Junior Competition Rules

The junior player pathway commences with modified forms of the adult game.  Each pathway form of the game have been specially adapted to meet sporting and community needs and expectations for the player's stage of development, physical capability, health status, skill level and previous experience. They are safe to play yet still challenging. The modifications include the level of contact, size of the ball, the playing area, the length of games and the playing numbers on the field.

U5 to U7 year olds - Tag Rugby Non Competition Grade

As the first introduction to the game, Tackle Rugby is played on a modified field (40m x 25m) to cater for the younger age group, ensuring that each player will experience maximum involvement. It is a simple 7 aside tackling introduction to the game. It has been designed to focus on the game principles of possession, go forward and pressure; the individual skills to catch and pass, run and evade, and touch (tag); as well as the game elements of ball take, scrum and lineout. 

U8 year olds - Tackle Non Competiton Grade

As the first introduction to the game, Tag Rugby is played on a modified field (40m x 25m) to cater for the younger age group, ensuring that each player will experience maximum involvement. It is a simple 7 aside touch rugby, non-tackling introduction to the game. It has been designed to focus on the game principles of possession, go forward and pressure; the individual skills to catch and pass, run and evade, and touch (tag); as well as the game elements of ball take, scrum and lineout.

U9 to U10 years - Non Competition Grades 10 Aside

Ten Aside Rugby continues the theme of free-flowing running and passing rugby action and introduces the younger players to the contact elements of the game. It has been designed to teach and continue the development of the game principles of possession, go forward and pressure with greater emphasis on the tactical principle of support. It also teaches the individual skills of catch and pass, run and evade, contact, kicking and tackling, as well as the game elements of ruck, maul, scrum and lineout. Ten aside is played on a smaller field (60m x 35m) with 10 players in each team.

U11 to U12 years - Competition Grades 12 & 15 Aside

Introduction of 12 and 15 aside rugby is the stepping-stone to the full game. It is played between 12 or 15 players on a standard size field, with more elements of the U19 game being introduced. It has been designed to teach the game principles of possession, go forward and pressure, support with greater emphasis on the principle of continuity. It also teaches the individual skills of Passing and Receiving; catch and pass, run and evade, contact, kicking and tackling, as well as the game elements of ruck, maul, scrum and lineout. 

U13 to U19 years - U19 Competition Grades

U19 rugby includes all of the elements of the adult game expect for scrummaging which is limited to a scrum movement to a maximum of 1m.

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