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Match Day Rugby Challenge v Bayonne

Read about High Wycombe RUFC U10s showcasing their skills at the half-time of our game against Bayonne

You might have noticed something different during the half-time of our victory in the Amlin European Challenge Cup against Aviron Bayonnais on 13th December, as we provided a Contact Rugby demonstration instead of the usual Tag Rugby Challenge.

For this midweek game we welcomed 16 x U10s Community Partner Club High Wycombe RUFC to showcase their developing contact rugby skills in front of over 4,000 people.

So what's different between Adult Rugby U10s Rugby?
U10s rugby is very similar to seniors rugby, with Lineouts, Scrums, Rucks, Mauls and Tackles all taking place; albeit with a few the game is usually 9-a-side, with 3 "forwards", instead of 15-a-side with 8 "forwards".

  • In the scrum, the maximum "shove" is 1.5m, and if it wheels beyond 45 degrees, the team in possession gets another opportunity to put the ball into the scrum.
  • In the lineout, no lifting or supporting of a jumping player is allowed
  • No hand-offs are allowed
  • No kicking is allowed

The format of U10s rugby is currently under review by the RFU, following the Shaping the Game changes that have been impemented in most counties for U7s, U8s and U9s.

Following the demonstration, our Community Rugby Coach (and game referee) Ben Smiley told "There was a really high intensity during the game, and all of the players rose to the occasion of playing at Adams Park Stadium. Both teams produced some very strong tackling and hard running; and towards the end of the game, some desperate defence. However, in the end, High Wycombe Gold's came back to draw 1 - 1 with the last play of the game."


For information or availability of our half-time activities, click here, or contact the London Wasps Community Team on 01494 531122.