Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire Rugby Football Union
|Full name||Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire Rugby Football Union|
|Region||Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire|
The Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire & Derbyshire Rugby Football Union (NLD RFU) is a governing body for rugby union in part of The Midlands, England. The union is the constituent body of the Rugby Football Union for the counties of Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire and Derbyshire, with each county having also having their own sub-unions with additional club cup competitions. As well as overseeing club rugby, the Notts, Lincs and Derbyshire RFU also administers the county representative teams.
The Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire Rugby Football Union was formed in 1926. Prior to this clubs in the region had been members of the Midland Counties Football Union which had dissolved several years earlier in 1920.
The Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire senior men's side currently play in the third division of County Championship rugby union. They reached their first County County Championship final in 1986, losing 12-9 to Middlesex at Twickenham Stadium, back when it was a single competition. They had to wait another 20 years for another Twickenham final, finally winning their first county silverware in 2006 when they defeated Oxfordshire 21 - 17 to claim the County Championship Shield. In recent years the team has struggled, at one point even having to drop out of the 2018 County Championship Shield, although they will be back for the 2019 competition.
- County Championship Shield winners: 2006
There are 60 clubs currently affiliated to NLD RFU, listed below.
- East Leeke
- East Retford
- Mansfield Woodhouse
- Meden Vale
- Nottingham Casuals
- Nottingham Corsairs
- Nottingham Moderns
- Nottingham Trent University
- Sutton Bonnington Agricultural College
- University of Nottingham
- West Bridgford
Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire club competitions
The Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire currently run the following competitions for club sides in the region:
- Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire Senior Cup
- Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire Senior Shield
- Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire Senior Plate
- Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire Senior Vase
Sub-union club competitions
- Derbyshire 1st XV Cup
- Derbyshire 1st XV Shield
- Derbyshire 2nd XV Cup
- Derbyshire Presidents Trophy
- Derbyshire Pennant
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- "Derbyshire Rugby Football Union KNOCKOUT COMPETITIONS RULES" (PDF). Derbyshire RFU. Retrieved 12 February 2019.