Female Rugby Age Banding

Female Rugby Age Banding

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.

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. 

Please note, players who were granted dispensation for season 2015/16 must still apply for the 2016/17 season.

Female Rugby Age Banding Policy Document (PDF)


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

World Rugby RugbyReady self-check test

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 accepted from Monday 11th July 2016 - 2016-17 Female U18 into Adult Rugby Application Form (PDF)

Completed applications forms must be submitted to the Community Rugby Administrator, Shona Stott.

Email: [email protected]

Address: Community Rugby Administrator, Scottish Rugby, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh EH12 5PJ

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.

Dispensation to Play in a Younger Age Grade

In exceptional cases a player may be given dispensation to participate in rugby at a level below their true age grade. This could be due to an existing or previous medical disability (physical or behavioural). Any dispensation, if granted, would only be valid for one season, and would only allow players to play down one age grade, in a specific team.

If a club or school wishes to apply for such a dispensation for a player they must make a written submission to Scottish Rugby, including any supporting evidence of the player's condition. The player and their coach must have completed the online Rugby Ready course (rugbyready.worldrugby.org), and submissions should be signed by the player's parent or guardian and coach.

Submissions will be considered on a case-by-case basis by Scottish Rugby's medical team.


Please contact Shona Stott, Community Rugby Administrator (Email: [email protected] Tel: 0131 346 5155; 07814 997524) should you have any questions.