Choose your respective age group pathway laws below:
Mixed U7s Pathway Laws Mixed U8s Pathway Laws Mixed U9 Early Contact Rugby Mixed U10s Early Contact Rugby Mixed U11s Early Contact Rugby Mixed U12s (15 A-Side) Contact Rugby Mixed U13s (15 A-side) Contact Rugby U14s to U19s Laws
The Welsh Rugby Union has positively changed the way rugby is played at mini and junior levels in order to help develop more athletic, skillful and attacking rugby players.
Following an extensive review, pilot programme and subsequent consultation process, the WRU Rugby Pathway (U7-19's) has been launched, comprising of a series of law changes to address key areas of playing the game at various stages of a players' development.
The Pathway offers a progressive way of introducing the game to young players and developing coaches. It also aims to deliver a game that is fun to play, enjoyable, stimulating to coach and promotes open running rugby.
Running with the ball, passing and having the ability to beat an opponent are the Welsh way. In order for the WRU to promote and develop these skills, the pathway has been adopted for young players in Wales.
Contesting the ball is introduced in a controlled rationale at the age of ten with the aim to help players to gain confidence in this aspect of the game. With these skills being developed progressively at each age group, it is the WRU's belief that young players will be encouraged to stay within rugby and enjoy the benefits of the game.
The WRU Rugby Pathway also includes information and guidance for coaches to introduce and develop skills both safely and effectively. The nature of the WRU Rugby Pathway will, it is hoped assist coaches across Wales to deliver the skills of the game in a progressive and developmental manner.