The GO Rugby Rules
GO Rugby UK Men’s Grades
1) Vets - Men 30+ competative (Full World Rugby Laws, no Red or Gold Shorts)
2) Golden Oldies 40s - 40+ (GO Rugby Laws)
3) Golden Oldies 50s - 50+ (GO Rugby Laws)
4) Walking Rugby - 40+ (Walking Rugby Laws)
GO Rugby UK Junior Grades
1) Under 9s boys, Under 9s girls - 7-a-side
2) Under 11s boys, Under 11s girls - 7-a-side
3) Under 13s boys, Under 13s girls - 7-a-side
GO Rugby UK Women’s Grades
1) Vets - 28+ competative (Full World Rugby Laws, no Red or Gold Shorts)
2) Golden Oldies - 28+ social (GO Rugby Laws, no Red or Gold Shorts)
GO Rugby UK Mixed Grades
1) Mixed Ability - 18+ (International Mixed Ability Rugby Laws)
2) Touch - 14+ (International Touch Fedaration Laws)
3) Golden Oldies Mixed - 35+ (GO Rugby Laws)
In addition to choosing a grade, teams will be requested to provide information on their playing standard, experience, playing ethos, spread of the ages within their team and an estimate of the average age of players. This will influence the fixtures a team plays within their grade.
All games will be played to the GO Rugby Laws unless otherwise stated in the grades above (and law variations below.
Golden Oldies Law Variations
All scrums are uncontested, except in the Premier grade where full World Rugby Laws apply.
There are no quick lineouts. A lineout must consist of 8 players. There is no lifting permitted except in the Premier grade where full World Rugby Laws apply.
A player may only kick when inside their own team’s 22 metre area except in the Premier grade where full World Rugby Laws apply.
There are to be no quick tap kicks, but players from the offending side must quickly retire 10 metres from the mark. Except in the Premier grade where full World Rugby Laws apply.
Unlimited substitutions permitted at any time and a player substituted earlier may return to the game at any time.
Tackles, rucks and mauls
No cleaning out. No vigorous counter rucking or reckless driving into tackles, rucks and mauls. Except in the Premier Grade.
Red shorts or bibs
Not to be tackled to the ground or pushed off their feet. Must be "claimed and held". Must pass to a player not in red or gold shorts.
Gold shorts or bibs
Not to be tackled or touched. May run with the ball for up to 15 metres before passing the ball. Must pass to a player not in red or gold shorts.
Mixed Ability Law Variations
IMAS do not specify an exact ratio of facilitators to disabled players, but in the Spirit of the Game wherever possible a fair and equal balance of around 50% is preferable. This will be reflected in scores awarded for the Spirit of Mixed Ability Rugby Trophy and given by Match Officials.
15 a-side Rugby Union (extra facilitators who do not actively take part in the game can support players with profound needs on a one to one basis, these facilitators will wear a high visibility vest to stand out as a non-player).
Full contact managed by the referee and the players involved Full sized pitch.
Flexible, according to the needs and requirements of the teams involved and following the agreement of both teams and the match officials before the game starts.
Everyone can score
Every player can score tries.
No conversions or Penalty Kicks
VSL recruits referees in conjunction with the local governing body (LGB). Teams are encouraged to include referees in their group who must register with VSL as a Golden Oldies referee and adhere to any conditions set by the LGB.