U18's rugby is classified as Academy Rugby.
Everyone is welcome to join the U18's regardless of skill or experience but unfortunately you must be male! Girls Junior Rugby is played independently of Boys Junior Rugby.
To qualify for the U18's squad, you must be 17 years old at the beginning of the season (1st September) - this equates to being in Upper Sixth Form (School Year 13).
Play is regulated by the standard IRB Laws of the Game modified by the IRB U19's Variations, which are then further modified by RFU Regulation 15 (Age Grade Rugby) U19's Variations (Appendix 2).
Pitches : full-size Rugby pitch with standard markings.
Ball Size : 5
Players on Pitch : 15 players
Max Fixture Duration : 35 mins each way - no extra time.
Squad must have six (6) players who can play front-row positions.
Unlimited rolling substitutions and substituted players may re-enter the game.
Sin Bin time: 7 Minutes.
NO WHEELING SCRUMS. NO KEEPING BALL IN SCRUM.
MAX PUSH IN SCRUM IS 1.5 METERS.
League/Cup Rules for 2015/2016
The winning team in each match will receive 4 points.
Both teams will be awarded 2 points for a draw.
The losing team will be awarded 1 point and a further 1 point if the losing margin is 10 points or fewer.
One bonus point will be awarded to a team scoring 4 tries or more.
If a team is unable to fulfil a fixture the opposition will be awarded a ‘Walkover’ and receive 4 points and a notional score of 30 points to 0 and a try bonus.
Following the completion of all league matches the first and second sides in each league will play off Winners versus Runners-Up.
The third and fourth sides will play off for a Plate.
The fifth and sixth sides will play off for a Bowl.
If there is only one league, the play-offs will be determined in the light of the total number of teams and other relevant circumstances with a presumption that there will be a ‘play-off’ round.
The Competition Manager when calculating points difference in the league tables will allocate a maximum of plus, or minus, 50 points even if the actual difference was greater than 50 points.
Following the completion of all league matches, if teams are tied on points then points difference will be used to break the tie in order to calculate who progresses, and in what order and to which competition.
If the above rule fails to break any ties then the Competition Manager will conduct a draw in order to break the tie and inform teams of the result of this draw.
The Competition Manager reserves the right, in consultation with the Chair of the Youth sub-committee and other members of the Committee, as appropriate, to review the outcomes of results at the league fixtures with particular reference to the impact of ‘Walkover’ results.
In the event of a draw in the play offs at full time, and the score is even, the game will be decided on the highest number of tries and then on conversions. If this does not produce a result the tie will be decided on the toss of a coin, the visiting team to call.
In the event of a draw in the final at full time, and the score is even, the game will be decided on the highest number of tries and then on conversions. If this does not produce a result then the match will be resolved by drop goals from the 22m line in front of the posts. If this does not produce a result the trophy and title will be shared between the two sides.