Leighton Buzzard  U13s are embarking on a new season where our current squad  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 9-10:30 am 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.

We train from 10:00 am every Sunday during the season at Wrights Meadow unless we are engaged in inter-club matches when timings and venues vary – we will run training sessions at home most weeks for those players not selected for away matches. This season marks the players` entry into the world of 13-man rugby – 6 forwards & a full set of backs , tactical and goal-kicking, and proper kick-offs !  When training we will start at 10:00 am sharp with a 15 minute fitness session, moving into skills coaching, backs and forwards coaching and game play. Leighton Buzzard RFC kit is required for inter-club matches but an additional jersey or training top will be necessary for training days. Mouthguard, boots and attitude are also essential!

Boys Rugby

Introduced at this age:

  • 6 man fully contested scrum.
  • Sin Bin 5 minutes.
  • Scrum half may pass or run with the ball.
FormatTransitional Contact
School Year8
Max Players13 a side
Max Pitch Size90m x 60m
Ball size4
Max minutes each half25
Maximum minutes of match play per day80 minutes
Extra Time PermittedNo
Recommended training time duration120 minutes
Match stopped if:points difference >50
Start / RestartDrop kick must travel at least 10m
Scrum6 trained and willing. Contest strike and push. No number 8 pickup
LineoutNo, restart with a free pass
Offside DistanceHindmost foot at tackle, ruck and Maul. 5m from scrum. 10m from free kick. 10m from free pass.
Fend OffYes – below armpit
Kicking from HandYes. incl. ‘Fly hack’
Kicking at GoalNo
Mark PermittedYes
Drop GoalNot Permitted
Yellow Card / Sin Bin5 minutes
Knock onScrum

Age Specific Notes:

  • No.8 cannot pick up from 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.
  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 7 under 13 boys rules of play