Male U16 – U18 Rugby Age Banding

Medical research into boys' rugby strongly indicates that there is an increased risk of serious injury when U16 players play U18 rugby. It is Scottish Rugby's policy that the age at which male players are allowed to play U18 rugby is 16 years old.

An U16 player’s age grade is determined by whether they were born on or between 1 September – 31 August at the beginning of each season. That age grade applies for the whole season. National and Regional Representation cut-off dates are 1 January.


Application Procedures

The application form for 15-year-old players to apply to play U18 rugby can be found below.

U16 into U18 (Male) 22-23 application form

Please note that the player’s SCRUMS ID number must be submitted with the form so that the player’s playing history can be reviewed when considering the application.


Player Registration on SCRUMS

As part of the clearance process the player’s parents must register them on SCRUMS as this allows us to maintain details of the player and enables the club to add the player to a match team sheet. For younger players a parent or guardian’s input is required as part of the registration process.

Download guidance for parents on registering a youth player


Players must be 15 years old to apply to play U18 rugby and have completed World Rugby’s online Rugby Ready course, submitted a completed application form and undergone a physical maturity test.

World Rugby online RugbyReady

Front Row

Male U16 players cannot play front row in U18 rugby until they turn 16 years old.

Physical Maturity Assessments

Are You Ready to Play Rugby? Physical Maturity Assessments are conducted at an assessment centre arranged by Scottish Rugby and run by suitably qualified medical personnel.

Download Physical Maturity Assessment Information Sheet (Coming Soon)


Please contact [email protected] should you have any questions.

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