Archive for U13-U14 Central Cheshire



Following the recent Age Grade Rugby Update sent earlier in the month, I am pleased to outline progress as we reach the “5 weeks to go” point before the start of the 2016-17 season.  Please continue to pass on the information to colleagues and parents in your clubs, schools and colleges to help everyone prepare for kick off in September.

 Regulation 15, including Rules of Play

The confirmed Rules of Play for each age group have been completed and are attached. These rules, along with the Age Grade regulations for 2016-17, will go live on on 1st August along with other documents to support the delivery of Age Grade Rugby.  Please share these rules, along with the previously circulated Regulation 15 and guidance information, with people across your club, school and/or college.

These Rules of Play, in which the XV-a-side game starts at U14, are the stated maximums that players can progress in that year, and it’s important that coaches and teachers ensure that players have the ability, competence and confidence before progressing.

Age Grade Rugby Brochure

An updated version, following a minor edit, of the brochure is attached and should replace any previous versions.  A printed batch of these have been sent to Honorary Secretaries in clubs along with Teachers in Charge of rugby in schools and colleges across the country for them to share with coaches, staff and parents ahead of the new season.  The document includes confirmation of all the Rules of Play and competitive menu and helpful information to keep our player’s safety at the front of everyone’s minds.

Line out at U14-U16

The line out changes at U14-U16 are confirmed and can be observed in the Age Grade Brochure and Regulation 15. Further information about these changes will follow in the coming weeks and these changes will be supplemented by a specific line out CPD and supporting video resources.

In the lead up to the start of the season we will be ensuring, via direct mail and social media, that these changes are communicated to all involved in the delivery of Age Grade Rugby.  These changes, based on the principals of ”Player Centred, Development Driven and Competition Supported” should be considered by coaches and teachers within all their training sessions and games.   These changes follow robust research and consultation within the game starting in 2011 and  their impact will be reviewed annually.

As ever, further information can be found at and if you have any specific questions on Age Grade Rugby please do contact us on  Please remember to pass on this information so that everyone is informed and ready to enjoy another great season in 2016-17.

RFU Regulation 15 Appendix 9 U15-U18 Boys 2016-2017
RFU Regulation 15 Appendix 8 U14 Boys 2016-2017
RFU Regulation 15 Appendix 11 U15 U18 Girls 2016-2017
RFU Regulation 15 Appendix 10 U13 Girls 2016-2017
RFU Regulation 15 Appendix 7 U13 2016-2017
RFU Regulation 15 Appendix 6 U12 2016-2017
RFU Regulation 15 Appendix 1 U7 2016-2017
RFU Regulation 15 Appendix 2 U8 2016-2017
RFU Regulation 15 Appendix 3 U9 2016-2017
RFU Regulation 15 Appendix 4 U10 2016-2017
RFU Regulation 15 Appendix 5 U11 2016-2017


Mark Saltmarsh | Head of Education Development | Rugby Football Union

SSA DPP – U13s and U14s – Nominations and Season 2016-2017

SSA DPP – U13s and U14s – Nominations and Season 2016-2017

Please note that all information for the season 2016-2017, including the nominations invitation letter are now available via the Sale Sharks web site.

An overview of the SSA DDP and player pathways is available on the following link:

News re nominations, assessments, training dates, etc are available on this link:



H Stuart
SSA DPP Administrator
T:// 0161 667 7518



SSA DPP – Photos from Sharks Matches – U13s & U14s

SSA DPP – Photos from Sharks Matches – U13s & U14s

During the 2015/16 season, Sale Sharks invited all the young players from the Developing Player Programme onto the pitch to have an age group picture as a celebration of the players achievements.

The U13 age group – both players and coaches – were given complimentary tickets to attend the Sale Sharks v London Irish match in January and invited onto the pitch at half-time for the picture.  The U14 group took part in the same experience at the Sale Sharks v Exeter match in February.

U13s Photo: Please click on the image below to see full size – it may take a few moments to come through clearly as it is a large file size.

U13s DPP Year Group (4)

U14s Photo: Please click on the image below to see full size – it may take a few moments to come through clearly as it is a large file size.

DPP U14s 2015-2016

The Sale Sharks Academy Manager, Brendan Thomas, has given us an overview of how the pathway works. 

The Sale Sharks Academy Developing Player Programme (DPP) is the entry level to the player pathway for all players, from all backgrounds across the region, which covers Lancashire & Cheshire. There are approximately 500 players developing across the region at three age groups from U13 – U15. The emphasis of the programme is on longitudinal development, with increased numbers & a focus on core skills & game sense. A small number of players will progress through the DPP into our Academy Sharks Development Group (SDG) at U15 whilst everyone else involved in the programme continue to develop playing for their clubs, schools & Counties and are no doubt better players for the experience. The Academy invest heavily into this programme because of its obvious benefits. However, the delivery of the programme at the six sites involves a network of volunteer coaches/managers & administrators who do a great job. The programme values it’s staff & in conjunction with the RFU they are provided with CPD events to help them develop as coaches.

Sale Sharks would like to wish all the young players the best of luck in their rugby journey – a journey through which enjoyment is central.  Sale Sharks also has a huge thanks to the coaches and volunteers from across Cheshire and Lancashire that make the programme the success it is.

If you would like more information on the programme, please contact; –


Invitation for Season 2016-2017 U15s Sharks Development Group

Invitation for Season 2016-2017 U15s Sharks Development Group

The following boys have been selected to attend the pre-cursor session Saturday 16th July & Sunday 21st August at Carrington this Summer with a view to joining the Sharks Development Group.

Forename Surname Region County
Sufyan Amjad Manchester Lancashire
Connor Bailey Manchester Lancashire
Scott Clarke West Cheshire
Jacob Collins Merseyside Lancashire
Noah Crispp East Cheshire
Cam Ellam Central Cheshire
Harry Fishwick East Cheshire
Ollie Fleetwood Merseyside Lancashire
Joe Flynn East Cheshire
Sam Frank East Cheshire
Max Gilbert East Cheshire
Elliot Gouray East Cheshire
Reece Hamilton Merseyside Lancashire
Umyla Hanley Merseyside Lancashire
Matt Hassel West Cheshire
Fraser Jones Merseyside Lancashire
Cian Keene Manchester Lancashire
Geoff Kelly West Cheshire
James Kelly West Cheshire
Ollie Leatherbarrow East Cheshire
Max Lindsay Central Cheshire
Luca Longman West Cheshire
Archie Manger West Cheshire
Cameron Melville Central Cheshire
Oliver Melville Central Cheshire
George McCann West Cheshire
Ike McCormick Central Cheshire
Cameron Mercer West Cheshire
Ewan Murphy Central Cheshire
Alex Pendlebury Manchester Lancashire
Lincoln Pope North Lancs Lancashire
Murray Redpath East Cheshire
Zak Sebout Manchester Lancashire
Harry Shiel Central Cheshire
Adam Spence West Cheshire
Callum Taylor Manchester Lancashire
Zaman Ul-Haq Manchester Lancashire
Ed Vitta Central Cheshire
Seb Walker East Cheshire
Keiron Wilkinson Manchester Lancashire
Hayden Williams Manchester Lancashire
Oliver Wynn Central Cheshire

The running order for both days at Carrington:

10am – Coaches & players meet – DPP nomination forms, field sheets & curriculum

11am – 1pm – DPP delivery style, filming & assessment using DPP curriculum sessions

1pm – Players depart

1pm – 1.30pm – Lunch (Coaches only – players to bring their own lunch, snacks, waterbottles etc)

1.30pm – 3.30pm – DPP Player report form, Player feedback form & festival formats linked to curriculum

3.30pm – 4pm – Wrap up & depart

All parents need to complete the form below and return electronically to Helen Stuart –

SSA DPP Players for Pre Cursor SDG 2016 – Registration Form



Brendan Thomas





Lost Property At U13 InterDistrict Day

I hope you don’t mind me contacting all DPP regions but on Friday night a player managed to lose his Cheshire training top.

He took it off to play a game and left it at the side of the pitch but sadly it wasn’t there when the game finished. We assume someone has picked it up by mistake, please can you check your kit as it had his initials ‘JB’ on (and it’s a large size).

If you have picked up this top in error, please can you let me know, and we an try and organise a return to the player.

Many Thanks

Bev McCann,






The RFU has launched a short animation on aimed at making young players (within the 14-18 age group) aware of how to spot concussion and how to safely manage returning to school and sport following an injury.    Click here for more information

The short film is the latest addition to the “Don’t Be a Headcase” programme; an extensive online resource to help people prevent concussion injuries and Recognise, Remove, Recover and Return safely if an injury should happen.