Competition Rules - West Harbour Rugby Pirates

Section One: Competition Rules 1 SECTION ONE Competition Rules Rule 1 Meaning And Definitions Of Terms ___ 2
Rule 2 Laws And Regulations Of The Game ___ 3
Rule 3 The Competition And Admission ___ 3
Rule 4 Player Registration ___ 3
Rule 5 Colts ___ 4
Rule 6 Overseas Players ___ 4
Rule 7 Premiership Points System ___ 5
Rule 8 Method Of Conducting Competition ___ 7
Rule 9 Venue Facilities ___ 7
Rule 10 Match Filming ___ 8
Rule 11 Players Uniform ___ 8
Rule 12 Footballs ___ 9
Rule 13 Grounds Unfit For Play ___ 9
Rule 14 Abandonment Of Match ___ 10
Rule 15 Appointment Of Referees ___ 10
Rule 16 Appointment Of Touch Judges ___ 11
Rule 17 Coaches ___ 11
Rule 18 Match Timings ___ 11
Rule 19 Forfeits ___ 12
Rule 20 Replacement Of Players / Reserves ___ 13
Rule 21 Uncontested Scrums ___ 13
Rule 22 Attendants ___ 14
Rule 23 Temporary Suspension ___ 14
Rule 24 Judiciary ___ 15
Rule 25 Players Sent Off The Field ___ 15
Rule 26 Tolerable Levels Of Established Offences ___ 16
Rule 27 Misconduct Of Participants And Spectators ___ 16
Rule 28 Citings ___ 16
Rule 29 Protests ___ 16
Rule 30 Appeals Tribunal ___ 17
Rule 31 Disqualified, Suspended Or Unqualified Persons ___ 17
Rule 32 Match Results And Team Lists ___ 17
Rule 33 Finals Series ___ 18
Rule 34 ASADA ___ 21
Rule 35 Anti-Corruption ___ 21
Rule 36 Contravention Of Playing Rules ___ 21
Rule 37 Alteration Of Playing Rules ___ 21
Rule 38 Application Of Playing Rules .

Section One: Competition Rules 2 RULE 1 MEANING AND DEFINITIONS OF TERMS In these rules: “Appointments Board” means the Referees Appointments Board appointed by the NSW Referees’ Selection Panel. “Board” means the Sydney Rugby Union Board or any Committee to which it has delegated its authority. “Chief Executive Officer (CEO)” means the Executive Director of NSWRU or his nominee, until such time a Chief Executive Officer of the Sydney Rugby Union is appointed. “Club” means one of the clubs approved by the Board to participate in the Premiership Competition.

Colt” means any player, being under the age of twenty (20) years on December 31st of the year prior to the year of the Competition who plays in Colts 1, 2 or 3.

Competition" means the Grade and Colts Competition conducted by the Union. “Established offence” any matter found guilty after a participant has been sent off or cited. “Indebted” means financially indebted as legally defined and supported by appropriate documentation. “WR” means the World Rugby. “Judicial Committee” means the Judicial Committee appointed by the NSW Rugby Union and endorsed by the Sydney Rugby Union.

Match Day Controller” means the club official notified by each Club to the Union pursuant to the “Operations Manual”. “Minor Premiership Series” means the rounds of the Competition referred to in Rule 8. “Operations Manual” means the Premiership Operations Manual that is provided separately to each Club prior to the commencement of Competition matches. “Participant” means player, referee, touch judge, or other match official, selector, coach, trainer, manager or other team official, or an individual involved in the organisation, administration or promotion of Rugby Football including a director, other officer or employee of the ARU, of any Member Union or Affiliated Union, or of any Rugby Union Club or other body in membership with or affiliated to a Member Union or Affiliated Union.

Representative Duties” means International Test matches, International A matches, Super Rugby Matches, International 7s tournaments and National U20 representative matches. As well as matches for other international Unions.

Residence” means the place or location in which a player has his primary and permanent home and Resident shall be construed accordingly. “The Union” means Sydney Rugby Union (SRU).

Section One: Competition Rules 3 RULE 2 LAWS AND REGULATIONS OF THE GAME 2.1 Matches shall be played in accordance with the Laws of the Game of Rugby Football and the rulings thereon as recognised by the Australian Rugby Union. 2.2 Colts 3 matches shall be played under the Australian Under 19 Law Variations 2.3 All members, players, officials, clubs and affiliates are bound by the regulations relating to the Game as promulgated by World Rugby from time to time in addition to the laws of the game and the competition rules and must inform themselves of these principles and regulations and comply with them.

RULE 3 THE COMPETITION AND ADMISSION 3.1 The Board in its absolute discretion may invite Clubs to apply for admission and in its absolute discretion may admit Clubs to the Competition. Any application for admission must be lodged with the Chief Executive Officer by such date and in the form and supported by such information as may be prescribed from time to time by the Union.

3.2 A Club entering teams in the Competition conducted by the Union in one year shall not be entitled as of right to enter teams in this Competition in the following year and the Board is entitled in its absolute discretion to refuse the application of any Club to enter teams in any competition conducted by the Union without assigning any reason. 3.3 The Board is entitled to approve the application of a Club and admit the Club to the Competition on specified terms and conditions as determined by the Board in its absolute discretion and may by resolution cancel the right of a Club to participate in the Competition if in the opinion of the Board a Club has not complied with any of such terms and conditions.

Provided always that the General Manager of the relevant Club must be given at least seven days written notice of a meeting of the Board at which a resolution pursuant to this rule is proposed to be put, and such Club shall have the opportunity to give either orally or in writing, an explanation or produce such evidence as may be relevant.

3.4 All Clubs will be required to pay an affiliation fee of $5,000 for participation in the Competition. The fee will be collected from the ARU grant to each Club. RULE 4 PLAYER REGISTRATION 4.1 Clubs must register each player participating in the Competition prior to the commencement of the player’s first Competition match. 4.2 A player must be eighteen years of age to participate in the Competition. Exceptions to this rule will only apply in line with the requirements and procedures outlined in the Australian Rugby Union Senior Rugby Policy. See section 3 for more information.

4.3 The Competition registration process is as follows: (a) Each player provides to his Club proof of identity with one of the following types of photo identification: i.

Current driver’s licence ii. Current passport iii. Current NSW Photo Card (b) Once ID is established, each player completes the ARU Membership Form or the approved online equivalent and Premiership Points System Assessment Sheet, and the responsible Club official properly completes and counter signs the forms. (c) The Club then enters each player’s details on-line on the approved registration system.

4.4 Clubs are responsible for all players being properly registered. 4.5 Players shall not be registered with more than one senior club at a time. A Club found guilty of playing a player who is currently registered with another senior club will be liable for loss of four competition points, and/or suspension from the competition, and/or a fine. A player

Section One: Competition Rules 4 found to be in breach of this rule will be liable for suspension or expulsion from the competition. 4.6 Applications for transfer from one Competition Club to another, or from one Union to another, shall be forwarded to the Competition Manager, together with a written release from relevant rugby bodies from which the player wishes to transfer.

A player shall not be eligible for transfer if he has outstanding obligations under the terms of a written and enacted agreement with a Union, rugby body or club. Should a player without a current written agreement be transferring between a Premiership and or NSW Suburban Club between seasons he will not require written permission from his current club and or the Competition Manager.

4.7 In the event of a dispute, proof of a written agreement must be supplied to the Competition Manager within two business days of the request. Failure to do so will result in the transfer being processed as per the player’s instructions. 4.8 Players wishing to transfer between Premiership Clubs must do so before the commencement of round seven. After the commencement of round seven the player will not be transferred without the consent of the current club. In cases where the transfer is permitted the player’s premiership player points value will be doubled (for current season only). Note: Club to double points player worth at their Club then minus any applicable discounts.

4.9 Contravention of any of the player registration rules may bring a fine of $100 and/or possible loss of competition points. RULE 5 COLTS 5.1 Any colt, being under the age of twenty (20) years on December 31st of the year prior to the year of the Competition, subject to complying with Rule 4 and 7, shall be eligible to play in Colts 1, 2 and 3. 5.2 Clubs entering players in the grades listed in 5.1 must prove to their satisfaction the eligibility of the players to participate. Failure to confirm the eligibility will make the club and/or player subject to suspension and/or penalty. RULE 6 OVERSEAS PLAYERS This Rule has been removed, effective as of the commencement of season 2010.

Section One: Competition Rules 5 RULE 7 PREMIERSHIP POINTS SYSTEM 7.1 Player points are allocated on the following basis: Category Criteria Points A A player who has played a 15 a side test for a Tier 1 international Union 20 B A player who has at least five Super rugby or Heineken Cup caps or; Has played 15 a side for a tier two Pacific Island international Union (i.e. Fiji, Samoa, Tonga) 16 C A player who holds a current Super Rugby contract or; A player who has played (i.e. taken the field): in 50 or more 1st grade games in NSW Premiership competition (in total across any clubs) or; more than 50% of the 1st Grade games at a different Premiership Club in 2016 Australian age representative (U20) in 2015 or 2016 or; A player who has at least five SANZAR Union 1st division provincial championship (e.g.

ITM Cup or Currie Cup) caps from the 2015 or 2016 season or; Aviva (formerly Guinness) Premiership, RaboDirectPro12 (formerly Magners League), French top 14, Amlin Challenge (formerly European Challenge) Cup or LV (formerly Anglo Welsh) Cup in 2015 or 2016.

10 D A player who holds a current Australian 7s contract or; Australian schoolboy representative in 2015 and or 2016; A player who has played; between 35 and 49 1st grade games in the Premiership competition (in total across any Clubs) or; more than 50% of the Colts 1 games at a different Premiership Club in 2016 6 E A player who is not an Australian Citizen, AND was not a resident in Australia during both 2015 AND 2016 OR a player who has played Division 1 at the Australian Schoolboys championships in 2016 4 F All other players 2 G Any player who plays 1st Grade for the last placed team in 2017 who then plays for another club in 2018 will automatically have a Premiership Points System loading of 20 points.

In this instance alone, a 1st Grade player is someone who plays eight (8) 1st Grade games in the regular season.

20 7.2 Discounts Type Description Family Up to 5 points for new players to the club (in their first year only) for : o siblings of existing players that played the previous season with the club or o sons of past players Local One point per year discount for players who have: o previously played with the club or o previously played with a local junior club between U10 - Open Long Service Discount for Category A, B, C or D: o a player who has played 150 club games or given 8 years’ service will be valued at two points with no further discount available Experience Discount for Category A, B or C players (up to a maximum of five points) of one point per year each year they have been out of international union or Super competition representation.

Age Any player who is 35 years of age or older on January 1st is a Category F 2 point player, provided that the player has previously played with the club. There is no further discount available.

6 7.3 Guidelines 7.3.1 The points system applies to 1st & 2nd grade, and colts 1 and colts 2 7.3.2 A points cap applies to all players taking the field in each grade: 7.3.2.1 Australian Schoolboy representative players, including Australia ‘A” (current or former) will not be eligible for Colts 3. Applications for dispensation from this rule may be sought from the competition manager.

7.3.3 Players must be categorised at the highest level at which they have played 7.3.4 Points are not cumulative throughout a season – each player is only indexed at one level as of 1st January 7.3.5 Discounts are not cumulative – only one type of discount may apply to a player. Where a player may be eligible for different types of discounts, Clubs should apply the highest discount available to the player 7.3.6 Discounts cannot index players below 50% of their points 7.3.7 For the purposes of long service discount a minimum of eight rounds must be played to constitute a season. NB Representative seasons will count towards long service discounts.

7.4 Tier 1 International Unions Argentina, Australia, England, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Wales 7.4.1 Category A and B players as well as current or former contracted Australian 7s players are only eligible to play 1st and 2nd Grade except: Players who are not currently contracted and did not perform any International and or Super duties in the preceding season, are eligible for any grade and/or Colts (subject to Colts eligibility). 7.4.1 (a) Players with current SuperRugby contracts can only play 1st Grade. 7.5 Sanctions 7.5.1 If a Club breaches this rule by exceeding the cap permitted in 7.3.2, in any one Competition Round, the penalty will be the loss of five competition points and the respective Club Championship points for each grade or each of the grades in which the breach occurred irrespective of the result of the match or matches.

7.5.2 If a form is incorrectly completed or provides false or misleading information regarding a player’s category or discount under rules 7.1 or 7.2 above, the Club and or player will be referred to the CEO and may be asked to appear before the Judiciary. 7.5.2.1 Clubs found guilty by the Board of exploiting the rules under rule 7 may have competition points deducted and or suffer further penalty as determined by the Board. 7.5.3 In the Finals Series the penalty shall be automatic forfeiture of the match or matches in which the breach occurred, irrespective of the result of the match or matches.

Grade Points Colts Points 1st grade 100 Colts 1 40 2nd grade 60 Colts 2 35

7 RULE 8 METHOD OF CONDUCTING COMPETITION 8.1 The Competition will be conducted over such grades as the Board shall determine. A draw will be made setting out the matches, venues and dates of each of the respective grades and copies will be forwarded to Competition Clubs by the Union. Any draw may be varied at the discretion of the Board, and due written notice will be given to all affected clubs. 8.2 Ladder points will be awarded in a competition table for each grade on the following basis: Win 4 Draw 2 Bonus point - 4 tries or more 1 Loss by seven or less 1 Loss by more than seven 0 Forfeit (28 For - 0 Against) 5 Bye 0 In the event of two or more Clubs being equal on Competition points at the conclusion of the minor premiership competition, the Minor Premiership or any position in the respective competition table will be finalised by applying the following sequence: 1.

The most number of wins; 2. The least number of losses; 3. The highest positive difference between actual points scored ‘for’ and points scored ‘against’ 4. The highest points scored ‘for 5. The highest number of tries 6. The least number of proven offenses as determined by the judiciary for that grade in that season 7. If at the end of this process two teams are still equal a playoff shall be conducted prior to the commencement of the finals series 8.3 There will be a Sydney Club Championship conducted for Clubs competing in all of the Grade and Colts Competitions.

The Sydney Club Championship shall be determined by multiplying the total ladder points (as per 8.2 above) secured by each team by the following numbers: Shute Shield points x 15 Colin Caird Shield points x 8 W. McMahon Memorial Shield points x 6 J. R. Henderson Shield points x 5 Henderson Cup points x 4 Shell Trophy points x 3 Bill Simpson Shield points x 2 There will be a Colts Club Championship conducted for Clubs competing in the Colts Competitions. The Colts Club Championship shall be determined by multiplying the total ladder points (as per 8.2 above) secured by each Colts team by the respective numbers.

In the event of two or more Clubs being equal in points, they shall be declared Joint Club Champions.

RULE 9 VENUE FACILITIES 9.1 Playing Enclosure 9.1.1 Where a fully enclosed playing arena is being used for a match, the host club shall ensure that the spectators remain outside the playing arena. 9.1.2 Where the playing arena is not fully enclosed, the host club shall provide ropes or barriers for the control of spectators, erected a minimum distance of five metres from each touch line, or where not possible, as far from the touch line as practicable. 9.1.3 To further ensure the effectiveness of ropes, clubs shall set supporting stakes on both sides of the playing fields to avoid spectators encroaching onto the field of play.

9.1.4 Notwithstanding the requirements of the playing rules, home clubs shall ensure that, with the exception of the four persons attending to the players on the field as allowed in Rule 22, all other persons including coaches, shall remain outside the playing area bounded by the ropes or enclosure. Reserves may be permitted to be seated within the playing area at venues where the boundaries of the enclosure hinder the efficient running of the match.

8 9.1.5 The referee may elect to abandon or not start a match where the above criteria have not been met.

In the event of such action being taken by the referee, the host club shall be deemed to have forfeited the match. 9.2 Ground Conditions 9.2.1 The host Club shall ensure that the ground shall be dressed in accordance with the Laws of the Game, including all flag posts. All four goal post uprights shall be fitted with protective pads. 9.2.2 Any objection by either team about the ground or the way in which it is marked out must be made to the referee before the match starts. If teams cannot agree as to the safety of the ground the referee will decide whether the game may begin. If there is any doubt as to the safety of the ground the referee will not allow the game to begin until the ground has been made safe.

9.2.3 Home clubs shall ensure that objects such as cricket pitches or in ground watering systems are properly covered for the safety of players. 9.2.4 Grounds should have adequate toilet, change room and shower facilities in close proximity to the playing field. 9.3 First Aid 9.3.1 At each match the host club shall supply the following as per ARU safety directives: (a) a stretcher, preferably a scoop stretcher and cervical collar; (b) a medical room equipped with adequate lighting, running water, first aid equipment and a telephone (c) a fully equipped first aid kit; (d) a person with a current spinal injury management qualification NB the concussion rule does not apply in Premiership Rugby.

Players with suspected concussion must be removed from the game and may not return. 9.3.2 At each match each club shall supply the following: (a) a fully qualified physiotherapist 9.4 Match Day Controller 9.4.1 At each match the home club shall supply a clearly identifiable Match Day Controller (wearing either the bib or lanyard provided by the Union) who shall be considered a match official for the duration of the day.

9.5 It shall be the duty of opposing clubs and/or referees to report any infringement of Rule 9, which will carry a fine of $100 and/or loss of competition points RULE 10 MATCH FILMING 10.1 The home club shall ensure ALL matches are filmed and copies are provided to opposition clubs after each match (unless previously agreed by opposition) on the day of the match, and other bodies as per the Union’s requirements, as well as abiding by match analysis processes which may be updated during the course of a season. 10.2 Contravention of Rule 10.1 will bring a fine of $500 without right of appeal.

RULE 11 PLAYERS UNIFORM 11.1 Alterations to playing strip designs are to be submitted to the Union for approval no less than six weeks prior to the start of the Competition. Playing strip designs must include a nominated logo or mark to specifications directed by the Union on the right hand sleeve of the 1st Grade playing jersey.

11.1.1 Clubs wishing to play in a special event jersey must submit notice, including a picture, to the opposition and the Union no less than two weeks prior to the match. Approval must be given by the Union for the special event jersey to be worn. 11.2 It shall be the responsibility of each Club to ensure that its players appear in its Club’s uniform, that is, jersey, shorts, long socks of the club colours, boots or shoes and any approved sponsor’s logo as per

9 World Rugby Regulations. Exceptions to the size and number of sponsors’ logos are permitted provided they do not detract from the essential character and integrity of a Player’s Rugby Union kit.

11.3 Each jersey shall be numbered clearly in accordance with the program relative to that match, with no duplication of numbers on the playing field at any time. 11. 4 Where the Union identifies a clash of colours, the away club will be required to adopt suitable alternate jerseys for their Shute Shield team only. In any finals series match it shall be the team that finishes lower on the competition table that shall adopt suitable alternate jerseys. 11.5 It shall be the duty of the opposing clubs and/or referees to report any infringement of these rules which will carry a fine of $500 for each occasion.

RULE 12 FOOTBALLS 12.1 It shall be the responsibility of the home Club to provide three serviceable Gilbert Revolution footballs for every match in progress.

12.2 The extra footballs shall be on each touch line for the duration of the match to avoid time loss when the match ball goes out of play. 12.3 It shall be the duty of opposing clubs and/or referees to report any infringement of rule 12, which will carry a fine of $50 for each infringement. 12.4 The Union reserves the right to issue sponsored footballs for use in any match as directed by the Union. RULE 13 GROUNDS UNFIT FOR PLAY 13.1 If the scheduled venue for a match is likely to be or found to be unfit for play in the week leading up to the match, the home team shall notify the Union and the visiting club not later than 12:00 pm (noon) on the day preceding the match (or Friday in the event of a Sunday match) and; 13.1.1 Arrange a suitable alternative venue for the match; or 13.1.2 If one cannot be found, play the match at a nominated ground of the opposing club; or 13.1.3 If that ground is unfit for play, the match will be played on or before the - Sunday of the following round.

Should any final round matches be deferred then these must be played prior to the semi finals.

13.1.3 (a) In the event that some but not all matches in a fixture are to be postponed the priority will be to keep scheduled groups together (e.g. grade or colts) unless otherwise agreed by the clubs involved. 13.2 Should a dispute arise between the two clubs in relation to these arrangements, the matter shall be referred immediately to the Competition Manager who shall decide upon the most appropriate action to be taken in the matter. 13.3 In the event of Rule 13.1.2 being applied, the corresponding match in Round 2 (if applicable) will remain as per the competition draw.

13.4 The NSWRU website will be updated every Friday evening with changes to the scheduled program.

It shall be the responsibility of clubs and players to familiarise themselves with the information on this service, especially with respect to changes to fixtures and venues. 13.5 Notwithstanding Rule 13, the Competition Manager can at their discretion cancel any complete competition round in advance in the event of bad weather. In this instance the round will be declared a wash-out and no competition points (including Club Championship points and For & Against points) will be awarded to any team in that competition for that round.

13.6 Where any higher grade or grades are not postponed, each club must submit a team list of 15 players to the Union and opposition in each grade being played by midday the day preceding the match, for review and approval by the Union.

10 RULE 14 ABANDONMENT OF MATCH 14.1 The referee may not start a match, or may call full-time at any time before a game’s designated playing time has expired, in any of the following circumstances: (a) In the opinion of the referee, the treatment of or attention to an injured player may make it impossible for the match to continue to its allocated time because of subsequent safety reasons, lack of light, or the prevention of any subsequent matches being played for their allocated time.

(b) The ground has become unplayable as determined by any authority, such as council, or due to its condition being considered, in the opinion of the referee, dangerous in the interests of player safety.

(c) In the opinion of the referee, there has been a disruption that may jeopardise the continuing safe conduct of a match. (d) Consideration of rule 18.5, where a game is shortened to ensure the following game starts on time. (e) Any other reason covered by the Laws of the Game or the Union’s Competition Playing Rules. 14.2 If a game is affected by the circumstances in 14.1, the following designations shall apply. These designations can be determined by the Union subsequent to the match regardless of any terminology used by the referee at the time.

(a) If full-time is called during half-time or when the game is in the second half of the match, the result of the match stands.

(b) If a match is not started, or full-time is called when the game is still in the first half of the match, the match shall be deemed abandoned. 14.3 There are 2 exceptions to rule 14.2: (a) In the case of 14.1(c), when disruption to a match has been deemed to have been caused by actions contrary to the Union’s Competition and Playing Rules by one team or the other, or both, or by their officials and supporters, in which case the Union shall refer the matter to its Judiciary Committee for consideration and any necessary action.

(b) In the case of 18.4, where regardless of how much of the game has been played, a team who is unable field at least 12 players (excluding sin bins) at any stage during the match shall forfeit the match without right of appeal. 14.4 If a minor premiership match is abandoned, the match shall be replayed at a future time and place according to rule 13. 14.5 If a final series match is abandoned, the team which finished highest on the competition ladder of the minor premiership shall be declared the winner. If a grand final match is abandoned the teams shall be declared joint premiers.

RULE 15 APPOINTMENT OF REFEREES 15.1 Each Club must have as registered members the following number of referees: No.

of Teams No. of Referees 15.2 Each member that is nominated as a referee in rule 15.1 may also qualify as a touch judge in rule 16 subject to fulfilling the necessary accreditation requirement. 15.3 In the event of the Referee so appointed not attending within fifteen minutes before the time set down for the match to commence, the Referee from the previous match is the reserve Referee and shall officiate.

15.4 Should the reserve Referee be unable to officiate, a referee shall be appointed by the Home Club for the match and will officiate in the event of the appointed Referee not being in attendance at the time of the commencement of the match. This will also apply in the event of

11 the appointed Referee not being in attendance 15 minutes prior to the time of commencement of the first match of the day. 15.5 Provided that, in the case of any Referee appointed under Rule 15.3, upon the Captains of the opposing teams so agreeing, another Referee may be substituted at any time during the progress of the game.

15.6 In the event of the Referee appointed being unable to continue through illness or injury a substitute SHALL be appointed for the remainder of the game by such Referee, if his injury or illness is of a nature as will enable him to do so.

15.7 Where NSWRU has not appointed a referee, the home Club will provide an accredited referee for all official grades. Please note the requirement of the referee in Rule 31.6. 15.8 The Union has the power to annul a match and order it to be replayed on the grounds of misconduct of the Referee. 15.9 Any club not supplying an accredited referee for a grade when required shall be fined $50 for each offence. RULE 16 APPOINTMENT OF Assistant Referees (AR) 16.1 Each Club must have as registered members the following numbers of Assistant Referees: No. of Teams No. of TJ’s 9 10 8 8 7 8 16.2 Each member that is nominated as an AR in rule 16.1 may also qualify as a referee in rule 15 subject to fulfilling the necessary accreditation requirement.

16.3 In all Minor Premiership matches of the Shute Shield and Colts 1, ARs shall be accredited referees appointed by NSWRU. In all Finals Series matches of all grades, touch judges shall be appointed by NSWRU.

16.4 Where NSWRU has not appointed ARs, each Club will provide an accredited AR for all official grades of both home and away fixtures. Please note the requirement of the touch judge in Rule 31.6. 16.5 Should there only be one AR appointed by the NSWRU it shall be the responsibility of the home club to supply one other accredited AR. 16.6 The accredited AR appointed by a club shall be entitled to report on all aspects of foul play. The club appointed AR must report to the referee prior to the start of the match and present his accreditation; he must be distinguishable as an AR (i.e. not in club colours), and be equipped with a flag.

16.7 Any club not supplying an accredited AR for a grade when required shall be fined $50 for each offence. RULE 17 COACHES 17.1 Each club must ensure that each of its teams is coached by a SmartRugby qualified person. 17.2 Any club and/or team in contravention of Rule 17.1 after May 1st will be liable for a loss of competition points and/or withdrawal from the competition 17.3 With the exception of half time coaches are to remain outside the playing enclosure. RULE 18 MATCH TIMINGS 18.1 The duration of matches and kick off times shall be: Grade Each Half Kick Off Shute Shield 40 mins 3:00pm Colin Caird Shield 40 mins 1:25pm J.

R. Henderson Shield 35 mins 12:00pm Henderson Cup 30 mins 10:45am Colts 1 40 mins 3:00pm Colts 2 35 mins 1:35pm Colts 3 30 mins 12:20pm Kick off times for televised matches shall be determined by the broadcaster. 18.2 During the Minor Premiership time shall be allowed off for injuries in Shute

12 Shield and Colts 1. In all other grades, five minutes of injury time maximum will be allowed in the last five minutes of each match. The referee may use the assistance of a time keeper or AR however the referee’s opinion of time shall prevail. 18.3 Unless otherwise determined by a broadcaster, in Shute Shield matches the interval between halves shall be five minutes to a maximum of ten upon agreements by both the teams and the Referee. In all other grades the interval shall be a maximum of five minutes, unless otherwise determined by the Referee.

18.4 A minimum of 12 players and compliance with rule 21.1 is needed to constitute a team for Competition matches.

Any team unable to field 12 players within 10 minutes of the official kick off time, or at any stage during the match, for whatever reason (excluding sin bins), including send offs, shall forfeit the match without right of appeal. Teams playing against an opposition with less than 15 players are not required to match opposition team numbers. The nonoffending side is to advise the Union of this occurrence.

18.5 Any time lost in commencing a match for whatever reason shall be taken off that match in order that the ensuing matches may commence at the scheduled time. 18.6 Match times, days and venues, except in the event of wet weather, will not be altered less than 10 days prior to the match unless under exceptional circumstances. Any alterations must be with the approval of the opposition clubs and the Competition Manager. RULE 19 FORFEITS 19.1 If a Club is forced to forfeit a match, it shall be the lowest grade(s) representing that Club which shall be forfeited.

19.2 If a club forfeits a grade higher than a grade already played on that day, that club shall be deemed to have forfeited all grades previously played on that day.

However, any point differential greater than 28-0 in favour of the non-forfeiting club will be preserved. 19.3 Each match which shall be forfeited by a Club shall be regarded as having been won by the opposing Club on the day on which the match, but for such forfeit, would have been played. The opposition will receive a forfeit result of 28 – 0 and 5 competition points.

19.4 Clubs that advise the Union and opposition Club that they are forfeiting a grade prior to 12 Noon on the day preceding the match will lose 2 competition points and the corresponding number of club championship points from each forfeited grade. Clubs that inform the Union and opposition club after 12 Noon on the day preceding the match will lose 4 competition points from the competition table of each grade forfeited and the corresponding number of club championship points. The Board will impose a fine of $500.00 per forfeit. The opposition will still receive a forfeit result. 19.5 Any Club which forfeits two or more competition matches in a grade shall be called to appear before the Board.

The Board will impose a fine of $1,000.00 on the Club, and the team will be suspended from the competition, unless the Board is satisfied that there were exceptional mitigating circumstances. Any submission for consideration of the Board must be lodged by the Club within 3 business days of the 2nd forfeit. If a team is withdrawn from the Competition all match points (“For and Against”) in all matches played by that grade shall not be counted, and Competition points shall be cancelled. All opposition Clubs who have played or are to play that grade will receive a forfeit result of 28 – 0 and 5 competition points.

19.5.1 If a Club withdraws prior to the commencement of the competition the Board will impose a fine of $500.00. The matches against that team will be declared a forfeit and the opposition will be awarded a forfeit result.

If more than one Club withdraws a team seven weeks prior to the start of the prior to the commencement of the competition, the gaps in the draw will be filled with a match between the two teams facing a bye.

13 19.6 Any Club that fails to carry out fixtures shall be held liable for the ground costs incurred for the match or matches in addition to any fine incurred, unless the Board deems the explanation satisfactory. 19.7 A club withdrawing a team or teams from the Competition can be subject to action by the Board as per rules 3.3 and 3.4. 19.8 refer to rule 33.1.1 for forfeits in the finals series.

RULE 20 REPLACEMENT OF PLAYERS / RESERVES 20.1 Each Club must submit its list of 15 Shute Shield players to the Union Competition Manager, the Broadcaster and the Competition Program Editor as well as any other bodies as instructed by the Union, by the advised time each Wednesday preceding the match. Any changes to this list of 15 players due to injury or illness must be submitted to the Union competition Manager by 12 Noon Friday preceding the match. A full list of 23 starting and reserve players must be recorded and registered with the Match Day Controller and the opposing team’s Manager by no later than 10 minutes after the commencement of the match.

NO CHANGES to this list are permitted after this time. Coaches and Managers are to make changes and manage their player resources on match day from within the list. Failure to comply with the procedures set out above may result in the offending Club forfeiting the match or losing four (4) competition points. 20.2 Teams are permitted to use fresh reserves as replacements 20.3 Replacement and substitution of players shall be governed by the World Rugby Laws of the Game, with 8 players nominated as replacements/substitutions, 3 front row and five other players as per Law 3.4 (d).

In all Grade and Colts matches except Shute Shield, replacements/substitutions do not have to be nominated before the match but can be determined during the course of the game.

20.3.1 Law 3.15 will not apply to any grade except Henderson Cup and Colts 3, where it applies with the following restrictions: (a) a maximum number of 10 players may be nominated as replacements/substitutions. (b) Laws 3.5 and 3.14 apply. 20.4 Players nominated as reserves (regardless of whether they take the field or not) for Shute Shield are eligible to play the grade match immediately below or Colts 1 (if eligible) if these games are played after Shute Shield matches on any given weekend.

20.4.1 In the event matches are played out of sequence or over more than one day, if a player starts, or is going to start the match in a higher Grade he is no longer eligible to play in a lower Grade or Colts match over the same weekend’s matches. This rule applies similarly for all Grades and Colts matches in the Minor Premiership (including agreed to draw changes and postponed matches due to wet weather) and during the Finals Series. 20.5 Any Club failing to comply with the procedures set out above or the Laws of the Game relating to Number of Players shall be subject to penalty as determined by the Union.

RULE 21 UNCONTESTED SCRUMS 21.1 All teams must have sufficient front row players to play at hooker, tight-head prop and loose-head prop who are suitably trained and experienced to ensure that on the first occasion that a replacement in each front row position is required, the team can continue to play safely with contested scrums. Contravention of this rule will mean that in all grades except Henderson Cup and Colts 3:

14 (a) Should a team not be able to meet this obligation for any reason during a game, then at the point in the match when the front row replacement is required, this team must play with one player fewer than would otherwise be allowed.

(b) Should a team not have three suitably trained front row players to commence a game with contested scrums, then this team must play with one player fewer than would otherwise be allowed. (c) If, subsequently, a qualified front rower becomes available (or returns from either blood-bin or temporary suspension) so that scrums can be contested then that player will be allowed onto the field and the team may return to the appropriate complement of players.

21.2 If neither team has suitably trained front row players to start a game with contested scrums, the arrangements of 21.1 do not apply to the game, even if qualified front rowers subsequently become available. 21.3 Any club which plays uncontested scrums in three or more matches in a particular grade during a season shall be called to appear before, or give a written submission to the Union as a matter of urgency at a time notified by the Union. The Board may take appropriate action against the club in the form of a fine, loss of competition points and/or club championship points, ineligibility for final series, suspension, or withdrawal of that team from the competition.

RULE 22 ATTENDANTS 22.1 No more than two medically trained persons (certified doctors or physiotherapists only) and two water carriers (who must not be a coach of the team concerned) are allowed inside the playing enclosure. Medical attendants may go onto the field as allowed in the Laws of the Game and must retire to the side line after rendering assistance to a player(s). All attendants must adhere to the World Rugby Technical Area / Water Carriers Protocol detailed in section 3 of this operations manual. During all matches, Attendants / Medical Personnel will be required to wear high visibility bibs as supplied or approved by the Union at all times to clearly distinguish who they are and their role as per World Rugby Laws.

The Referee reserves the right to refuse entry to the field of play to any Club personnel not wearing the appropriate bib. 22.2 Attendants shall be permitted to use electronic communication devices. 22.3 All associated match day support staff are to be attired in the minimum standard of Club uniform or strip which should be in bright and or opposing colours to the team. This minimum standard is as follows: Club socks or clean sports socks; rugby shorts or official Club issue cotton shorts which are clearly identifiable; clean and presentable polo or rugby shirt that is common to all on-field attendants; official Club on-field attendants tracksuit or wet weather kit.

All items of uniform or strip are to have no conflicting sponsor signage or logos to the Union’s key product category sponsors.

RULE 23 TEMPORARY SUSPENSION 23.1 Any player temporarily suspended will remain with the No.4 or No. 5 Match Official. If one is not appointed, the player must remain outside the playing enclosure. The No. 4 or No. 5 Match Official shall keep the time period. If one is not appointed, the referee may delegate time keeping to an AR or time keeper, however the referee’s opinion of time shall prevail. No player is permitted to return to the field until the referee has given the player permission to do so. 23.2 The temporary suspension of a player shall be reported on the Fusesport App by both teams and include the reason.

Failure to do so will incur an automatic $100 fine. A club found guilty of failing to report a temporary suspension on the Fusesport App on the second occasion will be referred to the Judiciary and may be liable for a loss of competition points and any other fines or penalties as the Judiciary may see fit to impose. 23.3 Should a player receive three temporary suspensions (i.e. Sin Bins) across any of the Competitions in one season including finals he will be

15 automatically suspended from playing the next Competition round and or match the player is eligible to play. Should the suspended player’s club play against a Club which does not field a team in the suspended player’s grade then the suspension will be incurred for the next round in which the suspended player’s grade has a match. If that player incurs a fifth, and any subsequent, temporary suspension during a season he will be suspended for another competition match and will also be required to attend the Judiciary, which may impose further penalties as it sees fit. Temporary suspensions do not transfer to the next season.

23.4 Should a player who has been suspended on three or more occasions allege that a temporary suspension in any incident was a result of the referee having wrongly identified the player as the offending player (“mistaken identity”), the player’s Club may elect for the player to appear before the Judiciary to have the matter heard. It is the responsibility of the Club to retain all information relating to the incident. Only video evidence will be considered by the Judiciary. RULE 24 JUDICIARY See ARU Disciplinary Rules and Section Two, 2.1 for Judiciary information and procedures.

24.1 The Judiciary shall deal with all protests, disputes, misconduct or other matters stipulated in these Competition Rules, the Code of Conduct or such items referred to it by the Board or the Chief Executive Officer.

24.2 The Judiciary shall meet each Monday at 6:00pm, at the NSWRU offices, Moore Park, unless otherwise notified, or as directed by the Board. RULE 25 PLAYERS SENT OFF THE FIELD 25.1 Players sent off and/or their Club will be supplied with a copy of the Referee’s and where applicable the AR’s report by the Union as soon as possible on the first business day following the sendoff.

25.2 Players sent off the field by the referee, and who are deemed to be eligible by the Competition Manager for an early plea of guilty, can take the option of an automatic penalty and need not attend the Judiciary. 25.3 Players sent off the field by the referee and who are not eligible for an early plea, or opt not to take an early plea, shall present themselves to the Judiciary at the time designated by the Competition Manager on the Monday following the match in which the player was sent off the field. 25.4 In the event that a player is unable to appear before the Judiciary an official of the player’s club and/or their legal practitioner shall either: (a) notify the Union prior to Midday on the Monday, or (b) appear before the Judiciary and furnish an explanation for the player not appearing, and with leave of the Judiciary (which will only be granted in exceptional circumstances) respond on behalf of the player sent off the field, provided clear instructions have been given by such player either orally or in writing as to whether the player pleads guilty or not guilty to the offence and any explanation for such conduct alleged.

25.5 Any player sent off the field shall be suspended until such time as his case has been considered by the Judiciary or dealt with under the automatic penalty provisions of the pre-determined penalty system. 25.6 Should a Participant have an established offence recorded against him by the Judicial Committee, then his Club will be fined $50 without right of appeal, plus any other fines or penalties as the Judiciary may see fit to impose. An established offence means an offence that has been found proven, either by early guilty plea under the pre-determined penalty system or by the Judicial Committee, after a Participant has been sent off the field or cited.

25.7 Should a player or an official of the player’s club fail to appear or provide an explanation on or before the said Monday,

16 the club shall be liable for a fine of $50 without right of appeal, plus any other fines or penalties as the Judiciary may see fit to impose. 25.8 In any case where the Judiciary or Appeals Tribunal is required to consider a send off, the Judiciary or Appeals Tribunal may review the referee’s decision and the circumstances surrounding it. In any such case the Judiciary or Appeals Tribunal shall not make a finding contrary to the referee’s decision unless it is comfortably satisfied that the referee’s decision was wrong.

25.9 No proceedings of the Judiciary shall be quashed or held invalid by reason only of any defect, irregularity, omission or other technicality provided there has been no miscarriage of justice.

RULE 26 TOLERABLE LEVELS OF ESTABLISHED OFFENCES 26.1 Each Club shall have a tolerable level 7 established offences, provided it fields the full 7 grades for the full duration of the Competition. If a Club withdraws a grade or grades during the season, its tolerable level will decrease by 1 per grade withdrawn. 26.1.1 Should a Club field a 5th Grade side for at least half of the duration of the competition, its tolerable level shall increase by 1.

26.2 Once a club reaches its tolerable level of established offences a written warning & $50 fine will be sent to the club. 26.3 Fines will double for each further established offence above the tolerable level. 26.4 In addition to the progressive fine system, once a club has two established offences above the tolerable level, the club will be asked to meet with the Union and will automatically lose one full round of competition points, including club championship points (i.e. four ladder points and corresponding club Championship points for each grade in the Club).

26.5 For any further established offences the club will be asked to show cause why it should remain in the Competition.

RULE 27 MISCONDUCT OF PARTICIPANTS AND SPECTATORS 27.1 Any Participant or spectator deemed to have committed an act of misconduct or behaviour unacceptable to the Union shall be liable to be dealt with by the Judiciary or the Board as determined by the Chief Executive Officer. RULE 28 CITINGS See ARU Disciplinary Rules and Section Two, 2.3 for Citing information and procedures. 28.1 A Club or Participant with the written approval of his Club or the Union has power to lodge a complaint with respect to an alleged breach of the Laws of the Game, the Code of Conduct or the Competition Rules with the Chief Executive Officer of the Union.

28.2 The following have power to cite a Participant or Club for an alleged breach of the Laws of the Game, the Code of Conduct or the Competition Rules: i. The Chief Executive Officer of the Union ii. The Citing Officer 28.3 The cited Participant or Club will be required before the Judiciary, or if deemed necessary, the Union’s Board as directed by the Chief Executive Officer RULE 29 PROTESTS 29.1 All protests arising from Competition matches shall be lodged in writing with the Chief Executive Officer by the Club wishing to protest and signed by the General Manager or President of the protesting club no later than 5:00 PM on the third business day following the date of the match from which the protest arises.

29.2 If the protest has been lodged by the Club within the time allowed under rule 29.1 the protesting Club must also within that time supply to the club being protested against a copy of the protest.

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