Age Grade Rugby update and actions for clubs, schools and colleges
After positive feedback last year, an RFU Summer Activity Framework will again replace the normal age-grade out of season regulations for summer 2022. We hope this helps to continue to address the impact the pandemic has had on player activity, retention and safety.
As communicated in July 2020, the current age-grade rugby season ends for clubs, schools and colleges on Monday 2 May. From 3 May, we move to out-of-season activity (except for U15 and U17 representative rugby, permitted until the end of May).
It is not compulsory to do summer rugby. Many choose to rest or participate in other sports/activities. However, this framework applies to any age-grade rugby activity that a club, school, college, or other organisation decides to run in the off-season.
The 2022 version is a hybrid of the usual regulations and 2021 Summer Framework. It maintains the regular out-of-season activity for U14+, provides more opportunity for U13 and below, and enables contact training progression, some friendly fixtures and more rugby formats.
We stress this is not to create an extended season. It is to help player engagement with rugby and safe progression towards full contact next season.
Please see the Activity Guide below and click here for the full detailed guidance and additional support. We encourage anyone planning summer activity to read it.