Female Rugby Age Banding

U18 girls

Female Rugby Age Banding

Mini or Under 12s

In most cases females of primary school age will play mini rugby; however, some U12 female only festivals are now delivered. To be eligible for U12 Female rugby, players must be in Primary 5, 6 or 7 or 11 years of age on the 1st of September.

Under 15s

Females aged 11 years or in S1 year group at school should play under-15 rugby (in any position out with the front 5 in the scrum). Female players are only permitted to participate in under-15 rugby if they are born on or after the 1st September OR; are in secondary 1, 2 or 3 age group at school. On turning 15 years old, Females may elect to participate in under-18 rugby and/or remain within under-15 rugby for the rest of that season.

Under 18s - Girls may play U18 rugby from 15 years old, this difference is due to the relative physical maturity of 15-year-old girls when compared to boys.

Female players are only permitted to participate in under-18 rugby if they are under-18 on or before the 1st September, are at least 15 years old at the date of the game concerned OR; are in secondary 4, 5 or 6 age group at school. No players aged 14 can play under-18 rugby. On turning 18 years old, females may elect to participate in senior rugby and/or remain within under-18 rugby for the rest of that season.

National and Regional representation cut off dates are 1st January

Players must only play contact rugby with players of their own age grade unless the player is permitted to play outside it. In exceptional cases, a player’s physical development, skill level and experience may be such that the player may be allowed to participate in a higher age grade. An application should be submitted to Scottish Rugby to assess whether a player should be permitted to play outside their age grade. 

Adult - 17 year olds can paly adult rugby if the following criteria is met.

Please note, players who were granted dispensation for season 2017/18 must still apply for the 2018/19 season.

Female Rugby Age Banding Policy Document (PDF)


Players must complete the following World Rugby online RugbyReady before presenting to their coach at the pre-application assessment.

World Rugby RugbyReady 

Pre-Application Assessments

Players must complete the following pre-application assessments with a coach that has achieved (as a minimum) the UKCC Level 2: Coaching Youth & Adult Rugby

Overhead Squat Assessment (PDF)

Press-Up Assessment (PDF)

Tackle Assessment (PDF)

Application Procedures

Applications will be open between Wednesday 1st August 2018 and Wednesday 1st May 2019 -

2018-19 Female U18 into Adult Rugby Application  (Club) Form (PDF)

2018-19 Female U18 into Adult Rugby Application  (University) Form (PDF)

Completed application forms must be emailed to [email protected] 

Scottish Rugby aims to have applications turned around within 2 weeks of receipt of the completed application.

Front Row Players

Female U18 players cannot play front 5 in adult rugby until they turn 18 years old.

As part of the clearance process the players parents are required to register them on SCRUMShttps://scrums.scottishrugby.org as this will allow us to update their player profile to enable the club to add them to the match team sheet. 

Guidance for parents can be found here -


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