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Development Model (Under 6s to Under 7s)

What is the Small Blacks Development Model?

Coaching (Under 6s to Under 7s)

Laws (Under 6s to Under 7s)

Development Model

(Under 6s to Under 7s)

School Year
Age Grade

Numbers on Field  7  7

These numbers are maximums. If a team doesn’t have enough players to start a game, they lose the game, but a game should then be played with equal numbers.

Field Size  1/2  1/2 ½ = goal to 10m (across the field). Portable goalposts are recommended. The NZRU recommend portable posts by POWA PRODUCTS. Full size posts on one touchline need to have bolsters on them.
Try  5pts  5pts If score blow-outs are occurring (ie 35+ at halftime), both coaches MUST meet and come to an agreement as to how they can generate a more even contest. Try = 5 pts.
Conversion  -  -  None.
Ball Size   2 1/2   2 1/2
Tackle Rip Rip  
Subs  Only at half time  Only at half time There are no rolling subs. All players must play a half game. Reserves go on at halftime. Also applies to representative games.
Kick-off Free Pass Free Pass
Penalty  Free Pass  Free Pass  
 No  No  
Length of Game  2 x 20  2 x 20 These are maximums.
Scrums  No  No None  
Lineout  No No None


What is the Small Blacks Development Model? 

Small Blacks Rugby has been designed to help players develop their





What is the Small Blacks Development Model?

Small Blacks rugby has been designed to help players develop their rugby skills as their physical ability develops, making the game as simple and safe as possible for all Kiwi children, regardless of their age, shape or size. The new Small Blacks Development Model has been developed to ensure that there is a consistency of playing, coaching and player welfare at all levels throughout the country, and is a great way of getting children involved in a team sport.

The model has been designed to ensure that all children who graduate from the Small Blacks programme have the best possible skill set to take them through their rugby career - who knows, today's Small Black may one day go on to become an All Black or Black Fern.


Coaching (Under 6s to Under 7s)

For coaching information including skills and drills for the Under 6s to Under 7s age groups visit


Laws (Under 6s to Under 7s)

To view the rugby laws for the Under 6s to Under 7s age groups go to the Laws section of this website