Welcome to the LBRFC U10s page

Welcome to the U10 rugby section at Leighton Buzzard RFC. As a coaching group We are committed to offering a fun and inclusive rugby environment where boys and girls in year 5 can play rugby and develop through game play and skill activities.  We aim to put the players needs and wants first, with an emphasis on player safety and welfare. We actively promote the 5 RFU core rugby principles of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship in all our activities and games which creates a fun and enjoyable environment which we we hope will help to keep youngsters in the game for longer and encourage fitness and friendships through Sport.

We run training sessions, matches at home and at other local rugby clubs most Sundays from the first Sunday in September to the Last Sunday in April Sunday morning from 9- 10:30.0 come rain or shine. We also try and play in a couple of Rugby Festivals each year, and the club arranges a Minis and Juniors Rugby Tour at the end of the regular season. 

If you need any more info please contact us through the link below or why not come down one Sunday morning when we are training at home and give rugby a try. 


The key elements of the Under 10s Rules of Play are:

  • Team numbers: max 8-a-side
  • Maximum pitch size: 60 metres x 35 metres
  • Ball Size: 4
  • Introduction of uncontested scrum
  • Nearest 3 players in scrum (all players trained, late specialisation)
  • Contest for the ball (1 player v 1 player)
  • Introduction of Maul
  • Introduction of Ruck
FormatTransitional Contact
School Year5
Max Players8 a side
Max Pitch Size60m x 35m
Ball size4
Max minutes each half15
Maximum minutes of match play per day60 minutes
Extra Time PermittedNo
Recommended training time duration90 minutes
Match stopped if:Try difference is 6 or more
Start / RestartFree Pass
TackleYes including 3 second hold
ScrumNearest 3 uncontested
LineoutNo, restart with a free pass
RuckYes, Limit of 1 supporting player
MaulYes, Limit of 1 supporting player
Offside DistanceHindmost foot at tackle, ruck and Maul. 5m from scrum.
Fend OffNo
Kicking from HandNo
Kicking at GoalNo
Mark PermittedNo
Yellow Card / Sin BinNo
Knock onScrum

Age Specific Notes:

  • Scrum half not permitted to run from base of scrum.

Competition formats allowed:

  1. Friendly Fixture – Competitive style playing opportunity for two teams, often as part of a club or school/college block fixture, where focus is on maximising all your player’s involvement, development and enjoyment.
  2. Triangular – Competitive style playing opportunity for three teams where equal player participation is the emphasis. Focus is on maximising all your player’s involvement, development and enjoyment rather than the score.
  3. Festival – Competitive round-robin playing opportunity where equal team and player participation is the emphasis. Scores may be recorded but winning doesn’t affect your ongoing participation as every team plays the same appropriate number of matches.

Regulation 15 Appendix 4 – U10 rules of play