Junior Rugby Rules

Safety Guidelines


  1. Coaches and parents must not put the players health at risk in any game.
  2. Should a player be injured, play must be stopped immediately and the player attended to.
  3. Players on the field who are injured in any way that results in bleeding must be immediately removed. A substitute can be played while they are being attended to blood nose, etc. Jerseys should be changed and the injury attended to and cleaned properly.
  4. Open cuts or wounds must have a protective cover over them while the player is on the field.
  5. Players who receive slight head injuries must be checked properly if in doubt remove the player from the field.
  6. Should a player suffer concussion he/she must be attended to by a resgistered medical practioner and is not allowed to play for the following three weeks. . This is an NZ Rugby Football Union ruling. If it happens twice in a season to the same player he/she is not to play again that season.
  7. Parents and coaches must advise players to wear mouthguards and have them correctly fitted. This is a standard NZ Rugby Football Union safety policy and is compulsory for players in all junior grades.
  8. Coaches should take into consideration a player’s physical build when selecting their position locks and front row in particular.
  9. It is advisable for players of all grades to warm up before the start of a game a 5 minute jog around the field passing the ball, and then stretching is quite adequate.
  10. Players wearing boots should be advised to make sure that sprigs etc, do not have sharp edges and should avoid walking on concrete prior to a game.
  11. Coaches and referees should check all players to make sure they are not wearing any jewellery eg. ear studs, necklaces etc.


Only Coaches of U6, U7 & U8 grade teams, are allowed on the field of play with their teams.

The guidelines are:

  1. You are only on the field to teach your players general and positional play.
  2. Stand well clear of all players so you do not interrupt the flow of play.
  3. Do not show any aggression towards your own and the opposing players and coach.
  4. Do not intimidate opposition players – leave it to their coach to control them.
  5. You must have a clear and full understanding of the rules.
  6. Do not tell the referee how to do their job.
  7. Should the referee take offence at your coaching attitude he/she has the right to warn you. Failing that, they can ask you to leave the field of play. A replacement is permitted.
  8. Children at this age need your guidance. Done properly you will get good results and a lot of enjoyment out of this rugby.
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