Updated 19th March: A round up of the latest rugby action and information from around the borough:

St Ives 19-8 Long Eaton - Saturday 17 March
Midlands Senior Vase Final

Long Eaton’s 1st XV have placed 2nd in the Midlands Cup.  The team narrowly missed out on the top spot after a tense Senior Vase Final away against Cambridge side, St Ives, who won 19-8 in freezing conditions on Saturday 17th March.

The Long Eaton points came from a penalty from Fly Half and Club Captain, Gary Sumpter in the first half and a try scored by Jacob Wright from a driving line-out in the second half.  Man of the Match was awarded to number eight, Ben Taylor.

Despite the result on Saturday, Long Eaton are proud to have made it to the National Quarter finals; showing they are one of the best eight teams in the country at their level.

The team are set to face 10th place Grimsby in their next Midlands 3 East (North) league game at home at West Park on Saturday 24th March.

Long Eaton 52-7 Buxton - Saturday 10 March
Midlands 3 East (North)

Long Eaton Rugby were hosted by Derby Rugby Club on Saturday 10th March for their league match against 12th place Buxton.

The match was the first competitive game of rugby to be played on Derby’s brand-new IRB 3G pitch, funded by the RFU as part of the ‘Rugby 365’ project to install 60 Artificial Grass Pitches across the UK.

The wet conditions meant handling proved more difficult, but the new pitch suited the team’s fast and flowing style of play, as Long Eaton scored their first of eight tries within the first two minutes of the game.

Long Eaton’s Forwards dominated in the set piece, losing focus only once – as Buxton scored and converted their only try in the first 40 minutes, bringing the score to 24-7 at half time.

More Long Eaton tries followed, scored by Jack Weedon, Dec Neary, Adam Mills, Gary Sumpter, Ben Taylor and Jacob Wright, who captained the side for the first time. The final score was 52-7 to Long Eaton.

Man of the Match was awarded to Club Captain and Fly Half Gary Sumpter, who converted six out of the eight tries scored.

The win comes after the 1st XV were guaranteed promotion to Midlands 2 East (North) next season after their win against Belper two weeks ago – their second promotion in as many years.  Long Eaton now sit 18 points clear at the top of the league table, with just one more win needed to secure the top spot.

The team is also set to face St Ives next week in the Midlands Cup Final in Cambridge at 12.30pm.  A win would take Long Eaton to the National Cup Semi-Final at Twickenham.

(Gary Sumpter reports for Erewash Sound SPORT)
Friday night saw Long Eaton Rugby Club host another hilarious comedy night.  A packed house laughed all night to the comedians on stage. The next comedy night is Friday 12th April and only £10 per person.

Saturday saw Long Eaton put out 2 ‘A’ teams. With the majority of the 1st team rested, Long Eaton hosted Mansfield and travelled to Ilkeston with 2 mixed teams looking to impress the coaches.

Captain Gary Sumpter led the home team against a mixed Mansfield team at Fortress West Park.  The first half finished 26-20 to Mansfield. Whoever had the ball scored and with the wind at their backs, Mansfield were buoyant.

The half time call was for Long Eaton was to improve their defence and keep the ball. Long Eaton did exactly this and won the second half 27-0. 9 tries from all over the park for the hosts meant the Long Eaton crowd had a good afternoon.

Man of the match was Adrian Else who helped Long Eaton win 47-26.

Gary Sumpter said “Mansfield caused us problems in the first half and scored some good tries. Once we tightened up our defence, improved our line speed Mansfield struggled. We looked dangerous every time we had the ball and the second half showed what Long Eaton can do"

The other ‘A’ team travelled to Mansfield which was also a free flowing game, Long Eaton eventually losing 53-36.  Long Eaton found themselves 17-0 down after 10 minutes and from then on it was an even game. Both teams looked dangerous and took their opportunities. Long Eaton were exceptional in periods and Ilkeston could not cope. However, lapses allowed Ilkeston to keep scoring.

Man of the match was Ryan Holden. He tackled everything that moved and puts his body on the line every time he puts on a Long Eaton shirt.

Veteran Matt Freer said “It was disappointing result really. With last minute squad changes and a poor start, we deserved to punished. Once we focussed we showed what we can do and we made a game of it. It was a free flowing game and i’m proud of the boys in the last 70 minutes."

Long Eaton 55-22 Belper - Saturday 17th February
Midlands 3 East (North)

(Gary Sumpter reports for Erewash Sound SPORT)
Long Eaton made 9 changes to the team that beat Belper 33-13 last week for the return fixture at the glorious West Park.

Last week game was  very muddy but this weekends conditions suited Long Eaton’s fast and free flowing rugby and it didn’t take Long Eaton long to impose themselves on the game.

Long Eaton forwards set the platform, ensuring debutant scrum half, James Jowett had an easy afternoon and quick ball allowed the Long Eaton backs to show their slick interplay. Controlled by recalled flyhalf, Gary Sumpter, Long Eaton took a 33-12 lead into half time.

Belper were more competitive in the second half and pressure from the opposition caused Long Eaton to lose focus for the first 20 minutes. Belper getting to within 11 points of their hosts.  Long Eaton then stepped up a gear and scored 25 unanswered points to finish the game, winning 55-22.  Man of the match was flanker, Jacob Wright.

This win means that Long Eaton are guaranteed promotion for a second year running and only need 2 more points from a possible 30 to confirm themselves as Champions of Midlands 3 East North.

Club Secretary, Sarah Sumpter said: “Its a fantastic achievement to be promoted so early in the season. We would like to thank the coaching team, players and all the support over the season. We still have plenty to play and lots more hard work to come”

Elsewhere, Derby 3rds played hosts to a Long Eaton 2nds side with the borough side travelling with the aim to avenge their defeat earlier in the season and avenge it they did with a 0-45 whitewash after a great team performance.

Captain Ryan Holden said “That was a performance to be proud of.  The forwards bossed the game. I could not be happier with everyone, to not concede again is something to be excited about”

Long Eaton, like the 1st team, are top of their respective leagues - a reflection on the hard work the players have put in this season.  Man of the match was Nathan Taylor.

LERFC FUNDING AWARD:  Access to funding is vital for any club or group to be able to develop their offer and grow the group.  The community leadership scheme, administered by Derbyshire County Councillors, provides members with a way to support projects within their division.

Long Eaton County Councillor, Cllr Alan Griffiths, saw the fund as a good way to help local club – Long Eaton Rugby Club, to develop their teams including their youth and women’s teams.  Together with Petersham representative Councillor Gary Hickton and Sawley representative Councillor Kewal Athwal, they used some of the community fund jointly to donate £3000 to the club.

Long time footballer and former coach, Cllr Griffith said; “I’ve always been interested in and keen on sport, it promotes many positive characteristics such as a keen sense of purpose, it also helps to build relationships and gets the community active.  It’s can be one of the most enjoyable time that kids can spend.  I hope that we can continue to see more coaches trained and develop in the county.”

Long Eaton Rugby Club President, Des Chapman said; "We have always received superb support and assistance from EREWASH Borough Council over the past few years of Club projects to extend our Club’s facilities. The Club has needed to extend both the changing facilities and clubhouse social areas, due to the continual expansion of it’s playing membership."

Just over six seasons ago the Club was about to disband, fortunately this decision was not passed at an Extraordinary Club Meeting; and now the Club has moved forward to it’s present status, whereby we proudly have over 360 youth players (ages fro 4 – 17), 45 girls (ages 7 – 17) and three adult sides, and a Veterans XV. Training sessions take place throughout the week (Tues – Fri) with inter club matches each and every Saturday & Sunday on West Park.

The Club has over 40 volunteer coaches, providing excellent provision for the club players to both enjoy and improve their individual skills. We recruit playing members from Long Eaton, Sawley, Sandiacre, Stapleford, Breaston, Borrowash and other neighbouring areas of Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire.

The development and progression of the Club over these past few years has been made possible by the achievement and leadership of one man our Club Chairman – Chris Brookes.  His personal involvement, dedication and drive has seen the Club develop beyond all expectations.  LERFC is now he best administered club, with the best playing facilities in the East Midlands. Long Eaton RFC is a ‘Community Club’, offering superb facilities for all ages to enjoy their rugby.

LERFC has received recognition from the Rugby Football Union in being voted the ‘Best Managed Club of 2016-17 Season’ and Erewash BC ‘Best Sports Club’ award over the past two years. Chris Brookes and his hard working management team’s achievements have been exceptional. The renovation and restructuring of the Clubhouse continues at pace. This generous £3000 donation will greatly assist the ongoing projects.

The donation was presented prior to the 1st XV team’s league match on Saturday 4th November.

More details on the fund, along with how to find out who your local representative is, can be found here.

LONG EATON RUGBY CLUB MINI SECTION:  Long Eaton Rugby Club are looking to recruit more players for their Minis Section.

Currently the minis section sees boys and girls between 4 and 11 enjoying rugby on glorious West Park.  The family friendly, award winning club has great coaching and superb facilities with a key emphasis on FUN.  The club support and ensure the RFUs core values are upheld; Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship - Long Eaton Rugby Club offers a real club family experience which is great value for money!

Just look at some of the comments from a few parents!
Kayla, Under 6s mum; “Since joining LERFC minis, Cameron’s confidence has grown no end. He loves training and its always made lots of fun. These guys do an amazing job”

Andrew, proud dad; “My son started at Long Eaton RFC last year, he had very little rugby experience but was keen to try it. The club made him very welcome, the coaches have been fantastic and he cant wait to go every week”

Steve, father of girls aged 5 and 8; “A club based on community spirit where the whole family takes part”

Training is every Sunday morning between 1030 and 1130, and for the Under 9s and upwards; training is also a Wednesday evening starting at 1830.

Anyone who thinks this great sport is for them or their children, please contact Minis Director of Rugby, Paul Gardner on 07986870019 or e-mail psgardy(at) (changing the (at) for @ before sending your message) or please visit

LONG EATON RUGBY CLUB GIRLS SECTION:  Long Eaton Rugby Club are looking to expand their girls Section. LERFC have under 13, 15 and 18s teams and want to strengthen these age groups.

The club is very proud of the girls section and want to show that anyone can play rugby.  It is a game of all abilities and everyone will be made to feel welcome at our family friendly club.  Full training is given by a dedicated team of coaches which ensures gradual progression into playing this great team sport.

If you have never given rugby a try and fancy it, come down and meet the players and coaches, or just come and watch. Please get in touch. Its all about fun.

All girls teams train on Tuesday evenings at 1830 and Sundays at 1030.

Anyone who thinks this great sport is for them or their children, please contact Minis Director of Rugby, Paul Gardner on 07986870019 or e-mail psgardy(at) (changing the (at) for @ before sending your message) or please visit

GET INVOLVED IN LOCAL RUGBY WITH LONG EATON RFC:  The amateur club with the professional attitude, league and Midlands Champions 2017, Long Eaton Rugby Club are seeking members to be part of the journey to the next promotion.  Officials are looking to add to the senior squad for the big challenge for next season.

Pre-season started on June 6th at 7:00pm with sessions every Tuesday and Thursday.  Just turn up to take part or call Chris on 07999 494378 for top class facilities, top class coaching and top class rugby!

TOUCH RUGBY IN LONG EATON: Long Eaton Rugby Club are hosting Touch Rugby every Friday from 7:00pm at West Park in the town.  The activities are for all ages and abilities, everyone is welcome to help get fit for free and enjoy some fun and laughter.  To take part, just pop along or call Ian on 07977 581790 or Paul on 07986 870019.