|Further to the July edition of the Community Game Update, we wanted to provide you with the detail around the updated regulation for 17 years olds playing adult rugby.
This two-step process, as reflected in Regulation 15.5, has been introduced as a result of clarification by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in relation to safeguarding requirements when underage players play in adult sport. 17 year olds are still considered to be children and this process helps our clubs to support the transition of players into adult rugby when appropriate.
To support clubs with the application of this process please click here to access a Club Guide for a 17 year old playing adult rugby. This information, detailing the rationale, will be available to clubs to support their submission and helps CBs to further understand their own role.
The Playing Adult Rugby Club Approval Form and Playing Adult Rugby Player Approval Form, along with the wording of the regulation can be found here.
We hope that this information helps provide the content and detail around the updated regulation and supports all our clubs in their revised safeguarding obligations as well as supporting the development and retention of Age Grade players into the adult game.