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Development Fixture v Staffordshire

All Under 17 & 18,

We have a development fixture next Weds 5th October against Staffordshire to be played at Sandbach RUFC with a 19:30 KO.  Can you please advise ASAP if you are NOT available for the fixture by emailing me at ASAP.  If you do not send me an email it will be assumed you are available.

Kind regards
Steve Bate
Cheshire U17/18 Group Manager
07810 648040

Under 18 Initial Training Squad

Many thanks to those who attended the U18 Trial on Monday, as always the standard was high however we are unable select everyone.  The following players have been selected for the initial training squad with training to commence on Monday 19th September at Chester RUFC, please meet in the changing rooms from 18:30 and be ready to start at 19:00.

Can you please be prepared for a contact session.

F’name Surname School Club
Liam Eldridge
William Hirstwood Cheadle Hulme Stockport
Assed Awan Wm Hulme GS Didsbury Toc H
Abdul Khan MGS Manchester
Ridgway Kings Macc Macclesfield
Samuel Edwards Cheadle Hulme Stockport
Tim Phillips Kings Macc
George Houghton Helsby HS Chester
Gabrial Johnson-Aley Birkenhead Caldy
George Spalding Ellesmere College Crewe & Nant
Joe Telfer Brineleas Crewe
Luke Cox Stockport GS Trafford MV
Connor Rutherford MGS Bowdon
Alex Stewart Gt Sankey Warrington
Josh Brookes Sandbach Sandbach
James Finucane Sandbach Sandbach
Harry Lewis Poynton Manchester
Ben Tatton Kings Macclesfield Macclesfield
Henry Brownlow Sale Grammar Altrincham
Sam Worthington Kings Macc Macclesfield
Fergus Tuite Christleton Chester
Joe Dowdeswell Lymm HS Lymm
James Norman Grange Winnington Park
Rory Riddell Lymm HS Lymm
Josh Shearman Bishops Heber Chester
Declan Yoxhall Knutsford
Alex Jones Stockport GS Manchester
Sam Brindle Kings Macc Macclesfield
Michael Newsholme Grange Warrington
Rory Canham Sedburgh
Callum Morris Lymm
William Travis Stockport GS Manchester
Ruaidhri Power MGS Lymm
Alex Burrage Bishops Heber Chester
Will Titherington Wirral GS Lymm
Kieran Anderson Sandbach Sandbach
Kieran Dunne St Ambrose Altrincham
Fergus Grieves St Ambrose Altrincham
James Whitehead Cheadle Hulme Macclesfield
Brogan Wilson
Sam Hughes Hillbre HS Wirral
Jake Threadgold Malbank Crewe & Nant
Stan Stanford Bishops Heber Chester
Thomas Travis Stockport GS
Lewis Mason Wirral GS Lymm
Greg Warren Trafford MV

Can all players please confirm attendance ASAP to me at

Please note this is NOT the final squad and you will be constantly assessed, we will be reducing numbers to the final squad size over the next few weeks.

Many thanks
Steve Bate
Cheshire U17/18 Group Manager
07810 648040

Cheshire U18 Squad Trial 2016-17


The players below have been nominated to trial for Cheshire U18 for 2016-17.  The trial will be held with the U17 Nominee’s on Monday 12th September at Chester RUFC and will comprise of a series of games and appropriate skills assessment.  All players to meet in the changing rooms and be ready to play at 18:30.

Following the trial the selected players will be posted on this website and will be asked to join in with the U18 Training that will commence on Monday 19th September.

F’name Surname School Club
Oliver Whitlow Brineleas Crewe
Daniel Waters Wilmslow HS
Theo Bull Brineleas Crewe
Samuel Edwards Cheadle Hulme Stockport
Joe Telfer Brineleas Crewe
Luke Cox Stockport GS Trafford MV
Jack Lisle Macclesfield College Macclesfield
Brendan Beehan Wilmslow HS Wilmslow
Connor Rutherford MGS Bowdon
Jordon McGrath Lymm
Sam Carr Stockport GS Manchester
Sam Bailey Fallibroome Macclesfield
Michael Abrahamse Kings Macclesfield
Sorell Cowen Wilmslow HS Manchester
James Metcalfe MGS Lymm
Benjamin Tatton Kings Macclesfield Macclesfield
Reece Pemberton South Cheshire College Crewe
William Travis Stockport GS Manchester
Joshua Jones Wilmslow HS Manchester
Callum Meakin Brineleas Crewe
Max Morley-Green Kings William Douglas
Scott James Cheadle Hulme
James Graham Wilmslow HS Manchester
Jamie Dunkerley Kings Macclesfield Macclesfield
James Whitehead Cheadle Hulme Macclesfield
Harry Edler Brineleas Crewe
Thomas Travis Stockport GS
Alex Hull MGS Lymm
Declan Yoxhall Knutsford

Could you please send an email confirming attendance to me at to enable the coaching team to organise the appropriate teams.

If you are injured and feel you cannot trial please advise and attend to have an assessment carried out by the Physio.

Many thanks, kind regards


Steve Bate
Cheshire U17/18 Group Manager
07810 648040



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

Invitation to nominate players for the Under 18 County Squad 2016

Cheshire Rugby Football Union invites you to nominate players who you consider to be of County standard to trial for the U18’s.  All players must complete a nomination form. Please email the forms to me no later than 17th June 2016.

Details of the trial dates, venues and a list of nominees informing them which venue to attend will be posted on the Cheshire R.F.U. website, late in August.

Please note that players who turn up on the day, for whom no nomination form has been received by the due date, will not be allowed to trial.  If you nominate a player can you please advise then they have been nominated and it is their responsibility to check the website for details and updates.

All information regarding the outcome of the trials will be posted on the Cheshire R.F.U. website, clubs and schools will not be contacted directly about the arrangements.  The website will also give details of the dates and times of County training sessions as well as the programme of matches against other counties as soon as they become available.

Nomination Form 2016

Steve Bate
Cheshire U18 Group Manager
07810 648040