Newport County Youth Rugby Football Club



Newport County Youth Rugby Football Club uses the USA Rugby youth rugby laws and guidelines. These are rugby laws which have been created and implemented to make the game safe and enjoyable for youth of all ages as well as offer a developmental pathway to full contact rugby.

Law Variations based on age group for the various tackle age groups can be downloaded at www.usarugby.org

All players must have their CIPP prior to playing any match.



Age eligibility for the current youth rugby season starting in September 2017, ages are determined by the age and grade the player was September 1st of this year.

E.g. U12 - the player was 12 or younger before Sept 1st 2017.

Age/grade categories for boys & girls are:

U10 = 3rd/4th grade, U12 = 5th/6th grade, U14 = 7th/8th grade, U16 = HS Freshmen, Jr. Varsity, U19 = HS Varsity


Law Variations can found at www.usarugby.org/youthhighschool/rookierugby7s.


Substitutions for U14 - High School during the 2018 season we have introduced a variation of the substitution law:

Each team can substitute up to two front row players (or three if they have three suitably-trained front row replacements) and up to five other players (for a total of seven or eight) PER HALF.

Substitutions may only be made when the ball is dead and with the permission of the referee.

The following provisions would be in effect:

a) In either half, once a player is replaced he cannot return that half.

b) A player who was replaced in the first half MAY play again in the second half.

c) Rosters would still be capped at 22 (with 2 suitably-trained front-row replacements) or 23 (with 3 suitably-trained front-row replacements).

Youth Non-Contact Rugby in Rhode Island starts as early as 3rd grade and develops the basic rugby skills before full contact is introduced. Youth non-contact rugby is only played as 7 a side rugby.


U10 & U12 Rugby is non-contact touch or flag for boys and girls with teams of ten playing 7 at a time.

U14 Rugby introduces tackling with teams of 12 playing with 7 players on the field at a time.

Girls play U10/U12 flag & U14 intro to tackle rugby with boys. 

HS Girls, and HS Boys teams have unlimted number of players. They can play either 7's, 10's or 15 at a time.

Girls are NOT allowed to play High School (HS) tackle rugby with boys.





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Chris Gray - Coach/Administrator                            Phone: 401-639-4901                                    E-mail to: d-a-d1@cox.net