Male U16 – U18 Rugby Age Banding

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.

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, U16 players who were granted dispensation for season 2017/18 do not need to re-apply for the 2018/19 season.

Male U16 into U18 Rugby Policy Document (PDF)


Players must be 15 years old to apply to play U18 rugby and have completed the following World Rugby online RugbyReady:

World Rugby RugbyReady and the application form and undergone a physical maturity test (details of which are below)

Application Procedures

Applications for Season 2018/19 will be accepted between Wednesday 1st August 2018 and Wednesday 1st May 2019 -

2018-19 Male U16 into U18 Rugby Application Form (PDF)

Completed application forms and a copy of the player's World Rugby online RugbyReady should be sent to [email protected] 

Scottish Rugby aims to have applications for U16 players in U18 rugby turned around within 2 weeks of the physical maturity test date.

As part of the clearance process can you ask the players parents to register them on SCRUMS - 

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 -

Front Row

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

Physical Maturity Assessments

Physical Maturity Assessment Information Sheet (PDF)

Physical Maturity Assessment Dates 2018

Are You Ready to Play Rugby? Physical Maturity Assessments are conducted at an assessment centre set up by Scottish Rugby and manned by suitably qualified medical personnel. Any further dates will be set-up on an "as required" basis by Scottish Rugby.



Date & Time

East Lothian

Meadowmill Sports Centre Tranent

Friday 24/8/18 @ 3.30pm


Stirling University (Academy Physio dept within the Changing village portacabin next to the athletic track - 7 on the map)

Wednesday 22/8/18 @ 4.30pm


BT Murrayfield (Report to reception)

Thursday 23/8/18 @ 4pm

Glasgow + The West

Ayr RFC Millbrae Ayr

Monday 27/8/18 @ 7pm

Glasgow + The west

Dumfries RFC Park Farm New Abbey Road Dumfries

Tuesday 21/8/18 @ 6.30pm

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