Age Grade Rugby Format and Regulations

The format at various ages ensures that young players play the right rugby at the right time. These formats are supported by the regulations of the Age Grade game and have been developed by scientific research and studies on player development in sport.

The principle behind the Rules of Play is to provide a playing format with building blocks to the 15-a-side game that allows players time to get to grips with the basics of running and catching the ball before contact and specialism is gradually introduced – which positively impacts on player safety.

The Under 19 Law Variations remain at the scrum and the phased line out introduction starts at Under 14. The rules ensure there is one consistent game format at each age group in clubs and schools.


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The Regulations for Age Grade Rugby are contained in Regulation 15 of the game and these are supported by the Codes of Practice.

These regulations should also be read with Regulation 21 (Safeguarding) and Regulation 9 (Player Safety).

Regulation 15 includes everything required to support the playing of the game to the right rules in a safe and supportive environment and should act as the first port of call for delivery of Age Grade Rugby.