In Australia all 13 – 18 year olds play to modified laws designed to make the game safer and more enjoyable. These Australian U18 Law Variations continue the progression from the Kid’s Pathway (U6 – U12) through to junior representative opportunities at local club, school and regional levels.
In this age range the priority is to provide the players with opportunities to learn by trying it for themselves and the stages through this age range are stepped to allow for progressive development of every individual.
From U13 – U18 rugby games are intended to further develop the individual skills, fitness and team work of all players in accordance with their age and understanding of the game.
This age spectrum covers
Stage 3 – Training to Train; and
Stage 4 – Training to Compete
of Rugby Australia's Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Model focusing on progressive development of all core skills (attack - catch/pass/support, attack – kicking/defence/contact) with increased pressure.
JUNIOR GOLD CUP
Youth Rugby also provides the opportunity for players in the U15-17 year age groups to participate in the Junior Gold Cup, held once a year and aimed at supporting the long term development of talented players Australia- wide, through an accessible and nationally coordinated development and competition program.