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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.

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: 3,500)
ChairmanAlistair Bow
PresidentNigel Bettinson-Eatch
Coach(es)Neil Fowkes
League(s)RFU Championship
2018–197th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
nottinghamrugby.co.uk

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.

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.

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

2018–19 RFU Championship Table watch · edit · discuss
Club Played Won Drawn Lost Points for Points against Points diff Try bonus Loss bonus Points
C London Irish 22 20 0 2 835 340 495 18 1 99
2 Ealing Trailfinders 22 17 0 5 733 503 230 16 2 86
3 Bedford Blues 22 13 0 9 632 603 29 11 6 69
4 Jersey Reds 22 12 0 10 554 442 112 9 6 63
5 Cornish Pirates 22 10 0 12 556 507 49 12 7 59
6 Yorkshire Carnegie 22 11 0 11 475 549 -74 8 3 55
7 Nottingham 22 10 1 11 508 597 -89 7 3 52
8 Coventry 22 9 1 12 497 637 -140 7 6 51
9 London Scottish 22 8 0 14 468 616 -148 7 4 43
10 Doncaster Knights 22 8 0 14 546 617 -71 6 4 42
11 Hartpury College 22 7 0 15 415 634 -219 4 4 36
R Richmond 22 6 0 16 430 604 -174 4 5 33
  • 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: 21 April 2019
Source: "Greene King IPA Championship". England Rugby.

Current squadEdit

The Nottingham squad for the 2019–20 season is:[2]

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
Luke Cole Hooker   England
Jake Farnworth Hooker   England
Ben Betts Prop   Ireland
Mike Daniels Prop   England
Kieran Davies Prop   England
Oisin Heffernan Prop   Ireland
Tom Hill Prop   New Zealand
Ben Hooper Prop   England
Jamie Jack Prop   England
Aniseko Sio Prop   Samoa
Billy Walker Prop   England
Tom West Prop   England
Callum Allen Lock   England
Tom Holmes Lock   England
Llewelyn Jones Lock   Wales
Danny Qualter Lock   Ireland
Ifereimi Boladau Back row   Fiji
James Connolly Back row   Ireland
George Cox Back row   England
Jesse Liston Back row   England
Will Owen Back row   England
Josh Poullet Back row   England
Player Position Union
Alex Crocker Scrum-half   England
Alex Dolly Scrum-half   Australia
Murray McConnell Scrum-half   Scotland
Jacob Nash Scrum-half   England
Gearoid Lyons Fly-half   Ireland
Shane O'Leary Fly-half   Canada
Will Sutton Fly-half   England
Mat Clark Centre   England
Calum Hall Centre   England
Will Millett Centre   England
Luke Peters Centre   England
Harry Strong Centre   England
Ben Foley Wing   England
Jack Spittle Wing   England
David Williams Wing   England
Tom Benjamin Fullback   England
Sean Scanlon Fullback   Ireland
  • Notes:

Notable former playersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ray Trew takes over Nottingham Rugby Club". BBC News. 30 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Squad – Nottingham Rugby". Nottingham Rugby. Retrieved 13 August 2019.

External linksEdit