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Boys and girls often get their first taste of rugby at school - usually playing tag or touch rugby.
Different elements of the game are gradually introduced as they get older.
The RFU issue guidance on age groups in rugby and the latest can be found here
There are recommendations on pitch size, ball size, playing times, match length and number matches in a season.
Some interesting difference include:
for rugby purposes, a player’s age is determined by how old they at midnight on 31st August at the beginning of a season - that age grade then applies for the whole season.
(Interestingly, at England U17 and U18 elite level the date is 31st December of the season).
U6s can train with U7s and U8s but cannot take part in any kind of fixtures, matches, competitions, tournaments or festivals.
In girls’ rugby the U13 age band can include U11 & U12.
Regardless of age, no player must play more than 35 matches per season and no more than 90 minutes of match time in a day.
Matches must be brought to an end if the try difference is greater than 6 in an U7 to U12 match.
In a match for U13 to U18, if there is a points difference of 50 or more the match can only continue if both teams agree.
There is no kicking of any kind in mini tag rugby, no tackling, no scrummage, no line out, no hand-off and no ripping of the ball.
Tackling is introduced at U9 (but can only happen below the arm pit height).
Scrums are introduced at U10 - they are uncontested and use just 3 players from each side.
These regulations are under constant review.
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