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1. Playing Up & Down Table


AGE GRADE  COMBINING  PLAYING UP  PLAYING DOWN 
                                                     MALE AND FEMALE PLAYERS 
U6s (Yr1)  U6s are not permitted to play matches, competitions, tournaments or festivals with any older age grades. 
U7s (Yr2)  U7s and U8s can play and train together  Yes, with U8s only  U7s and U8s can play and train together 
U8s (Yr3)  No playing up permitted 
U9s (Yr4)  U9s are permitted to be combined with U10s in accordance with 15.2.2  No playing up is permitted  Playing down is permitted in limited circumstances in accordance with 15.4 
U10s (Yr5)  U10s are permitted to be combined with U9s or with U11s in accordance with 15.2.2  No playing up is permitted  Playing down is permitted in limited circumstances in accordance with 15.4 
U11s (Yr6)  U11s are permitted to be combined with U10s or with U12s in accordance with 15.2.2  No playing up is permitted  Playing down is permitted in limited circumstances in accordance with 15.4 
From U12s and above, mixed rugby is no longer permitted and different regulations apply to male and female players as below 
                                                         FEMALE PLAYERS 
U12s (Yr7)  U12s are permitted to play with U13s  U12s are permitted to play with U13s  Playing down is permitted in limited circumstances in accordance with 15.4 
U13s (Yr8)  U13s are permitted to play with U12s  U13s are permitted to play with U12s  Playing down is permitted in limited circumstances in accordance with 15.4 
U14s (Yr9)  U14s are permitted to play with U15s  U14s are permitted to play with U15s  Playing down is permitted in limited circumstances in accordance with 15.4 
U15s (Yr10)  U15s are permitted to play with U14s  U15s are permitted to play with U14s  Playing down is permitted in limited circumstances in accordance with 15.4 
U16s (Yr11)  U16s are permitted to play with U17s and U18s  U16s are permitted to play with U17s and U18s  Playing down is permitted in limited circumstances in accordance with 15.4 
U17s (Yr12)  U16s are permitted to play with U17s and U18s  U16s are permitted to play with U17s and U18s  Playing down is permitted in limited circumstances in accordance with 15.4 
U18s (Yr13)  U16s are permitted to play with U17s and U18s  Yes, see Regulation15.6  Playing down is permitted in limited circumstances in accordance with 15.4 
U19s  No combining permitted  Yes, see Regulation 15.6  Playing down is permitted in limited circumstances in accordance with 15.4 
                                                              MALE PLAYERS 
U12s (Yr7)  U12s are permitted to be combined with U11s or with U13s in accordance with 15.2.2  Yes, playing up one grade is permitted in accordance with 15.3.2  Playing down is permitted in limited circumstances in accordance with 15.4 
U13s (Yr8)  U13s are permitted to be combined with U12s in accordance with 15.2.2  Yes, playing up one age grade is permitted in accordance with 15.3.2  Playing down is permitted in limited circumstances in accordance with 15.4 
U14s (Yr9)  No combining permitted  Yes, playing up one age grade is permitted in accordance with 15.3.2  Playing down is permitted in limited circumstances in accordance with 15.4 
U15s (Yr10)  No combining permitted  Yes, playing up one age grade is permitted in accordance with 15.3.2  Playing down is permitted in limited circumstances in accordance with 15.4 
U16s (Yr11)  No combining permitted  "Yes, in accordance with 15.3.2 and below: 
playing up one age grade is permitted, including playing in the front row  playing up two age grades is permitted but not including in the front row of contested scrums in 15 a-side rugby " Playing down is permitted in limited circumstances in accordance with 15.4 
U17s (Yr12)  U17s are permitted to play with U18s  U17s are permitted to play with U18s  Playing down is permitted in limited circumstances in accordance with 15.4 
U18s (Yr13)  U18s are permitted to play with U17s  Yes, see Regulation 15.6  U18s are permitted to play with U17s Playing down two age grades is permitted in limited circumstances in accordance with 15.4 
U19s  No combining permitted  Yes, see Regulation 15.6  Playing down is permitted in limited circumstances in accordance with 15.4