Our County competition is designed to give players of all standards an opportunity to participate in competitive rugby commensurate with the level at which they are comfortable playing.

At Under 12 and Under 13 teams will compete in “waterfall” events as prescribed by England Rugby’s Age Grade Review. At Under 14s a structured “Festival” is held. Under 15 and Under 16 teams are grouped in a semi-structured format for the first stage of round-robin matches which take part between September and January.

Once stage one is concluded teams qualify according to their group rankings into a Trophy play-off, typically including Cup, Bowl, Plate, Shield, offering quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals. There is also a Development Cup for those teams not yet ready to compete in the main competition.

At Under 17 and Under 18 formal leagues are provided leading to end of season play-offs. See our leagues/youth competitions page for details.

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Useful videos shared at the Youth Forum:

Video 1  Codes of Practice

Video 2  Player centred approach  

Video 3  Overplaying

Video 4  Grouping of players

Video 5  Min standards for coaches

Video 6  Combining age groups

Age Grade Rugby – Rules of Play Access here!

RFU Age Grade Codes of Practice Access here!


For further information contact:
Debbie Parks – Acting Youth Chair