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National U17 Competition

Action from the 2011 National Under 17 final

Photo: RFU Archive

Competition Overview

The RFU’s National U17s competition continues to provide a competitive rugby structure for club players up and down the country and to encourage players at under 17 level to represent their club and progress through to their club’s adult sides.

The key objectives of the competition are to offer a competitive rugby structure to an age group that traditionally drift away from the game and to provide a player development pathway from junior to adult rugby for many young club players across the country.

The competition is growing in status year on year but the emphasis remains on competitive rugby for club players, not Elite players who have ample opportunity to play in competitive games and structures.

The 2013-14 competition culminated in a great day of rugby at the AJ Bell Stadium in Manchester, home of Sale Sharks Rugby Football Club, with some very close games as Blaydon, Crediton, Amersham & Chiltern and Wolverhampton walked away with wins in the Shield, Bowl, Plate and Cup competitions respectively.

Competition Format

Competition rounds
Cup, Plate, Bowl & Shield Divisional Quarter-finals
Cup, Plate, Bowl & Shield Divisional Semi-finals
Cup, Plate, Bowl & Shield Divisional Finals
National Competition Semi-finals
National Competition Finals

The competition consists of four levels (Shield, Bowl, Plate and Cup) and is organised in three stages through which teams can progress; local Constituent Body level organised leagues, divisional knock out stages and the competition culminates in the National semi finals and finals.


The 2011 National Under 17 final winners celebrate

Photo: Kick Photo

All teams nominated to progress in the competitions by their CB must familiarise themselves with the National U17 competition regulations (PDF 234KB). Ignorance of these regulations will not be deemed an excuse in the event of a breach.

Please pay particular attention to Regulation 4, Eligibility of players, which states that all players must have been ‘effectively registered with the club he is representing on the Rugby Football Union RugbyFirst database on or before December 31 of the current season.

To find out more about getting involved in the competition please contact your local CB or the RFU’s Tournaments & Competitions department at 0871 222 2120.


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