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AGE GRADE RUGBY UPDATE 2 – JULY 2016

 

Following the recent Age Grade Rugby Update sent earlier in the month, I am pleased to outline progress as we reach the “5 weeks to go” point before the start of the 2016-17 season.  Please continue to pass on the information to colleagues and parents in your clubs, schools and colleges to help everyone prepare for kick off in September.

 

Regulation 15, including Rules of Play

 

The confirmed Rules of Play for each age group have been completed and are attached. These rules, along with the Age Grade regulations for 2016-17, will go live on englandrugby.com/regulations on 1st August along with other documents to support the delivery of Age Grade Rugby.  Please share these rules, along with the previously circulated Regulation 15 and guidance information, with people across your club, school and/or college. 

 

These Rules of Play, in which the XV-a-side game starts at U14, are the stated maximums that players can progress in that year, and it’s important that coaches and teachers ensure that players have the ability, competence and confidence before progressing.  

 

Age Grade Rugby Brochure

 

An updated version, following a minor edit, of the brochure is attached and should replace any previous versions.  A printed batch of these have been sent to Honorary Secretaries in clubs along with Teachers in Charge of rugby in schools and colleges across the country for them to share with coaches, staff and parents ahead of the new season.  The document includes confirmation of all the Rules of Play and competitive menu and helpful information to keep our player’s safety at the front of everyone’s minds. 

 

Line out at U14-U16

 

The line out changes at U14-U16 are confirmed and can be observed in the Age Grade Brochure and Regulation 15. Further information about these changes will follow in the coming weeks and these changes will be supplemented by a specific line out CPD and supporting video resources. 

                                    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

In the lead up to the start of the season we will be ensuring, via direct mail and social media, that these changes are communicated to all involved in the delivery of Age Grade Rugby.  These changes, based on the principals of ”Player Centred, Development Driven and Competition Supported” should be considered by coaches and teachers within all their training sessions and games.   These changes follow robust research and consultation within the game starting in 2011 and  their impact will be reviewed annually.

 

As ever, further information can be found at www.englandrugby.com/agegraderugby and if you have any specific questions on Age Grade Rugby please do contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Please remember to pass on this information so that everyone is informed and ready to enjoy another great season in 2016-17. 

 

 

 

AGE GRADE RUGBY UPDATE – JULY 2016

 

Following the recent Game Communication update, I am pleased to outline progress as we reach the “8 weeks to go” point before the start of the 2016-17 season. 

 

Please continue to pass on the information to colleagues and parents in your clubs, schools and colleges to help everyone prepare for kick off in September.

 

Age Grade Player Survey 2015-16

 

Many thanks to everyone who has passed on the Survey.  The response so far has been really strong. 

 

There are still 10 days to go until the Survey closes, so please do keep encouraging your young people by sending on the link below.

 

We are still really keen to increase responses and particularly from players in the 16-19 age bracket, to girls and to players who have stopped playing.

 

Anyone you know in those groups would be great to hear from.

 

http://www.telluswhatyouthink-2c.com/s/England_Rugby_Player_Survey/

 

Regulation 15 -  Click here to see the regulation

 

The Age Grade regulations for 2016-17 have been completed and will be uploaded to englandrugby.com/regulations shortly. 

 

Please see attached the final version of Regulation 15.  Also attached is the new “beefed up” guidance to support its application. 

 

This is an interactive document to allow easier navigation. 

 

There are changes to the regulation and guidance that relate to the rollout of Age Grade Rugby in September so please share the information with people across your club, school and/or college. 

 

The rules of play will follow soon.

 

Age Grade Rugby Brochure - Click here for Brochure

 

The new updated brochure is complete –

 

Click here for Age Grade Guidance sheet

 

This is already landing in clubs, schools and colleges across the country so you have them ready for the arrival of the new season. 

 

The document includes confirmation of all the rules of play and competitive menu and helpful information to keep our player’s safety at the front of everyone’s minds.  Every club and institution playing the game will receive a large batch of copies to share with coaches, staff and parents in the next few weeks.

 

We will continue to keep the updates coming over the summer and more detail as ever can be found at www.englandrugby.com/agegraderugby

 

Please remember to pass on this information so that everyone is informed and ready to enjoy another great season in 2016-17. 

 

 

Thanks for your support,

 

Mark Saltmarsh 

RFU

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