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:

Application form for U16 into U18 for season 23/24

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.

Applications must be sent complete with all supporting documentation, and received by the below deadlines. If an application falls beyond a window deadline, it will be reviewed at the following Panel review.

Application Opens Application Closes  Deadline
14/11/2023 01/12/2023 14/12/2023
15/12/2023 08/01/2024 18/01/2024
15/01/2024 29/01/2024 05/02/2024
30/01/2024 13/02/2024 20/02/2024
14/02/2024 28/02/2024 06/03/2024
29/02/2024 14/03/2024 21/03/2024
Physical Maturity Assessments

As part of the application, players must attend a physical maturity test at a designated appointment, arranged by Scottish Rugby. To book an assessment appointment, please specify this in the application email or contact [email protected].

The below video summarises the application process:

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

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


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

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