Quilter Kids First is England Rugby’s approach to rugby for 6-13 year olds. It gives children the opportunity to prosper by fostering an environment for having fun, learning and building confidence.
Following a four year review of rugby for under 18’s, led by the RFU, in consultation with a wide cross section of the game, the “new”
Age Grade Rugby will roll out from September 2016.The new Age Grade Rugby programme will be based on the principles of player centred, development driven and competition supported.
The wants and needs of young people will be at its heart.
It will put player enjoyment above all else to keep more young people enjoying the game for longer and into their adult years.

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Mixed rugby will continue to be played up to and including U11 (school year 6) from U12 (start of secondary school Y7) girls will not play mixed rugby and will follow a their own developmental path.
From September 2016 15-a-side rugby will start at U14.
Note The new regulations have been published Effective from 01/08/2016.
Here is a list of the regulations:

Regulation 15 is supplemented by the following documents:
(a) Competition Menu and Competitive Playing Calendar, available at
(b) Age Grade Codes of Practice, available at
(c) Half Game Rule FAQs, available at
(d) RFU Regulation 21 (Safeguarding), available at
(e) RFU Safeguarding Policy, available at