National Age Grade (NAG)

National Age Grade (NAG)

National Age Grade (NAG) is a player centered, development driven, competition supported programme. It is used to identify & monitor junior elite players (both boys & girls) at U14, U16 & U19 age grades. Players are developed in all aspects of their ‘rugby self’ over the course of three phases throughout the year:

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.

HKRU Pathways

National Age Grade is the foundation from which player’s progress through the HKRU Pathways, as shown below:





The U14 Girls are nominated by clubs. Trials then take place with players selected based on the criteria listed below. U16 & U19 girls must train and compete in the Girls Youth Championship in order to be invited to join the NAG programme.



Boys are selected from the Colts Youth Premiership for the National Age Grade Programme. The Colts Youth Premiership runs over 10 weeks prior to National Age Grade with NAG Coaches observing all matches. Players are selected based on the criteria listed below.



Players are selected for the NAG squads based on two main criteria;

  • Ability to demonstrate core skills (catch, pass, tackle, contact area, evasion)
  • Demonstrated behaviours (attitude and coachability)


For further information regarding National Age Grade programmes, please contact:

Boys: Kai Hang Fung – [email protected]

Girls: Samantha Feausi – [email protected]

U17 Youth Sports Exchange Tour

Manila, Philippines
22nd August to 26th August 2019

26 excited U17 ladies flew out of Chek Lap Kok airport to Manila on 22nd August, for the U17s Youth Sports Exchange Tour.

The five-day tour filled the girls' time with learning sessions including self-hydration levels checking, healthy snack choices challenge, balanced meal and nutrition talk, using light yoga and meditation to aid with sleep, injury management and taping injuries workshop, as well as skills training and pitch sessions.

They also had a chance to pay a visit to Tuloy Charity Foundation, where the girls were given a tour of the facilities of the orphanage and had a combined training session with the Tuloy Girls Touch Rugby team. Before departing to Hong Kong, the U17 team had a combined training session with 15 young girls from the Philippines Rugby Union. The session format was based all around a series of small sided games which encouraged everyone to be active and get involved.

CLICK HERE for full NAG U17 Girls Tour report