- The regulation will apply to Age Grade clubs, schools and colleges
- Find out more about the Half Game Rule
All Age Grade players will be guaranteed at least half a game from next season as the Half Game rule becomes regulation.
Following a trial in 2017/18 and an implementation year in 2018/19, from next season Half Game will be regulation in all Age Grade Rugby across clubs, schools, colleges, representative pathways and academy activities.
The rule, applicable to players aged six to 18, will ensure that all players in a match day squad will get to play at least half a game.
The introduction of the rule follows consultation with players with research conducted by the University of Essex showing that players who regularly play half a game or more report higher enjoyment, self-esteem and rugby playing competence. Those who play half a game are six times more likely to enjoy the sport than those who don’t.
The regulation also follows feedback from the National Rugby Survey in which 85% of coaches and teachers agreed that Half Game rule is a positive change for Age Grade rugby and 90% who did it reported positive benefits.
All coaches involved in the age grade game are encouraged to ensure they follow the regulation and to work collaboratively with opposition coaches, match officials and parents to implement the rule and to also ensure their training and games meet the needs of the players.
More information will follow over the coming months which can be found here.