Welcome to Fullerians U14s 2017-18
Welcome to the 2017/18 Fullerians Under 14 Squad
The U14s' age group is made up of boys who will be in school Year 9 as of 1st September 2017.
We are always looking to recruit new members to our friendly squad of thirty plus boys who regularly turn up to train, play and enjoy rugby. We cater for players of all abilities, seeking to develop those who have been playing to a high standard with lots of ability and experience right the way through to those who pick up a rugby ball for the first time when they come to Fullerians.
We have RFU-qualified volunteer coaches and referees running the sessions, all of whom are DBS checked and focus on child welfare and protection best practices.
We offer structured rugby skills training in a game-orientated enjoyable environment in which the boys will develop new skills, make firm friendships and have fun. We will also have regular fixtures against other teams from the Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Middlesex rugby areas. In addition, we also enter County competitions and are seeking to organise a tour weekend after the success of our Suffolk and Coventry trips over the past two seasons.
We actively coach the RFU's Core Values of Rugby:
Training & Playing:
We usually train and play matches on SUNDAY mornings at the Fullerians home ground in Watford. We will have some away fixtures but will advise parents in advance: most games are reasonably local.
We are also looking to offer training on a THURSDAY evenings (1800-1900hrs) at Fullerians. We will confirm details once the season starts and advise other parents accordingly.
Please ensure your child has some rugby boots and a mouth guard along with appropriate clothing/kit.
If you would like your child to play fun rugby with a great bunch of players (and coaches!), you are very welcome to join us. You can just turn up on Sunday morning (or Thursday evening) and give it a go. There is absolutely no pressure. They can join in for the first few weeks (at the start or at any time during the season) to see if they like it.
Please contact Squad Manager Beverley Dunn if you give advance notice that you are coming or if you have any questions about what it’s like to play as part of the Fullerians family. Alternatively come to see what it’s like yourself on a Sunday morning (though check the fixture list to see if we’re playing at home that week) and ask as many questions as you like. We’d be delighted to see you at the club.
We also welcome all parents getting involved with coaching and administration for the squad. All parents will be expected to help with the U14s' turns to fulfil kitchen and car parking duties during the season: details will be sent out to all parents early in the season.
U14 rugby regulations for 2017-18
We are committed to the principles of the RFU Age Grade Related Rugby programme that should be being followed by all clubs and schools. Boys will play the same rules at school as they do with Fullerians which will make life a lot easier for everyone.
The key differences from the U13 rugby we used last year are quite minor and will hopefully be quick to be grasped by the boys:
- Now up to 15 aside on a full-sized pitch (max 100m x 70m)
- Eight person contested scrums now have flankers with the No8 able to pick and run.
- Kicking at the posts permitted after tries and when penalties awarded.
- Uncontested lineouts (max 13 players): jumping allowed but lifting is not.
- Still no leagues but knockout tournaments now permitted: most fixtures will remain as friendlies.
For more on the Age Grade Related Rugby see RFU regulations