Following a request for further information on the changes implemented in the 2020/21 season, please find below an abridged version of the Age Grade Consultation report.
The report has been produced by a Player Development Sub-Committee working group in consultation with Winchester University, approved by the Sub-Committee and endorsed by the Community Game Board.
For clarity, CB U15 and U16 rugby continues as previously, with the CB responsible for selection organising the fixture and venue but with selection restricted to players within the DPP. This removes the need for further assessment and trials for players already receiving ongoing assessment within the DPP. Players, believed to be of the right quality who are outside the DPP, should be invited to join the DPP or join the U17 programme following their U16 year.