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. 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 2015/16 must still apply for the 2016/17 season.
Players must be a minimum of 17 years old to apply to play adult rugby and complete the following World Rugby online self-check test before presenting to their coach at the pre-application assessment.
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
Press-Up Assessment (PDF)
Tackle Assessment (PDF)
Applications are now open for 2016-17 season - 2016-17 Male U18 into Adult Rugby Application Form (PDF)
Completed application 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
Front row players applying to play adult rugby must complete the 2016-17 Male U18 into Adult Rugby Application 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.
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.