Rugby Rules

Rugby Rules for Juniors & Seniors

Rules Summary Under 6s to Under 12s

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Under 6’s  Rugby Union Rules

  • Minimum Number Of Six Players
  • Teams must match numbers on field during play
  • No final series, no competition point and no premierships allowed
  • Coaches are allowed on the field for the duration of the game
  • No Lineouts
  • No Scrums

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Under 7’s  Rugby Union Rules

  • Teams must match numbers on field during play
  • No final series, no competition point and no premierships allowed
  • Referees play advantage generously to maximize playing time and reduce the number of infringements.
  • Lineouts – 2 players from each team form a lineout. These are uncontested and there is no lifting
  • Scrums – 3 players from each team form a scrum. These are uncontested and there is no pushing.

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Under 8’s Rugby Union Rules

  • Teams must match numbers on field during play
  • No final series, no competition point and premierships are actively discouraged.
  • Referees play advantage generously to maximize playing time and reduce the number of infringements.
  • Lineouts – 2 players from each team form a lineout. These are uncontested and there is no lifting
  • Scrums – 3 players from each team form a scrum. These are uncontested and there is no pushing.

Download the Under 8’s & 9’s Game modifications – 2018

Under 9’s  Rugby Union Rules

  • Teams must match numbers on field during play
  • No final series, no competition point and premierships are actively discouraged.
  • Referees play advantage generously to maximize playing time and reduce the number of infringements.
  • Lineouts – 4 players from each team form a lineout. These are uncontested and there is no lifting
  • Scrums – 5 players from each team form a scrum. These are uncontested and there is no pushing.

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Under 10’s  Rugby Union Rules

  • Teams must match numbers on field during play
  • Competition Ladder implemented
  • Lineouts – 5 players from each team form a lineout. These are contested and there is no lifting
  • Scrums – 6 players from each team form a scrum. These are contested and a 1 mtr push is allowable. In the event that there are no physically capable or untrained players then scrums shall be uncontested.

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Under 11’s  Rugby Union Rules

  • Teams must match numbers on field during play
  • Competition Ladder implemented
  • Lineouts – 5 players from each team form a lineout. These are contested and there is no lifting
  • Scrums – 6 players from each team form a scrum. These are contested and a 1 mtr push is allowable. In the event that there are no physically capable or untrained players then scrums shall be uncontested.

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Under 12’s  Rugby Union Rules

  • Competition Ladder, Finals Series and Premiership implemented
  • Lineouts – 7 players from each team form a lineout. These are contested and there is no lifting
  • Scrums – 8 players from each team form a scrum. These are contested and a 1 mtr push is allowable. In the event that there are no physically capable or untrained players then scrums shall be uncontested.

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U13 – U15  Rugby Union Rules

  • Competition Ladder, Finals Series and Premiership implemented
  • Lineouts – 7 players from each team form a lineout. These are contested and there is lifting
  • Scrums – 8 players from each team form a scrum. These are contested and a 1 mtr push is allowable. In the event that there are no physically capable or untrained players then scrums shall be uncontested.

Download the Under 19’s Law Variations – 2018

U16 – U18 Rugby Union Rules

  • Competition Ladder, Finals Series and Premiership implemented
  • Lineouts – 7 players from each team form a lineout. These are contested and there is lifting
  • Scrums – 8 players from each team form a scrum. These are contested and a 1 mtr push is allowable. In the event that there are no physically capable or untrained players then scrums shall be uncontested.

Download the Under 19’s Law Variations – 2018

Senior Rugby Union Rules

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