Male U18 – Adult Rugby Age Banding

Male U18 – Adult Rugby Age Banding

Medical research into boys' rugby strongly indicates that there is an increased risk of serious injury when U18 players play adult rugby.

It is Scottish Rugby's policy that the age at which any player is permitted to play adult rugby is 18 years old. Players must only play contact rugby with players of their own age grade unless the player is permitted to play outside it.
An U18 player's age grade is determined by whether they were born on or between 1 September 2000 - 31 August 2002 at the beginning of the season. That age grade applies for the whole season.
National and regional representation cut off dates are 1 January.

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 assessment should be carried out to assess whether a player should be permitted to play outside their age grade. 

Please note, U18 players who were granted dispensation for season 2017/18 must still apply for the 2018/19 season.

Male U18 into Adult Rugby Policy Document (PDF)


The Process:

1-   Prerequisites

Applications for Season 2018/19 are from Wednesday 1st August 2018 and close Wednesday 1st May 2019 for 2018-19 season.
Players must be a minimum of 17 years old to apply to play adult rugby.
Players must complete the following World Rugby online RugbyReady and have a certificate from within the last 2 years.
World Rugby online RugbyReady -

2-   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)

3-   Application Procedures

Email the completed application form and RugbyReady certificate to [email protected]

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

A guide with tips on how to fill the form out is available below:

Guide to filling out 2018-19 Male U18 into Adult Rugby Application Form (PDF)

Forms should be sent as ONE PDF file per applicant, with the form and the RugbyReady certificate together. Applications in other formats may take longer to process.

Scottish Rugby aims to have applications for U18 players in adult rugby turned around within 2 weeks of the application being sent to the regional panel. Ensure that the form is thoroughly completed as any missing information will delay the application. Applications are sent to the panel every Tuesday only.


As part of the clearance process the player’s parents must 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

For Front Row Players

Front row players applying to play adult rugby must complete the 2018-19 Male U18 into Adult Front Row Form (PDF)supplying as much detail as possible about their front row experience. Front row players are also required to complete a specialist neck strength test carried out by a Scottish Rugby designated practitioner.


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