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Nottingham R.F.C.
Nottingham rugby logo.png
Full nameNottingham Rugby Club
UnionNotts, Lincs & Derbyshire RFU
Founded1877; 144 years ago (1877)
Ground(s)Lady Bay (Capacity: 3,500)
ChairmanAlistair Bow
PresidentNigel Bettinson-Eatch
Coach(es)Neil Fowkes
League(s)RFU Championship
2019–206th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
nottinghamrugby.co.uk

Nottingham Rugby Club is 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 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.

The advent of professionalism[citation needed] saw the Green & Whites fall on hard times and the first XV narrowly avoided relegation to 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. Alistair Bow was appointed chairman in 2010 after having been a director since 2008.

Martin Haag appointed Dan Montagu captain on 21 July 2015. He replaced Brent Wilson who retired at the end of 2014–15 season. Since then Ian Costello has been appointed as Head Coach, with Neil Fowkes and Alex O'Dowd rounding out the coaching team.

The club 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.

A change in funding by the RFU ahead of the 2020–21 season forced the club into become only a part-time professional club.[2]

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]

2020–21 RFU Championship Table
Conference A
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Tries for Tries against Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Ampthill 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Cornish Pirates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Hartpury University 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Jersey Reds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 London Scottish 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Saracens 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Conference B
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TBP LBP PTS
1 Bedford Blues 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Coventry 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Doncaster Knights 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Ealing Trailfinders 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Nottingham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Richmond 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  • 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 is the play-off place.
Source: "Greene King IPA Championship". England Rugby.

Current squad[edit]

The Nottingham squad for the 2020–21 season is:[3]

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
Luke Cole Hooker England England
Jake Farnworth Hooker England England
Kieran Davies Prop England England
Oisin Heffernan Prop Ireland Ireland
Owen Hills Prop England England
Ben Hooper Prop England England
Jamie Jack Prop England England
Aniseko Sio Prop Samoa Samoa
Billy Walker Prop England England
Tom West Prop England England
Toby Williams Prop England England
Callum Allen Lock England England
Tom Holmes Lock England England
Llewelyn Jones Lock Wales Wales
Danny Qualter Lock Ireland Ireland
Ifereimi Boladau Back row Fiji Fiji
James Connolly Back row Ireland Ireland
George Cox Back row England England
Carl Kirwan Back row England England
Jesse Liston Back row England England
Will Owen Back row England England
Josh Poullet Back row England England
Willie Ryan Back row Ireland Ireland
Player Position Union
Alex Crocker Scrum-half England England
Alex Dolly Scrum-half Australia Australia
Murray McConnell Scrum-half Scotland Scotland
Jacob Nash Scrum-half England England
Gearoid Lyons Fly-half Ireland Ireland
Will Sutton Fly-half England England
Mat Clark Centre England England
Calum Hall Centre England England
Will Millett Centre England England
Matt Riddington Centre England England
Luke Peters Centre England England
Harry Strong Centre England England
Charlie Thacker Centre England England
Harry Graham Wing England England
Jack Spittle Wing England England
Jack Stapley Wing Ireland Ireland
Tom Benjamin Fullback England England
Seán Scanlon Fullback Ireland Ireland
  • Notes:

Notable former players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ray Trew takes over Nottingham Rugby Club". BBC News. 30 July 2010.
  2. ^ "PLANNING FOR NEXT SEASON". Nottingham Rugby. 17 April 2020. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Squad – Nottingham Rugby". Nottingham Rugby. Retrieved 13 August 2019.

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