Puppies is a participation based program for 3-5 year olds.

It’s high on fun and activity and a great way to introduce some of the basic concepts of rugby in the lead up to Under 6.


See the below table for an outline of each age group from U6 to U12.

For more details on each age group, please go to the coaching resources page.

  U6 U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12
Game Style Small-Sided Games 7-a-side Tag 7-a-side Tackle 10-a-side-Tackle 12-a-side Tackle 15-a-side Tackle
Skills Focus Evasion & Tag
Tag & Pass
Scoring Tries
Kick in General Play
Contested Scrum & Line-out
Positional Awareness
Playing Area 1/4 field
(40m x 25m)
1/2 field
(60m x 35m)
Full field less 10m width
(100m x 60m)
Full field
(100m x 70m)
Playing Time 2x small-sided games
2x10min tag game
2x15min 2x15min 2x15min 2x20min 2x25min