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Meet the Mansfield Massive

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 Club.

Mansfield Massive
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 Hartpury Colleges.

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 against Plymouth.

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.


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