Welcome back!

We hope you had an enjoyable summer and are looking forward to the exciting season ahead.

To help you to be player centered and to retain Age Grade players in rugby,  we have put together a simple 4 step start of season checklist below:


  • 1. Headcase

Headcase is England Rugby’s concussion education and awareness training. With on-line modules for parents, coaches, teachers and parents – we strongly recommend that everyone visits and updates this annually.

Don’t be a headcase!

Link to Headcase www.englandrugby.com/headcase

 2. Half Game regulation.

Players want to play and not to be sat on a bench. For this reason every Age Grade player in a match day squad is guaranteed at least half of the available playing time.  For further guidance, including support videos, please visit our Half Game Page.

Link to www.englandrugby.com/halfgame

 3. Codes of Practice.

The Age Grade Codes of Practice give practical support on delivering Age Grade Rugby and applying regulation. This has been updated for the start of the 2019-2020 season. Download it, commit to it and tell us that you’re ‘in.’

Link to www.englandrugby.com/codesofpractice

 4. Aware of Regulation changes.

As well as Half game, we’ve updated regulation for 17 year olds playing adult rugby; U17 and U18 playing together. Make sure you’re aware of these by visiting our Regulation pages.

Link to www.englandrugby.com/regulations

There is more helpful support and information for those involved on www.englandrugby.com. We’ll also make sure we keep you up to date on Twitter via @AgeGradeRugby, please give us a follow and stay up to date.

Wishing you all fantastic season,

Age Grade Rugby Development – RFU

 Half Game Rule:

Why it is required:


 Change of Email Address:

Please note the change of email address, in that [email protected] will now simply be [email protected]

 The RugbySafe Programme:

We are looking for more schools to participate in the Youth Rugby Injury Surveillance Project, the size of the school or the level of rugby played is not an issue.

Data collected:

Training & match exposure, playing surface.
Information on 24 hour time-loss injuries.
Self-reported player height & weight.
Use of Activate and which exercises they are using.
Perceptions of injury risk.
Match footage.

For further information please email Matt Hancock at University of Bath: [email protected]

 Tours to or from Another Union:

Please note that the process for applying for Permission to go on Tour or to receive an Incoming Tour has slightly changed this season.

NB All tours include Training Camps in another Union without a fixture require permission.

In order to request permission you will be required to complete the necessary forms, and to complete an online Typeform where you will be required to upload supporting documentation.

Further information and links to Application Forms may be found from this Link


Has your school adopted Activate, a preventative exercise programme with proven results across community youth and adult rugby?

If not why not, now recognised and promoted by World Rugby:

 ERFSU Financial AGM:

The ERFSU Financial AGM will be held on the 4 November 2019 at the Holiday Inn Coventry M6 J2 at 1100 hours..

This will be followed by the ERFSU Committee.

 Join us at Twickenham:

Join us at Twickenham for this year’s biggest combined educational and sporting event.

Oxford and Cambridge University rugby clubs will be playing at Twickenham on 12 December 2019 when the women’s and men’s teams from Cambridge take on the Dark Blues of Oxford. 

Bring your girls and boys to watch some of the best amateur rugby played by Britain’s brightest students. The women’s match in particular is one of the very few played at this historic stadium.

For further information please follow these links:

Invitation Letter

Schools – The Varsity Match

What to Expect


Do you remember this from last season?

If you have a Tweet which supports the core values of the Rugby Football Union, without the scores or wins, please tag #WizardWall.

The best posts from each week will be highlighted on the @EngRugbySchools Twitter account.

 New Murder at Twickenham: 

Literacy Detectives workshop, KS2

It’s 1895 and something terrible has happened to England’s first captain, Dicky Lockwood. Studentswill work as detectives to solve the crime through an immersive experience. Through completing literacy based activities, students will work together to solve the case and put the criminal behind bars.

Available from October 2019.

Book now: (email [email protected] or call 020 8892 8877)

 International Tickets 2019-2020:

Schools will need to register their International Ticket Contact, if not already done so, on GMS by 17 September if they wish to enter the ballot for Guinness Six Nations tickets 2020, as well as having to be in Membership of their County Schools Union.

4 October – a link will be sent to Schools in membership to activate their accounts.

15 October – the ballot for the Guinness Six Nations will go live for one week.

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