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Cheshire DPP U14s Invitation

Sale Sharks Academy and DPP – Cheshire DPP U14s Invitation

Thank you to all the boys who attended at Carrington on April 10 for the Regional DPP U14 Day. Following their performances, the boys listed below are invited to participate in 2 training sessions at Carrington, as a precursor to possibly taking part in the Sharks Development Group at U15.

Central: East: West:
Josh Hadland Harry Wheelton Tom Clarke
Alex Bishop Ollie Whittam Jacob Gilroy
Alfie Simpson Sion Davenport Lawrence Kehoe
Callum Grieve Sam Higinson Ewan Alldis
James Rooney Zak Bowden Jacob Ainscough
Rhys Spencer Price Ross McGlone Jac Goodall
Harry Oliver Tom Roebuck


The first training session will be on Sunday 26th July (2pm – 5pm) at Carrington. The second session is on Sunday 30th August from (2pm – 5pm) at Carrington. Registration will start from 1.30pm. This season we will also run morning sessions on both days (10am – 1pm) for the Coaches. This will be an introduction/familiarisation to DPP and include some game sense coaching/CPD.

Given the timing of the above sessions and their introductory nature to SDG it is not essential that players and coaches participate in both sessions. But we sincerely hope that players and coaches can join at least one of the sessions.

The primary contact for this group is Brendan Thomas – Could players and coaches please contact Brendan via email if they are not available for either day.

Venue Address:
Sale Sharks High Performance Training Centre
Carrington Lane
M31 4AE


Nick Hughes
Sale Sharks DPP/ Cheshire RFU
U13 & U14 Development
0783 430 7556


U13s and U14s for Season 2015-2016 – Nominations

U13s and U14s for Season 2015-2016 – Nominations

Letters have been sent out to schools and clubs requesting nominations for the U13s and U14s for the coming season, into the SSA DPP.

1 – SSADPP Cheshire RFU 13 14 Letter Season 2015-16; Letter of Invitation to Nominate

Nomination-Form-SSA DPP 2015-16; Nomination Form

Please send all nominations through to Nick Hughes by 10th September at the latest.

Age Grade Competition Review May 2015

12th May 2015

Age Grade Competition Review

The RFU Council meeting of 17th April agreed key actions to drive implementation of the Age Grade Competition Review (AGCR) from September 2016.

The AGCR Implementation Action Plan, which also includes a new strategic direction for Under 16 representative rugby, has foundations based on the firm principles that the game must be “player-centred, development-driven and competition-supported”, in that order.  This ensures that the motivations and welfare of all players, no matter their experience or ability, are the cornerstone of the game they play week in week out.

The plan includes, from the 2016-17 season, consistent age bandings and incremental player progressions for all Age Grade Rugby; a nationally consistent playing menu and calendar that increases inclusivity, clarifies player priorities and dovetails club, school, college competitions; an integrated England Rugby Player Development pathway and representative framework and training and Continuous Professional Development for coaches, referees, parents, teachers and others.  It will support and work with counties, clubs, schools and colleges over the next 16 months to make the changes.

Implications requiring some change for those organising, delivering and playing rugby at Under 18 and below include:

Playing Framework

  • Mixed contact rugby finishes after U11
  • U13 dual age band for girls does not include U11s
  • 15 a side rugby starts at U14
  • U13 New Rules are implemented nationally in 2016-17
  • Lineout introduction is delayed to U14

Competitive Diet and Season

  • A nationally-defined consistent menu of national and county competitions per age group
  • No formal league rugby before U15
  • Competitive festivals before U12, not competitions/tournaments that find overall winners
  • Competitions and representative rugby at all levels (local to CB to national) to be played in specific, nationally-consistent season windows

Representative Pathway

  • Formation of Regional Player Pathway Groups to drive the programme
  • Divisional representative level replaced by regional programme matched with the 14 Regional Academies at U16 (implementation of this point from 2015/16 season)
  • No representative rugby before U15
  • No district programmes at U16

The significant changes to the England Rugby player pathway in this third section will result in development opportunities extended to 250 more English players each year (with a residential festival involving 14 Regional Academy sides) and a single clear pathway from 2016/17. A strategic review of the U16s programme studied the AGCR’s work, the RFU Talent Symposium’s findings and best practice from other nations.  The Review Group recommended broad numbers accessing talent development opportunities, less layers of representative rugby, improved pathway clarity, more development, less selection and age appropriate competition.

Implementation will be carried out in two stages and be managed locally by the newly-formed Regional Player Pathway Groups to ensure implementation best overcomes local challenges.  Key stakeholders from across the Academy Region have a critical role to schedule development activities and manage player programmes to ensure they are mutually supporting and not conflicting.

Please Note: The full Under 16 Pathway Strategic Review is available here. The file is from a trustworthy source and opens as a pdf document.

150508 NROP and Player Progression Pathway 2015-16

Between May and September 2015, an information and awareness campaign will share the plan detail to ensure that everyone involved in Age Grade rugby union knows how the game will look from September 2016 onwards.  Regular updates on, in Touchline and other game communications will be key to keeping everyone informed.

A series of resources, events and support programmes will continue through to and beyond the start of the 2016-17 season.  The RFU is committed to helping the game to make the changes and to be ready for kick-off in 16 months’ time.

For more detail about the AGCR Implementation Action Plan, its back story and the rollout please go to or contact

New Rules of Play – from September 2015

A key element of the AGCR is the player progression pathway from Under 7 through to 15-a-side rugby.  Relating to this, the RFU Council also agreed the rules and regulations for the 2015-16 season in April 2015.  Under 11 New Rules of Play come into effect nationally from September.

In early 2015, the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS), of which the vast majority of rugby-playing prep schools are members, adopted the New Rules of Play up to Under 11 for 2015-16 and at Under 12 & 13 from September 2016.  IAPS and the club game are therefore aligned

The attached table shows a summary for each age group of the game format for next season, including the discretionary age group of Under 12 and the ongoing pilots at Under 13 and 14 for information.  The full rules themselves will be uploaded onto by the end of May 2015 latest.

For more information about the New Rules of Play please contact

Monthly “Rugby Shorts” – Positive Stories from Across the Game

Please find attached the latest “Rugby Shorts” which highlights just a few of the many positive stories from across the Game.

Rugby Shorts – Apr 2015

The U18 & U17 Management & Coaching Team for 2015

Team Manager U18/17’s

I am pleased to announce that Steve Bate of Chester RFU will be manager of the U18 & U17 squads for this coming season.  Steve has significant experience of coaching at Chester & is club secretary.

The coaching squad is to be confirmed but Mark Dean (Caldy RFC), Rhys Hayes of Calday Grammar School & Chester RFU, Lee Pickles (Lymm High School) & Jack Leach (Sandbach RFC) will hopefully join us.

Len Davies (Lymm HS & RFU England North) is developing our coaching strategy and brings great experience of county rugby.  If any coaches are interested in working with the County Squads pls contact Len.  The county is very keen to help coaches develop and has assisted a number with the attainment of Level 3 qualifications.

Cheshire says a big thank you to Simon Verbickas; who has been Lead Coach for the past four years and is now 1st Team coach at Caldy RFC.  Also to Gareth Davies who steps down as Manager of the U18 squad.

We will work closely with the schools & clubs in the County to ensure both a fair and representative selection of players is seen.

Up coming Events

June: nomination forms will be sent to Club Junior Section officials & Sports Teachers at our schools.

August:   We will run a Development Day for players who have been involved in County U16 & U17 squads.  We will also  arrange a warm-up fixture with an adjascent county.

September:  Trials will be held in the West on the second Wednesday of the month.  An East versus West Trial is schedule for the 3rd Sunday at a Venue to be agreed.

October:  The selected squad will meet on each Monday (6pm start) for squad training and a warm up fixture again to be arranged.

Half Term: The first games will be played either Sunday and the final game in mid November.

All details will be posted on this site as they are confirmed RFU England(North).

All contact details will be posted in the next weeks.

Denis Mahony

Chair of Youth

Cheshire RFU

Tel: 07979527977




Cheshire U13s – Straight to Squad


SEASON 2015-16



The following boys are selected “straight to squad” for season 2015-16 and are not required for re-assessment.

The players listed below have been selected on their development progress during the season and performance during the recent U13 Inter District Day.

Cheshire (Central) Cheshire (East) Cheshire (West)
Oliver Wynn Harris Fischwick James Kelly
Max Lindsay Jack Mayfield George McCann
Sid Smith James Warr Austin Dalby
Ike McCormick Murray Redpath Matthew Kendal
Joseph Stewart Oliver  Leatherbarrow Ross Ward
Ewan Murphy Thomas Roberts Luca Longman
Edward Vita Seb Walker Maddison Barber
Jamie Catto Elliot Gourlay Geoff Kelly
Joseph Simon Joe White Dylan Bevan-Jones
Paddy Smith Leo Swarbrick Joe Gawith
George Dray Max Gilbert George Nugent
Harry Sheil Noah Cripps Adam Spence
Patrick Hetherington Ben Way
Scott Clarke
Cameron Mercer
Charlie Jones
Matthew Hassall

Well done to those players !!

All other players need to be re-nominated for re-assessment. Details of this process will be announced in early July. Nominations need to be selective, and those players must have the qualities required to perform at this level. For season 2015-16, we are looking for a squad of up to 40 players in each District.


Nick Hughes
Cheshire RFU
U13/U14 Development
0783 430 7556

Clubs by District

Please click below for a list of Clubs by District

 Cheshire Clubs by district