Nottingham R.F.C.

Nottingham Rugby Club is a rugby union club based in Nottingham, England. The club's first team currently plays in the RFU Championship, the second tier of English Rugby.

Nottingham R.F.C.
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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
2020–2110th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
nottinghamrugby.co.uk

The first XV are nicknamed the Green & Whites, in reference to the club's kit. Now situated in the Lady Bay area of Nottingham, the club was formerly based at Meadow Lane, the home ground of Notts County F.C. They previously played at Ireland Avenue in Beeston until the end of the 2005–06 season.

HistoryEdit

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 honoursEdit

  • 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 standingsEdit

2020–21 RFU Championship Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Diff Try bonus Losing bonus Points
1 Ealing Trailfinders (RU) 10 9 0 1 505 161 +344 9 0 45
2 Saracens (CH) 9 8 0 1 444 101 +343 8 0 40*
3 Doncaster Knights 10 8 0 2 236 225 +11 4 0 36
4 Cornish Pirates 10 6 0 4 268 210 +58 5 3 32
5 Coventry 10 6 0 4 252 282 –30 5 1 30
6 Jersey Reds 10 5 0 5 256 284 −28 4 0 24
7 Ampthill 10 4 0 6 217 325 −108 4 2 22
8 Bedford Blues 10 3 0 7 213 268 −55 2 3 17
9 Hartpury 9 2 0 7 228 360 −132 3 1 12*
10 Nottingham 10 2 0 8 169 344 −175 2 2 12
11 Richmond 10 1 0 9 138 366 −228 0 0 4
* Cancelled Fixture: Saracens 0pts; Hartpury University 0pts
  • 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 the play-off places.
Updated: 31 May 2021
Source: "Greene King IPA Championship". England Rugby.

Current squadEdit

The Nottingham squad for the 2021–22 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
Luke Cole Hooker   England
Jake Farnworth Hooker   England
Ben Sugars Hooker   England
Ben Betts Prop   Ireland
Liam Bishop Prop   Ireland
Owen Hills Prop   England
Aniseko Sio Prop   Samoa
Toby Williams Prop   England
Callum Allen Lock   England
Rouban Birch Lock   England
Luke Frost Lock   England
Jack Ramshaw Lock   England
George Cox Back row   England
Scott Hall Back row   England
Carl Kirwan Back row   England
Josh Poullet Back row   England
Willie Ryan Back row   Ireland
Jacob Wrafter Back row   England
Jacob Wright Back row   England
Player Position Union
Alex Crocker Scrum-half   England
Harry Graham Scrum-half   England
Michael Stronge Scrum-half   Ireland
Sam Hollingsworth Fly-half   England
Ronnie du-Randt Centre   England
Theo Manihera Centre   England
Will Millett Centre   England
Matt Riddington Centre   England
Charlie Thacker Centre   England
Jack Stapley Wing   Ireland
David Williams Wing   England
Curtis Wilson Wing   England
Ed Coulson Fullback   England

Notable former playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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.

External linksEdit