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; 140 years ago (1877)
Ground(s) Lady Bay (Capacity:3,000)
Chairman Alistair Bow
President Nigel Bettinson-Eatch
Coach(es) Ian Costello
League(s) RFU Championship
2016–17 9th
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 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 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. 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 making up the current coaching team.

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]

2017–18 RFU Championship Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
1 Bristol 9 9 0 0 382 177 215 8 0 44
2 Ealing Trailfinders 8 7 0 1 300 168 132 6 0 34
3 Bedford Blues 9 5 1 3 283 241 42 6 1 29
4 Doncaster Knights 9 4 1 4 241 206 35 6 3 27
5 Nottingham 8 5 0 3 243 214 29 4 1 25
6 Richmond 9 5 0 4 190 246 −56 2 1 23
7 Cornish Pirates 9 3 0 6 286 262 24 4 6 22
8 Yorkshire Carnegie 9 4 1 4 210 274 −74 3 0 21
9 Hartpury College 9 3 1 5 195 210 −15 4 3 21
10 Jersey Reds 9 4 0 5 180 192 −12 1 2 19
11 London Scottish 9 2 0 7 198 296 −98 4 3 15
12 Rotherham Titans 9 0 0 9 156 378 −222 1 1 2
  • 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: 18 November 2017
Source: "Greene King IPA Championship". NCA Rugby. 

Current squad[edit]

The Nottingham squad for the 2017–18 season is:[2][a][b]

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
Jake Farnworth Hooker England England
James Penman Hooker New Zealand New Zealand
Jimmy Stevens Hooker England England
Rory Burke Prop Ireland Ireland
Kieran Davies Prop England England
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
Danny Qualter Lock Ireland Ireland
Shane Buckley Flanker Ireland Ireland
George Cox Flanker England England
Matt Everard Flanker England England
Ben Morris Flanker England England
Josh Poullet Flanker England England
Tim Cardall Number 8 England England
Jordan Coghlan Number 8 Ireland Ireland
Player Position Union
Alex Crocker Scrum-half England England
Murray McConnell Scrum-half Scotland Scotland
Jacob Nash Scrum-half England England
Darryl Veenendaal Scrum-half South Africa South Africa
Tiff Eden Fly-half England England
Gearoid Lyons Fly-half Ireland Ireland
Will Millett Fly-half England England
Joe Cobden Centre England England
Oli Evans Centre England England
Viliami Hakalo Centre Tonga Tonga
Calum Hall Centre England England
Alex Goble Wing England England
Josh Skelcey Wing England England
Jack Spittle Wing England England
David Williams Wing England England
Billy Robinson Fullback England England
Seán Scanlon Fullback Ireland Ireland
Will Sutton Fullback England England
  • Notes:
  1. ^ a b David Langley joined Nottingham on a dual-registration basis with Wasps.[3]
  2. ^ a b Will Stuart is on a year-long loan from Wasps.[4]

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 4 September 2017. 
  4. ^ "Will Stuart - Nottingham Rugby". Nottingham Rugby. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 

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