U12s/U13s for 2018/19 Season

The RFU guidance and the allowed formats for the U12s and U13s have changed over the last two seasons and the current Cup format with Waterfall into Plate, Bowl, Shield, Vase, Trophy etc. is not compatible with the requirements of the RFU.

Instead, the RFU have proposed a series of cluster festivals for the U12s and U13s age groups, based on East, Central and West Chester clubs.

The proposed format for the 2018/19 season is:
  •  2 x Cluster Festivals per year for each age group based on East-Central-West (approx. 6-8 teams in each)
  •  Each Cluster Festival will be supported by one RDO: Chris Hughes, Simon Verbickas and Andrew Soutar.
The proposed dates of the cluster festivals for the 2018/19 season are:
  • 23rd Sept 2018 – U12s Cluster Festivals (East-Central-West)
  • 30th Sept 2018 – U13s Cluster Festivals (East-Central-West)
  • 14th Apr 2019 – U12s Cluster Festivals (East-Central-West)
  • 5th May 2019 – U13s Cluster Festivals (East-Central-West)

The dates have been determined by the weekends available in the RFU Structured Season and the desire to avoid clashes with half term holidays etc.

We will be asking for volunteers from the clubs to host these festivals, so please contact the Mini and Junior Secretary (cheshirerugby.mj.sec@gmail.com) if your club would like to host one of the festivals.


U14s/U15s/U16s for 2018/19 Season

Cheshire RFU is considering adopting an inclusive playing policy and the proposal is to adopt a “50% rule” for age groups between U14s and U16s – where each player in the squad will play a minimum of 50% of the game.

Feedback on this proposal is welcomed, please contact the Mini and Junior Secretary (cheshirerugby.mj.sec@gmail.com)