Age Group Rugby Ball Size Playing time each half max. Hand off / Fend off permitted Pre-grip at Lineout & Lifting Squeeze ball permitted Subs Call prior to scrum Scrum half offside line at scrum Max. Push in scrum Max. wheel at scrum Deliberate wheel allowed Put in at next scrum if scrum wheeled
Under 13 4 25 mins Yes No No rolling subs allowed at all age groups Crouch, Touch, Hold, Engage Centre of tunnel until ball has emerged or opponent places hands on ball 1.5 metres 45 degrees No For all age groups U13 -U19 The put-in at the 2nd scrum is always to the original team in possession i.e. there is no turnover, even if the ball is won 'against the head'
Under 14 4 25 mins Yes No No Crouch, Touch, Hold, Engage Centre of tunnel until ball has emerged or opponent places hands on ball 1.5 metres 45 degrees No
Under 15 5 30 mins Yes Club & school level No County Level Yes No Crouch, Touch, Hold, Engage Centre of tunnel until ball has emerged or opponent places hands on ball 1.5 metres 45 degrees No
Under 16 5 35 mins Yes Yes No Crouch, Touch, Hold, Engage Offside line is through the line of the ball in the scrum. Both feet behind ball. 1.5 metres 45 degrees No
Under 17 5 35 mins Yes Yes No Crouch, Touch, Hold, Engage Offside line is through the line of the ball in the scrum. Both feet behind ball. 1.5 metres 45 degrees No
Under 18 5 35 mins Yes Yes No Crouch, Touch, Hold, Engage Offside line is through the line of the ball in the scrum. Both feet behind ball. 1.5 metres 45 degrees No
Under 19 5 35 mins Yes Yes Yes Crouch, Touch, Hold, Engage Offside line is through the line of the ball in the scrum. Both feet behind ball. 1.5 metres 45 degrees No
                         
Extra time is not permitted for any of the above Age Groups
                         
These are personal interpretations of previously published IRB and RFU documents, and are intended as guidelines only. Essex Society of Rugby Football Union Referees disclaims itself from any liability for referee, player or third party injuries or damages that may result from the use of these guidelines.

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