Age Grade Rugby

Like all Rugby clubs in England, Tunbridge Wells follow RFU’s Age Grade Rugby approach.

This approach is designed to ensure that every player is able to enjoy rugby in a safe environment where they can develop their personal and social skills as well as transferable multi-sports skills.

Players begin playing tag-rugby allowing them have fun whilst learning core skills such as agility, balance, coordination, ball handling and of course the values so associated with the great sport of Rugby (Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship).

The laws of rugby are introduced over time, enabling coaches to focus on building good technique.

Age School year Tackle? Scrum? Kicking? Fend-off? Line-out?
Minis U6, U7, U8 R – 3 Tag Rugby – no contact
Focus is on fun, whilst developing agility, balance, hand-eye-coordination and ball skills
U9 4 Yes
U10 5 Nearest 3 players
No push
U11 6 Nearest 3 players
Contested strike
No push
No fly-hacks
Not at goal
Junior U12 7 Nearest 5 players
Contested strike
No push
Below armpits
U13 8 Yes
6 players
Not at goal
U14 9 Yes Yes Uncontested
No Lift
U15 10 Uncontested
Lift permitted
U16 11 Yes
U17 12
U18 13