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New Rules of Play


The RFU has been re-examining the youth player pathway since commissioned research into child behaviour and development has suggested that the existing pathway needs remodelling in order to be more progressive, child centred, increase involvement and aid retention . Following discussions at coaching conferences 3 constituent bodies (CBs) lobbied to pilot some changes in their areas. Since the 2010-11 season Hampshire, Warwickshire and Durham RFUs have been piloting changes, firstly at U7,U8 and U9s with impressive interim results.

Following consultation, the RFU Community Game Board has agreed to an extension to the pilot regions by a further 3 CBs in order to broaden the sample area. Out of 17 interested CBs NLD RFU was granted inclusion as one of those 3 areas.

From 2012-13 member clubs of NLD RFU will take on rule changes at U7, U8 and U9 and have an opportunity to assist in shaping the future of the youth game for the next generation through experience, consultation and feedback.

With the success of the initial pilot almost all of the CB's within the country voluntarily opted into the New Rules of Play for the 2012-13 season.  These will become compulsory for U7,8 and 9 in the 2013-14 season and those CB's who took on the roles this season will also continue to U10.  

Below you will find links to documents that will inform and support the pilot programme. 

More information on the New Rules of Play can be found via the link below.

RFU New Rules of Play