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:

BOYS PATHWAY

GIRLS PATHWAY

SELECTION PROCESS

GIRLS

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

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.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

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)

CONTACTS

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

Boys: Kai Hang Fung – [email protected]

Girls: Samantha Feausi – [email protected]

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