JUNIOR RUGBY

Rugby experiences for all, regardless of size, shape, ability or gender.

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Players in age groups from U6 all the way through to U18 play to modified laws that are adapted to allow for progressive development of the player.

The philosophy of the modified laws is focused around the player, making the game safer to ensure each player receives the greatest possible participation and enjoyment from playing the game of rugby.

The aim of the modified rugby game is to develop the individual skills, fitness and team work of all players in accordance with their physical maturity and understanding of the game.

U6 – U12

TryRugby Kids Pathway for U6 – U12 players provides a series of age-specific modified rugby games.

U6 – U9: MINIS COMPETITION

The U6-U9 age groups play in Minis competitions organised by local Districts. There are seven different Minis competitions operating in Sydney. These competitions operate under the Pathways Laws and provide a series of age-specific modified rugby games.

These modified games progressively develop the individual skills, fitness and team work of all players in accordance with their physical maturity and understanding of the game.

U10 – U12

These age groups also follow the Pathway requirements that have been developed to increase activity levels for maximum participation and enjoyment.

The Pathway provides an integrated and consistent approach to the development of U6 to U12 players, coaches and referees nationally.

Table Summary of Modified Rules for U6 to U12

U6 U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12
Player
Numbers
7-a-side
tag
7-a-side
tag
7-a-side
tackle
10-a-side
tackle
12-a-side
tackle
15-a-side
tackle
Player Area 1/4 field
L:40m, W:25m
1/2 field
L:60m, W:35m
Full field less
10m L:100m, W:60m
Full field
L:100m, W:70m
Playing Time Skills Activities
2 x 10min halves
2 x 15mins 2 x 15mins 2 x 20mins 2 x 20mins 2 x 25mins
Ball Size Size 2 Size 3 Size 4 Size 4
Conversions No Optional
In front, 10m back
Yes
Not past 15m-line
Yes
Not past 15m-line
Kick-off Punt 5m
Exclusion zone
Punt or drop 5m
Exclusion zone
Drop Drop
Restart after score Tap on half way
by non-scoring team
Tap on half way
by non-scoring team
Kick-off by
non-scoring team
Kick-off by
non-scoring team
Kicking No No Yes Yes
Tackle 2 handed tag on
shorts No offside line for defence
Yes Yes Yes
Lineout Tap restart 2 players
No contest
2 players
No contest
4 players
No contest
5 players
Contested. No lifting
7 players
Contested. No lifting
Lineout Receiver Tap restart Must pass Must pass All options All options
Scrum Tap restart 3 players
No contest
3 players
No contest
5 players
No contest
6 players
Contested 1m push
8 players
Contested 1m push
Scrum Half Tap restart Must pass Must pass All options
No.8 moves illegal
All options
Lineout & Scrum over when? Played by
fly-half or bounces
Played by
fly-half or bounces
Ball out Ball out
Penalty Kicks & Free Kicks Tap only
Opp 5m back
Tap only
Opp 5m back
All options
Opp 10m back
All options
Opp 10m back

U13 – OPENS

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Australian U19 Law Variations apply from U13 – Opens (U17 – U18) and follow on from the TryRugby Kid’s Pathway, continuing the progression of players rugby skills and development.

U13 – Opens age groups include junior representative opportunities at local club, school and regional levels. Through these diverse age ranges the priority is to provide the players with opportunities to learn.

GAME MODIFICATIONS FOR U13 – Opens

In addition to the World Rugby U19 Laws of the Game, the Australian Rugby Union has adopted Australian Under 19 Law Variations. The Australian U19 Law Variations and Guidelines must be read in conjunction with World Rugby’s U19 Law Variations. Both sets of Variations are applicable to all matches at Under 19 level played in Australia (except International U19 matches), including those games played by visiting touring teams.

World Rugby U19 Laws of the Game
The Australian U19 Law Variations and Guidelines for players, coaches and referees.
SJRU COMPETITION RULES

Competition rules for all competitions conducted by Sydney Junior Rugby Union.

Girls’ rugby celebrates differences in size, strength, shape and speed, empowering girls with self confidence, while participating in a game that develops their skills, fitness and team work.

GIRLS RUGBY

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There are a number of opportunities for girls to get involved and play rugby both on and off the field, whether as a player, coach, referee or volunteer.

Junior rugby is a game for everyone. Girls from under 6 to 12 years of age can play junior club rugby and participate in mixed gender teams. Many girls commence playing with their school friends in the U6s and continue playing into high school.

The game of Rugby 7s has created a great deal of interest for girls of all ages with the ARU Womens Sevens team, the Pearls, winning the inaugural Rugby 7s gold medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016. A fun, fast and exciting game, Rugby 7s is being embraced by all ages and abilities. A number of pathways have been developed that offer girls the opportunity to play both socially and competitively.

Beginning early February with three consecutive competitions until October, SJRU is running a Rugby 7s competition: SATURDAY NIGHT SIZZLING 7s open to girls and boys from U10 – U18.

The 2017 World Cup for Womens Rugby will be held in Ireland in August, with the Australian Womens XV a side, the Wallaroos, competing on the world stage against the top tier nations. Teenage girls between the ages of 13 and 18 can participate in the 15-a-side game through school-based rugby competitions. If you’re interested, consider asking your school to get involved. For more information contact NSW Rugby.

RUGBY 7s

Rugby 7s is an exciting, fast game that is now an Olympic sport. The game originated in Scotland in 1883 and is now played in many countries around the world. The sport boasts the exact same rules, ball and field size for both girls & boys.

A unique, faster, modified 15s rugby game played by all ages and abilities. As the name implies, there are only 7 players per team on the field at any one time and the games finish in just 14 minutes of play.

Sydney Rugby Union has seen the number of players enjoying this game sky rocket in the last few years. Following a series of ad hoc competitions run in conjunction with NSWRU Development staff in 2016, the decision has been made to run a competition in 2017 for both Girls and Boys in the U10s through to U18s age groups.

For all the information you need on Rugby 7s at SJRU, including competition rules along with details about our great new “Saturday Night Sizzling 7s” competition, go to the SJRU Rugby 7s page.

Any enquiries regarding Rugby 7s competition should be directed to:  sevens@sjru.com.au

REP RUGBY

Representative Rugby is the next level of junior club rugby and players from the 61 clubs across Sydney can trial for a representative position in their district.

There are 12 districts across the SJRU and teams from U10-U18’s compete in the NSW Junior Rugby Union Championships. Currently, the U10 and U11 age groups are ‘development’ year groups. U12’s and above compete for the State Championship title across all of NSW district representative teams.

For U14 – U18 age groups, players are also eligible for selection in the representative SJRU teams who compete against country juniors and other visiting unions.

Further information becomes available in the lead up to the selection trials for the different age groups.

U14s

District U14s teams compete at the NSWJRU State Championships over the June long weekend. The U14s SJRU team is chosen from a squad selected from this weekend. The SJRU squad competes at the Regional Tournament in early July.

U15s
District U15s teams compete at the NSWJRU State Championships over the June long weekend with teams being selected for Northern Zone, Southern Zone, Western Zone and Barbarians from this weekend. These 4 teams then compete at the Regional Tournament in early July. The SJRU U15s team is selected at the Regional Tournament.

U16s
The selection of the SJRU U16s team follows the same format as that for the U15s with a competition for the SJRU U16s at the NSWRU U16s Carnival on the 15th and 16th July. At this Carnival a NSWRU U16s team will be selected to compete at the National U16s Tournament in the September school holidays in Southport, Qld.

U17s – U18s
Open to all U17 & U18 players whom are registered and playing in the forthcoming season for SJRU Opens team or a Premier Rugby Colts team.

VIVA 7s

The non-contact form of sevens style rugby, Viva 7s offers an active lifestyle opportunity for the whole family.

Sponsored by Foxtel, Viva 7s promotes inclusion and fair play and can be played by juniors, former players, newcomers, males and females.

Why play Viva7s?

  1. It’s fit, fun and fast

    You’ll play two short, sharp matches in the one session. Every match is 16 minutes long. Foxtel VIVA7s is big on social and light on competitiveness.

  2. For all ages

    Foxtel VIVA7s promotes inclusion and fair play; so if you’re a junior, lapsed player, a new-comer, male or female, you can play the game without needing a certain skill-set. Foxtel VIVA7s is also an active lifestyle opportunity for the whole family to play in the same team.

  3. There’s action on and off the field

    Fresh, funky vibes pumping around the grounds, will get you grooving and stepping on and off the pitch. Once your game is finished, there are a number of social opportunities to partake in to mix it up with your mates or family.

  4. No bumps or bruises, it’s safe!

    Foxtel VIVA7s is a tackle-less game. We prefer free-movement, creativity and evasiveness over getting tackled to the ground. Modified rules to the game allow for various ages to play and have fun together in the same team.

For more information or to register for Foxtel Viva7s, go to the Viva 7s website

TRYTONS

Trytons is a specialised rugby union program for players with special needs.

The program is suitable for boys and girls of all abilities between the ages of 5 – 17 years. Participants are grouped according to their ability and participate in skill-based activities aimed at improving their individual skills, coordination, fitness and team work. Participants are professionally coached by staff or trained volunteers with an understanding of the limitations that each child may encounter. The program is run by Sydney Junior Rugby Union with the assistance of the Australian Rugby Union and NSW Rugby.

Season 2017 commences on Saturday 29th April at 9am at Nagle Park., Maroubra and on Sunday 30th April at 9am at Koola Park., East Killara. Families are encouraged to come along and try the program.

Anyone interested in further information should contact Sydney Juniors on 02 9323 3401 or email: kbrady@nswrugby.com.au.

The ARU and SJRU take player welfare extremely seriously. There are many rules and regulations in place to ensure that player safety is paramount. SJRU requires a First Aid attendant to be present at all games from U10s to Opens. SJRU facilitates the sourcing and appointment of attendants to many Clubs.

PLAYER WELFARE

Smart Rugby is compulsory for all coaches and match officials participating in rugby where there is tackling (U8s and above). The Smart Rugby course is an online module designed to ensure coaches and officials are competent and understand the areas of tackle, preparation for contact, scrummaging and foul play. The certification of Smart Rugby is valid for two years.

Players, parents, coaches and officials need to act in the best interest of player safety and welfare at all times. Taking responsibility for the recognition , removal and referral of players to a medical doctor and then ensuring concussion is appropriately managed is fundamental to the ARU Concussion Guidance. It is recommended that all play ers who suffer a concussion seek the highest level of medical care reasonably available to ensure concussion is managed appropriately.

For the 2017 season, SJRU have advised all clubs to capture height and weight data for all players as a mandatory requirement for player registration.

Further details with regard to an ARU’s position on the weight for age discussion will be forthcoming shortly.

The ARU, in conjunction with Gow-Gates and QBE, provides the rugby community with a first-class sports insurance program while maintaining the affordability of registration. The ARU encourages all players and officials to take out their own private health insurance, over and above the coverage provided by the scheme.

All those associated with Rugby are covered by the Member Protection Policy. This policy aims to ensure the Australian Rugby Union’s core values, good reputation and positive behaviours and attitudes are maintained.

This Policy has been developed by the ARU with the objective of protecting the health and well-being, and encouraging safe and healthy practices, for all Participants.

The ARU has established a Serious Injury Protocol and Report for use by all Rugby Bodies – Clubs, Schools and Unions who participate in the game of Rugby.

WET WEATHER

Please see below for contact details if rain is an issue for the upcoming weekend’s fixtures.

U6 – U9 (Minis)

Please contact your club who will have taken advice from the District running your competition.

U10 – Opens

SJRU will keep our twitter feed up to date with the latest details for wet weekends.