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Mixed U12s (15 A-Side) Contact Rugby CY

Mixed U12s (15 A-Side) Contact Rugby CY

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  • Develop an understanding of the full game
  • The introduction of the set piece


"Introduction of the full game"


AGE: Under 12 as on the first of September at the start of the season. A player may only play up one year

TEAM SIZE: 15 players: eight forwards maximum seven backs maximum. The WRU requires that both teams shall field the same number of players throughout the game, however if a player is sent off that team is disadvantaged

PERIODS OF PLAY: Two halves of up to 25 minutes playing time, maximum 50 minutes - no extra time

PLAYING AREA: A full size field 100m (length) x 70m (width) maximum

BALL SIZE: Size four

COACH QUALIFICATION: UKCC Level one. UKCC Level two Coach Award recommended



At all levels the "Cavalry Charge" is not allowed

Definition of a Cavalry Charge: When the attacking team is awarded a penalty kick or free kick either a single player stands some distance behind the kicker or attacking players form a line across the field some distance from the kicker. At a signal from the kicker they charge forward. When they get near the kicker tap kicks the ball and passes to a player who had started some distance behind the kicker. Rules: At a free pass restart any first receivers can start their run a maximum of 2 metres from the player performing the free pass. Any greater disctance and the "Calvary Charge" will be called resulting in a penalty at the place of infringement to the non offending team. Sanction: Penalty at the place of infringement


IRB Under 19 Laws apply apart from:

  • Eight forwards, seven backs, rolling replacements.
  • Players must leave and enter the field of play at the halfway touchline.
  • An Under U12 player is allowed to play a maximum of one year above with parental permission.
  • Full IRB laws regarding the contact area.
  • It is recommended for development and participation purposes that all players play at least one half every game.
  • Rolling substitutions is permitted


All scrums must follow World Rugby process, crouch, bind, set.

Eight man contested scrummage with 0.5m maximum push, no wheeling.

Both hookers may strike for the ball.

Both scrummages must be 3-4-1 formation.

That is eight forwards maximum.

The number eight can pick up the ball from the scrum.

The Ball will be thrown in according to World Rugby Law.


Scrum Half:

The offside line for the scrum half at a scrum is the mid line of the scrummage. The scrum half may pass or run from the scrum.



Full lineout, uncontested, no catch and drive. No lifting. Penalty: Penalty kick to the non offending team.

The ball must enter the lineout above head height.
If the ball is knocked on the opposition will have the choice of a lineout or scrum.
The ball must be passed from the lineout
No shortened lineouts
The lineout ends according to World Rugby laws



The non scoring team to re-start with a drop kick. Kicking is allowed anywhere on the field.



Penalties may be kicked from the hand
For tap penalties, a player must place the ball on the ground and tap it forward with the foot or drop the ball on to the foot
A penalty kick at goal will be allowed for offences committed only in the 22m area.
If a try is scored beyond the 15m area the kick at goal will be taken from the 15m line.


Hand Off:

A hand off to the chest is permitted. There will be no hand off to the face.

From the age of 6 - U13 girls can play mixed rugby in schools and clubs.
At U12s / U13s girls can choose to continue to play with the boys or join local U13s girls development centre. At U13s girls can play up to U15s girls club sides. At aged 18 girls can play senior rugby (full IRB Laws apply).
At no point can a player play down an age group.