Jacob Heath Wing England England
Josh Skelcey Wing England England
James Stephenson Wing England England
Conor Bullivant Fullback England England
Billy Robinson Fullback England England

Notable former players[edit]

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]