Further to the Community Game Update earlier this month, we are pleased to provide the updated regulation and information to support 17 year olds playing adult rugby which became regulation from the 1st August.
A two-step process has been introduced as a result of clarification by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) on safeguarding requirements when underage players play in adult sport. 17 year olds are still considered to be children and this process is intended to help clubs react to this change and support the appropriate transition to adult rugby.
The changes are detailed in Regulation 15.5 Playing Adult Rugby. This shows the two-step process to play adult rugby which ensures clubs have a Safeguarding Officer and Constituent Body (CB) approval to play-up 17 year olds and then, that each individual player has also undergone a club assessment approved by the CB. The RFU have also produced a Club Guide which details the rationale as well as supporting clubs with their submission. Both of these documents are available below.
Information is also available online on the RFU website, and the club Executive Committee are working to ensure we have the necessary systems and approvals in place to safeguard the welfare of our Colts making the transition to Senior rugby ahead of their 18th birthday and beyond.