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Meet the members

National Youth Council

There are currently 10 members of the NYC made from members spread across the country who undertake a variety of different roles for Rugby Union.

Current NYC Members:


Joe Stainford



"The traditions of Rugby Union are hugely important and these should be used to sell the game to young people; not as an obstacle to taking part."


James Martin

                                                       UNIVERSITY:University of Birmingham

"The NYC was the best way to for me get involved on the big rugby scene without being an all-star player." 


Daniel Edison 

UNIVERSITY: Nottingham Trent  
HOME TOWN: Nottingham

"I was lucky enough to be selected for the Young Leader Camp in 2009 and was inspired by the young people invloved."




Marissa Lowe

CLUB: Ealing RFC
HOMETOWN: Ealing, London 

"I help coach the Ealing Rugby Rats (ages 3-5) when not playing, and I am also starting my coaching qualifications."



Sam Whitfield

JOB: Sports Coach

"I am passionate about the development of youth rugby, I enjoy coaching children and watching them develop through rugby."


Adam White
JOB: Young Officials Devlopment Officer

"Rugby has changed the direction of my life, I have learnt so much from being invloved. I want to make sure that many more young people get the chance to experience the game"


Stacey Maguire

CLUB: Lichfield Ladies RUFC
HOMETOWN: Lichfield

"I was brought up on rugby, my dad and mum both play so I guess it runs in the family."


Rob Linthwaite

AGE: 21
JOB: Duty Manager- Parkwood Leisure
CLUB: Keyworth Rugby Club
HOME TOWN: Nottingham

"Rugby is a huge part of my life, the skills I have learnt playing and refreeing have helped me in my career."


Daniel Rowlands

UNIVERSITY: Liverpool Hope University

HOME TOWN: Shenston

"I am passionate about developing sport for young people and would love to become a teacher, and inspire the next generation of young people."


Jamie Walton

UNIVERSITY: Plymouth University
HOME TOWN: Coventry

"I have been involved with rugby since the age of seven. I am really excited to have become a member of the NYC and look forward to helping to improve the experience of the game for young people."




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