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Nottingham R.F.C.
Nottingham rugby logo.png
Full nameNottingham Rugby Club
UnionNotts, Lincs & Derbyshire RFU
Founded1877; 142 years ago (1877)
Ground(s)Lady Bay (Capacity:3,000)
ChairmanAlistair Bow
PresidentNigel Bettinson-Eatch
Coach(es)Neil Fowkes
League(s)RFU Championship
2017–188th
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.

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]

2018–19 RFU Championship Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
1 London Irish 15 14 0 1 551 243 308 12 1 69
2 Ealing Trailfinders 15 12 0 3 482 358 124 11 1 60
3 Bedford Blues 15 10 0 5 410 387 23 6 3 49
4 Cornish Pirates 15 8 0 7 409 338 71 11 4 47
5 Jersey Reds 14 8 0 6 375 272 103 7 4 43
6 Nottingham 15 7 1 7 367 399 -32 6 2 38
7 Coventry 15 6 1 8 347 474 -127 4 4 34
8 Doncaster Knights 15 6 0 9 394 378 16 4 4 32
9 London Scottish 15 6 0 9 326 388 -62 5 3 32
10 Yorkshire Carnegie 14 5 0 9 245 369 -124 3 2 25
11 Richmond 15 3 0 12 269 407 -138 2 3 17
12 Hartpury College 15 3 0 12 266 458 -192 2 3 17
  • 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 promotion place. Pink background is the relegation place.
Updated: 16 February 2019
Source: "Greene King IPA Championship". NCA Rugby.

Current squad[edit]

The Nottingham squad for the 2018–19 season is:[2][a][b] [c] [d] [e]

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
James Penman Hooker New Zealand New Zealand
Rory Burke Prop Ireland Ireland
Mike Daniels Prop England England
Kieran Davies Prop England England
Oisin Heffernan Prop Ireland Ireland
Ben Hooper Prop England England
Jamie Jack Prop England England
David Langley [a] Prop England England
Aniseko Sio Prop Samoa Samoa
Will Stuart [b] Prop England England
Tom West Prop England England
Ben Davis-Moore Lock England England
Tom Holmes Lock England England
Llewelyn Jones Lock Wales Wales
Alex Moon [f] Lock England England
Danny Qualter Lock Ireland Ireland
Will Allman [g] Back row England England
Shane Buckley Back row Ireland Ireland
Jordan Coghlan Back row Ireland Ireland
George Cox Back row England England
Will Owen Back row England England
Josh Poullet Back row England England
Player Position Union
Alex Crocker Scrum-half England England
Murray McConnell Scrum-half Scotland Scotland
Jacob Nash Scrum-half England England
Darryl Veenedaal Scrum-half England England
Gearoid Lyons Fly-half Ireland Ireland
Shane O'Leary Fly-half Canada Canada
Will Sutton Fly-half England England
Joe Cobden Centre England England
Calum Hall Centre England England
Will Millett Centre England England
Luke Peters Centre England England
Charlie Thacker [h] Centre England England
Alex Goble Wing Ireland Ireland
Jack Spittle Wing England England
David Williams Wing England England
Billy Robinson Fullback England England
Sean Scanlon Fullback Ireland Ireland
  • Notes:
  1. ^ a b David Langley joined Nottingham on a dual-registration basis with Wasps.[3]
  2. ^ a b Will Stuart is on a dual registration deal from Wasps.[4]
  3. ^ Will Allman is on a dual registration deal with Northampton Saints.[5]
  4. ^ Alex Moon is on a dual registration deal with Northampton Saints.[6]
  5. ^ Charlie Thacker is on a dual registration deal with Leicester Tigers.[7]
  6. ^ "Dual Loan"
  7. ^ "Dual Reg-Loan"
  8. ^ "Dual Reg-Loan"

Notable former players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ray Trew takes over Nottingham Rugby Club". BBC News. 30 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Squad - Nottingham Rugby". Nottingham Rugby. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  3. ^ "David Langley - Nottingham Rugby". Nottingham Rugby. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Will Stuart - Nottingham Rugby". Nottingham Rugby. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Will Allman - Nottingham Rugby". Nottingham Rugby. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Alex Moon - Nottingham Rugby". Nottingham Rugby. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Charlie Thacker - Nottingham Rugby". Nottingham Rugby. Retrieved 24 August 2018.

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