NTU Rugby Union player's show their potential in the Greene king Championship

The success stories from the NTU rugby partnership with Nottingham Rugby Club just keep on coming - Here's another about how our Scholars Alfie, Jacob and Laurence have benefitted from the partnership!

Through the NTU partnership with Nottingham Rugby, Alfie Molloy (Year One, BSc Quantity Surveying with Commercial Construction Management) made his first team starting debut away at Bedford in the Greene King Championship on Saturday 25 January. He was joined by NTU Rugby Scholar Jacob Knight (Year One, BA Hons Business Economics) and NTU First Team hooker Laurence Brown (Year Two, BSc Hons Coaching and Sport Science) who were both on the bench.

Molloy played the full 80 minutes in the 14 to 9 loss, and showed that he has the potential to play at the respected level - especially with his strong carrying and solid defence.

Martin Haag, Nottingham Rugby's Head Coach, gave praise to our NTU Rugby Scholar when commenting on the second half performance. "In the second half I thought we showed a lot of grit and a lot of determination. I was really pleased with people like Alfie Molloy playing in his first game".

Molloy and Knight were also involved in this week's rugby match, as Nottingham Rugby beat second placed London Scottish at Meadow Lane 15 points to 3 in testing weather conditions. Molloy started the game and Knight came on in the second half. Both players played major roles in a fantastic defensive performance.

Neil Fowkes, NTU's Head of Rugby and Senior Coach at Nottingham Rugby was delighted with the attitude and hard work shown by the players. "The determination to keep Scottish out at the end of the game was superb and the NTU players were a massive part of it. All the players have shown their commitment to the programme at NTU, and because of this they have impressed enough to be involved in Nottingham First Team squad. The opportunities that the partnership provides NTU with is second to none and I know other players are showing the hard work and commitment it takes to get the opportunity Alfie, Jacob and Laurence have had".

NTU Rugby first team currently sit top of their league after a gutsy win away at Manchester University. Fowkes said, "The first team are working incredibly hard at the moment and we need to continue making sure our basics are good and that we do the simple parts of the game really well. We are taking each game as it comes as you can take nothing for granted in this league as all the teams are strong".

NTU play Sheffield Hallam away on Wednesday and Fowkes spoke about the challenge. "Sheffield Hallam are always a tough side to beat. They have a strong pack, hard running backs and a good coaching set-up, so, we need to make sure we get our game right and show the commitment and trust in one another as we did last Wednesday against Manchester".

NTU are extremely pleased with the progression and development of the Rugby Union players and how the partnership with Nottingham Rugby has had such a positive influence – no doubt this will grow from strength to strength.

For more information about the partnership or any other queries please email us.

NTU Rugby Union player's show their potential in the Greene king Championship

Published on 10 February 2014
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