National Age Grade (NAG)

National Age Grade (NAG)

The National Age Grade Programme (NAG), running from November - April, is at the heart of the Junior Performance Programme (JPP). The New Year's Day Youth Tournament and Showcase Sevens, held over the weekend of the Hong Kong Sevens, ensure competitive fixtures after completion of the first and second stage of NAG. A 3 day residential 7s camp, hosted at the Hong Kong Institute of Sport and run by their Elite 7s coaches, completes the NAG Programme for the U14 & U16 Boys and Girls.

For the U19 Boys and Girls the junior performance programme continues year round with participation in Boys U19 Asia Qualifiers (DEC) & World Rugby U20 Trophy (SEP) along with U20s Asian Sevens Series for both boys and girls (JUL-AUG).
Strength and Conditioning sessions, delieved at the unions High Performance Centre helps prepare players for International competitions and Senior Club Rugby,

​GIRLS NAG PROGRAM 2017-18



U14 Girls

Players are nominated into the U14 program based on our selection criteria (listed below). The NAG U14 program will be based on the FUNdamentals of rugby development; we are looking for girls that are athletic, who have the potential to develop into a rugby player in the future. Approximately 50 players will be selected for Phase 1, and 35 for phase 2.


U16 & U19 NAG Girls

All U16 & U19 NAG girls must train and compete in the Girls Youth Championship 2017-18, and should be playing regular club / school rugby. Players will be invited from the GYC into the NAG program selection phase in November (this will replace nominations). Within these age groups we are looking at players becoming more proficient at the rugby skills as well as position specifics within the game.
All U16 & U19 players will participate in regular Strength & Conditioning programs, based on education as well as development in speed, agility and quickness.
NAG U16 & U19 - Approximately 35 players will be selected for Phase 1& phase 2 in each age group.



Players will be selected into the HKRU Girls NAG squads based on the following criteria;

  • Potential rugby skill ability
  • Potential athletic rugby ability
  • Attitude at training and coachability
  • Commitment to training sessions and competition throughout program
  • Commitment and development within the strength & conditioning program
  • Adherence to all medical protocols


Rugby Specific Selection Criteria;

  • Handling skills (catch / pass)
  • Contact area (ball carrying into contact / evasion skills)
  • Tackling


New Year’s Day

U14 team – 2 HK based teams within NAG will compete against each other
U16 team – 2 HK based teams will compete against each other on NYD. These 2 teams will comprise of selected NAG players, and some additional players from GYC who will be invited to come and train specifically for NYD from mid-Dec.
U19 team – will play against an overseas team.


U14 Program Dates:
Nov 6th – Dec 13th - Phase 1
Dec 13th-1st Jan – NYD squad training sessions
Feb 5th – April 8th – Phase 2 (7s focus)


U16 Program Dates:
Nov 13th – Dec 13th - Phase 1
Dec 13th-1st Jan – NYD squad training sessions
Feb 5th – April 8th – Phase 2 (7s focus)
HKSI Camp – April ( April 14-15th)


U19 Program Dates:
Nov 13th – Dec 13th & Jan 8th – 20th Jan - Phase 1 (15s focus)
Dec 13th- 1st Jan – NYD squad training sessions
Feb 5th – April 8th – Phase 2 (7s focus)
HKSI Camp – April (14-15th April)


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