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Cheshire 15 group 2016/2017.

There will be no trials for Cheshire 15 group until the October half-term. The DPP will retain ownership of the three districts until the 15 group festival to be held at Carrington on Wednesday October 26th. The boys who are not in the DPP district teams will have an opportunity to play in this festival and compete for Sale and county places. Nomination forms for these boys will be sent out at the end of June and a trial will be held at Stockport GS on Wednesday October 19th. A squad will be chosen from this trial and they will play against the DPP district squads.

Boys for the Sale training group and the Cheshire A and B teams will be chosen at Carrington. Three training sessions will he held for the county sides and they will be held at St. Ambrose College and county matches will be played in December and January against Yorkshire, Lancashire and Staffordshire. The county season will be completed by the end of January.

Brian David.

15 Group Report 2015/16

The season began in September with the East trial at Stockport G.S., West trial at Wirral RFC and the Central trial at Weaverham H.S. All three trials were well attended and nominations were high but there is a worrying trend that schools are still not nominating boys. I pointed this out last year and nothing has changed as there are many areas of Cheshire where very few boys are nominated at all such as Trafford, Vale Royal and Crewe and Nantwich. Some boys don’t play club rugby so there is a definite possibility that we are missing boys at this stage.

District results.

East v Manchester lost

East v Central Cheshire lost

East v West Cheshire won

West v Merseyside won

West v Central Cheshire draw

West v East lost

Central v North Lancs won

Central v East Cheshire won

Central v West Cheshire draw

County programme.

48 boys were chosen to represent the county at A and B levels and this involved boys from 23 schools and 14 clubs. This year we included two boys from the Isle of Man. Our first training session was held on New Year’s Eve at Burnage RFC and our other practices were held at St.Ambrose College.

County matches.

V Staffs won 72pts to 0 at Sandbach R.F.C.

A v Lancashire won 36 to 12 pts at Wilmslow R.F.C.

B v Yorkshire B won 22 pts to 12 pts at Stockport R.F.C.

A v Kent lost 14 pts to 5 pts at Lymm R.F.C.

B v Kent won 24 pts to 12 pts at Lymm R.F.C.

A v Yorkshire lost 32 points to 14 at Hull Ionians

B v Yorkshire lost 22 points to 20 at Hull Ionians

The county 15 programme is held at a very busy time of the year and we have to be very appreciative of the demands facing the boys in their clubs and schools tournaments. This year Bridgewater H.S. got to the semi-finals of the NatWest competition but unfortunately lost. St Ambrose 18s went one step further by reaching Twickenham but they unfortunately also lost. Every year schools from Cheshire reach the semi-finals and the finals of the prestigious competition and there can’t be a county in the country with a better record than ours. Match reports for all the games are on the Cheshire website.

Our thanks go to the clubs for making their facilities available to us especially as the weather has been particularly wet causing the Staffs and Lancashire matches to be rearranged.

We began playing Kent in 2007 and it is very unfortunate that this year’s games were completely ruined by the weather as it will be the last time that the 2 counties will play each other at this age group. Next year’s plans for the 15 group will mean that the county programme will be completed by the end of January making our Kent fixture impossible. We played Yorkshire B twice this year as Lancashire failed to field a B side and honours were shared equally with a win each. It is important at this level to develop the boys and give as many opportunities as possible to them and over 30 boys played for the A team this season. It is worth noting that over the last 10 years our win success rate at A team level is 75% and at B level just over 60%.

Thanks go to Hugo Corbett, lead coach, Ben Coulbeck, Ryan Acton, Andy Morton and Noel Speed for giving up their time this year and setting a very positive attitude for the boys in playing running rugby.

Brian David

Team Manager.



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Age Grade Competition Review May 2015

12th May 2015

Age Grade Competition Review

The RFU Council meeting of 17th April agreed key actions to drive implementation of the Age Grade Competition Review (AGCR) from September 2016.

The AGCR Implementation Action Plan, which also includes a new strategic direction for Under 16 representative rugby, has foundations based on the firm principles that the game must be “player-centred, development-driven and competition-supported”, in that order.  This ensures that the motivations and welfare of all players, no matter their experience or ability, are the cornerstone of the game they play week in week out.

The plan includes, from the 2016-17 season, consistent age bandings and incremental player progressions for all Age Grade Rugby; a nationally consistent playing menu and calendar that increases inclusivity, clarifies player priorities and dovetails club, school, college competitions; an integrated England Rugby Player Development pathway and representative framework and training and Continuous Professional Development for coaches, referees, parents, teachers and others.  It will support and work with counties, clubs, schools and colleges over the next 16 months to make the changes.

Implications requiring some change for those organising, delivering and playing rugby at Under 18 and below include:

Playing Framework

  • Mixed contact rugby finishes after U11
  • U13 dual age band for girls does not include U11s
  • 15 a side rugby starts at U14
  • U13 New Rules are implemented nationally in 2016-17
  • Lineout introduction is delayed to U14

Competitive Diet and Season

  • A nationally-defined consistent menu of national and county competitions per age group
  • No formal league rugby before U15
  • Competitive festivals before U12, not competitions/tournaments that find overall winners
  • Competitions and representative rugby at all levels (local to CB to national) to be played in specific, nationally-consistent season windows

Representative Pathway

  • Formation of Regional Player Pathway Groups to drive the programme
  • Divisional representative level replaced by regional programme matched with the 14 Regional Academies at U16 (implementation of this point from 2015/16 season)
  • No representative rugby before U15
  • No district programmes at U16

The significant changes to the England Rugby player pathway in this third section will result in development opportunities extended to 250 more English players each year (with a residential festival involving 14 Regional Academy sides) and a single clear pathway from 2016/17. A strategic review of the U16s programme studied the AGCR’s work, the RFU Talent Symposium’s findings and best practice from other nations.  The Review Group recommended broad numbers accessing talent development opportunities, less layers of representative rugby, improved pathway clarity, more development, less selection and age appropriate competition.

Implementation will be carried out in two stages and be managed locally by the newly-formed Regional Player Pathway Groups to ensure implementation best overcomes local challenges.  Key stakeholders from across the Academy Region have a critical role to schedule development activities and manage player programmes to ensure they are mutually supporting and not conflicting.

Please Note: The full Under 16 Pathway Strategic Review is available here. The file is from a trustworthy source and opens as a pdf document.

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Between May and September 2015, an information and awareness campaign will share the plan detail to ensure that everyone involved in Age Grade rugby union knows how the game will look from September 2016 onwards.  Regular updates on, in Touchline and other game communications will be key to keeping everyone informed.

A series of resources, events and support programmes will continue through to and beyond the start of the 2016-17 season.  The RFU is committed to helping the game to make the changes and to be ready for kick-off in 16 months’ time.

For more detail about the AGCR Implementation Action Plan, its back story and the rollout please go to or contact

New Rules of Play – from September 2015

A key element of the AGCR is the player progression pathway from Under 7 through to 15-a-side rugby.  Relating to this, the RFU Council also agreed the rules and regulations for the 2015-16 season in April 2015.  Under 11 New Rules of Play come into effect nationally from September.

In early 2015, the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS), of which the vast majority of rugby-playing prep schools are members, adopted the New Rules of Play up to Under 11 for 2015-16 and at Under 12 & 13 from September 2016.  IAPS and the club game are therefore aligned

The attached table shows a summary for each age group of the game format for next season, including the discretionary age group of Under 12 and the ongoing pilots at Under 13 and 14 for information.  The full rules themselves will be uploaded onto by the end of May 2015 latest.

For more information about the New Rules of Play please contact

Monthly “Rugby Shorts” – Positive Stories from Across the Game

Please find attached the latest “Rugby Shorts” which highlights just a few of the many positive stories from across the Game.

Rugby Shorts – Apr 2015