Competition Rules - West Harbour Rugby Pirates

 
 
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..........................................................................21
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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).




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RULE 2      LAWS AND REGULATIONS                  resolution pursuant to this rule is proposed
            OF THE GAME                           to be put, and such Club shall have the
                                                  opportunity to give either orally or in writing,
2.1    Matches shall be played in                 an explanation or produce such evidence
accordance with the Laws of the Game of           as may be relevant.
Rugby Football and the rulings thereon as
recognised by the Australian Rugby Union.         3.4 All Clubs will be required to pay an
                                                  affiliation fee of $5,000 for participation in
2.2     Colts 3 matches shall be played           the Competition. The fee will be collected
under the Australian Under 19 Law                 from the ARU grant to each Club.
Variations
                                                  RULE 4      PLAYER REGISTRATION
2.3     All members, players, officials,
clubs and affiliates are bound by the             4.1     Clubs must register each player
regulations relating to the Game as               participating in the Competition prior to the
promulgated by World Rugby from time to           commencement of the player’s first
time in addition to the laws of the game and      Competition match.
the competition rules and must inform
themselves of these principles and                4.2     A player must be eighteen years of
regulations and comply with them.                 age to participate in the Competition.
                                                  Exceptions to this rule will only apply in line
                                                  with the requirements and procedures
RULE 3      THE  COMPETITION             AND      outlined in the Australian Rugby Union
            ADMISSION                             Senior Rugby Policy. See section 3 for
                                                  more information.
3.1     The Board in its absolute discretion
may invite Clubs to apply for admission and       4.3    The       Competition    registration
in its absolute discretion may admit Clubs        process is as follows:
to the Competition. Any application for           (a)    Each player provides to his Club
admission must be lodged with the Chief           proof of identity with one of the following
Executive Officer by such date and in the         types of photo identification:
form and supported by such information as
may be prescribed from time to time by the        i.     Current driver’s licence
Union.                                            ii.    Current passport
                                                  iii.   Current NSW Photo Card
3.2    A Club entering teams in the
Competition conducted by the Union in one         (b)    Once ID is established, each player
year shall not be entitled as of right to enter   completes the ARU Membership Form or
teams in this Competition in the following        the approved online equivalent and
year and the Board is entitled in its             Premiership Points System Assessment
absolute discretion to refuse the application     Sheet, and the responsible Club official
of any Club to enter teams in any                 properly completes and counter signs the
competition conducted by the Union                forms.
without assigning any reason.
                                                  (c)     The Club then enters each player’s
3.3     The Board is entitled to approve the      details on-line on the approved registration
application of a Club and admit the Club to       system.
the Competition on specified terms and
conditions as determined by the Board in          4.4    Clubs are responsible for all players
its absolute discretion and may by                being properly registered.
resolution cancel the right of a Club to
participate in the Competition if in the          4.5     Players shall not be registered with
opinion of the Board a Club has not               more than one senior club at a time. A Club
complied with any of such terms and               found guilty of playing a player who is
conditions.    Provided always that the           currently registered with another senior
General Manager of the relevant Club must         club will be liable for loss of four
be given at least seven days written notice       competition points, and/or suspension from
of a meeting of the Board at which a              the competition, and/or a fine. A player
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found to be in breach of this rule will be        of the current club. In cases where the
liable for suspension or expulsion from the       transfer  is   permitted    the    player’s
competition.                                      premiership player points value will be
                                                  doubled (for current season only). Note:
4.6     Applications for transfer from one        Club to double points player worth at their
Competition Club to another, or from one          Club then minus any applicable discounts.
Union to another, shall be forwarded to the
Competition Manager, together with a              4.9     Contravention of any of the player
written release from relevant rugby bodies        registration rules may bring a fine of $100
from which the player wishes to transfer. A       and/or possible loss of competition points.
player shall not be eligible for transfer if he
has outstanding obligations under the             RULE 5      COLTS
terms of a written and enacted agreement
with a Union, rugby body or club. Should a        5.1     Any colt, being under the age of
player without a current written agreement        twenty (20) years on December 31st of the
be transferring between a Premiership and         year prior to the year of the Competition,
or NSW Suburban Club between seasons              subject to complying with Rule 4 and 7,
he will not require written permission from       shall be eligible to play in Colts 1, 2 and 3.
his current club and or the Competition
Manager.                                          5.2      Clubs entering players in the grades
                                                  listed in 5.1 must prove to their satisfaction
4.7 In the event of a dispute, proof of a         the eligibility of the players to participate.
written agreement must be supplied to the         Failure to confirm the eligibility will make
Competition Manager within two business           the club and/or player subject to
days of the request. Failure to do so will        suspension and/or penalty.
result in the transfer being processed as
per the player’s instructions.
                                                  RULE 6      OVERSEAS PLAYERS
4.8 Players wishing to transfer between
Premiership Clubs must do so before the           This Rule has been removed, effective as
commencement of round seven. After the            of the commencement of season 2010.
commencement of round seven the player
will not be transferred without the consent




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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;                             16
                Has played 15 a side for a tier two Pacific Island international Union (i.e. Fiji, Samoa,
                Tonga)
       C        A player who holds a current Super Rugby contract or;                                           10
                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.
       D        A player who holds a current Australian 7s contract or;                                         6
                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
       E        A player who is not an Australian Citizen, AND was not a resident in Australia during           4
                both 2015 AND 2016
                OR a player who has played
                Division 1 at the Australian Schoolboys championships in 2016
       F        All other players                                                                                2
       G        Any player who plays 1st Grade for the last placed team in 2017 who then plays for              20
                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.

7.2        Discounts
 Type              Description
                   Up to 5 points for new players to the club (in their first year only) for :
 Family              o siblings of existing players that played the previous season with the club
                     or
                     o sons of past players
                   One point per year discount for players who have:
 Local               o previously played with the club
                   or
                     o previously played with a local junior club between U10 - Open
 Long              Discount for Category A, B, C or D:
 Service             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
                   Discount for Category A, B or C players (up to a maximum of five points) of one point
 Experience        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.
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7.3     Guidelines                              are eligible for any grade and/or Colts
                                                (subject to Colts eligibility).
7.3.1   The points system applies to 1st &
        2nd grade, and colts 1 and colts 2
                                                7.4.1 (a) Players with current SuperRugby
                                                contracts can only play 1st Grade.
7.3.2   A points cap applies to all players
        taking the field in each grade:
                                                7.5    Sanctions
        Grade    Points      Colts     Points
        1st      100         Colts 1   40       7.5.1 If a Club breaches this rule by
        grade                                   exceeding the cap permitted in 7.3.2, in
        2nd      60          Colts 2   35       any one Competition Round, the penalty
        grade                                   will be the loss of five competition points
                                                and the respective Club Championship
                                                points for each grade or each of the
7.3.2.1              Australian Schoolboy
                                                grades in which the breach occurred
representative players, including Australia
                                                irrespective of the result of the match or
‘A” (current or former) will not be eligible
                                                matches.
for Colts 3. Applications for dispensation
from this rule may be sought from the
                                                7.5.2 If a form is incorrectly completed or
competition manager.
                                                provides false or misleading information
                                                regarding a player’s category or discount
7.3.3 Players must be categorised at the
                                                under rules 7.1 or 7.2 above, the Club and
highest level at which they have played
                                                or player will be referred to the CEO and
                                                may be asked to appear before the
7.3.4 Points     are     not     cumulative
                                                Judiciary.
throughout a season – each player is only
indexed at one level as of 1st January          7.5.2.1 Clubs found guilty by the Board of
                                                exploiting the rules under rule 7 may have
7.3.5 Discounts are not cumulative –
                                                competition points deducted and or suffer
only one type of discount may apply to a
                                                further penalty as determined by the
player. Where a player may be eligible for
                                                Board.
different types of discounts, Clubs should
apply the highest discount available to the
                                                7.5.3 In the Finals Series the penalty
player
                                                shall be automatic forfeiture of the match
                                                or matches in which the breach occurred,
7.3.6 Discounts cannot index players
                                                irrespective of the result of the match or
below 50% of their points
                                                matches.
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,



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RULE 8 METHOD OF CONDUCTING                      Shute Shield points           x 15
          COMPETITION                            Colin Caird Shield points     x8
                                                 W. McMahon Memorial Shield x 6
8.1     The Competition will be conducted        points
over such grades as the Board shall              J. R. Henderson Shield points x5
determine. A draw will be made setting out       Henderson Cup points          x4
the matches, venues and dates of each of
                                                 Shell Trophy points           x3
the respective grades and copies will be
forwarded to Competition Clubs by the            Bill Simpson Shield points    x2
Union. Any draw may be varied at the
discretion of the Board, and due written       There will be a Colts Club Championship
notice will be given to all affected clubs.    conducted for Clubs competing in the
                                               Colts Competitions.
8.2     Ladder points will be awarded in a
competition table for each grade on the        The Colts Club Championship shall be
following basis:                               determined by multiplying the total ladder
                                               points (as per 8.2 above) secured by each
Win                                  4         Colts team by the respective numbers. In
Draw                                 2         the event of two or more Clubs being
Bonus point - 4 tries or more        1         equal in points, they shall be declared
Loss by seven or less                1         Joint Club Champions.
Loss by more than seven              0
Forfeit (28 For - 0 Against)         5         RULE 9         VENUE FACILITIES
Bye                                  0
                                               9.1    Playing Enclosure
In the event of two or more Clubs being
equal on Competition points at the             9.1.1 Where a fully enclosed playing
conclusion of the minor premiership            arena is being used for a match, the host
competition, the Minor Premiership or any      club shall ensure that the spectators
position in the respective competition table   remain outside the playing arena.
will be finalised by applying the following
sequence:                                      9.1.2 Where the playing arena is not fully
                                               enclosed, the host club shall provide ropes
1.     The most number of wins;                or barriers for the control of spectators,
2.     The least number of losses;             erected a minimum distance of five metres
3.     The highest positive difference         from each touch line, or where not
       between actual points scored ‘for’      possible, as far from the touch line as
       and points scored ‘against’             practicable.
4.     The highest points scored ‘for
5.     The highest number of tries             9.1.3 To further ensure the effectiveness
6.     The least number of proven              of ropes, clubs shall set supporting stakes
       offenses as determined by the           on both sides of the playing fields to avoid
       judiciary for that grade in that        spectators encroaching onto the field of
       season                                  play.
7.     If at the end of this process two
       teams are still equal a playoff shall   9.1.4 Notwithstanding the requirements
       be conducted prior to the               of the playing rules, home clubs shall
       commencement of the finals series       ensure that, with the exception of the four
                                               persons attending to the players on the
8.3   There will be a Sydney Club              field as allowed in Rule 22, all other
Championship conducted for Clubs               persons including coaches, shall remain
competing in all of the Grade and Colts        outside the playing area bounded by the
Competitions.                                  ropes or enclosure. Reserves may be
                                               permitted to be seated within the playing
The Sydney Club Championship shall be          area at venues where the boundaries of
determined by multiplying the total ladder     the enclosure hinder the efficient running
points (as per 8.2 above) secured by each      of the match.
team by the following numbers:


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9.1.5 The referee may elect to abandon          9.3.2 At each match each club shall
or not start a match where the above            supply the following:
criteria have not been met. In the event of
such action being taken by the referee, the           (a) a fully qualified physiotherapist
host club shall be deemed to have
forfeited the match.
                                                9.4      Match Day Controller
9.2    Ground Conditions
                                                9.4.1 At each match the home club shall
9.2.1 The host Club shall ensure that the       supply a clearly identifiable Match Day
ground shall be dressed in accordance           Controller (wearing either the bib or
with the Laws of the Game, including all        lanyard provided by the Union) who shall
flag posts. All four goal post uprights shall   be considered a match official for the
be fitted with protective pads.                 duration of the day.

9.2.2 Any objection by either team about        9.5     It shall be the duty of opposing
the ground or the way in which it is marked     clubs and/or referees to report any
out must be made to the referee before          infringement of Rule 9, which will carry a
the match starts. If teams cannot agree as      fine of $100 and/or loss of competition
to the safety of the ground the referee will    points
decide whether the game may begin. If
there is any doubt as to the safety of the      RULE 10          MATCH FILMING
ground the referee will not allow the game
to begin until the ground has been made         10.1 The home club shall ensure ALL
safe.                                           matches are filmed and copies are
                                                provided to opposition clubs after each
9.2.3 Home clubs shall ensure that              match (unless previously agreed by
objects such as cricket pitches or in           opposition) on the day of the match, and
ground watering systems are properly            other bodies as per the Union’s
covered for the safety of players.              requirements, as well as abiding by match
                                                analysis processes which may be updated
9.2.4 Grounds should have adequate              during the course of a season.
toilet, change room and shower facilities in
close proximity to the playing field.           10.2 Contravention of Rule 10.1 will
                                                bring a fine of $500 without right of appeal.
9.3    First Aid
                                                RULE 11          PLAYERS UNIFORM
9.3.1 At each match the host club shall
supply the following as per ARU safety          11.1 Alterations to playing strip designs
directives:                                     are to be submitted to the Union for
                                                approval no less than six weeks prior to
(a)    a stretcher, preferably a scoop          the start of the Competition. Playing strip
stretcher and cervical collar;                  designs must include a nominated logo or
                                                mark to specifications directed by the
(b)   a medical room equipped with              Union on the right hand sleeve of the 1st
adequate lighting, running water, first aid     Grade playing jersey.
equipment and a telephone
                                                11.1.1 Clubs wishing to play in a special
(c)    a fully equipped first aid kit;          event jersey must submit notice, including
                                                a picture, to the opposition and the Union
(d)  a person with a current spinal injury      no less than two weeks prior to the match.
management qualification                        Approval must be given by the Union for
                                                the special event jersey to be worn.
NB the concussion rule does not apply in
Premiership    Rugby.    Players   with         11.2 It shall be the responsibility of each
suspected concussion must be removed            Club to ensure that its players appear in its
from the game and may not return.               Club’s uniform, that is, jersey, shorts, long
                                                socks of the club colours, boots or shoes
                                                and any approved sponsor’s logo as per

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World Rugby Regulations. Exceptions to             13.1.1 Arrange a suitable        alternative
the size and number of sponsors’ logos             venue for the match; or
are permitted provided they do not detract
from the essential character and integrity         13.1.2 If one cannot be found, play the
of a Player’s Rugby Union kit.                     match at a nominated ground of the
                                                   opposing club; or
11.3 Each jersey shall be numbered
clearly in accordance with the program             13.1.3 If that ground is unfit for play, the
relative to that match, with no duplication        match will be played on or before the -
of numbers on the playing field at any             Sunday of the following round. Should any
time.                                              final round matches be deferred then
                                                   these must be played prior to the semi
11. 4 Where the Union identifies a clash           finals.
of colours, the away club will be required
to adopt suitable alternate jerseys for their      13.1.3 (a) In the event that some but not
Shute Shield team only. In any finals              all matches in a fixture are to be
series match it shall be the team that             postponed the priority will be to keep
finishes lower on the competition table that       scheduled groups together (e.g. grade or
shall adopt suitable alternate jerseys.            colts) unless otherwise agreed by the
                                                   clubs involved.
11.5 It shall be the duty of the opposing
clubs and/or referees to report any                13.2 Should a dispute arise between the
infringement of these rules which will carry       two    clubs   in  relation    to    these
a fine of $500 for each occasion.                  arrangements, the matter shall be referred
                                                   immediately to the Competition Manager
RULE 12      FOOTBALLS                             who shall decide upon the most
                                                   appropriate action to be taken in the
12.1 It shall be the responsibility of the         matter.
home Club to provide three serviceable
Gilbert Revolution footballs for every             13.3 In the event of Rule 13.1.2 being
match in progress.                                 applied, the corresponding match in
                                                   Round 2 (if applicable) will remain as per
12.2 The extra footballs shall be on               the competition draw.
each touch line for the duration of the
match to avoid time loss when the match            13.4 The NSWRU website will be
ball goes out of play.                             updated every Friday evening with
                                                   changes to the scheduled program. It
12.3 It shall be the duty of opposing              shall be the responsibility of clubs and
clubs and/or referees to report any                players to familiarise themselves with the
infringement of rule 12, which will carry a        information on this service, especially with
fine of $50 for each infringement.                 respect to changes to fixtures and venues.

12.4 The Union reserves the right to               13.5 Notwithstanding Rule 13, the
issue sponsored footballs for use in any           Competition Manager can at their
match as directed by the Union.                    discretion      cancel    any     complete
                                                   competition round in advance in the event
RULE 13         GROUNDS UNFIT FOR                  of bad weather. In this instance the round
                PLAY                               will be declared a wash-out and no
                                                   competition      points  (including   Club
13.1 If the scheduled venue for a match            Championship points and For & Against
is likely to be or found to be unfit for play in   points) will be awarded to any team in that
the week leading up to the match, the              competition for that round.
home team shall notify the Union and the
visiting club not later than 12:00 pm (noon)       13.6 Where any higher grade or grades
on the day preceding the match (or Friday          are not postponed, each club must submit
in the event of a Sunday match) and;               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.

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RULE 14       ABANDONMENT OF                      been caused by actions contrary to the
              MATCH                               Union’s Competition and Playing Rules by
                                                  one team or the other, or both, or by their
14.1 The referee may not start a match,           officials and supporters, in which case the
or may call full-time at any time before a        Union shall refer the matter to its Judiciary
game’s designated playing time has                Committee for consideration and any
expired, in any of the following                  necessary action.
circumstances:
                                                  (b) In the case of 18.4, where regardless
(a)     In the opinion of the referee, the        of how much of the game has been
treatment of or attention to an injured           played, a team who is unable field at least
player may make it impossible for the             12 players (excluding sin bins) at any
match to continue to its allocated time           stage during the match shall forfeit the
because of subsequent safety reasons,             match without right of appeal.
lack of light, or the prevention of any
subsequent matches being played for their         14.4 If a minor premiership match is
allocated time.                                   abandoned, the match shall be replayed at
                                                  a future time and place according to rule
(b)     The     ground    has     become          13.
unplayable as determined by any
authority, such as council, or due to its         14.5        If a final series match is
condition being considered, in the opinion        abandoned, the team which finished
of the referee, dangerous in the interests        highest on the competition ladder of the
of player safety.                                 minor premiership shall be declared the
                                                  winner. If a grand final match is
(c) In the opinion of the referee, there has      abandoned the teams shall be declared
been a disruption that may jeopardise the         joint premiers.
continuing safe conduct of a match.
                                                  RULE 15     APPOINTMENT OF
(d) Consideration of rule 18.5, where a                       REFEREES
game is shortened to ensure the following
game starts on time.                              15.1 Each Club must have as registered
                                                  members the following number of
(e) Any other reason covered by the Laws          referees:
of the Game or the Union’s Competition
Playing Rules.                                         No. of Teams      No. of Referees
                                                             9                  5
14.2 If a game is affected by the                            8                  4
circumstances in 14.1, the following                         7                  4
designations    shall   apply.     These
designations can be determined by the             15.2 Each member that is nominated as
Union subsequent to the match regardless          a referee in rule 15.1 may also qualify as a
of any terminology used by the referee at         touch judge in rule 16 subject to fulfilling
the time.                                         the necessary accreditation requirement.

(a) If full-time is called during half-time or    15.3 In the event of the Referee so
when the game is in the second half of the        appointed not attending within fifteen
match, the result of the match stands.            minutes before the time set down for the
                                                  match to commence, the Referee from the
(b) If a match is not started, or full-time is    previous match is the reserve Referee and
called when the game is still in the first half   shall officiate.
of the match, the match shall be deemed
abandoned.                                        15.4 Should the reserve Referee be
                                                  unable to officiate, a referee shall be
14.3    There are 2 exceptions to rule            appointed by the Home Club for the match
14.2:                                             and will officiate in the event of the
                                                  appointed Referee not being in attendance
(a) In the case of 14.1(c), when disruption       at the time of the commencement of the
to a match has been deemed to have                match. This will also apply in the event of

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the appointed Referee not being in              16.4 Where NSWRU has not appointed
attendance 15 minutes prior to the time of      ARs, each Club will provide an accredited
commencement of the first match of the          AR for all official grades of both home and
day.                                            away fixtures. Please note the requirement
                                                of the touch judge in Rule 31.6.
15.5 Provided that, in the case of any
Referee appointed under Rule 15.3, upon         16.5 Should there only be one AR
the Captains of the opposing teams so           appointed by the NSWRU it shall be the
agreeing, another Referee may be                responsibility of the home club to supply
substituted at any time during the progress     one other accredited AR.
of the game.
                                                16.6 The accredited AR appointed by a
15.6 In the event of the Referee                club shall be entitled to report on all
appointed being unable to continue              aspects of foul play. The club appointed
through illness or injury a substitute          AR must report to the referee prior to the
SHALL be appointed for the remainder of         start of the match and present his
the game by such Referee, if his injury or      accreditation; he must be distinguishable
illness is of a nature as will enable him to    as an AR (i.e. not in club colours), and be
do so.                                          equipped with a flag.

15.7 Where NSWRU has not appointed              16.7 Any club not supplying an
a referee, the home Club will provide an        accredited AR for a grade when required
accredited referee for all official grades.     shall be fined $50 for each offence.
Please note the requirement of the referee
in Rule 31.6.                                   RULE 17     COACHES

15.8 The Union has the power to annul           17.1 Each club must ensure that each of
a match and order it to be replayed on the      its teams is coached by a SmartRugby
grounds of misconduct of the Referee.           qualified person.

15.9 Any club not supplying an                  17.2 Any       club  and/or    team    in
accredited referee for a grade when             contravention of Rule 17.1 after May 1st
required shall be fined $50 for each            will be liable for a loss of competition
offence.                                        points and/or withdrawal from the
                                                competition
RULE 16     APPOINTMENT OF Assistant
            Referees (AR)                       17.3 With the exception of half time
                                                coaches are to remain outside the playing
16.1    Each Club must have as registered       enclosure.
        members the following numbers of
        Assistant Referees:                     RULE 18     MATCH TIMINGS

       No. of Teams      No. of TJ’s            18.1 The duration of matches and kick
             9               10                 off times shall be:
             8                8
             7                8                Grade                     Each Half   Kick Off
                                               Shute Shield              40 mins     3:00pm
16.2 Each member that is nominated as          Colin Caird Shield        40 mins     1:25pm
an AR in rule 16.1 may also qualify as a       J. R. Henderson Shield    35 mins     12:00pm
referee in rule 15 subject to fulfilling the   Henderson Cup             30 mins     10:45am
                                               Colts 1                   40 mins     3:00pm
necessary accreditation requirement.
                                               Colts 2                   35 mins     1:35pm
                                               Colts 3                   30 mins     12:20pm
16.3 In all Minor Premiership matches of
the Shute Shield and Colts 1, ARs shall be      Kick off times for televised matches shall
accredited referees appointed by NSWRU.         be determined by the broadcaster.
In all Finals Series matches of all grades,
touch judges shall be appointed by              18.2 During the Minor Premiership time
NSWRU.                                          shall be allowed off for injuries in Shute

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Shield and Colts 1. In all other grades, five   than 28-0 in favour of the non-forfeiting
minutes of injury time maximum will be          club will be preserved.
allowed in the last five minutes of each
match. The referee may use the                  19.3 Each match which shall be forfeited
assistance of a time keeper or AR               by a Club shall be regarded as having
however the referee’s opinion of time shall     been won by the opposing Club on the day
prevail.                                        on which the match, but for such forfeit,
                                                would have been played. The opposition
18.3 Unless otherwise determined by a           will receive a forfeit result of 28 – 0 and 5
broadcaster, in Shute Shield matches the        competition points.
interval between halves shall be five
minutes to a maximum of ten upon                19.4 Clubs that advise the Union and
agreements by both the teams and the            opposition Club that they are forfeiting a
Referee. In all other grades the interval       grade prior to 12 Noon on the day
shall be a maximum of five minutes,             preceding the match will lose 2
unless otherwise determined by the              competition points and the corresponding
Referee.                                        number of club championship points from
                                                each forfeited grade. Clubs that inform the
18.4 A minimum of 12 players and                Union and opposition club after 12 Noon
compliance with rule 21.1 is needed to          on the day preceding the match will lose 4
constitute a team for Competition               competition points from the competition
matches. Any team unable to field 12            table of each grade forfeited and the
players within 10 minutes of the official       corresponding          number       of      club
kick off time, or at any stage during the       championship points. The Board will
match, for whatever reason (excluding sin       impose a fine of $500.00 per forfeit. The
bins), including send offs, shall forfeit the   opposition will still receive a forfeit result.
match without right of appeal. Teams
playing against an opposition with less         19.5 Any Club which forfeits two or more
than 15 players are not required to match       competition matches in a grade shall be
opposition team numbers. The non-               called to appear before the Board. The
offending side is to advise the Union of        Board will impose a fine of $1,000.00 on
this occurrence.                                the Club, and the team will be suspended
                                                from the competition, unless the Board is
18.5 Any time lost in commencing a              satisfied that there were exceptional
match for whatever reason shall be taken        mitigating circumstances. Any submission
off that match in order that the ensuing        for consideration of the Board must be
matches may commence at the scheduled           lodged by the Club within 3 business days
time.                                           of the 2nd forfeit. If a team is withdrawn
                                                from the Competition all match points (“For
18.6 Match times, days and venues,              and Against”) in all matches played by that
except in the event of wet weather, will not    grade shall not be counted, and
be altered less than 10 days prior to the       Competition points shall be cancelled. All
match      unless     under    exceptional      opposition Clubs who have played or are
circumstances. Any alterations must be          to play that grade will receive a forfeit
with the approval of the opposition clubs       result of 28 – 0 and 5 competition points.
and the Competition Manager.
                                                19.5.1 If a Club withdraws prior to the
RULE 19     FORFEITS                            commencement of the competition the
                                                Board will impose a fine of $500.00. The
19.1 If a Club is forced to forfeit a           matches against that team will be declared
match, it shall be the lowest grade(s)          a forfeit and the opposition will be awarded
representing that Club which shall be           a forfeit result.
forfeited.
                                                If more than one Club withdraws a team
19.2 If a club forfeits a grade higher          seven weeks prior to the start of the prior
than a grade already played on that day,        to the commencement of the competition,
that club shall be deemed to have forfeited     the gaps in the draw will be filled with a
all grades previously played on that day.       match between the two teams facing a
However, any point differential greater         bye.

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19.6 Any Club that fails to carry out            In all Grade and Colts matches except
fixtures shall be held liable for the ground     Shute Shield, replacements/substitutions
costs incurred for the match or matches in       do not have to be nominated before the
addition to any fine incurred, unless the        match but can be determined during the
Board deems the explanation satisfactory.        course of the game.

19.7 A club withdrawing a team or teams          20.3.1 Law 3.15 will not apply to any
from the Competition can be subject to           grade except Henderson Cup and Colts 3,
action by the Board as per rules 3.3 and         where it applies with the following
3.4.                                             restrictions:
                                                 (a)      a maximum number of 10 players
19.8 refer to rule 33.1.1 for forfeits in the             may      be     nominated   as
finals series.                                            replacements/substitutions.
                                                 (b)      Laws 3.5 and 3.14 apply.
RULE 20     REPLACEMENT OF
            PLAYERS / RESERVES                   20.4 Players nominated as reserves
                                                 (regardless of whether they take the field
20.1 Each Club must submit its list of 15        or not) for Shute Shield are eligible to play
Shute Shield players to the Union                the grade match immediately below or
Competition Manager, the Broadcaster             Colts 1 (if eligible) if these games are
and the Competition Program Editor as            played after Shute Shield matches on any
well as any other bodies as instructed by        given weekend.
the Union, by the advised time each
Wednesday preceding the match.                   20.4.1 In the event matches are played out
                                                 of sequence or over more than one day, if
Any changes to this list of 15 players due       a player starts, or is going to start the
to injury or illness must be submitted to the    match in a higher Grade he is no longer
Union competition Manager by 12 Noon             eligible to play in a lower Grade or Colts
Friday preceding the match.                      match over the same weekend’s matches.

A full list of 23 starting and reserve players   This rule applies similarly for all Grades
must be recorded and registered with the         and Colts matches in the Minor
Match Day Controller and the opposing            Premiership (including agreed to draw
team’s Manager by no later than 10               changes and postponed matches due to
minutes after the commencement of the            wet weather) and during the Finals Series.
match.
                                                 20.5 Any Club failing to comply with the
NO CHANGES to this list are permitted            procedures set out above or the Laws of
after this time.                                 the Game relating to Number of Players
                                                 shall be subject to penalty as determined
Coaches and Managers are to make                 by the Union.
changes and manage their player
resources on match day from within the           RULE 21     UNCONTESTED SCRUMS
list.
                                                 21.1 All teams must have sufficient front
Failure to comply with the procedures set        row players to play at hooker, tight-head
out above may result in the offending Club       prop and loose-head prop who are suitably
forfeiting the match or losing four (4)          trained and experienced to ensure that on
competition points.                              the first occasion that a replacement in
                                                 each front row position is required, the
20.2 Teams are permitted to use fresh            team can continue to play safely with
reserves as replacements                         contested scrums.
20.3 Replacement and substitution of
players shall be governed by the World           Contravention of this rule will mean that in
Rugby Laws of the Game, with 8 players           all grades except Henderson Cup and
nominated as replacements/substitutions,         Colts 3:
3 front row and five other players as per
Law 3.4 (d).

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(a)     Should a team not be able to meet       who they are and their role as per World
this obligation for any reason during a         Rugby Laws.
game, then at the point in the match when
the front row replacement is required, this     The Referee reserves the right to refuse
team must play with one player fewer than       entry to the field of play to any Club
would otherwise be allowed.                     personnel not wearing the appropriate bib.
(b)     Should a team not have three
suitably trained front row players to           22.2 Attendants shall be permitted to
commence a game with contested scrums,          use electronic communication devices.
then this team must play with one player
fewer than would otherwise be allowed.          22.3 All associated match day support
(c)     If, subsequently, a qualified front     staff are to be attired in the minimum
rower becomes available (or returns from        standard of Club uniform or strip which
either blood-bin or temporary suspension)       should be in bright and or opposing
so that scrums can be contested then that       colours to the team.
player will be allowed onto the field and
the team may return to the appropriate          This minimum standard is as follows:
complement of players.                          Club socks or clean sports socks; rugby
                                                shorts or official Club issue cotton shorts
21.2 If neither team has suitably trained       which are clearly identifiable; clean and
front row players to start a game with          presentable polo or rugby shirt that is
contested scrums, the arrangements of           common to all on-field attendants; official
21.1 do not apply to the game, even if          Club on-field attendants tracksuit or wet
qualified front rowers subsequently             weather kit. All items of uniform or strip are
become available.                               to have no conflicting sponsor signage or
                                                logos to the Union’s key product category
21.3 Any club which plays uncontested           sponsors.
scrums in three or more matches in a
particular grade during a season shall be       RULE 23     TEMPORARY SUSPENSION
called to appear before, or give a written
submission to the Union as a matter of          23.1 Any player temporarily suspended
urgency at a time notified by the Union.        will remain with the No.4 or No. 5 Match
The Board may take appropriate action           Official. If one is not appointed, the player
against the club in the form of a fine, loss    must remain outside the playing
of competition points and/or club               enclosure. The No. 4 or No. 5 Match
championship points, ineligibility for final    Official shall keep the time period. If one is
series, suspension, or withdrawal of that       not appointed, the referee may delegate
team from the competition.                      time keeping to an AR or time keeper,
                                                however the referee’s opinion of time shall
RULE 22     ATTENDANTS                          prevail. No player is permitted to return to
                                                the field until the referee has given the
22.1 No more than two medically trained         player permission to do so.
persons       (certified    doctors      or
physiotherapists only) and two water            23.2 The temporary suspension of a
carriers (who must not be a coach of the        player shall be reported on the Fusesport
team concerned) are allowed inside the          App by both teams and include the
playing enclosure. Medical attendants may       reason. Failure to do so will incur an
go onto the field as allowed in the Laws of     automatic $100 fine. A club found guilty of
the Game and must retire to the side line       failing to report a temporary suspension on
after rendering assistance to a player(s).      the Fusesport App on the second occasion
All attendants must adhere to the World         will be referred to the Judiciary and may
Rugby Technical Area / Water Carriers           be liable for a loss of competition points
Protocol detailed in section 3 of this          and any other fines or penalties as the
operations                          manual.     Judiciary may see fit to impose.

During all matches, Attendants / Medical        23.3 Should a player receive three
Personnel will be required to wear high         temporary suspensions (i.e. Sin Bins)
visibility bibs as supplied or approved by      across any of the Competitions in one
the Union at all times to clearly distinguish   season including finals he will be

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automatically suspended from playing the         25.2 Players sent off the field by the
next Competition round and or match the          referee, and who are deemed to be
player is eligible to play. Should the           eligible by the Competition Manager for an
suspended player’s club play against a           early plea of guilty, can take the option of
Club which does not field a team in the          an automatic penalty and need not attend
suspended player’s grade then the                the Judiciary.
suspension will be incurred for the next
round in which the suspended player’s            25.3 Players sent off the field by the
grade has a match. If that player incurs a       referee and who are not eligible for an
fifth, and any subsequent, temporary             early plea, or opt not to take an early plea,
suspension during a season he will be            shall present themselves to the Judiciary
suspended for another competition match          at the time designated by the Competition
and will also be required to attend the          Manager on the Monday following the
Judiciary, which may impose further              match in which the player was sent off the
penalties as it sees fit. Temporary              field.
suspensions do not transfer to the next
season.                                          25.4 In the event that a player is unable
                                                 to appear before the Judiciary an official of
23.4 Should a player who has been                the player’s club and/or their legal
suspended on three or more occasions             practitioner shall either:
allege that a temporary suspension in any
incident was a result of the referee having      (a) notify the Union prior to Midday on the
wrongly identified the player as the             Monday, or
offending player (“mistaken identity”), the
player’s Club may elect for the player to        (b) appear before the Judiciary and furnish
appear before the Judiciary to have the          an explanation for the player not
matter heard. It is the responsibility of the    appearing, and with leave of the Judiciary
Club to retain all information relating to the   (which will only be granted in exceptional
incident. Only video evidence will be            circumstances) respond on behalf of the
considered by the Judiciary.                     player sent off the field, provided clear
                                                 instructions have been given by such
RULE 24     JUDICIARY                            player either orally or in writing as to
                                                 whether the player pleads guilty or not
See ARU Disciplinary Rules and Section           guilty to the offence and any explanation
Two, 2.1 for Judiciary information and           for such conduct alleged.
procedures.
                                                 25.5 Any player sent off the field shall
24.1 The Judiciary shall deal with all           be suspended until such time as his case
protests, disputes, misconduct or other          has been considered by the Judiciary or
matters stipulated in these Competition          dealt with under the automatic penalty
Rules, the Code of Conduct or such items         provisions of the pre-determined penalty
referred to it by the Board or the Chief         system.
Executive Officer.
                                                 25.6 Should a Participant have an
24.2 The Judiciary shall meet each               established offence recorded against him
Monday at 6:00pm, at the NSWRU offices,          by the Judicial Committee, then his Club
Moore Park, unless otherwise notified, or        will be fined $50 without right of appeal,
as directed by the Board.                        plus any other fines or penalties as the
                                                 Judiciary may see fit to impose. An
RULE 25     PLAYERS SENT OFF THE                 established offence means an offence that
            FIELD                                has been found proven, either by early
                                                 guilty plea under the pre-determined
25.1 Players sent off and/or their Club          penalty system or by the Judicial
will be supplied with a copy of the              Committee, after a Participant has been
Referee’s and where applicable the AR’s          sent off the field or cited.
report by the Union as soon as possible on
the first business day following the send-       25.7 Should a player or an official of the
off.                                             player’s club fail to appear or provide an
                                                 explanation on or before the said Monday,

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the club shall be liable for a fine of $50       cause why it should remain in the
without right of appeal, plus any other          Competition.
fines or penalties as the Judiciary may see
fit to impose.                                   RULE 27     MISCONDUCT OF
                                                             PARTICIPANTS AND
25.8 In any case where the Judiciary or                      SPECTATORS
Appeals Tribunal is required to consider a
send off, the Judiciary or Appeals Tribunal      27.1 Any Participant or spectator
may review the referee’s decision and the        deemed to have committed an act of
circumstances surrounding it. In any such        misconduct or behaviour unacceptable to
case the Judiciary or Appeals Tribunal           the Union shall be liable to be dealt with by
shall not make a finding contrary to the         the Judiciary or the Board as determined
referee’s decision unless it is comfortably      by the Chief Executive Officer.
satisfied that the referee’s decision was
wrong.                                           RULE 28     CITINGS

25.9 No proceedings of the Judiciary             See ARU Disciplinary Rules and Section
shall be quashed or held invalid by reason       Two, 2.3 for Citing information and
only of any defect, irregularity, omission or    procedures.
other technicality provided there has been
no miscarriage of justice.                       28.1 A Club or Participant with the
                                                 written approval of his Club or the Union
RULE 26       TOLERABLE LEVELS OF                has power to lodge a complaint with
              ESTABLISHED OFFENCES               respect to an alleged breach of the Laws
                                                 of the Game, the Code of Conduct or the
26.1 Each Club shall have a tolerable            Competition Rules with the Chief
level 7 established offences, provided it        Executive Officer of the Union.
fields the full 7 grades for the full duration
of the Competition. If a Club withdraws a        28.2 The following have power to cite a
grade or grades during the season, its           Participant or Club for an alleged breach
tolerable level will decrease by 1 per grade     of the Laws of the Game, the Code of
withdrawn.                                       Conduct or the Competition Rules:

26.1.1 Should a Club field a 5th Grade           i.    The Chief Executive Officer of the
side for at least half of the duration of the          Union
competition, its tolerable level shall           ii.   The Citing Officer
increase by 1.
                                                 28.3 The cited Participant or Club will be
26.2 Once a club reaches its tolerable           required before the Judiciary, or if deemed
level of established offences a written          necessary, the Union’s Board as directed
warning & $50 fine will be sent to the club.     by the Chief Executive Officer

26.3 Fines will double for each further          RULE 29     PROTESTS
established offence above the tolerable
level.                                           29.1 All       protests     arising    from
                                                 Competition matches shall be lodged in
26.4 In addition to the progressive fine         writing with the Chief Executive Officer by
system, once a club has two established          the Club wishing to protest and signed by
offences above the tolerable level, the club     the General Manager or President of the
will be asked to meet with the Union and         protesting club no later than 5:00 PM on
will automatically lose one full round of        the third business day following the date of
competition    points,    including     club     the match from which the protest arises.
championship points (i.e. four ladder
points     and      corresponding       club     29.2 If the protest has been lodged by
Championship points for each grade in the        the Club within the time allowed under rule
Club).                                           29.1 the protesting Club must also within
                                                 that time supply to the club being
26.5 For     any    further  established         protested against a copy of the protest.
offences the club will be asked to show

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29.3 The Chief Executive Officer may            31.4 A club found guilty of breaching
extend the time for lodging a protest           rule 31.1 will be liable for loss of
provided the Chief Executive Officer is         competition points, and/or suspension
satisfied there are exceptional grounds for     from the competition, and/or a fine.
doing so. The decision of the Chief
Executive Officer to grant or refuse an         31.5 A player found to be playing whilst
extension of time shall be final and not        suspended, disqualified or unqualified will
subject to review.                              be liable for a further suspension or
                                                expulsion from the competition.
29.4 Where the club protesting does not
fulfil the above requirements, then that        31.6 Any disqualified and/or suspended
club shall have no further right of protest.    person is banned from rugby in any match
                                                situation; including as a player, coach,
29.5 Any protest lodged within the time         manager, medical person, water runner,
allowed under rule 29.1 or the time as          referee or touch judge during their period
extended under rule 29.3 will be forwarded      of disqualification or suspension and is not
to the Judiciary at its earliest convened       permitted within the boundaries of the
meeting.                                        playing area.

RULE 30        APPEALS TRIBUNAL                 RULE 32    MATCH         RESULTS      AND
                                                TEAM LISTS
See ARU Disciplinary Rules and Section
Two, 2.5 for Appeals information and            32.1 The result sheets process was
procedures.                                     superseded by the Fusesport App at the
                                                commencement of the 2017 season.
30.1 The Appeals Tribunal shall deal
with all Club or individual appeals arising     32.2 Match scores and team lists shall
from Judiciary decisions or as directed by      be recorded by an official from each club
the Chief Executive Officer.                    via the Fusesport App. The Fusesport App
                                                must be used live and in real time by an
30.2 Any appeals by a Club or individual        official from each team. This process will
must be made in writing and submitted           replace all previously listed instructions
with an appeal fee of $500 with the Chief       that were outlined on the results sheet.
Executive Officer within seven days of the
original decision. All evidence to be relied    32.3 The two team officials are to meet
upon for the appeal must be included in         at the end of the game, presenting the
the submission.                                 details of the match on their respective
                                                devices to each other, as well as to the
RULE 31     DISQUALIFIED, SUSPENDED             referee for his/ her sighting, before the
            OR UNQUALIFIED PERSONS              team officials each hit their respective
                                                submit buttons.
31.1 It shall be the responsibility of each
club to ensure that no disqualified,            32.4 Failure to comply with using the
unqualified or suspended person or team         Fusesport     App      appropriately    and
takes part in any match for it.                 accurately in any match shall result in a
                                                $50 fine without right of appeal and/or loss
31.2 Where an opposing team or club             of competition points if so determined by
believes that prior to the commencement         the Competition Manager.
of a match a team is in breach of rule 31.1,
it shall be their responsibility to bring the
matter to the attention of the opposing
captain.

31.3 Where an opposing team or club
believes there has been a breach of rule it
shall take appropriate action available in
regard to protests after the match as
detailed in rule 29.


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RULE 33          FINALS SERIES                   33.3.1 Player eligibility history will be
                                                 determined by the online submissions as
33.1 After the completion of the minor           recorded by the Clubs as per rule 32.5.
premiership rounds, the six highest placed
teams on the Competition table in each           33.3.2 All selected sides are declared
Grade and Colts Competition will qualify         (subject to injury, judiciary hearings, etc.)
for the Finals Series to determine the           to the Competition Manager on the
premiers of each grade as follows:               prescribed form, no later than 3pm on the
                                                 Monday before the semi-final, final or
   Week     Match    Team 1          Team 2      grand final. Clubs submitting teams after
    1 QF     A          1st     v      6th       the deadline may be fined $100 per late
             B         2 nd
                                v      5th
                                                 team.
             C         3rd      v      4th
                                                 33.4 If a player does not qualify for a
      2              Highest         Highest     particular grade under rule 33.3,
    Semi     D       Ranked     v    Ranked
    Final            Winner           Loser      dispensation will be granted if the player
                    2nd Ranked      3rd Ranked
                                                 has played 60% of his season in the grade
             E
                      Winner
                               v
                                      Winner     in which he wishes to play. If the player
     3
                                                 has been on representative duties as
   Grand     F       Winner D   v    Winner E    described in 33.2, he shall be eligible for
   Final                                         Shute Shield, 2nd Grade or Colts 1 only,
                                                 subject      to      Colts       eligibility.
33.1.1 Any team that forfeits a finals series    Notwithstanding rule 7.4.1
match shall be expelled from the final
series in that grade.                            33.5 If a club qualifies for the Final
                                                 Series in consecutive grades then open
33.2 A player shall not be eligible to play      selection may apply notwithstanding rule
in a Finals Series fixture unless:               20.4 (which states players nominated as
                                                 reserves regardless of whether they take
(a) The player has played with the Club a        the field or not for Shute Shield are eligible
minimum of four rounds during the Minor          to play the grade match immediately below
Premiership series; or                           or Colts 1 if eligible if these games are
                                                 played after Shute Shield matches on any
(b) The       player      has    been      on    given weekend AND if matches are played
representative duties during the current         out of sequence or over more than one
season and has played a minimum of two           day, if a player starts or is going to start
minor premiership matches in the current         the match in a higher Grade he is no
season at the same Club in which he is           longer eligible to play in a lower Grade or
seeking eligibility, or has been a registered    Colts match over the same weekend
player with the club (according to the           round of matches), 7.3.2 and 7.4.1.
online registration system) without break
for the previous two years.                      Open selection means the club can select
                                                 its teams for the Final Series “on merit”
(c) Players playing at an Australian Super       provided;
Rugby Franchise that dictates the player
                                                 (a)     All selected players are registered
must play in the local competition may
                                                 as per the competition rules and;
lodge an eligibility appeal. The player in
question must have a prior connection and        (b)     All selected sides are declared
must have made a significant contribution        (subject to injury, judiciary hearings, etc.)
to the Club in previous seasons.                 to the Competition Manager on the
                                                 prescribed form, no later than 3pm on the
33.3 A player shall not be eligible to play      Monday before the semi-final, final or
in a Finals Series fixture in any grade          grand final and;
lower than the grade in which he has
played the majority of his last seven            (c)    Once open selection is broken
matches in the minor premiership.                during the course of the finals, a player
                                                 can continue to play in the grade he last
                                                 played in, or higher. He may be selected

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