Junior / Youth Rugby 2016

Thames Valley junior rugby is administered by the Thames Valley Youth Management Board with the assistance of the Thames Valley Rugby Unions rugby development officer.
If you have a child or children aged 13 and under that are interested in playing rugby union then you should in the first instance contact your local club or the union's RDO Bill Cooksley.
There are 9 clubs within the union that cater for players aged 4 to 13.

Coromandel  (Coromandel Rugby Club)
Hauraki Plains (Ngatea Domain)
Mercury Bay (Mercury Bay Rugby and Sports Club - Lyon Park Whitianga)
Paeroa (Centenniel Park Paeroa)
Tairua (Tairua RFC - Tairua)
Te Aroha  (Boyd Park - Te Aroha)
Thames (Rhodes Park - Thames)
Waihi (Waihi Athletic RFC - Kenny St - Waihi)
Whangamata (Whangamata RFC)

All clubs are training on a Tuesday and or Thursday from about 3.30pm to 5.30pm so feel free to rock on up and talk to somebody about which team might be right for your child(ren).


All correct ages, birth dates and weights must be entered on the registration form as provided by the TVYMB.


The grading list shall be as set out below by the TVYMB:

Under 13’s (5th Grade - Born in 2003 or 2004)

12 Years and Under – Year 8 student or below           Open Weight

12 Years and Under – Year 9 student                        57.0kg or less

Under 11’s (6th Grade - Born in 2005 or 2006)

10 years and Under                                                 Open Weight

Under 9’s (7th Grade - Born in 2007)

8 Years and Under                                                   Open Weight

Under 8’s (8th Grade - Born in 2008 or 2009)

7 years and Under                                                   Open Weight

This is the first year of tackle rugby

Rippa Rugby (Born in 2009 or after)        

6 years and under                                                   Open Weight


The new grading system is for a one year trial only and is to be reviewed extensively by the end of October 2016 to see what impact this may have had on participation numbers.

Any players aged 12 as of 1st January and weighing in at 57.0kg or less – and currently a year 9 student - may apply for a regrade to return to play Thames Valley Junior Rugby and must obtain permission from their respective high school or college Principal to play in the U13's.