With the season underway, just a reminder about the latest guidance, in particular, U17 playing adult rugby.
“The process for 17-year-olds playing adult rugby is suspended until 1st January 2022 (except for in combined U18/19 teams).
This means that 17 year olds will not be able to play open age adult contact rugby from now until January 2022. Please use the table in the link below for a simple reference point. This includes both male and female players and those with a previous or existing dispensation. Non-contact rugby is still permitted.
These players are at greatest safety and retention risk due to the rugby they have missed in the last 12 months. They need to train and play with their peer group to prepare them for any adult contact rugby. This will affect some clubs at adult level, but the long-term safety and participation picture outweighs the short-term impact.”