As the name suggests, the Nottingham Rugby club, otherwise known as the Green & Whites, is a rugby union club based in Nottingham, England. Nottingham is about 120 miles north of London. Their premier team competes in the RFU Championship.
Established in 1877, the Nottingham Rugby Football Club is nearly 150 years old and although its long history hasn’t always produced much silverware, it has provided the game with some great players and established it’s placed in England rugby. It was founded by Sir Alexander ‘Alic’ Birkin, who had just returned from Rugby School in Warwickshire, where the game was born.
Some of Nottingham’s illustrious former players include England’s Rob Andrew, Dusty Hare, Simon Hodgkinson and Brian Moore, all of whom represented the club during its halcyon days of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Moore is the only alumni of the club who represented the British and Irish Lions while still at the club. Nottingham native Vincent Cartwright captained the England team from 1906 to 1909, even captaining in his test debut. Cartwright went on to be President of the RFU between 1928 and 1929. Club stalwart Chris Gray went on to represent Scotland from 1989 to 1991. In 2011 All Black Ali Williams played four games for Nottingham while he came back from a serious Achilles injury in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Williams is still listed as a Non-Executive Director on the club’s website.
The club was based at Ireland Avenue, Beeston, for 102 years from 1904 to 2006, the ground having been donated by Leslie Birkin, brother of the club’s founder. They now train at The Bay, West Bridgford and play home games are played at The Meadow Lane Stadium, which they share with Notts County Football Club.
The team is currently captained by New Zealand flanker Brent Wilson, who joined the team in 2012.
The Nottingham Rugby Logo: The logo used by the club is a green archer against a white background, representing the club colours of green and white. The logo can be seen at the top of the page.
Nottingham Rugby Jersey and Kit
The Nottingham team are famously referred to as the Green and Whites, due to the colour of their playing kit. The Nottingham Rugby Jersey is predominantly green with white stripes, and the playing shorts are white. The supporters gear and other team uniforms often use blue.
Civil engineering company McCann is the sponsor on the front centre.
The team’s 2011 playing kit can be seen on the right being worn by Ali Williams.
The Club Back Office
Currently Nigel Bettinson-Eatch is the Nottingham R.F.C. President, with Alistair Bow as Chairman. Simon Beatham is the Chief Executive and Jason Brewer and Luke Jones serve as Directors. As mentioned earlier, All Black Ali Williams is listed as a Non-Executive Director
Nottingham Coaching Staff
Martin Haag joined Nottingham as head coach in July 2012, taking over from Glenn Delaney. Haag had recently completed three seasons as the Bath forwards coach, the side he played 315 matches before between 1987 and 2001.He also played two tests for England. Joining Haag in the coaching team is Ben Johnston as Backs Coach and Neil Fowkes as Forwards Coach. Dave Jones is the Assistant First XV Team Manager.
Former Head Coach, Glenn ‘Jackie Moon’ Delaney was the Director of Rugby at Nottingham for over 200 games since 2004. He left in 2012 to act as forwards coach at London Irish. The New Zealander had previously played for the Green and Whites during his playing days.
Nottingham does not have the fullest of trophy cabinets. Back in 1906/07 they won the Midland Counties Senior Cup and the Midland Counties Junior Cup in 1907/08. They won the Middlesex Sevens in 1944/45 and the Selkirk Sevens in 1990/91. The Green & Whites won the Midland Merit Table in 1984/85. They have won the Noel Syson Cup 24 times.
The club fell on hard times in the 1990’s, particularly around the beginning of the professional era. While they have haven’t won anything since, they have recovered somewhat. They have established themselves in their division over the last ten years. The Green and Whites finished runners up in the 2003/04 National League Division 2, before getting promoted to National League One. They made the semi finals of the National Knock-out Trophy three years in a row between 2005 and 2009.
Nottingham Rugby Website and Social Media
Click the links below to check out the official site, or two follow the club on social media.
Joe Duffey, New Zealand (Hooker), Ollie Taylor, England (Hooker), Michael Holford, England (Prop), Matt Parr, England (Prop), Matthew Shields, England (Prop), Nic Rouse, England (Lock), Tom Calladine, England (Flanker), Rupert Cooper, England (Flanker), Phil Eggleshaw, England (Flanker), Brent Wilson, New Zealand (Flanker), Alex Shaw, England (Number 8), Dan Montagu, Australia (Number 8), Finley Barnham, England (Scrum-half), Sean Romans, New Zealand (Scrum-half), James Arlidge, JapanJapan (Fly-half), James Stokes, England (Fly-half), Jack Bradford, Scotland (Centre), Joe Munro, England (Centre), Tim Streather, England (Centre), Jack Cobden, England (Wing), Joe Cobden, England (Wing), Rhys Crane, England (Wing), David Jackson, England (Fullback), Andy Savage, England (Fullback)
The 2012 Nottingham Rugby team contained eighteen English players, four New Zealanders including Japan player James Arlidge, an Australian and a Scot.