Ryan Hough and Tom Calladine are both locally produced,
organic products of Mansfield and Nottingham Rugby clubs. The pair
both started rugby at the age of six, playing mini's all the way
through to colts at their local Mansfield Rugby Football
As stand out performers for Mansfield through all age groups and
both representing Midland's - with Calladine going on to play for
and captain England U16s - they joined the Nottingham Rugby academy
at 16yrs old.
The pair played two years in the academy before going to
University. Hough studied at Lincoln while Calladine represented
Following university, they both went back to Mansfield to gain
1st team experience, whilst also training with the Nottingham Rugby
1st team squad. At the end of the season Calladine went to New
Zealand for four months before returning to Nottingham, looking to
develop his game further.
He found it an exciting experience playing for Club side Linwood
in New Zealand, and it was certainly a successful trip, as he was
awarded player of the season, the first time ever that a foreign
player had won the award.
He said, "It was a great life and rugby experience. I really
enjoyed the style of rugby they play, it was nothing like I'd
experienced before. It's a much faster game with more chances to
run with the ball in hand. It certainly helped me develop that side
of my game."
Hough stayed in England and knuckled down in training and was
rewarded when he featured in the British & Irish Cup before
really bursting onto the scene with a scintillating hat-trick at
Meadow Lane last year, earning him the Man of the Match award
Having been a regular this season, Hough's hard work is paying
off and he's relishing the full time rugby environment.
He said, "It's great to be training and playing as a full time
professional. My game has developed and I'm really enjoying it and
feel more involved with the lads and team than in previous seasons.
When I was working, alongside playing and training, it was
difficult to get the rest and recovery your body needs from all the
training we do."
Nottingham Rugby is proud to have two home grown talents in
their first team and look forward to seeing them both develop
further over the course of the current season.