In Australia all 13 – 19 year olds play to modified laws designed to make the game safer and more enjoyable. These Australian U19 Law Variations continue the progression from the Kid’s Pathway (U6 – U12) through to junior representative opportunities at local club, school and regional levels.
In this age range the priority is to provide the players with opportunities to learn by trying it for themselves and the stages through this age range are stepped to allow for progressive development of every individual.
From U13 – U19 rugby games are intended to further develop the individual skills, fitness and team work of all players in accordance with their age and understanding of the game.
This age spectrum covers
Stage 3 – Training to Train; and
Stage 4 – Training to Compete
of the ARUs Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Model focusing on progressive development of all core skills (attack - catch/pass/support, attack – kicking/defence/contact) with increased pressure.
The IRB has announced its match officials list for the second stage of the 2014 IRB Junior World Championships overnight, with two Australians appointed to referee two of the games in New Zealand on Sunday.