Under 15's rugby is classified by the RFU as Junior Rugby.
Everyone is welcome to join the U15's regardless of skill or experience but unfortunately you must be male !!!
To qualify for the U15's squad, you must be 14 years old at the beginning of the season (1st September) - this equates to being in School Year 10.
Law Variations applicable to U15 age grade:
Ball Size: 5
Pitch Size: Full size pitch with standard markings
Maximum Numbers: 15 players
Maximum minutes per half: 30 minutes each way - no extra time.
Substitutions: Rolling substitutions are permitted and substituted players can be re-used at any time.
If a team nominates 22 players, it must have at least six players who can play in the front row in order that there is replacement cover for the loose head prop, hooker and tight head prop.
Squeezeball: No player shall use the technique known or referred to as “Squeezeball” and no person involved in the teaching or coaching of rugby may teach or coach to encourage the use the “Squeezeball” technique
Sin Bin: If a player is temporarily suspended in an U15 match, the duration of time in the Sin Bin shall be: 6 minutes
a) There is no ‘turnover’ law. If scrums are reset for wheeling beyond 45 degrees the throw-in is to the side in possession at the time it is wheeled beyond 45 degrees.
b) The scrum-half not throwing the ball into the scrum must not move beyond the middle line of the scrum until the ball has emerged from the scrum or an opponent has lifted the ball from the ground. In the event of a strike against the head, the scrum-half who has thrown the ball into the scrum is similarly restricted in not following the ball. Sanction: Penalty Kick
Law 19 Line-Out:
a) The lineout will be uncontested.
b) Lifting and supporting is permitted at this age group, i.e. a player may bind to a jumper until he has returned to the ground.
RFU REGULATION 15 – AGE GRADE RUGBY Appendix 9 Under 15-U18s Effective from 1 August 2016