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Under 12

Leighton Buzzard  U12s are embarking on a new season where our current squad o are learning the skills for the full game. Children of all standards are welcome, whether new to the game or experienced from school, our coaches will try to engage new players with the game and introduce them to the players.
We train from 10:00am every Sunday from September to May  unless we are engaged in inter-club matches when timings and venues vary.

We think the game provides discipline, structure and develops team spirit. We encourage good behaviour from both Children and Parents, especially when entertaining other teams to play. Abusive behaviour will not be tolerated and can result in exclusion from the team and club.

Please feel free to come and try out with us. Either contact us below or join us at the club for a training session. Players of all shapes, sizes and standards are welcome as we are able to run 2 teams every week, the 1st team and a development team. Parents are also welcome to help with Coaching, Organisation and Admin.


Boys Rugby

Introduced at this age:

  • 5 man scrum (nearest 5)
  • No limit to numbers in ruck and maul
  • Introduction of fend/hand off – (below armpit)
  • 22m drop out
FormatTransitional Contact
School Year7
Max Players12 a side
Max Pitch Size60m x 43m
Ball size4
Max minutes each half20
Maximum minutes of match play per day70 minutes
Extra Time PermittedNo
Recommended training time duration120 minutes
Match stopped if:Try difference is 6 or more
Start / RestartDrop kick must travel at least 7m
ScrumNearest 5, Contest strike only, no push. Only Hookers my strike for the ball.
LineoutNo, restart with a free pass
Offside DistanceHindmost foot at tackle, ruck and Maul. 5m from scrum. 7m from free kick. 7m from free pass.
Fend OffYes – below armpit
Kicking from HandYes. ‘Fly hack’ not permitted
Kicking at GoalNo
Mark PermittedYes
Yellow Card / Sin BinNo
Knock onScrum

Age Specific Notes:

  • Continuation of the contested strike at the scrum
  • Defending scrum half must not move beyond the tunnel
  • Scrum half must pass from the base of the scrum – May not run with the ball

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.
  4. Waterfall Tournament – Competitive playing programme where equal participation/progression is the emphasis. The outcome of your pool games are recorded to enable every team to advance to later rounds for an equal number of matches against similar level teams.

RFU Regulation 15 Appendix 6

Contact information is below. (Click on name to e.mail)

Mini and Junior Section U12 coachRupert 130588
Mini and Junior Section U12 coachHenry 283858
Mini and Junior Section U12 coachRobin 332557
Mini and Junior Section U12 coachMark 596650
Mini and Junior Section U12 coachMike
Mini and Junior Section U12 Parent
Mini and Junior Section U12 First AidersSharon Chappell

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