Introducing children to rugby union and retaining their interest into adulthood.

  • Provide a progressive player pathway that will enhance the way in which players are developed in an incremental manner
  • Provide a game which is in line with the principles of Child Development based on extensive research and expertise
  • Increase involvement of all players
  • Emphasis on competitive performance not competitive outcome
  • Encourage less structure (encourage skills and discourage fear of failure)
  • Make the game easy to understand and referee
  • Less emphasis on contact and more on continuity in early years
  • Rewarding intention to tackle in early years as much as ability to tackle


  • For children under the age of 12, there is limited focus on structure and drills
  • Children learn best by doing and acquire most of their skills by playing small sided games with limited rules and regulations
  • Important building blocks (learning) of decision-making and skills can be optimally developed from the age of 7 onwards, and have a lasting effect throughout a player’s future
  • Reducing numbers is a way to increase involvement and provide more opportunities for each individual to be involved in decision-making scenarios
  • Children do not need the sort of structures, rules and rituals associated with adult games. Younger children should have limited structure imposed upon them and learn skills within these constraints
  • Structure is added as children develop into adult forms of the game
  • Contact skills are a vital and characteristic feature of Rugby Union and the acquisition and practice of these skills is essential
  • In order to provide emphasis on ball handling, evasion & support at younger ages, contact is de-emphasised. It is not suggested that contact should be eliminated, but that children should be looking for spaces and not contact



%d bloggers like this: